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Episode #1: Welcome to Tiki Central Canada

Tiki Central Canada is a about Tiki drinks, culture, methods and of course rum.

Craig Stephens is the host (been in the hospitality industry for over 25 years mostly behind the bar. Cameron Warriner is the co-host (lived in Vancouver but then moved to Ottawa and is man with the questions and funny wit). They will discuss tiki drinks, culture, bar ingredients and tools to make those refreshing drinks we all love in the summer.
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Episode #2: Mai Tai

This episode covers the history of Mai Tai. The ingredients that makes one and you will be surprised what is not in it.

An interesting talk about ice (yes…ice) and strainers. A wild outdoor in the woods “cautionary tale” and good bar etiquette. Learn how the navy used rum to pay their sailors and yes, it did come to an end…Noooo!
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Episode #3: Pirates

On this episode, we talk about the history of rum, the Caribbeans, and pirates.

We get into the history of pirates and how countries created them and battled them as well. We talk about the Daiquiri and its roots. We get knee deep into shakers and which one to use. Some cool facts about pirates and legends of pirates. On Mailbag segment, how to add the spicy cinnamon taste to that cool summer’s drink.
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Episode #4:Tom Collins and Gin

On this episode, we will cover drink Tom Collins with its history and recipe.

How is this a tiki drink? Listen and find out! We will go over gin and its history. What is gin and where did it come from? Tools of the trade: pour spout and yes there is different types. A pet peeve of a bartender when it comes to preparing drinks. A cautionary tale that will leave you streaking for the truth. Some cool facts about gin and even a second drink on the show Jamaican Cherry.
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Episode #5: Cuba and Mojitos

Hey Guys, Sorry for the delay…unfortunately there is no Cam (co-host) for this episode

but a guest co-host Norma (my girlfriend..yes!). Just got back from Cuba and so we discuss Cuba and amazing things about it. The drink we will cover on this episode is the Cuba’s famous Mojitos. Things we will go over in this episode: about Fidel Castro and why are there only classic cars in Cuba?? We talk about bar lingo and what to do when ordering a drink. So give us a listen and let us know how well Norma did…life saver for me!!!
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Episode #6: Pina Colada

Pina Colada!! Pina Colada!! So good news, Cam is back!! WE discuss today about the cool refreshing summer drink: Pina Colada.

The creation has two stories from pirates (yes my favorite subject) or a bartender in Puerto Rico at the Beachcomber Bar. we also talk about spin offs of this great drink from my version to St. Maarten version: Guavaberry Colada. We give you some interesting facts about the island including the Maho Beach airport and bar…very cool! Is a Pina Colada a blended drink? Find out!! Find out just how St. Maarten gets divided up by the French and Dutch. It will leave you puzzled. We give an insight as well to what to do when you travel and how much alcohol you can bring back with you.
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Episode #7: Pain Killer Cocktail

New episode and.. hey new mics…let us know if we are new and improved in our comments!! Today, we talk about the tiki drink made in 1970:

The Pain Killer (yes second generation tiki drink). This cool drink has an interesting origin that you won’t believe unless you swim right up to it. Don’t forget your passport! We have refresh the information on Pusser’s rum and its origin as well. Bartender’s Pet peeves that we all agree are just that!!Cautionary take that leave everything but the kitchen sink covered. Finally, some cool facts about a game that goes all the way back to Black Beard the pirate. Check us out and leave us some feedback on what you think….

Soggy Dollar Live webcam link: http://www.soggydollar.com/webcam

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Episode #8: Evoo and Zombie Cocktail

A nice surprise episode as we recorded this one on location of Evoo Greek Kitchen in Ottawa.

With an amazing menu and cocktail selection, we got to sit down and talk with head bartender and mixologist Chris Howell. We get to talk about the classic tiki cocktail that was there from the beginning: The Zombie!!! We get in discussions about the drink, its history, tiki culture in general, rum (of course), and cool facts about Chris Howell and the “Made for Love” competition he was recently in. What is this competition? You will have to find out for yourself.
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Episode #9: Bahamas/Bahama Mama

Hey folks, I just flew back from my trip to the Bahamas and man are my arms are tired.

