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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 about Pain Killada Cocktail which is a spin off of a tradional tiki cocktail Pain Killer (the famous Soggy Dollar Bar, White Bay on the island of Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands). 

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

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Newest Episode: Episode 89: Pain Killada and Craig's Blue Fusion cocktail

Hey Folks,

Sorry for the delay! I have moved and the studio needed to be reset up again as well as my liquor cabinet as well LOL!

This episode we don’t have Paola unfortunately as she is travelling to Hawaii and do some “research” for us and it’s her first time there and so I’m sure she is checking every single tiki bar she can. Mark gave her a list so look forward to seeing what she experienced but that is another show….

This episode we are doing a spin off a Pain Killer cocktail. You can go back and check out that episode, but this cocktail is called the Pain Killada (yes, a Pina Colada and Pain Killer combined). It came from a YouTube channel that I follow, and we have mentioned before on the show called “Distinguished Spirits”. This channel is packed full of tiki drinks and tons of history and knowledge on the drinks. Well produced and entertaining as well.

I go through some history of the Pain Killer which you must use Navy Pusser’s rum that is trademarked to the drink or its not a Pain Killer. We go through some of this rum’s history and even the bar that the Pain Killer was created (Soggy Dollar…why is it called that, listen to find out).

On “Craig’s Creation” segment, we dip into a new cocktail that I have tweaked for years and now finally on a summer menu at my bar. The “Blue Fusion” cocktail is a nice spin of spiced rum, blue Curacao, lime juice, pineapple juice and vanilla bean syrup. This is definitely a Linda/Paola’s drink if you are a follower of the girls.

On “Did You Know?” segment, we talk about something that is not usually a topic on our show, but it got me thinking. DST (Daylight Savings Time) is something that always throws me off. When does it happen? Why do we do it? What would happen if we stopped doing? And so much more cool facts I bet you didn’t know like us Canadians started it…yep (trust me, I don’t want to take credit for it).

 

Links to the show:

Recipes: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/recipes/

Vanilla bean YouTube syrup video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32wBmWQxbX0

Cinnamon Syrup YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHoCSuYkKck

Distinguished Spirits YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/DistinguishedSpirits

Mini Ring Game on Amazon: Amazon Ring Game page

Craig’s Creation page: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/craigs-creation/

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: Pain Killada and Blue Fusion cocktails

 

Distinguished Spirit's Pain Killada Recipe:

2.5 oz navy strength rum (Pusser's Navy Rum), 3 oz pineapple juice, 1 oz coconut cream, 1 oz cinnamon syrup, 1 oz tangerine juice

Method:

Shake with ice. Fill a tiki mug or rocks glass with crushed ice and double strain the drink into the glass. Grate fresh nutmeg generously over the top and optionally garnish with fresh fruit. garnish fresh grated nutmeg
garnish dried pineapple ring & pineapple fronds (optional)

 

Craig's Blue Fusion Recipe:

1 oz spiced rum, 0.5 oz blue curacao, 0.5 oz vanilla bean syrup, top with lemonade, 0.5 oz lime juice

Method:

Shake all but the lemonade and strain into Coolins glass with fresh ice and top with lemonade, garnish orange wedge and cherry on a skew

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.

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