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  • 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.

  • New Tiki Drink Recipe! The Pirate’s Wench, aka Cap’n Mack’s Pirate Grog

    Posted on November 28th, 2009 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 2 comments

    tiki-bar-drinksThanksgiving for most people means a day spent with family, eating and watching football. Well, as we are displaced 1200+ miles from any family, my wife and usually have an intimate Thanksgiving dinner at home, just the two of us. This year was no exception, and we had a great day with a smoked turkey and the Wizard of Oz. If I have anything to be thankful for, it’s my wonderful wife Colleen.

    Of course when you have a few days off in a row without needing to tend to guests, you start experimenting at the Tiki bar, right? Well, I sure as hell do. And I came up with something pretty decent.


    I love rum. I love Coke. I love rum and Coke. Cuba Libre, as it’s know when you add lime. What I really like is to screw around with the basic recipe, and see what happens. That’s how I invented the Pirate’s Wench (click to see post). This little number is a spin-off of the Wench. It starts out the same, then takes a very islandy, Tiki-y twist. So we can call this a wench, too. What the hell. And it’s reeeeealy, reeeeally kickin’, kids! Try it out, it won’t disappoint.

    1 oz Sailor Jerry Rum
    1 oz Malibu Coconut Rum
    1 oz Dark Rum (I prefer Meyer’s)
    3 drops bitters
    1/4 teaspoon vanilla
    sprinkle of nutmeg

    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. Avast! And May Ye Enjoy The Captain’s Private Stock!