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  • 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.

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    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!

  • Your Weekend Tiki Cocktail: The Shirley Temple

    Posted on February 27th, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    shirley-temple-drinkA little late, this week’s Tiki bar drink is for all you kids that can’t/won’t/don’t want to have alcohol in your beverage. There are a lot of swingin’ drinks out there, but none is as easy to make, is as much fun and tastes quite so good as an old fashioned

    Shirley Temple Cocktail!

    Dreamed up in the 1930s and named after the cutest child movie star to date, the Shirley Temple has been a favorite of mine since I got my first taste at my Aunt & Uncle’s New Year’s Eve party in their swingin’ basement bar in Philly, around 1974. H ere’s the general recipe:

    Fill a fancy glass with ice. Pour in Ginger Ale until almost full. Then add grenadine (or the syrup out of Marachino cherries) a teaspoon at a time until it’s nice and cherryish, to your taste. Throw in a couple of cherries and garnish with an orange slice. You can fancy it up as much as you want with umbrellas, swords, everything you’ve got.temple-shirley

    Variations on the recipe include 2/3 part Ginger Ale to 1/3 part orange juice, pineapple juice, or lemonade. But the cherry flavor is the best.

    For those of you who insist on proofing-up your cocktails, I recommend the same recipe with a jigger of vodka, and a half oz of Kirshwasser or cherry brandy. mmmm.

    -Tiki Chris reporting from the kids’ table at Pirate’s Cove Tiki Bar

    Looking for a good read to go with your cocktail? Check out Murder Behind the Closet Door, the retro-noir style Wildwood paranormal murder mystery.