Shhhhhhhh. Theres a secret cocktail in this episode of the Zen Tiki Lounge podcast. Listen to the beginning of the show and get your notepad. Someday we may post the recipe but for now, you have to pay attention if you want to enjoy the buttery goodness of this tantalizing libation. The bulk of this podcast is dedicated to listener mail and that includes a lot of recommendations for our favorite places to visit in Las Vegas, Palm Springs and Los Angeles. Starshine and Sunshine have plenty of drinking suggestions that will making "playing" in these cities all the more enjoyable. Naturally we include many of the best tiki bars.Read More
Sunshine Tiki shows you how to make a Painkiller and Pineapple Mint Water.We toss in some herb care tips and ample ideas for garnishes.Be sure to watch all the videos in the Tiki Drink How To: seriesRead More
On this episode, Sunshine jacks a cocktail recipe from the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. Well, as best he can when the bartenders can't give you the recipe. Listen to this episode and try to recreate Pineapple Express for yourself. The rest of this episode is a walk down the Las Vegas strip and stories of earthquakes shaking and fears of dying naked.Read More
Not so world famous tiki bar psychic Campari Kraken makes his third appearance in the Zen Tiki Lounge. While sipping passion fruit and pineapple mojitos, Kalani, Sunshine and Campari Kraken tell the fortunes and futures of podcast listeners just like you. Also a few party planning tips and updates on upcoming Spring/Summer 2013 tiki events in Southern California.Read More
Hawaiian Bruschetta and Grapefruit Daiquirs pair together on this weeks podcast to call an end to our series of lower calorie cocktails and appetizers. Sunshine and a new host, Krista are on the lounge drinking and chatting about tiki, weight loss and and keeping the waist slim while enjoying all the exotic drinks.Read More
It may seem far to early to bring you the merry and exotic sounds of the holidays. But, because the actual reality of exotica Xmas music is relatively rare we thought we should tell you where to get it early. Sunshine shares a few artists that endeavored to mix polynesian percussion with the usual kitch of the season. Arthur Lyman is most notable, probably the best example of this sub genre. Music alone does not put the holidays right, so we bring you an island inspired hot punch cocktail that will please even the Virgin imbiber. Think pineapple, spices, honey and your favorite rum. Outstanding after a heavy meal, its like dessert in a tiki mug. All things festive put aside, Sunshine and Pumpkin each share some much pent up bitching. Our recent listener email suggests that a good bitch fest was in order anyway. We aim to please. Ted Haggard, Paula Abdul, dumbasses in minivans and artificial sweetners are just some of the bashed. So sit back, drink your hot pineapple tea and spin yourself a vintage holiday....a little early. This weeks drink: Hot Pineapple Tea
1 can Dole pineapple juice (try to find NOT from concentrate), 1/4 cup honey. 3 cinnamon sticks broken in a few pieces, 3 peppermint tea bags.
On the stove top or in a crock pot, add all ingredients except the tea bags. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a low simmer. Add tea bags, brewing tea for approx 10 minutes. Remove the tea bags. Serve as is, or as we do here in the Zen Tiki Lounge: add 1 to 1.5 ounces of your favorite rum to one glass of the tea. We recommend Bacardi O, Captain Morgan spiced rum, Sailor Jerry, Myers Dark just to name a few.
This weeks show is very special. Special with a capital "S" and everything. Little did Pumpkin know (she may have suspected a little something, but she was surprised when it happened) but I decided to give her a surprise birthday party while recording the podcast. We start the show out just like any other, a delicious cocktail, some tiki music and a little mail. Then everyone showed up and it turned into a party. FUN! Our cocktail this week was concocted out of necessity. Basically my bar is still very low from a lot of parties, so you gotta use what you have. Luckily I threw together a boozy treat that even Pumpkin gave high marks. The "French Mai Tai" as I called it is a twist on the Trader Vic's original, but has a French twist. Cognac and Cointreau give this drink a sophisticated palate, but the Mai Tai origins are not lost. Using Cognac as a float instead of a dark rum actually turned out to be an amazing discovery. Try this one at home today. Besides the cocktail we did welcome a few new listeners to the lounge and had a few interviews with some of the party guests. You will either be turned off or laughing to hear our friend tell all about her romantic adventures with her home spa. Naughty. This weeks drink:
French Mai Tai
2 oz pineapple juice (not from concentrate)
3/4 oz fresh lime juice
1/2 oz simple syrup (don't use orgeat)
1 oz silver rum
1/2 oz Cointreau
1/2 oz Cognac for float (Hennessy works great)
Add everything but the cognac to a shaker with crushed ice. Give just 4-5 good shakes, you don't want froth. Pour into a chilled, clear glass with plenty of crushed ice. Top with the cognac. Garnish with a really think lime wheel on the rim, a cherry and sword or pick and the pretty parasol of your choice. Looks great, tastes even better.