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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: http://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: http://tikicentralcanada.ca/tiki-trivia/

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Newest Episode: Episode 91: Mojito Show and Cuba with variations (special guest: Cameron)

Hi guys,

Yes, this is been a crazy year and getting shows out has been a challenge at times...I'll work on that but I do have a surprise for you on this episode as Cameron (original co-host) is back for this one and my guinea pigs as well as Mark on some new variations of the summer classic: Mojito.

So with the origin, we go through a few of the theories to this drink as some of the classic cocktails wasn't documented well back then as to who create them. We dug deep and came up with a few for you to ponder over: Sir Francis Drake (explorer, pioneer, adventure and yes a pirate) has his men go ashore in Cuba to gather items to create a drink to cure Scurvy and other illnesses; OR Cuban tribes men create the remedy to cure illness and passed it onto new pioneers that came ashore: OR Ernest Hemingway helped a bartender create the cocktail while on his usual stops at the bar. You decide which you think is the right answer....

So recipes we do a basic Mojito and don't forget to SMACK your mint for your garnish LOL. We then attempt several other takes of the recipe such as coconut rum, demerara syrup instead of simple syrup, limoncello liqueur in the mix, or basil (yes basil...which didn't turn out so hot).

We go through some cool facts about Cuba, Bacardi rum, and Havana Club rum that you might have known such as why is there a bat logo on the bottle of Bacardi, where did Bacardi leave to and why, Havana Club always been owned by the gov't?? These questions and more like the new rules to Embargo to Cuba are answered on this episode.

Some Links for the show:
Recipes: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/recipes/
Cool link page: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/cool-links/
YouTube "How To Drink" episode on 8 variations of the Mojito: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxq2xuqVsf0
YouTube Anders Erikson video on making mojitos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMypSCazyRw
Main website page: www.tikicentralcanada.ca

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: Mojito Cocktail and Variations

 

Original Mojito Recipe:

Recipe: 2 oz white rum, 1 oz simple syrup, 1 oz lime juice, 6 to 8 leaves of mint , club soda

Method: Build this all in the Collins  (highball) glass ; add mint leaves , simple syrup and lime juice, Muddle; add rum and ice, top with club soda

Note: you can use varies rums instead of white (demerara, aged, or dark); you can switch out the simple syrup with demerara syrup, or top with half mix of club soda water and 7up.

Coconut Mojito Recipe:

Recipe:1 oz white rum, 1 oz coconut tum (or 2oz coconut for the rums), 1 oz coconut syrup, 1 oz lime juice, 6 to 8 leaves of mint, club soda

Method: Build this all in the Collins (highball) glass; add mint leaves, coconut syrup and lime juice, Muddle; add rum and ice, top with club soda

Note: you can use varies rums instead of white (demerara, aged, or dark); you can switch out the simple syrup with demerara syrup, or top with half mix of club soda water and 7up.

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.