Yes that joke is as old as I am! This episode will cover the drink Bahama Mama and a few others from the great Bahamas. There are 700 islands in the Bahamas are we talk about at least three. One, owned by Eddie Murphy (you got not ice cream!) and one by the pigs! What? yes, find out why. The name is from a classic song back in the 30s and no not the Boney M version. Why are Americans drawn to these islands? Find out! Talk about a cool things to check out if you go visit there including the famous Senior Frogs bar. What does the Bahamas flag mean and something hidden in the coat of arms as well. These islands used to be a pirate haven and was home to a famous pirate…find out who! Even James Bond has a significance to these islands with the pigs of course! World famous Atlantis Resort with one of the world’s biggest aquariums. In mailbag:  how to make a sugar liqueur drink not so sweet!
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Episode #10: Sangria and special guest: Rachelle O’Connor

So, on this episode, we are live from the Earl of Sussex!! This is our tenth episode and amazing we are still here…thanks to our listeners (Yes, you guys! And my mother).

We have a special guest Rachelle O’Connor who is a wine expert and we will be talking about Sangrias. This refreshing drink goes back to the 1700 when water was not safe to drink so why not wine and juice! We get into what the differences are between red and white wines. How this amazing drink has changed over the years! We talk about what you can put into it to serve your guests at home. A cautionary tale that I’m sure all bartenders can relate to…Last Call!! Some cool facts about sangria you might not know (I didn’t).

Rachelle’s website for wine reviews:


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Episode #11: Caesar (Canada’s drink) and Landon from Algonquin College Bartending Program

So today we talk about Canada’s national drink: the Caesar.

This is a great drink that everywhere you go there is a different spin on this great classic drink. Cam unfortunately is not on the show but we do have some guests (Chris Howell from Evoo Greek Kitchen and Landon from the Algonquin College Bartending Program). We go over the origin to the drink and the difference between a Caesar and a Bloody Mary. How it got its start. We cover some information on the Algonquin College program and what you can expect to get out of the program. We talk about some variance in the Caesar drink that you will see out there and some recipes of our own as well.

Here is the link to the exciting Algonquin College Bartending Program: http://www.algonquincollege.com/hospitalityandtourism/program/bartending/

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Episode #12: Breeze Family

This episode covers the history of what we call the “Breeze” family (cocktails).

In history, we have seen one cocktail being transformed into another by simply adding another spirit or ingredient to make a new cocktail. Drinks in this group are the Screwdriver (vodka & OJ), Cape Cod (vodka&cranberry), Bay Breeze (vodka, cranberry and pineapple juice), and finally the Sea Breeze (vodka, cranberry and grapefruit juice). These drinks also have modified throughout time and we talk about that. We cover the “dry shake” method of making cocktails. In this business, we see silly and strange laws that simply never apply, and we cover a few I seen or heard of in USA. We start a new segment titled: “Where did it come from?” that covers a rum from an international destination and some cool facts about it. We get a question about simple gin and tequila recipes to start with and I give up a new recipe for you all. A few links to check out about Chairman’s rum: https://chairmansreserverum.com/ or Mai Tai competition: https://youtu.be/b4INKC7etZo
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Episode #13: Fog Cutter

This great episode talks about one of the original drinks of tiki culture. Yes, as usual both Trader Vic and Don the Beachcomber have their spin on this drink and claim to have created it back in the 1940s.

These recipes have many ingredients and boozy components to them. And what kind of glassware does such a drink go into and why? We will cover that and its history to that crazy tiki mug you always see. An ingredient we do discuss from this recipe is Pisco. What is Pisco? Find out! We give you an insight to what is Polynesian and its amazing history it has. The Polynesia region is in the Pacific Ocean which is the largest ocean in the world. We go over some cool facts that will blow you away …literally! In Mailbag segment, we find out what is “tiki” means. Let us know what you think of this great show and if you have questions, please email them to me.
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Episode #14: Singapore Sling

We are covering today the Singapore Sling. Yes, that classic drink you hear get ordered once in awhile at a bar but always wondered what is in this drink and where did it come from?

