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Host of Tiki Central Canada: Craig Stephens

My name is Craig Stephens and I am the host of this amazing show all about Tiki drinks and culture! I am a bartender who specializes in cocktails, especially original recipe Tiki cocktails. I've worked in the hospitality industry for over 25 years. Read Craig's full bio on our About Page!

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Co-host for the Show: Paola Vettori:

My name is Paola Vettori and I was born in Brazil, but now call Ottawa my home! I’m new to Tiki culture, but I’ve been behind a microphone for 18 years! Read Paola's full bio on our About Page!

Paola now has an amazing Traveler's "Picky Pairs" YouTube channel. Please click here to get to her channel. Great videos around the world and places to eat!

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Co-Host of Tiki Central Canada: Cam Warriner  

My name is Cam Warriner and I am your co-host! I keep Craig diving into new research and looking for answers to questions about Tiki drinks and culture. Read Cam's full bio on our About Page!

Note: Oh man, where did Cam go this time to get the perfect photo!!!

What's New with Tiki Central Canada

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Cream of Coconut I use for all our recipes and Paola now uses for Paola's wish. You will find these in any specialty coffee shop NOT grocery store or liquor store.

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RUM TASTING EPISODE: This episode walks you through a few rums to try out and use in tiki drinks. Here is the link for the show: Rum Tasting bonus episode, part 1  and part 2: Rum Tasting BONUS episode, part 2 and Rum tasting 2020 show: Rum Tasting Show 2020

Here is the link for the distillation process of rum if you want to know more on  how rum is made: Rum Distillation YouTube video

To get descriptions on these rums and their information, click this link: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/rum-tasting/

TO SUBSCRIBE TO OUR MONTHLY NEWSLETTER, CLICK HERE!

Mark Keill (our Tiki expert) is always on the run to another tiki bar or should I say crawl to!! On Mark's page, you will find tons of information on tiki bars around North America.  Click's Mark's picture to hear the interview! Or click here to go to Mark's page (Also, to get to the episode and information for "How to Build a Tiki Bar".

Future shows:   

Next episode will be talking about different styles of Mojito cocktail. For this hot weather, we will give you different flavors for you to try. After that, we will have a show on Long Island Ice Tea (is this a tiki drink?).

To get to the Tiki Trivia page, please click the following link: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/tiki-trivia/

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Newest Episode: Episode 90: Lost Tapes with Paola and Justin's adventures to Hawaii, part 2

Hey guys,

So we are continuing on our talks with Paola and Justin on their great adventure to Hawaii..

Sorry the intro is the same as part one as we only recorded one intro and then decided to split the show into two. But it is worth hearing again. Mark is not a tiki expert according to him just someone who drinks a lot LOL (running joke). And Paola will finally say who our special guests is...Justin!!!

On this episode, we will be talking about Justin's favorite drink he had which is the Big Island Iced Tea (a spin off of a traditional Ice Tea cocktail which we will be covering soon). He explains to use the significance of the name to the drink and the islands.
Justin also talks about the many Mai Tai's he tried and which one was his favorite. After hearing the ingredients, my mouth watered but sadly we can make it here in North America due to a ingredient special grown in Hawaii only.
We get into the Hilton Resort they stayed at and some of the pluses and minus of the resort. I think either way its oasis and will always want to go there. Justin tells his about meeting up with a special bartender and his background which in tiki world is amazing.
Paola gets into the Blue Hawaiian cocktail she had and its variations she came across.

Links to the show:
Recipes for the show:
http://tikicentralcanada.ca/recipes/
Hawaiian Village resort: https://www.hiltonhawaiianvillage.com/

On our "Traveler's Tips" segment, we talk about how to pack and when to pack. Here is Sebastian Maniscalco's take on what not to do at the airport. Totally hilarious! Click the picture to see the full video.

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New Recipes: Big Island Ice Tea Cocktail

 

Lava Flow Recipe:

Recipe: 0.5 oz vodka, 0.5 oz white rum, 0.5 oz gin, 0.5 oz triple sec, 2 oz sweet N sour mix (of if you are Craig it is: 1 oz lime juice and 1 oz simple syrup), splash of coke

Method: Build this all in the glass (vodka, gin, rum, triple sec, simple syrup, lime juice) stir it up, fill glass with ice in a Collins glass, splash of coke cola

Note: you can use a nice demerara rum instead of white rum and sugar cane syrup instead os simple syrup.

To Be on the Show:

Have you ever thought about being a guest on our show? Now you can!

If you work for a bar or restaurant that would like us to record a show at your location, and feature some of your amazing food and drinks, then click on the link. Please submit a little bit about yourself and your bar or restaurant.

Questions or Comments:

If you have any questions or comments you would like to submit to us, please do so through the link provided in this section. We would love to hear from you! While you are at it, please subscribe to our show.