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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!

  • Celebrate International Exotic Cocktail Day!

    Posted on October 7th, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    mai-taiHappy International Exotic Cocktail Day!

    Today is a day to remember how much we all love Tiki cocktails. Most of us do this on a daily or weekly basis anyway, but what the hell, let’s have one special day to really drive the point home, right?

    So I raise of glass of imported rums, exotic spices and fresh citrus juices to you all Tikiphiles, Retro lovers and all. Cheers!

    We’ll be celebrating tonight at Florida’s famous Wreck Bar at the Yankee Clipper in Fort Lauderdale, where we’ll be watching Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid’s show. Then it’s off to the Mai Kai! My plan is to have a Mai Tai, a Jet Pilot and a Rum Barrel. We’ll see how that goes…

    Hope you kids all have a great time tonight…whether it’s at your favorite Tiki bar, or in your own home with friends, take a few minutes to remember that no matter how hard times get, no matter how bad things are, a cool and tasty Exotic Cocktail can take you away for a little while.

    -Tiki Chris P. reporting from Pirate’s Cove Tiki Bar at Tiki Lounge Talk

    Looking for Exotic Cocktail recipes? Check out Tiki Lounge Talk’s

    Tiki Drinks Page

    For lots of kool, vintage style concoctions.

  • Jazz Appreciation Month, April Fools and Your Weekend Tiki Cocktail, The Stinger

    Posted on April 2nd, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments
    Duke Ellington's Orchestra

    Duke Ellington's Orchestra

    Here ye, Here ye, utmost Jazz-appreciating hipsters and hipsterettes; knock your lobes to the groove I’m layin’ down on you, as this is

    Jazz Appreciation Month,

    The 30 days on the calendar when you can truly appreciate good music.

    Huh?

    Ok, what we’ve really got here is a month dedicated to all the swingin’ kats, past and present, who’ve taken a tune and bent it into one of America’s true original styles of music. It’s to remind us of some of the great tunes and players we may have forgotten, and to let the younger kids get hip to the swing…because as the Master himself said, It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing.

    The Stinger

    The Stinger

    To go along with your appreciation of Jazz, here’s one of the cocktails I find to be perfect to sip tunes by.

    The Stinger.

    Short and to the point. Not a fancy Tiki cocktail, not a pretentious apple Martini, just..The Stinger.

    1 1/2 oz good quality Brandy (I prefer Courvoisier)
    1/2 oz White Creme de Menthe

    This seems simple but like all true cocktails, it must be built with care. Too much Brandy and it will taste dull and lifeless. Too much Creme de Methe and you’ll have a sickeningly sweet drink that tastes like a candy cane. Don’t use Green Creme de Menthe…that’s for Grasshoppers and ice cream parfaits.

    This is the wrong kind of stinger.

    This is the wrong kind of stinger.

    Add the booze to a shaker with ice and shake. Serve straight up in an old fashioned glass, or on the rocks (I prefer rocks). No garnish. This is the kind of drink you sip when sitting in a basement bar in the Village, listening to some kats wailing on a pipehorn or banging the keys to some smooth, east coast Jazz. Asking for a Courvoisier Stinger in a jazz club like that will get you a lot of respect from the bartender and a real shot at the brunette with the peakaboo haircut and the four inch stilettos (assuming you travel in a time machine back to 1955).

    More Jazz

    When I first started this B-Lounge I added a Jazz 101 page for kats and kittens who wanted to learn a little more about the greatest music on Earth, but didn’t know where to start. Check it out just for fun here. There’s also a suggested playlist of some of the greatest jazz and swing tunes ever recorded…not a comprehensive list by any means, but a good start for people who want to dig it.

    Peter Gunn, 1957

    Peter Gunn, 1957

    I’ll post a few spotlights on Jazz musicians this month, so stay tuned, kids.

    -Tiki “Zoot” Pinto reporting from the sound booth at Pirate’s Cove Tiki Bar, Florida

  • Your Weekend Tiki Cocktail: Walk The Plank

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

    coffeeliqueurThis weekend we’ve got TWO (yes, TWO!) Tiki Bar Cocktails for you!

