Posted on October 4th, 2012 No comments
#IECD is a day for celebrating all that is great, swingin’, kool and magical about Tiki & Exotic Cocktails. Hey, there’s a day for everything now…why not have a day to celebrate something that really matters? BOOZE.
People all over the world will be celebrating this day by having an exotic cocktail (or two, or three…). Wherever, whenever, with whomever…as long as you have a Tiki drink in hand and a smile on your face.
I’ll be celebrating this day all day. After all, I invented it so I guess I should, right?
I’ll be making Zombies for my co-workers for at-work happy hour (I work at an ad agency, so liquor is ok here in moderation). With any luck and if traffic is on my side, I’ll be swinging by The Wreck Bar to see Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid’s underwater show, then will head over to the Mai Kai around 8 to drink Mai Tais and Jet Pilots, and listen to the Cutback Surf Band. Those cats can really rock old-school surf tunes.
Join the #IECD event on Facebook!
-Tiki Chris, reporting from the liquor store on the corner of Tiki Island Road and Tropical Paradise Avenue, Florida
For a list of Exotic Cocktail recipes, visit Tiki Lounge Talk’s mixed-up drinks page!
Posted on August 26th, 2012 No comments
Living in the Tropics is great. There’s no better way to enjoy the Tiki good life than having a pool you can use year round, an outdoor Tiki bar and palm trees in your front yard. The downside is, you get Tropical Storms and Hurricanes now and then.
We got luck with Isaac. Unlike some of the other storms we’ve been hit with, so far this one is just dumping tons of rain on us. It’s already after 5:00pm on Sunday as I write this, and we’ve been lucky enough to not even have a power outage. The winds have been minimal and street flooding is no worse than we usually get during a rain storm.
But it is a wake-up call. We haven’t had a major storm hit our home in Sunrise (about 12 miles west of Fort Lauderdale Beach) since Wilma tore apart the area in 2005. Many of you out of the area may not even remember Wilma…it was overshadowed by Katrina, which caused substantial damage. But the fact is that Wilma was and still is listed as the most costliest storm in American history. So we’ve been lucky for 7 years…
It was Hurricane Wilma which gave me the idea for my Tiki-oriented murder mystery book, Murder on Tiki Island. Living through a Category 1 (up to 3) Hurricane was a real eye opener. It made me think of what it would have been like had it hit us head on…basically that would have meant almost total destruction. That led me to research storms of South Florida, which reminded me of the 1935 “Storm of the Century”, a Cat 5 ‘cane that destroyed a large chunk of the Florida Keys. That, and my own experience in the storms here, were the inspiration for my book.
All weather reports are indicating the worst of the storm is over for us. Tomorrow will probably be rainy but quiet. We dodged the bullet, again.
-Tiki Chris reporting from the storm shelter inside Pirate’s Cove Tiki Lounge
Posted on January 4th, 2012 No comments
Tonight, Wednesday, January 4, 2012, 6pm-8pm
Mai Kai Polynesian Restaurant and Tiki Bar, Fort Lauderdale, FL
If you’re in South Florida this Wednesday, be sure to stop by The Mai Kai in Fort Lauderdale and meet yours truly, Tiki Chris P. and Hawaii’s own Everett Peacock for our first book signing together!
It’s a rare treat to team up with Everett Peacock, author of the Parrot Talks series and other Hawaiian tales of fiction. I will be selling and signing paperback copies of the Tiki world’s official murder mystery, Murder on Tiki Island, along with my Wildwood Murder mystery Murder Behind the Closet Door, while Everett’s books will include The Parrot Talks in Chocolate, In the Middle of the World’s Most Wonderful of Oceans, Tiwaka Goes To Waikiki and Death by Facebook.
The Mai Kai is the world’s most famous, oldest-standing, unchanged and theerfore koolest original mid-century Tiki bar in the world. Built in 1956, it just celebrated its 55th anniversary as the Tiki world’s Mecca. Millions of people have made the pilgrimage to Fort Lauderdale, FL to pay tribute to this temple of Tiki, and have done so by imbibing strong, vintage-style tropical drinks, enjoying incredible exotic foods, watching the authentic hula dancers and ending the evening off with a trinket from the gift shop. Now, that gift shop includes works from today’s Tiki artists from all over the world. The newest addition is a collection of Tiki-related books, including those groovy tomes mentioned above.
