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  • International Exotic Cocktail Day 2012- Friday, Oct 5th

    Posted on October 4th, 2012 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    exotic-cocktail-dayIt’s nearly here – tomorrow is the third annual International Exotic Cocktail Day!

    #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.

    Colleen Drinking Cap'n Mack's Pirate Grog

    Colleen Drinking Cap'n Mack's Pirate Grog

    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.

    I’ll be finishing the night at home, at my private Tiki bar, affectionately known as Pirate’s Cove Tiki Bar. I’m thinking I’ll mix up a Pirate’s Wench, my own Tiki cocktail concoction.

    maitaiHappy International Exotic Cocktail Day, kids! Live it up!

    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!

  • National Rum Day? Today? YES!

    Posted on August 16th, 2012 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments
    You can't get any "rummier" than a Rum Barrel at The Mai Kai

    You can't get any "rummier" than a Rum Barrel at The Mai Kai

    Today is National Rum Day!

    What is National Rum Day?

    It’s a day to enjoy rum.

    I do that every day.

    Today is special.


    I don’t know.

    Seriously, today IS National Rum Day, and plenty of news outlets and bloggers are writing articles about rum, different kinds of rum, and rum drinks. But what exactly is today all about, and who started it?

    Apparently nobody knows. After an intensive search of teh interwebs, I couldn’t find one post or site that could tell me who started it, when, or why. My first guess was that it was started by a rum manufacturer or distributor, but a quick look at Bacardi, Appleton Estate and Cruzan’s websites yielded not a single mention of the day. Then again, who cares? It’s an excuse to drink!


    Everyone is posting their favorite rum cocktails. I saw no less than 10 posts on how to make a Cuba Libre (such a difficult drink to mix, with all those three ingredients). Well, I won’t bore you with the typical rum recipes here. Here, I’ll give you two of my own concoctions to try out tonight.

    by Tiki Chris P.pirates-wench

    One of my favorites, this drink is easy to make using stuff you probably already have behind the Tiki bar. Here are the ingredients:
    1 oz Sailor Jerry Rum
    1 oz Malibu Coconut Rum
    1 oz Dark Rum (I prefer Meyer’s or Black Seal)
    3 drops bitters
    1/4 teaspoon vanilla
    sprinkle of nutmeg

    This is kind of a Cuba Libre done in a kick-ass Tiki style. Get the full recipe here.

    by Tiki Chris P.

    A new twist on an old favorite, the Tiki Galore is kind of like what you’d get if an amaretto sour collided with a rum truck.

    1 oz. Amaretto
    1 oz. Dark Rum
    1/2 oz. Triple Sec
    2 oz. Orange Juice
    1/2 tspn powdered sugar

    tiki-galore-drinkIt’s sweet but not syrupy sweet, and the rum balances out the flavors nicely. Get the full recipe here.

    Well, happy National Rum Day, and don’t forget in October the much more inclusive and fun INTERNATIONAL EXOTIC COCKTAIL DAY, October 5, 2012! FB users can join the fun on the official facebook page here.

    -Tiki Chris reporting from Pirate’s Cove Tiki Bar, Fort Liquordale, FL

  • Samoan Typhoon – Your Weekend Tiki Cocktail Recipe

    Posted on February 10th, 2012 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 3 comments
    Samoan Typhoon

    Samoan Typhoon

    It’s been a while since I gave you kids an exotic cocktail recipe for a Volcano Bowl, and keeping with last week’s rum-soaked, passion fruit syrup-laden drink, I figured I’d give you Tiki drink you can share with your friends…

    Samoan Typhoon

    2 oz honey mix (equal parts honey and water, heated until honey dissolves)
    8 oz fresh lime juice
    4 oz pineapple juice
    4 oz orange juice
    4 oz passion fruit syrup
    8 oz gold rum
    2 oz dark rum
    3 oz vodka
    4 cups crushed ice
    1 oz 151 rumpin-up-lay-down

    Dissolve honey mix in lime juice, then put in blender with all other ingredients, adding the ice last. Blend for 15 seconds. Depending on the size of your blender you may have to do half the recipe at a time. Pour into your volcano bowl, pour a shot of 151 into the top and light it up, stick those lonnnnng straws in and have a ball!