    I recently had a request for something easy, to take the sting off a bad hockey game. Well, this is easy, strong, velvety and is potent enough to take the sting offa anything. So here is a pirate favorite,

    Walk The Plank

    Pour 1/2 shot each of:

    Dark Rum
    Spiced Rum
    Frangelico
    Kahlua

    straight from the bottle into a shot glass, and slam it down. Yikes! Or, you can sip it…it’s nice and smooth. A variation is to pour it over the rocks and stir with some half and half…a sort of a souped-up Kahlua and cream. Nice.chip-shot

    The second drink comes from the headlines. Not that I give a damn about what’s going on in Hollywood, but you have to admit this whole Charlie Sheen thing is funny as hell (Have you seen his “cooking show” on Funny or Die?). My first thought was there needs to be a Tiger Blood cocktail. But, unfortunately, a sushi joint in NYC beat me to the punch with their own “Tiger’s Blood” cocktail. Thing is, this saki and wasabi abomination has no place on a Tiki bar. So, I asked the Tikitastic people that hang out at Facebook’s Retro Tiki Lounge to come up with a better recipe. Didn’t get many; Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid suggested that it should contain Indian whiskey, you know, because of Indian Tigers. My lovely wife Colleen suggested citrus vodka, blood orange juice, club soda and lime…a great combination, but hey, she’s my wife, so she couldn’t win the little contest.

    tigers-blood-cocktailSo, the winner is Robert Millar, who came up with:

    The Tiger’s Blood Cocktail

    1 shot Benedictine
    1 shot Brandy
    1 shot Chambord

    Sounds good to me! I didn’t have the Benedictine so I couldn’t try it out, but it’s better than a cocktail that includes soy sauce so, Congrats, Robert! You get your Tiger’s Blood Cocktail recipe here on TLT!

    -Tiki Chris P. reporting from behind the bar at Pirate’s Cove Tiki Lounge, the Blounge of South Florida.

  • Guys and Dolls, 1955 for Mod Movie Monday!

    Posted on January 31st, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 1 comment

    guys-and-dolls-movie-posterI figured we’d take a little break this week from Noir Movie Monday and get back to the colorful stuff. And dare ain’t no movie more fulla collah den

    Guys and Dolls

    from 1955, starring Frank Sinatra, Marlin Brando, Jean Simmons and Vivian Blaine.

    Without a doubt this flick ranks in my all-time top favorites. The crazy characters, the oddball accents, the music, the floating craps game, the hats, the dolls…there ain’t nothin’ about this movie I don’t fully enjoy with a capital “E”, see?

    This was one of the first (good) movies to use non-musical talent (Brando, Simmons) in a musical. Surrounded by actual singers (Sinatra, Blaine), the two leads pulled it off pretty well and paved the way for later musicals to star non-musical talent (all the way up to 2002′s Chicago, forcing notes out of Renne Zellweger, Cathrine Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere).guysanddolls-frank-vivian

    The story, adapted from Damon Runyon’s original short story, is about a collection of gamblers, showgirls, Salvation Army workers and other fringe characters inhabiting the nights of New York City around 1950. Two gamblers in particular, Nathan Detroit (Sinatra) and Sky Masterson (Brando) are focused upon as Detroit tries to find a new venue for his famous floating craps game. A “chance” meeting over cheesecake has Detroit attempting to con Masterson out of some dough in the hopes of using said dough to bribe a certain garage owner to allow the dice to roll. Masterson, a sharp character, sees through this rouse and tells Nathan no dice. He does however boast to Detroit that he can take any doll, no matter how pretty, to Havana for the weekend. Nathan accepts this challenge and the game is on.

    As usual, I won’t give away any of the fun stuff in case you haven’t seen the flick. Let’s just say that great music, funny lines and people who speak in the vernacular of the above said paragraph are what you will find in this charming and thoroughly swinging film.

    guys-dolls-marlonFood & Booze: These guys are deli-style eaters from the city. Try making these stupendous roast & corned beef sandwiches, nicknamed

    The Runyon Special

    Pile it up in this order:

    • Thick slice pumpernickle/rye swirl bread
    with deli-style spicy mustard
    • Lettuce
    • Munster cheese
    • Thick tomato slices
    • Roast beef
    • Thick slice pumpernickle/rye swirl bread with deli-style spicy mustard on one side,
    Thousand Island dressing on the other
    • Corned beef
    • Sweet chopped coleslaw
    • Swiss cheese
    • Tomato
    • Thick slice pumpernickle/rye swirl bread with Thousand Island dressing

    Cut this triple-decker in half, top with green olives on toothpicks and side with chips, more slaw and kosher pickle. For dessert, cheesecake (or strudel).

    The drink: Dolce de Leche, Cubana style

    (According to Sky Masterson, “Dolce de Leche” means “Sweet of Milk”. It’s a kind of milk shake made with Bacardi…but just enough to act as a preservative. Here’s the modernized version of this classic cocktail)

    1 oz Bacardi Silver
    1/2 oz Godiva Mocha Liquor (or chocolate liquor, or even Kahluha will work)
    1/2 oz sweetened condensed milk

    Shake it all up in a shaker with ice and strain, preferably into a coconut. Top with shaved chocolate and a pinch of cinnamon.

    Here’s the opening sequence with “Can Do”. See you at the races, kids!

    -Chris “Mack the Knife” Pinto reporting from the starting gate. They’re off!