Hmmm…Singapore! This classic cocktail doesn’t exactly fall into the tiki cocktails but its tropical and we will talk about when, where and what has happened to this drink over the years. It was forgotten for awhile and but then re-surfaced with questions on its recipe. We go through what is a sling and its origin as well. Two great recipes we will discuss and give you below to try out and see which one you prefer. Now you are asking yourself what kind of gin would I use int his amazing drink, we will cover that too. We get into the Smuggler’s Cove story about an amazing bar and actually the book as well which most bartenders call the “tiki bible” now. New Segment: Word Translation which we will do basic words and phrases and translate them into Hawaiian and Spanish for you to learn on those tropical trips down south. On “Did You Know?” we will cover some Polynesian facts and cool things like bread in a mailbox. Yes…you will have to find out why.
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Episode #15: Pirates and Navy Grog Cocktail

Sorry for the delay folks! Arrrr…It’s “Talk Like a Pirate” day on September 19th. So this episode,

we will be covering some cool facts about pirates, and how did this holiday start and by who? The drink we will cover is the Navy Grog that actually goes back to a process on British Navy Ships for rationing out rum. Yes rum!! We will discuss who created it, and a few recipes for you as well. The cool garnish for this drink is the ice cone cube and below will be links to purchase one if you like and a video to make it correctly. Pirate code and some myths that you never would think about being true. We will give you some cool words/phrases to talk like a pirate as well.
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Episode #16: Hot Buttered Rum Drinks

This is the season for pumpkin spice drinks! But wait..pumpkin belongs in a pie so we are going to do cinnamon spice rum drinks.

These drinks follow the evolution of drinks from a basic recipe and add another element/ingredient and now a new recipe. This show will cover 4 drinks today! Yes 4.

Well, we have one called the Flip from the 1700’s, Hot toddy from 1786, Jerry Thomas’s (1862) who was one of the first bartenders to publish his recipes to the world, and finally Martha Stewart. Yes, cooking with Craig and Cam.

We will talk about a special tool to make the Flip cocktail that was used back in the tavern days (1700’s). Loggerhead ( and no not the turtle) that would be heated up and sear the drink to perfection. If a brawl broke out, you got a weapon to defend yourself as well.

Martha Stewart’s recipe will have butter, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla ice cream. And of course, gold rum!!

On The “Where did it come from?”: we will cover the Cruzan rum which is one of my favorite rums from the Caribbean. A cool airport story that will want you wait for luggage. All kinds of flavors to satisfy.

“Did you know” segment is all about National Vodka day (which was October 4th) that has medicinal properties besides getting comfortably numb. Who sells the most vodka in the world? Listen to find out! And cool fact that even NASA won’t even try.

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Episode #17: Test Pilot Cocktail

Hey guys we are back! We want to welcome our new listeners to the show and please leave any comments you would like to leave for us.

The episode we talk about a classic tiki cocktail made by Don the Beachcomber and yes clones after such as Trader Vic’s. This drink was made during world war II and so aviation was a big deal during this time as “if you owned the skies, you owned the land”. Several clones of this drink came after named things such as: Jet Pilot, Ace Pilot, Space Pilot and even Astronaut. We finally give you guys the recipe for Falernum which is a tiki secret ingredient til lately thanks to Beachbum Berry’s work on tiki recipes. We do give you another recipe from Steve Crane’s luau restaurant who was a famous bartender during the tiki first generation. We give you some facts as why did tiki drop off the map so to speak during late 50’s early 60’s (i.e. Vietnam war, baby boomers, vodka introduction to USA, and disco). And so what happened to Trader Vic and Don the Beachcomber because of this shift in tiki culture? Listen and find out!! and Oh!! I almost forgot we have an amazing contest going on til November 15th where you can win a $25 Visa gift card…check out our website,Twitter, and Facebook pages to get details and apply. Good Luck!!!
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Episode #18: Three Dots and a Dash Cocktail

Here is another great episode on tiki cocktails with this one featuring a classic: Three Dots and a Dash. This drink has a cool garnish: 3 cherries and a pineapple spear.

This cocktail is a Don the Beachcomber’s original (who is Don the Beachcomber?…well listen and we will go through his career and what he has done for tiki culture). The cocktail: 3 dots and a dash was made during World War II and was a Morse code for “V”. What is the significance of the “V”? It meant victory and was also used by Winston Churchill who popularized the symbol and eventually converted into a sign for peace.

