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  • Happy New Year from Tiki Lounge Talk!

    Posted on December 31st, 2018 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 1 comment

    1955 cadillac advertisementIn a few hours it will be 2019, but all I can think of is what it was like on New Year’s Eve in 1948, or 1958.

    Imagine how exciting it must have been to see Guy Lombardo live, in person, sweetly swinging in the New Year in New York City.

    Or dancing the mambo in Miami to Xavier Cugat and his orchestra.

    Picture driving up to the Copacabana in your new Cadillac, complete with Air-Ride and Autronic Eye automatic headlights. You slide across the gold brocade seats in your tuxedo or gown and hand the gold keys to the valet. In minutes you have a martini in your hand as you glide around the room to the sounds of Harry James or Stan Kenton, The Glenn Miller Orchestra led by Tex Beneke, or the sophisticated sounds of Lester Lanin.

    At midnight, the champagne corks pop and the lighted ball comes down in Times Square. You kiss your sweetheart as the band plays Auld Lang Syne, then transitions into a Cha-Cha version of Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White.

    After an hour and four more martinis, you take a cab down to the jazz strip, where you catch John Coltrane jamming with Max Roach and Maynard Ferguson, who dropped by to riff a few solos. Louis Armstrong makes a surprise appearance and everyone goes crazy. This round’s on the house!

    Maybe you’re in LA or Fort Lauderdale, so you take a 4-am stroll on the beach, toasting the ocean and the new year. Then it’s to the after-hours club for a night cap, while the local quartet swings until dawn, taking requests for everything from Satin Doll to Drumboogie.

    The diner opens at six, and you’re eating eggs and waffles in your tux or gown while trying to remember where you left the car. A pot of black coffee later, you realize it’s at the Copa. Let it stay there for now. The New Year is here, and it’s finally time to finally get some shut eye.

    Happy New Year! May 2019 be your best year ever.

    -Tiki Chris P, reporting from the big band dance club in my dreams.

  • Happy New Year from the Tiki Lounge! Banana Banshee and Shirley Temple Recipes for your NYE Party!

    Posted on December 31st, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments
    Happy New Year!

    Happy New Year!

    It seems like just yesterday I was writing a Happy New Year post here under the swaying palms. 2011 went by pretty fast…maybe not fast enough for some of us kats! But it’s over now, just a few hours left as I write this post. This is definitely one of those years that needs to end with a big BANG and you can bet your bottom buck we’ll be doing just that.

    Swingin’ in the New Year should be fun and full of music, dancing and booze. Just remember to play it safe, kids. You know I’m always hawking drinks on this page, as cocktails are part of what make living the Tiki good life so good. Drink up, enjoy ’em all ’til you’re as happy as a clam…just remember to do it right, and don’t do anything stupid like trying to drive, or ask your boss for a raise, or operate a steam-shovel while loaded!

    Here’s a couple of my favorite New Year’s cocktails. One is full of wonderful booze, the other is the world’s greatest non-alcoholic cocktail for any aged partyer.

    The Frozen Banana Banshee

    Banana Banshee

    Banana Banshee

    I’ve featured this krazy cocktail a few times already here at Tiki Lounge Talk, but I can’t get enough of it. I had my first Banana Banshee at a New Year’s Eve Party in 1977. It was all the rage in the mid 70s in Philly, and it just seemed to fit perfectly with the disco music and white polyester suits. Later I found out it was a much older recipe, having a good run in the 1940s and 50s but without the ice cream. Either way, anything with bananas in it is OK with me for the TIKI BAR!

    Ok, I wasn’t old enough to drink in 1977, but it was my Uncle’s house, at his swingin’ basement bar, and he made one with less alcohol in it just for me. I’m old enough to enjoy the full hit of booze now, so here it is:

    2 oz Creme de Banana
    2 oz Dark Creme de Cacao
    4 oz Meyers Dark Rum
    2 oz Coconut Milk
    1 Large Banana
    5 Scoops Vanilla Ice Cream
    1 Cup Ice

    Throw all ingredients in a blender and blend on high, in 5 second bursts, until the ice is crushed and the drink is thick and drinkable (don’t liquefy it trying to make it smooth). Garnish with a pineapple wedge, a cherry and if available, chopped fresh coconut. Don’t forget the umbrella. Makes about two tall servings.

    shirley-temple-drink

    The Original Shirley Temple Cocktial

    Like everything else in the world, good old fashioned drink recipes get changed and updated until they are unrecognizable. I’ve seen some kookie variations on this non-booze drink, but the original is still the best…for any age.

    Ginger Ale
    Grenadine
    Maraschino Cherries

    Fill a highball glass half-way with ice cubes, and add the ginger ale until almost full. Add about two tablespoons of grenadine, drop in a couple of cherries and stir. If you don’t have grenadine the cherry juice is just as good, maybe better. Everyone has their own taste when it comes to how much cherry flavor to add, so start with the two tablespoons and add a teaspoon at a time until you dig it. That’s it!

