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  • Your Weekend Tiki Cocktail: The Scorpion Bowl

    Posted on March 4th, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 1 comment
    Tiki Farm Volcano Bowl, on my personal Tiki Bar. No booze in it...yet...

    Tiki Farm Volcano Bowl, on my personal Tiki Bar. No booze in it...yet...

    When people ask me, and they do ask me, when they say, “Hey, Tiki Chris, what drinks are the ‘most Tiki’?”, I say, “Well, Tiki friend, three drinks come to mind. The Mai Tai, The Zombie, and The Scorpion Bowl, ya dig?”

    Ok, people don’t refer to me as “Tiki Chris” all that much, and I don’t actually say “ya dig” as much as I sling it around on here, but you get the point. To me, and many others, those are the Big Three of the Tiki Bar menu, The Scorpion being the stingy-est, biggest of them all. Not the easiest concoction to concoct, it sure is a lot of fun when you’ve got three chicks sipping it out of a Volcano bowl with you.

    The Scorpion Bowl: The Exotic Cocktail To Die For

    scorpion-bowl

    Typical Scorpion Bowl

    8 ounces of silver Rum (personally I prefer dark rum, and it gives this concoction a richer taste)
    4 ounces Brandy (used something decent, not that $11 a bottle junk!)
    8 ounces of orange juice (fresh squeezed is best)
    4 ounces of lemon juice (you can add a little more if you want it more tart)
    3 ounces orgeat syrup
    2 cups of crushed ice (plus extra cubes)

    Mix up everything except the ice in a big bowl, bucket, tub, whirlpool, whatever you’ve got. Toss the crushed ice in a blender for a few seconds, and add about half to your Scorpion or Volcano Bowl. Fill with the booze, add in a few cubes. Garnish with floating flowers and use those long-assed straws to drink it up. This big bowl-o-rama is best enjoyed with a couple of hip friends, some Martin Denny playing on the hi-fi, and candlelight or Tiki torches.

    You’ll have to keep tasting this stuff before you pour it in for you guests, as the balance can be tricky. Too much orgeat syrup and it will be overly sweet. Too much lemon and you’ll pucker up like a duck. Fresh juices make a much better, more authentic-tasting drink (always) and will impress your friends. If you have a Volcano Bowl, add an ounce of 151 Rum to the volcano and light it up!

    I got the idea for this week’s post from perusing the blog of Let’s Tiki, run by my pal Damon. He’s got a great Tiki site, with tons of info on drinks, Tiki bars, Tiki news, art, you name it, if it’s Tiki, he’s got it. Check out his in-depth post on The Scorpion here.

    -Tiki Chris reporting from behind the Tiki Bar at Pirate’s Cove, the official Tiki Lounge of Tiki Lounge Talk.

  • Tiki Farm’s New Spring Tiki Mugs

    Posted on March 10th, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 4 comments

    tiki-bar-talk-bwSpring is in the air! Ok, well some of you still have snow, but spring is coming, don’t worry. And with it comes a flock of new Tiki Mugs from the infamous Tiki Farm, that wonderful company who has been bringing us some of the best Poly Pop stuff for years.

    Digga Digga Doo, by Artist Brad Parker

    Digga Digga Doo, by Artist Brad Parker

    For those of you unfamiliar with Tiki Farm – they are the world’s largest manufacturer of ceramic Tiki mugs, with estimates of over 1000 designs and 2 million mugs being produced. Yet with all that volume, they’re products remain unique, high quality, and a very kool. Chances are if you’ve been to a Tiki bar, you’ve drunk (drank? drinked?) from the Tiki Farm mug.

    For Spring 2010 they’ve introduced some kookie new themes, including the Sunrise Tiki Mug, the first mug by Tiki Farm to feature a 4-color process art print fire-glazed in. (Art by Scott Scheidly). Can you say, “Instant Collectible”?

    Modern Primitive Tiki Mug by Artist Philippe Tilikete

    Modern Primitive Tiki Mug by Artist Philippe Tilikete

    Personally, I am digging the Modern Primitive Tiki Mug by Philippe Tilikete, and the Frankie’s Tiki Room’s “Maile Kula” Tiki Mug with it’s Art Deco styling.

    The BEST part about Tiki Farm mugs is that they don’t rip your wallet to shreds with prices. All these great, collectible pieces are priced between ten and twenty clams each, so unless you’re stocking a bar for 100 guests, these usable works of art can be yours for a song. They’re strong to, so you really can use them when you’re not displaying them. After all, what’s the fun of having a Tiki bar if you’re not drinking from the groovy mugs?

    Make sure you poke around all of Tiki Farm’s website. It’s a fun site with lots of kool features, and they sell more than just mugs. Sometimes they feature stuff you can’t find anywhere else. And for a little rero-Tiki silliness visit the Tiki Theater. It’s all loads of laughs with some swingin’ tunes and a few surprises.

    Sunset Tiki Mugs with 4-Color Imaging

    Sunset Tiki Mugs with 4-Color Imaging

    In case you’re wondering, no I don’t get paid for pushing their stuff. The people at Tiki Farm probably never even heard of me, or Tiki Lounge Talk – I’m laying this down for you kats and kittens out of the kindness of my little ole’ heart because I want the world to know how much fun living the Tiki life can be. And, I got a really good deal on a Volcano Bowl from those guys at Tiki Farm, so I feel I sort of owe them.

    So order a few mugs, and in a couple of days you’ll be sittin’ pretty in the spring sunshine, sipping a Zombie from one of these beauts. Or you’ll be sitting in your kitchen looking out the window at four feet of snow, drinking a Zombie from one of these beauts. Either way, you can’t lose, kiddo.

    -Tiki Chris reporting from Sunny South Florida