When making a cocktail using the “grandma pasta sauce process”, you might have to tweak it to your liking. How do you do that? The “Straw” test is the answer. We’ll go through this process and why is the bartender sucking on a straw when he makes my drink…well you will find out.

How do I make crushed ice for cocktails? Find out. There is a cool tool with link on the website to buy one. I want one LOL. Here is the link for Amazon.ca to purchase the tool: Lewis Ice Bag and Mallot and here is the link for amazon.com for the same tool: Lewis Ice Bag and Mallot

Where did all these tiki cocktail recipes come from if there were secretive? Find out about Jeff the Beachbum Berry…we will list his books on the website as well. Click on the “Cool links” in the menu to see the list of his books.

Hey Do you know your Tiki? Let’s see what cool facts we have about Don.

And hey if you haven’t figured it out yet…there is a bonus outtake at the end of the show so now give it a listen.

And I almost forgot …next episode we will announce our WINNER for the contest we ran during Oct/Nov and we will be running another in December as well…

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Episode #19: Rum Swizzle

On this episode, we go to Bermuda to get the famous Rum Swizzle cocktail. It’s made at the Swizzle Inn of course in Bailey’s Bay, Bermuda.

We got this recipe from the family that runs this amazing location since the 1960’s and has been open since the 1930’s. Jay Correia and his family have the drink featured in their bar.

Where did the swizzle stick come from? Well, listen and find out! Learn also about the Bermuda Triangle and some of its history.

Christopher Columbus had his issues in the triangle but why? Find out! Pusser’s Rum is in this lovely cocktail but where does it come from?

On the “Where did it come from?” segment, we talk about Bermuda’s Gosling “Black Seal” rum and all about this unique rum.

Don’t forget our December contest giveaway through our website, Facebook, and Twitter pages. The prize is a $25 Visa gift card and a bartender’s starter kit. The winner will be announced in January.

Stay tune for our last episode of the year. This episode will feature tiki bars around North America and their favorite cocktail. Should be fun!!

YouTube video from Swizzle Inn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umgjkdkNwLc

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Episode #20: Tiki Cocktails from North America

Hey guys! This is our final episode of the year and what a year it has been (being our first year). We start the show off with a lovely Christmas story for you to enjoy!

In this episode, we will be covering cocktails from tiki bars in North America (yes, they gave up the recipes).

The first bar we will cover is the Shameful Tiki Room in Toronto, Ontario Canada with their cocktail: Mai’a Keko (remember the recipes are on our website for you to make at home).

The next bar is the Tiki Underground in Hudson, Ohio, USA with their cool spin on a Mai Tai cocktail.

We follow that with the Test Pilot Bar from Santa Barbara, California, USA that has a cocktail named: Oaxacan Dead (thinking a spin off of a Zombie which it packs a wallop).

Next one, Smuggler’s Cove in San Francisco, USA covers their drink called the Captain’s Grog (I think a spin off of Navy Grog) and by the way Smuggler’s is the creators of “Smuggler’s Cove” tiki bible.

And finally we have: The Tiki Room in Vancouver, BC, Canada with their cocktail Bermuda’s Triangle (this drink won’t disappear too quick).

So on the “Did you know” segment, we give you some cool facts about rum and different names it has been called like “Nelson’s Blood” (yes there is a story to this), Kill-Devil, Demon’s Water, Grog, and Pirate’s drink.

We do “Word Translation” segment for some phrases to use when you travel. Mailbag we get asked where would we go for vacation..want to know where? Find out!!!

We want to thank all of listeners for their support for us and we look forward to next year. Lots coming up!!!

Oh, don’t forget to participate in our contest that ends December 31st, 2018 and the winner will be announced on our next episode.

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Episode #21: Scorpion Bowl

Hey guys, Welcome to 2019. A new year and new episode.

Cam is not on this episode as he is skiing the slops of Vancouver (Cam..don’t break a leg). We have a few of my regular guests from Earl of Sussex that are filling in for Cam.

Congrats to Shelley Price for winning our December contest!!

