380.5 Tiki Caliente, Room Party Do's and Dont's and the Death of Avocado Toast

380.5 Tiki Caliente, Room Party Do's and Dont's and the Death of Avocado Toast

This is a re post of an episode from 2017 upated for this of you asking about hosting room parties. This will be our last episode before attending Tiki Caliente 9, the yearly event in Palm Springs where we happily spend 3.5 days enjoying the company of old and new friends of our tiki community.  We discuss how to plan a room party, how to mix 100 drinks at a time, tips for staying hydrated in the desert and a few other odds and ends.  Mix a drink from our list of easy to build tiki drinks and enjoy the show.

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397 Jackfruit And Tiki Drinks In The Bitter Harbor

Below left, Sunshine Tiki and Kalani enjoy Bitter Harbor in the Zen Tiki Lounge. Our newest tropical cocktail with fresh grapefruit and lemon juices along with several rums and bitters. We sported our green for St. Pattys day and sipped more than a few drinks.  On the right we cooked up a pulled pork style slider made with jackfruit in a tangy BBQ sauce.  This meat like alternative does have a slightly different texture than pulled pork, it is a little softer but not slimy or chewy.  Cooked up and on a Kings Hawaiian role this stuff from The Jackfruit Company is a great bar snack that your vegan and meat eating friends will like.  

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We have tried the BBQ, Tex Mex and Teriyaki versions of this tropical meat substitute.  BBQ and Tex Mex seem to be the best flavor and texture combinations.  Vegan deliciousness.  

We have tried the BBQ, Tex Mex and Teriyaki versions of this tropical meat substitute.  BBQ and Tex Mex seem to be the best flavor and texture combinations.  Vegan deliciousness.  


Join the entire crew from ZTL podcast at Tiki Caliente 10 this May.  Hard to believe this event has now been going for a decade.  The fun times and room parties may start to blend together in your inebriated mind.  So lets do it again.  Sunny and warm Palm Springs is begging you to visit and attend the hottest event this May.  

Also, join our Tiki Caliente Room Crawl page on facebook so you get all the info about the 14 plus rooms and parties on the crawl.  And, there are still slots open (as of March 23) if you want to host.  to host you do need a room at the Caliente Tropics and a desire to make a cocktail for up to 100 people.  Amateurs and pros are welcome.  

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394 Chloroform and Vegan Crab Rangoon Could Make This The Best Tiki Bar Ever!

394 Chloroform and Vegan Crab Rangoon Could Make This The Best Tiki Bar Ever!

Three hosts in the lounge for this episode of ZTL.  Our drink is not one of our originals but comes from the Total Tiki app by Beachbum Berry.  If you had only one app filled with tiki drinks, details instructions, history and an ingredient database...this is the one you want. Best Year was chosen as our drink because Sunshine vowed to try new things.

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381 Living The Tiki Caliente Lifestyle with Rory Snyder and playing Whats in Kalani's Bra!?

381 Living The Tiki Caliente Lifestyle with Rory Snyder and playing Whats in Kalani's Bra!?

Would you believe we are still recovering from four days of Tiki Caliente?  14 room parties.  Dozens and dozens of cocktails.  4 trips to the local casino.  Great food.  Live music from more than 10 bands.  Interviews.  Sunday service by the pool.....and much more.  So you may not be surprised that this episode was hastily edited and posted.  We just might get around to a full set of links and credits.  For now, listen to the podcast and enjoy a taste of Tiki Caliente 9.  

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378 Joan Crawford and Bette Davis Walk Into A Tiki Bar with Tura Satana

378 Joan Crawford and Bette Davis Walk Into A Tiki Bar with Tura Satana

While sipping a stiff libation and enjoying a tropical fruit salad, Sunshine and Kalani discuss the various trials and tribulations of podcasting from the tiki bar that lives in your head.  Put your headphones on and enjoy exotic music accompanied by a new cocktail recipe and conversation of recent events including: Feud, the story of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, a kickstarter documentary on Tura Satana that you can support, our tiki mugs are back in stock, best places to eat your egg salad and much more.  

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374 Drinking Rumhattans With Morton Gould And His Orchestra - Jungle Drums

374 Drinking Rumhattans With Morton Gould And His Orchestra - Jungle Drums

Raise your cocktail to the escapism lifestyle.  This episode of ZTL has over 40 minutes of vintage vinyl exotica to get you settled in your dimly lit corner.  Sunshine is in the lounge solo enjoying a Rumhattan made with Plantation 5yr Rum and Punta e Mes vermouth.  Don't forget the orange bitters.  While visiting the dimly lit tiki bar that lives in your mind you will no doubt savor the entire Morton Gould-Jungle Drums recorded from an original vinyl album.  The sound of this orchestral work is rich with colorful instruments and plenty of drums.

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373 Trying Calivore Spirits Blonde Rum With A Lime Daiquiri And A Vegan Pu Pu Platter

373 Trying Calivore Spirits Blonde Rum With A Lime Daiquiri And A Vegan Pu Pu Platter

Falling in love is a splendid thing.  Here in the Zen Tiki Lounge we tend to fall for spirits in the rum category.  The current apple of our eye is a blonde rum from Calivore Spirits Co.  Aged in chardonnay barrels this version of cane goodness is not what you are used to.  We recommend grabbing a bottle of Calivore at Whole Foods in Southern Ca and also Hi Times Wine Cellars in South Orange County.

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