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  • Your Weekend Exotic Cocktail – The HPNOTIQ Hurricane

    Posted on January 17th, 2014 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    hpnotiq_hurricane-400x500Certainly not a traditional exotic cocktail, but this drink does have the makings of new favorite. It’s blue, it has rum, it has a pineapple garnish…what more could you want?

    3 oz. HPNOTIQ
    1-2 oz. Citrus Flavored Rum
    Splash of Fresh Lime Juice
    Splash of Club Soda and garnish with a pineapple

    Pour the HYPNNOTIQ over ice in a stemmed rocks glass are highball glass. Gently add the rum and stir. Splash in the lime juice and club soda. Rim with raw sugar if you’d like, and garnish with a nice slab of pineapple.

    This simple recipe not only looks good, but it also shares most of its name with one of our favorite Martin Denny tunes, Hypnotique. Play the tune while you’re mixing the drink, and it will taste even better.

    Here’s Martin Denny…

    -Tiki Chris P. reporting from the Tiki Bar at Tiki Lounge Talk, the Blounge for swingin’ retro hipsters.

  • It’s National Rum Day! August 16, so here’s your weekend Tiki Bar Cocktails!

    Posted on August 15th, 2013 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 1 comment

    Yes, there is a “day” for everything…but when there’s a day for something as important as RUM, you know damned well there will be a post about it at The Tiki Lounge! A quick search of teh interwebs doesn’t give us much info on the origin of this fantabulous day, but who cares!

    Ok, first of all, a very nice person (Christine) representing Captain Morgan’s Rum sent me some very tasty-looking recipes. I haven’t tried them yet (saving them for Rum Day) but I dig Captain, and I’m pretty sure these are going to be winners. I’ll list them at the end of this post.

    Second, I can’t help but bring back one of my favorite original recipes,

    The Pirate's Wench, original rum recipe by Tiki Chris Pinto

    The Pirate's Wench, original rum recipe by Tiki Chris Pinto

    The Pirate’s Wench, Your Weekend Tiki Bar Cocktail

    I came up with this a few years ago while experimenting at the Tiki Bar on the lanai. It’s a twist on a Cuba Libre, and it will knock your socks off!

    1 oz strong spiced Rum (Captain Morgan Black, Sailor Jerry, Kracken work nicely)
    1 oz Malibu Coconut Rum
    1 oz Dark Rum (I prefer Meyer’s)
    3 drops bitters
    1/4 teaspoon vanilla
    sprinkle of nutmeg
    Coke
    Lime

    Start with a shaker of ice, add the three rums, bitter, and vanilla. Shake it up, baby. Strain into a large Tiki mug filled with ice. Liquor should fill mug about half way. Fill with Coke, squeeze in juice of 1/4 lime, and two shakes of nutmeg, stir. Top with a little more nutmeg and lime wedge. Damned good grog! It you like it sweet, add a little pineapple juice to taste. If you like it super strong, add a 151 floater, if you dare, and call it the Drunken Wench. Avast! And May Ye Enjoy The Captain’s Original Concoction !

    Now for MORE Cocktails…those cool drinks from Captain Morgan…

    Port Royal Punch

    Port Royal Punch

    PORT ROYAL PUNCH (Serves 25)

    Ingredients:

    2 46-oz. cans of pineapple juice
    3 cups mango juice
    1 750 mL bottle of Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum
    4.5 oz. grenadine
    3 oranges sliced thinly and quartered
    3 cans of Sprite for fizz

    Directions:
    In a punch bowl or large serving vessel, add the above ingredients and stir. Serve over ice in a punch glass – or glass of your choosing.

    Black and Ginger Tea

    Black and Ginger Tea

    BLACK & GINGER TEA

    Ingredients:

    ·          3 oz. Ginger Tisane (tea base)
    ·          1 oz. Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum
    ·          1 Tablespoon agave nectar (or sweetener of choice)
    ·          1/4 oz. lemon juice

    Directions: Brew tea base or tea bag in 6-8 oz. of water. Brew hot for four minutes and flash-chill, or cold for one hour. Shake with Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum, sweetener and lemon juice, and pour into rocks glass over ice.  Created by Owl’s Brew <http://theowlsbrew.com/> .

    Captain's Invasion

    Captain's Invasion

    CAPTAIN’S INVASION

    Ingredients:

    ·  1 oz. Captain Morgan Sherry Oak Finish Spiced Rum
    ·  1 oz. Grand Marnier® Liqueur
    ·  1/2 oz. lime juice
    ·   2 dashes of bitters

    Directions: Add all ingredients to an ice-filled rocks glass. Stir to blend and garnish with lime wedge. Created by Owl’s Brew <http://theowlsbrew.com/> .

    Cheers, kids! -Tiki Chris, reporting from the Tiki Bar on the lanai

    PS: Don’t forget, Friday, October 4th is International Exotic Cocktail Day! Watch for details…

  • Lava Flow – Your Tiki Bar Cocktail Recipe for the Weekend!

    Posted on January 25th, 2013 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 2 comments

    lava-flowTiki drink purists will argue that anything “frozen” and made in a blender goes against the grain of traditional Tiki cocktail concoctions. But there’s no denying that a few frozen favorites have made it into the Tiki Bar drink menu, and

    The Lava Flow

    is probably one of our favorites. With a great flavor and fun presentation, The Lava Flow is a cool treat on a steamy tropical night…or a cold winter night, if you crank up the heat and have a few palm plants by your indoor Tiki bar.