    -Tiki Chris P. reporting from the Pirate’s Cove Tiki Bar, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • Your Weekend Tiki Cocktail: My Blue Heaven

    Posted on July 29th, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 2 comments
    My Blue Heaven

    My Blue Heaven

    Here’s a easy one to mix up quick at the Tiki bar. It looks pretty and the chicks really dig it.

    My Blue Heaven

    1 oz Silver Rum
    1 oz Blue Curacao
    1 oz Coconut Creme
    2 oz Pineapple Juice

    Easy method:
    Put everything in a shaker and shake it up real nice with ice, until the shaker gets frosty. Pour it over the rocks in a Tiki mug and garnish with a piece of pineapple, and if you have it, a blueberry.

    Difficult method:
    Go to the music shop and buy a book on how to play saxophone. Learn to play the saxophone. Buy sheet music to My Blue Heaven, and record it with a couple of jazzing’ cats to a swing beat. Set up a record deal with a major jazz label and have the recording distributed. When it reaches the top of the charts, have it pressed in vinyl as a collector’s piece.

    Buy a high end hi-fi turntable. Set it up at your Tiki Bar and put the record on. Follow directions above.

    MMM, good stuff.

    -Tiki Chris reporting from the bar at Tiki Lounge Talk

  • Lake George Iced Tea: Your Weekend Tiki Bar Cocktail!

    Posted on June 25th, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 1 comment
    Lake George Iced Tea Cocktail

    Lake George Iced Tea Cocktail

    In honor of Ohana: Luau at the Lake, currently swinging this weekend at the Tiki Resort on Lake George, NY, I thought it would be fun to feature something from the area. And bingo…maybe not so Tiki, but certainly welcome on any Tiki bar in upstate New Yawk,

    Lake George Iced Tea

    I couldn’t find any info on where this drink was first served or why it’s called the Lake George, so I’ll make something up.

    Let’s pretend it was first mixed at The Sagamore Hotel on a hot July afternoon, when the bartender was asked to make something regional for a group of tourists from Millville, NJ. The bartender, not too smart but very good with mixing things, had just made a Long Island Iced Tea and used the last of his sour mix. Thinking fast (and being lazy), he came up with the Lake George Iced Tea, and used pineapple juice in place of the sour mix. Bingo. Works for me.

    Here’s the recipe:

    1/2 oz tequila
    1/2 oz white rum
    1/2 oz vodka
    1/2 oz gin
    1/2 oz triple sec
    1 oz pineapple juice

    The Sagamore Hotel, Lake George

    The Sagamore Hotel, Lake George

    Throw everything (except the soda, of course) into a shaker with ice and shake until the outside of the shaker is nice and frosty. Strain into a highball glass filled with cubes, and add Coca-Cola until full. Give it a quick stir and garnish with a lemon wheel.

    Luau at the Lake

    As most of you know, the second giant Tiki Party of the year is taking place right now on the Lake. Lots of kool bands, vendors, and cocktails are flying around The Tiki Resort, a fab 50s Tiki motel right off the main drag in Lake George Village. In fact most of the town (last time I was there) is sort of stuck in the 50s with modernization in between the fun old stuff, including mini golf, ice cream parlors, a wax museum and lots of souvenir shops.

    Tiki Resort, Lake George

    Tiki Resort, Lake George

    To all you swingin’ kats and kittens who made it up there this year, I hope you have a really great time! I was hoping to get there myself but it got scheduled way to close to The Hukilau to be able to do both. Maybe for 2012 the kats that run Ohana can coordinate with The Hukilau and Tiki Oasis to make things a little easier for us Tiki kids to hit them all!

    -Tiki Chris reporting from behind the bar at Tiki Lounge Talk, the swingin’ blog for Tiki and Retro Culture Lovers