Aloha and Welcome to the Zen Tiki Lounge. Join Sunshine and Pumpkin on this episode of the podcast. By request we are sipping a blended drink called the Headhunter. Also on this episode: a taste of Mulata de Cuba, new bar set up tips, barware suggestions for the beginner, a short list of easy to find rums that everyone should have, update on our 400th episode celebration coming 9/29/2018 in Palm Springs and lots more.Read More
Only two or three times a year do we get all four ZTL hosts behind the bar for an episode. Christmas is one of those magical moments and this episode is for those of you who enjoy the chaos. Sunshine, Pumpkin, Starshine and Kalani are all here sharing their 11 years of holiday memories along with ample music from Tiki Joe's Ocean.Read More
If you haven't had the fortune to experience Halloween in a great tiki bar...we recommend you do. The world of tiki lends itself very well to the dark holiday both sounds and tastes. This episode was quickly put together so that you you can experience a little tiki bar Halloween from anywhere you may be. Sunshine is solo in the Zen Tiki Lounge playing over a dozen exotica tracks that make you wonder what really does go bump in the night. If you need some quick cocktail ideas for your own spooky get together try one of ours below. Most of all, we hope you have a grim holiday shared with friends or family.Read More
Step into the Zen Tiki Lounge for some Exotic vegan delights on this episode of the podcast. Sunshine, Kalani and Starshine relax to the sounds of the new album by James Spencer, Exotica the piano cocktail hour and sample tasty vegan bites from James' cookbook Vegandisiac. Its too bad our resident vegan Pumpkin could not join us this time. She would surely LOVE cocktails and appetizers all made without animal products and all very very delicious. Also on this episode we discuss the return of ZIMA, a tiki bar editorial and some don't miss late Summer events that a conscious imbiber should not skip.Read More
Music Show! Sunshine is in the lounge solo on this episode. When the ladies of the lounge are away Sunshine gets to fill the void with more exotica of his choosing. This time we have some Lex Baxter, The Crazed Mugs, The Mallet Men, Robert Drasnin, Bas Sheva and more. Pour yourself a nice drink and relax while Sunshine does the talking, plays the tunes and fills 60 minutes of your life with tiki bar inspiration.Read More
No episode of ZTL podcast is complete without a nice beverage. Our drink on this show has a story. Long ago in a bakery only so far away a cookie was born unlike other cookies. Coconut, caramel and chocolate carefully baked together to create the perfect confection known as the Samoa Delight. Imagine this little politically incorrect schnecken turned into a cocktail for the adult and child in all of us. YES! We give you The Samoan. Lucky for you the ingredients are not hard to come by and the recipe does not require oodles of craft cocktail skill. We highly encourage you to try this tasty rum drink in lieu of dessert at your next shindig.
Most sane people love a good deviled egg. Kalani has a recipe ship whips up for all of our get togethers and this little egg has a cult following. Try this recipe next time you make deviled eggs.
Kalani's Thai Deviled Eggs
Boil eggs to hard as you usually would. Cut eggs in half, remove the yolks and add the following to the yolks to create your deviled mixture.
4 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Sriracha
1 splash rice vinegar
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
2 tablespoon minced chive
Salt and Pepper to taste
Spoon filling into eggs and top with toasted sesame seeds and either more chive or cilantro or parsley. For the heat loving folks you can also drizzle more sriracha over the top of a few of the eggs.
Stop buying those store bought vegetable and fruit platters. Taking a few moments to chop your own veggies will give you a great variety of veggies that you will never get on those mass produced plates of just carrots, broccoli and celery. And by all means try making your own dip rather than pouring something out of a packet. Try Sunshine's vegan veggie dip recipe for something a little different.
Sunshine's Vegan Veggie Dip
1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise
1/2 cup vegan sour cream
1 teaspoon fresh black pepper
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or one finely chopped garlic clove
1 dash cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon onion powder or 1 tablespoon finely chopped chive/green onion
Stir everything together until smooth. Add 3-5 tablespoons of water, one tablespoon at a time until you get a very smooth, glossy looking dip. This dip will be thinner than store bought. A good dip should more closely resemble a dressing so that just the right amount clings to the things you dip in it instead of clumping onto your food.
Also on this episode is a public service announcement for fellow mint lovers. Sunshine has just received several varieties from Mountain Valley Growers including banana mint, chocolate mint and pineapple mint. Mint is hard to kill, great for cocktails and teas and looks great in your garden or window box.
Did you know there is a yearbook just for all of us in the tiki community? Poly Hai 2016-2017 yearbook is about to go to print. You have until April 1st to get in your photo. Send your photo of a headshot and wearing your tropical finest to firstname.lastname@example.org