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  • Kalikimaka Cocktail, Christmas Punch & Pirate Eggnog: Your Tiki Bar Christmas Drink Recipes are here!

    Posted on December 23rd, 2012 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 4 comments

    kalikimaka cocktailEvery year I try to find some cool new drink recipe to feature for Christmas at the Tiki Bar. Last year I shared my own age-old Eggnog recipe, an easy concoction that starts with store-bought nog and goes crazy from there. I’m adding that in at the end of this post, but first here is this year’s featured cocktail,

    The Kalikimaka Cocktail

    1 oz Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
    1/2 oz Kraken Dark Rum
    1 1/2 oz. mulled apple cider (Apple juice will do in a pinch)
    1/2 oz. cinnamon syrup (see below)
    1/4 oz. fresh lime juice
    1 dash bitters
    Cinnamon sticks

    Throw everything in a shaker with ice and shake it up good. Rim a martini glass lightly with cinnamon, and fill the glass with the chilled booze. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and enjoy the holidays!

    Cinnamon Syrup
    1 cup sugar
    1 cup water
    4 cinnamon sticks, broken into large pieces
    Bring everything to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer for 8-10 minutes until sugar has dissolved, stirring frequently. Let cool. Ditch the cinnamon sticks, strain into a clean glass jar and cover. Store refrigerated for up to two weeks.

    Chris’ Christmas Punch (Non-Alcoholic)

    There’s nothing worse for kids at Christmas than to watch the adults making special drinks that they aren’t allowed to have. So here’s something that both adults and kiddies will dig…

    1 liter Ginger Ale
    2 quarts Apple Cider or Juice
    1 cup orange juice
    oranges
    apples
    cinnamon
    cinnamon sticks
    nutmeg
    ice

    In a punchbowl, combine the ginger ale, juices, and ice. Add about a teaspoon of cinnamon and a half teaspoon of nutmeg and stir well. Slice oranges into wheels and apples into small cubes and float; sprinkle the top with cinnamon. Serve ice cold with a cinnamon stick. Deee-lish.

    eggnog1And of course, the infamous Eggnog.

    Keep out of reach of children.
    1 quart good quality store-bought eggnog
    About 1 1/2 cups Captain Morgan’s or Sailor Jerry Rum
    2 oz Coconut Rum
    1 tablespoon Cinnamon
    1 teaspoon nutmeg
    1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

    Pour the nog into a large bottle and add all ingredients (start with ½ cup of rum and keep adding to taste). Shake vigorously and chill in the refrigerator for at least two hours before serving.

    Hope this helps with your holiday parties! Merry Christmas!

    -Tiki Chris reporting from under the Christmas Tree at Tiki Lounge Talk

  • Tequila Mockingbird – Your Weekend Tiki Cocktail Recipe!

    Posted on June 16th, 2012 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 2 comments

    tiki-mugA simple yet satisfying drink, Tequila Mockingbird wins first prize for best Tiki drink pun name. If you don’t “get it”, hit the local library and ask the librarian for one.

    2 oz. Tequilla (use a good quality Tequilla)

    1 oz. Triple Sec

    3 oz Pineapple Juice

    Shake up in a shaker full of ice, and pour into a tall Tiki or Collins glass over the rocks. Garnish with a pineapple spear and cherry.

    Happy Anniversary to Colleen Wahine!

    It’s been 12 years since Colleen and I tied the not on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, in front of Ripley’s Believe it or not (Believe it or not!) It’s been a fun ride so far and all indications are it’ll be a fun ride for years to come!

    Colleen at The Mai Kai

    Colleen at The Mai Kai

    Happy Anniversary baby, the Tiki Lounge would be a lonely place without you 😉

    -Tiki Chris P. reporting from drizzzzly South Florida, under the sheltering palms

  • Puka Punch – Your Weekend Tiki Cocktail

    Posted on February 3rd, 2012 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 2 comments

    puka-punchHere’s one of those crazy Tiki bar drinks that we love to build because it uses just about everything behind the bar including the sink. Rum, rum, and more rum, fruit juices, Falernum…mix it all together and you get one of those drinks that is fun to make, looks impressive to your pals, and tastes pretty damned good. Plus it reminds me of the Puca rabbit Harvey, and that makes me smile.

    Puka Punch

    2 oz. white rum
    3⁄4 oz. dark Jamaican rum
    3⁄4 oz. 151-proof rum (optional)
    3⁄4 oz. fresh orange juice
    3⁄4 oz. pineapple juice
    3⁄4 oz. passion fruit syrup
    2 tsp. honey mixed with
    2 tsp. hot water, chilled
    1⁄4 oz. Falernum
    1 dash Angostura bitters
    1 oz. fresh lime juice
    Pineapple slice, orange wedge,
    and maraschino cherry

    Toss 1 1⁄2 cups of ice cubes into a blender and crush em up. Add all ingredients except the 151, blend on high speed. Pour into a Highball glass or tall Tiki mug. Then slowly pour the 151 rum over back of a (vintage) bar spoon into cocktail. Garnish with pineapple, orange, and a cherry on a little plastic sword. Cool drink!

    -Tiki Chris P. reporting from Pirate’s Cove Tiki Bar, on the outskirts of Fort Lauderdale, South Florida. Watch out for the alligators.

  • 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.

  • The Lover’s Cocktail: Your Weekend Tiki Bar Drink for Valentine’s Day

    Posted on February 11th, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 3 comments

    lovers-cocktailWith Valentine’s Day on Monday I thought it would be nice to feature

    The Lover’s Cocktail

    A gin concoction that’s easy to make and fun to drink. I couldn’t find any history on this drink so I’ll make some up.

    Back in 1927 there was speakeasy in the basement of the Ritz Hotel in Atlantic City. Since prohibition made it difficult (but not impossible) to acquire good booze, the bartenders often had to make due with what they could get their hands on. An enormous shindig was held on Valentine’s Day that year, but the only liquor they had on hand was some watered-down bourbon and sloe gin…and not the best stuff. So one of the bartenders, a bloke that went by the name of Nickles, came up with this special recipe for the special day:

    2 oz sloe gin
    1 egg white
    1 tsp lemon juice
    1/2 tsp raspberry juice

    Separate the egg white and give it a little whip…just a few seconds. Combine the sloe gin, egg white, lemon juice and raspberry juice in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Shake it up well and strain into a Martini glass. Garnish with cherries on a pick and float a red rose petal on top. If the raspberry juice doesn’t give you a nice color, add a few drops of red food dye.The egg whites give the drink a little fuzzy fizz. If you’re scared of getting salmonella, substitute with a little soda instead, but it won’t be as good (or historically accurate, which I always strive to be.)

    -Tiki Chris P. reporting from the speakeasy under the Tiki Bar at Tiki Lounge Talk! Stay tuned for more misinformation and cocktails!