    Ingredients:

    •    1 oz. light rum
    •    1 oz. coconut rum
    •    2 oz. fresh or frozen strawberries
    •    1 small banana
    •    2 oz. unsweetened pineapple juice
    •    2 oz. coconut cream

    Photo from http://www.youaremyfave.com/2012/06/page/2/

    Photo from http://www.youaremyfave.com/2012/06/page/2/

    You’re going to want to make this in a clear glass, to show off the “flow”.

    Blend the 2 rums and the strawberries in a blender until smooth. Pour into a tall (Collins or Hurricane) glass. Blend the banana,  coconut cream, and pineapple juice in blender with crushed ice until smooth. Pour this mixture into the glass with the rums very slowly and watch as the strawberry mixture oozes its way to the top along the sides of the glass creating the flowing lava effect. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and little umbrella, for maximum Tiki-liciousness.

    Our “Tiki” Weekend…

    While most of you are freezing your maracas off, here in South Florida the temperatures are in the 70s. That makes it the perfect time to go to the Miami Zoo. We’re heading down that way this weekend to check out the lions and gators, and of course some tropical birds and snakes. The zoo’s theme is jungle, and there are even a few (newish) Tikis posted around!

    -Tiki Chris, reporting from the bar at Tiki Lounge Talk

  • National Rum Day? Today? YES!

    Posted on August 16th, 2012 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments
    You can't get any "rummier" than a Rum Barrel at The Mai Kai

    You can't get any "rummier" than a Rum Barrel at The Mai Kai

    Today is National Rum Day!

    What is National Rum Day?

    It’s a day to enjoy rum.

    I do that every day.

    Today is special.

    Why?

    I don’t know.

    Seriously, today IS National Rum Day, and plenty of news outlets and bloggers are writing articles about rum, different kinds of rum, and rum drinks. But what exactly is today all about, and who started it?

    Apparently nobody knows. After an intensive search of teh interwebs, I couldn’t find one post or site that could tell me who started it, when, or why. My first guess was that it was started by a rum manufacturer or distributor, but a quick look at Bacardi, Appleton Estate and Cruzan’s websites yielded not a single mention of the day. Then again, who cares? It’s an excuse to drink!

    RUM COCKTAILS

    Everyone is posting their favorite rum cocktails. I saw no less than 10 posts on how to make a Cuba Libre (such a difficult drink to mix, with all those three ingredients). Well, I won’t bore you with the typical rum recipes here. Here, I’ll give you two of my own concoctions to try out tonight.

    THE PIRATE’S WENCH
    by Tiki Chris P.pirates-wench

    One of my favorites, this drink is easy to make using stuff you probably already have behind the Tiki bar. Here are the ingredients:
    1 oz Sailor Jerry Rum
    1 oz Malibu Coconut Rum
    1 oz Dark Rum (I prefer Meyer’s or Black Seal)
    3 drops bitters
    1/4 teaspoon vanilla
    sprinkle of nutmeg
    Coke
    Lime

    This is kind of a Cuba Libre done in a kick-ass Tiki style. Get the full recipe here.

    TIKI GALORE
    by Tiki Chris P.

    A new twist on an old favorite, the Tiki Galore is kind of like what you’d get if an amaretto sour collided with a rum truck.

    1 oz. Amaretto
    1 oz. Dark Rum
    1/2 oz. Triple Sec
    2 oz. Orange Juice
    1/2 tspn powdered sugar

    tiki-galore-drinkIt’s sweet but not syrupy sweet, and the rum balances out the flavors nicely. Get the full recipe here.

    Well, happy National Rum Day, and don’t forget in October the much more inclusive and fun INTERNATIONAL EXOTIC COCKTAIL DAY, October 5, 2012! FB users can join the fun on the official facebook page here.

    -Tiki Chris reporting from Pirate’s Cove Tiki Bar, Fort Liquordale, FL

  • The Tonga Room Chi Chi – Your Weekend Tiki Cocktail Recipe

    Posted on August 10th, 2012 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 2 comments
    Chi Chi Vodka Drink

    Chi Chi Vodka Drink

    I’ve run across some (strange) people in my life who for some unknown reason, don’t dig Rum. I dunno, to each his own. Anyway I figured I’d drum up a recipe this week that has Vodka in place of rum, since Vodka seems to be today’s universally accepted booze. I only had to poke around for a minute when I found

    The Tonga Room Chi Chi

    A twist on the original Chi Chi, which is basically a Vodka Piña Colada, served at the historic Fairmont Hotel’s famed Tonga Room in San Fransisco.

    4 ounces pineapple juice
    2 teaspoons coconut snow
    1 1/4 ounces vodka
    1 ounce half and half
    about a cup of shaved ice
    Throw  everything into a blender and blend; Pour into a tall clear glass. Top with a fresh orchid. Serve with a straw.

    chi-chi-drink-2

    Regular Chi Chi:

    1 1/ 2oz vodka
    2 oz cream of coconut
    2 oz pineapple juice
    1 cup ice

    Blend all ingredients until smooth in blender. Pour into a tall Tiki mug and garnish with a slice of pineapple and a cherry.

    Have a great weekend, kids!

    -Tiki Chris, reporting from Poolside at the Lanai