    New Year’s in South Florida

    While the rest of the country is enjoying the freezing cold, bundled up in heavy coats and scarfs as they swing down to their NYE party, we in SoFla will probably be wearing Aloha shirts and short skirts as the temperature today is already in the high 70s. This means there will be a lot of outdoor fun, including fireworks, concerts on the beach, booze cruises, and lots of bar hopping in Fort Lauderdale and Miami. There’s nothing quite like toasting the new year in 70° weather, on the beach, under a palm tree.

    This year the little lady and I will be celebrating with some friends at a good old fashioned house party, one of our favorite ways of swingin’ in the New Year. One thing we haven’t done, which is on the list, is celebrating New Year’s Eve in Key West. I have a feeling that Duval Street would be more fun than barrel of monkeys at the turn of the year!

    Happy New Year from Tiki Chris, and the whole Tiki Lounge bunch – Colleen, our pooch Cookie, the cats, the birds, the ’53 Chevy and lizards that live on the lanai.
    Here are some last minute ideas for an Atomic New Year’s Eve Party!

  • What are you doin’ New Year’s Eve?

    Posted on December 30th, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    Happy New Year!

    from Tiki Chris, Colleen, Tiki the cat, Cat the cat,  the parrots, Mo and all these foster animals hanging around!

    You probably recognize this post’s title as a song title, the song written in 1947 by Frank Loesser (of ‘Guys and Dolls’ and ‘Heart and Soul’ fame). It’s been recorded hundreds of times by nearly every pop singer of the golden era, from Sinatra to Ella, and is still being covered in our era by notables such as Harry Connick Jr. and, as the video below shows, Diana Krall.

    If you’ve read my posts here or at The Retro Tiki Lounge on Facebook, you know I’m a big Diana Krall fan. She’s got that perfect combination of true jazz soul, real talent, a velvet voice and looks to match. She is, in a word, a dish. She’s playing the Broward Center for the Arts (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) on February 5th, but at $93 to $700 a ticket, I think I’ll stay home and watch the chick on line. Actually, for 500 clams I could probably bribe the security guard to get me to have a drink with her backstage. Krazy ticket prices. Remember when it cost 50 cents to see Frank Sinatra and a movie too on Steel Pier? No, I don’t either. But those were the good old days. (continue to see more videos) Read the rest of this entry »

  • Rudolph’s Shiny New Year, 1976 for Mod Movie Monday!

    Posted on December 27th, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    rudolph-new-year1For our last Mod Movie Monday of 2010 I thought I’d throw in a New Year’s flick that everyone loves. One of the last of the great Rankin/Bass stop-motion animated specials from the golden age of animated toys, here is

    Rudolph’s Shiny New Year

    from 1976, featuring Red Skelton, Frank Gorshin, Morey Amsterdam, Paul Frees and Billie Mae Richards as Rudolph.

    Father Time jets a message off to Santa…Happy, the baby new year, is missing…and if he’s not found by midnight on New Year’s Eve, it will stay the old year forever! Now, I don’t think there are too many people out there that were keen on living 1976 over and over again. Maybe 1956. Anyway, you see the problem. Snow, fog, etc etc…Rudolph is called into action to find the baby new year. Crazy time-related characters and that great old stop animation make it fun post-Christmas flick.rudolphshiny-time

    Whip up a cup of hot cocoa (maybe add some Kaluha to it) for this show. And chow down on your leftover Christmas ham and cookies too.

    Oh, and by the way swingers, starting next year we’ll have something new and fun for Mod Movie Monday!

    -Tiki Chris reporting from under a pile of Christmas gift wrap next to the Tiki Bar at Tiki Lounge Talk.

  • Looking for a Fun Tiki Party for New Year’s Eve? If you’re in California, go to Don The Beachcomber’s Waitiki!

    Posted on December 4th, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    If I weren’t 3000 miles away at the other end of the country, I’d probably be swinging down to Huntington Beach todons_home

    Don the Beachcomber Presents WAITIKI
    A Festival of Music and Cocktails
    December 29 – 30 – 31, 2010

    Being a Floridian, I’ve never been to Don the Beachcomber’s (Haven’t even been to CA yet, can you dig it?) but I can tell you, they come very highly recommended. And with the music of the WAITIKI 7, I have a feeling this is going to be one swingin’ shindig. Here’s the lineup:

    Wednesday, December 29
    “The Jazz Sides of Exotica”
    with the classic WAITIKI Quartet.

    Thursday, December 30
    “Coronation of the Voodoo Masters”
    The WAITIKI 7 with Robert Drasnin & Sherry Shaoling

    Friday December 31 New Years’s Eve
    “The New Sounds of Exotica”
    The WAITIKI 7 with Combustible Edison Alums
    Brother Cleve and The Millionaire

    You can buy tickets separately for each event. For more info, visit the website at http://donthebeachcomberpresentswaitiki.com/

    Here’s the WAITIKI 7 with “Rendezvous in Okonkuluku (a.k.a. ‘Das Knaben Wundertiki’)

    -Tiki Chris Pinto reporting from poolside at Pirate’s Cove Tiki Bar