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  • International Exotic Cocktail Day 2019 is almost here! Friday, October 4th

    Posted on September 26th, 2019 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    International Exotic Cocktail Day (#IECD) starts Friday, October 4th!

    …and since so many people have celebrated the day but couldn’t always do it Friday night, a few years ago I extended it to the whole weekend!

    This year, we’ll be celebrating IECD at the world famous Mai Kai in Fort Lauderdale. Where will you celebrate?

    Whether it’s at your favorite Tiki bar, beach bar, restaurant or at home with friends, International Exotic Cocktail Day is just really another excuse to kick back and enjoy a tropical drink with friends and family.

    But wait, what if you don’t drink alcohol? No problem! Have a virgin drink, or fruit juice in a Tiki mug, or whatever you want. This day is about coming together to celebrate everything Tiki, Beach, Tropical and Fun. No rules, no limits.

    Join the Facebook group and post photos of your drinks and stories of your International Exotic Cocktail Day experiences!

    Drink recipe ideas:

    That’s me, Tiki Chris with three of my best girls – Colleen, Shannon & Molly celebrating International Exotic Cocktail Day a few years ago.

    -Tiki Chris, reporting from the Lanai Bar at Tiki Lounge Talk

  • Enjoy That Tropical Tiki Cocktail, Kiddo!

    Posted on March 24th, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 2 comments

    zombie-drinkWhen was the last time you sat down, relaxed, and really enjoyed that Tropical Cocktail? I don’t mean a Jack and Coke with a pineapple wedge in it, I mean a real, old-fashioned Zombie, or Rum Barrel, or Mai Tai. Has it been too long?

    If you want to dig into Tiki Culture, you’ve got to stop and smell the coconuts. Take it easy. Settle. Let the smoothness flow through your vertebrae.

    Colleen Drinking Cap'n Mack's Pirate Grog

    Colleen Drinking Cap'n Mack's Pirate Grog

    If you’re lucky enough to have a Tiki Bar at home, make it a point tonight to dust it off, build your favorite concoction and sip away while Martin Denny spins on the hi-fi. If you don’t have the ingredients, make a quick stop at the grocer on the way home. Pick up the limes and pineapple and powdered sugar or whatever it is you need to do it up right. So what that it’s Wednesday? Wednesday’s a great day to relax at the Tiki Bar.

    Don’t have your own groovy home bar? No room, you say? No lettuce to build it with? No problemo. There’s bound to be a Tiki Bar somewhere within driving distance.  If it’s close, stop by tonight, just one drink, relax for an hour, talk to friends, have some kool Tiki Lounge Conversations and enjoy life. If it’s tiki-galore-drinkfarther, plan a trip for Friday night and stick to it. If you have to make a special trip and hit up a motel to get to the nearest Tiki Bar, start planning now. Motels are cheap. You deserve a break, don’t you?

    Trader Vic’s, Don the Beachcomber, Mai Kai, Islamorada Tiki Bar – wherever you can find one. And if there ain’t none around, go to the nearest TGI Friday’s, tape a grass skirt to your table, put a blow-up palm tree in the seat next to you and order a Singapore Sling. Better bring the recipe, too.