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  • Shanghai Cocktail: Your Weekend Tiki Bar Drink Recipe

    Posted on September 3rd, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    shanghai-cocktailLike the opening scene of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, the whisper of the word “Shanghai” conjures images of a distant past, one of dark, narrow streets filled with underworld characters sneaking into opium dens and harlot-filled nightclubs. A six-month trip on a tramp steamer and there you are in “the Paris of the Orient”, where you take your chances and your life in your hands as you embark on a Noir adventure of mystery and lust.

    You step up to the hand-carved bar in The Shanghai Club, and order a

    Shanghai Cocktail

    from a seedy bartender. He narrows his eyes as he considers the strange American before him, and makes his decision whether to poison you or allow you to live. You slap an American sawbuck on the bartop, and he decides to give you another day.

    Shanghai Cocktail Recipe:

    1 oz dark rum
    1 tsp anisette
    1/2 tsp grenadine syrup
    juice of 1/4 lemon

    Shake ingredients together in a shaker with ice until a frost forms on the outside of the canister. Rim a martini glass with lemon, and strain the cocktail into the glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

    To make a Shanghai Surprise, set a half ounce of Bacardi 151 aflame and pour into the mixed drink.

    -Tiki Chris reporting from the Tiki Bar at Tiki Lounge Talk, the web’s hottest blounge for Tiki Drink Recipies.

  • Your Weekend Tiki Cocktail: Don the Beachcomber’s Navy Grog

    Posted on January 7th, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 6 comments

    navy-grogImagine yourself sitting on a beautiful, white-sand beach, the Pacific Ocean in front of you, majestic black mountains behind you, a pretty native girl laying in the sand next to you wearing a grass skirt and flower leis, and assorted cases of exotic rums strewn across the beach, washed up from a pirate wreck, there for the taking. What’s a person to do? How about mixing up a big pitcher of

    Don the Beachcomber’s Navy Grog

    As far as I can find through my limited (and alcohol enhanced) research, Don concocted this cocktail around 1941. A little simpler than drinks like the Zombie, it’s easy to make, tastes good and will knock you on your ass. (Supposedly he limited his customers to two of these strong-arse drinks).

    Here’s the scoop:

    1 oz Light Puerto Rican Rum (Bacardi Silver, Meyers White)
    1 oz Dark Jamaican Rum (Myers Dark, Coruba Dark, Appleton Estate)
    1 oz Demerara Rum
    3/4 oz Fresh Lime Juice
    3/4 oz Fresh Grapefruit Juice
    3/4 oz Honey, warmed
    Club Soda

    Shake everything but the soda up in a shaker and strain over rocks in a tall Tiki mug. Top it off with the soda and give it a quick stir with an appropriate swizzle stick (a flamingo, Tiki head, or something vintage. Don’t be lazy and use one of those plain plastic ones with the little ball on the end and nothing else). Garnish this masterpiece with a combination of lime, pineapple and cherry on a sword, and if you can, add an orchid. Fantabulous, man! Make sure you set up one for your half-naked Hula goddess laying next to you. (Hey, we can dream, can’t we?)

    -Aloha from Tiki Chris, reporting from a little island somewhere in the Pacific surrounded by rum and pretty Hula girls. Tiki Lounge Talk, where your Tiki fantasies come true. Or at least sound like they do. You know what I mean.