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  • 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

  • Spicy Piña Colada: Your Weekend Tiki Cocktail, and Cocktail Nation

    Posted on July 23rd, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    tiki-bar-drinksHow about something frozen on this hot, South Florida day?

    As the Mai Tai is without question the quintessential Tiki Cocktail, the Piña Colada is without doubt the most famous and best-loved Tropical drink. Welcome anyplace on the globe where palm trees and thatch are present, the Piña Colada is at equally at home at the Tiki bar or on a Mexican playa.

    From Shag’s Tiki Drink Deck, here is the

    Spicy Piña Colada

    1 1/2 oz. spiced rum (I prefer Sailor Jerry’s)
    1 1/2 oz. creme de coconut
    2 oz. pineapple juice
    2 oz. pineapple chunks
    splash of cream
    151 rumpina-colada

    Blend everything except the 151 in a blender with ice until smooth. Pour into a hurricane glass, top with about a tablespoon of 151 and garnish with a cherry, pineapple wedge, orange slice and a little umbrella. It’s nothing without the umbrella. Sit in your favorite deck chair pointed at the ocean and enjoy!

    Shag's Tiki Drinks Deck

    Shag's Tiki Drinks Deck

    Cocktail Nation

    So, as I riffed about in my last post, Koop Kooper of Cocktail Nation kindly interviewed me for my newest retro-tastic novel, Murder on Tiki Island. The vintage music podcast is now available at CocktailNation.net (click the link to listen now!) The show is, as always, great, kicking off with a Diana Krall tune and filled with great music and retro koolness. You can catch Koop’s podcast every week, with new-old tunes a’plenty.

    For info on Murder on Tiki Island by Tiki Chris Pinto, visit the Star Dust Mysteries Publishing website at StardustMysteries.com.

    -Tiki Chris reporting from the lanai at Pirate’s Cove Tiki Bar, Florida