Everett Peacock lives on the island of Maui, in the state of Hawaii, USA. His books have delighted thousands of people, telling tales of the Hawaiian Islands and their interesting inhabitants. His works range from the very lighthearted and uplifting The Parrot Talks in Chocolate, to the spooky paranormal mystery Death by Facebook. All of his works transcend our everyday existence, blending the metaphysical with human reality. His books consistently achieve five-star reviews on many book review sites…and I personally recommend them to anyone who digs Tiki, Hawaii, parrots or cocktails served in coconuts.
I, Tiki Chris Pinto, live down here in sunny South Florida with my wife Colleen, just a few miles west of the sparkling beaches of Fort Lauderdale and the rum-soaked delights of the Mai Kai. I’ve been writing since I was a kid, and my successes included several murder mystery stage plays, the 5-star rated novels Murder Behind the Closet Door and Murder on Tiki Island, and a collection of flash fiction entitled A Flash of Noir. Murder Under The Boards: The Atlantic City Murder Mystery is the novel that’s currently in the works, and will feature my recurring paranormal mystery theme along with my recurring flawed protagonist, Detective Bill Riggins. (For those of you who dig books by Stephen King and Mickey Spillane, you’ll flip for these titles).
Both Everett and I will have several books on hand for sale, and will also sign copies of books you’ve already purchased. Hell, we’ll even sign books we didn’t write. Why not!
Hope to see some of you kool kats and kittens at the Mai Kai tonight!
All of our books can be found on Amazon.com, in print and for Kindle, and for Nook. For more info visit StarDustMysteries.com.
-Tiki Chris P., reporting from the Molokai bar.
Posted on September 30th, 2011 1 comment
While the rest of the country is getting that September chill, it’s 90° here in sunny south Florida!
Since it’s Early Autumn, I thought it would be kool to kick out the
Early Autumn Cocktail Recipe.
Early Autumn is also a very keen jazz standard, immortalized by the swinging saxes of Woody Herman’s Heard (see the video below). This is a great song to play while you mix this interesting cocktail:
Recipe for 8 servings
• 1 1/2 cups vodka
• 1 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 5-6 lemons)
• 1/2 cup Galliano
• 1/4 cup honey liqueur (such as Barenjager)
• flowering fresh thyme sprig, for garnish.
Combine in a large shaker or pitcher with ice, shake or stir briskly. Pour over the rocks into small tumblers, pony glasses or cordial glasses and garnish with a sprig of thyme.
For a more involved, even more Autumny concoction, try this modern mixology take on the Early Autumn Cocktail (recipe from About.com):
• 1.5 oz. Bombay Sapphire infused with dried pear and apples (click for recipe)
• 1/2 oz. Lucid absinthe
• 1 oz. local apple cider
• 1/2 oz. pear brandy (Adam recommends: Massenez Williams Poire Brandy)
• 1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
• 2 dashes Fee Brothers Aztec Chocolate bitters
• Ginger beer
• cinnamon stick for garnish
• lemon peel for garnish
Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes and shake it up. Strain into a highball glass filled with ice and garnish with a lemon peel and cinnamon stick. Wow, huh?
Here’s the song, Woody Herman featuring Stan Getz on sax.
Posted on August 31st, 2011 3 comments
While the rest of the country is looking forward to cooler fall weather, we here in South Florida are smack dab in the middle of hottest time of year. Our “summer” lasts long after Halloween is over, and “fall” is just a concept in our minds. The end of August means hot, humid days and rainy evenings are promised for at least another month.
Now don’t you cats & kitties get me wrong…I ain’t complaining. I love the heat and the screwy weather. It’s just that when it’s 85° at 9:00 o’clock at night, it’s not so nice to sit out on the lanai and drink booze at the outdoor Tiki bar. Unless of course you can jump in the pool.
-Tiki Chris P.