In this episode, we talk about Trader Vic’s famous cocktail: Scorpion Bowl (His third best seller).

We talk about this bowl that a group of guests can share and came from the Polynesian traditional tribal bowl (was known as Kava Bowl).

It was originally in their culture made from a plant called Kava which like Cannabis which has medical qualities such as boosting your immune system and fight of inflammations, help sleeping and mental awareness. But like every drug, there are some bad side effects such as dry flaky skin; yellowness of skin, finger nails and hair; lung problems; not able to process protein and losing weight.

We talk about how tribe’s men would consume this drink which would be offered to visiting tribe’s men and the custom to enjoy this drink.

We go over Trader Vic’s, Steve Crane’s and Smuggler Cove’s recipe as well.

Why does Trader Vic’s bowl are offered with 20 inch straws to the table? Find out! Mike get the the fire extinguisher!!

Who is Steve Crane?? Find out!!!

The bowl we are using the “Indiana Jones: Last Crusade” holy grail gold bowl…yes we are worthy!!

We figure out some food to go with this amazing drink with our French Chef that has Rum baked bananas…yummy! (recipe will be on our website: www.tikicentralcanada.ca)

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Episode #22: Hurricane Cocktail @ Algonquin College in Ottawa

Hi guys! I hope everyone is enjoying the new year and so this episode we are recording live from the Bartending Program at Algonquin College in Ottawa (this part 1 of 2 at the college).

We will be covering the Hurricane cocktail from New Orleans which was created just after prohibition times. We go over the history of the Hurricane cocktail and how did this unique glass become into play?

We have Shelley Gibson and Kristy Proulx (present students of the course) joining us and talk about the Bartending program.

We go over who Robert Hess is? Curious? Listen and find out! We ask Shelley and Kristy questions concerning what is involved about the program and the fun they have making drinks.

In “Did you Know?” segment, we cover some cool details how prohibition started and we all know with not great results. Where’s the rum?

Oh I almost forgot…we have a February contest going on til February 28th check out above and apply! You may just win!!

Here are some cool links for the episode: Robert Hess YouTube Video on the Hurricane cocktail: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBdYJXS-Kgo

Algonquin college bartending program information: https://www.algonquincollege.com/hospitalityandtourism/program/bartending/

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Episode #23: Bacardi Cocktail (recorded at Algonquin College Bartending Program)

Hey guys, This is our second show recorded from Algonquin College Bartending Program with special guests: Mike (covering for Cam as you noticed Cam is still looking for the perfect picture travelling the world),

Spencer Proulx (a graduate of the bartending program), and finally return of Shelley Gibson (presently in the program).

Today, we will talk about “The Bacardi Cocktail” from the 1917 in Cuba which is not a “tiki” drink but has a cool history of the drink and was created in the Caribbean. It’s the Daq’s brother (spin off) which has a weird history. You wondering…well find out!!

This drink goes into a coupe glass and we will talk about my favorite glass and some of the history of the glass. Not what you think. Plus, we will talk about glassware (in general) which is also important to the drink.

We get into more information about the bartending course like what unique drinks they are creating, what course is Shelley’s favorite. What can you get out of the course as Spencer explains. Wondering…listen to find out!

We talk about the upcoming event “Made with Love” which is a local competition for bartenders/mixologist. Some cool facts about the event.

In the “Did You Know?” segment, we will talk more about Prohibition. We cover the dates of the 18th amendment. We talk about “speak easy” bars and what does that mean? Listen to find out! You will need the password to get in!!

Woman actually started to got to the bars that before Prohibition was not allowed to go to. How did the bars survive during Prohibition and who was going to them?

In Mailbag segment: How do you become a bartender without experience. Curious…then listen to the answer.

Want to thank the Algonquin College Bartending Program including: Antonios Vitaliotis for making this show possible.

Check out some of the links below: The Algonquin College Bartending Program link: https://www.algonquincollege.com/hospitalityandtourism/program/bartending/

YouTube video on the “Bacardi Cocktail”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EoDU_wrQQWk&t=128s

Our contest is still going on til February 28th…so go to our site and enter.

Next episode: all about my trip to Curacao and by the way that Blue Curacao you are using to making your tropical drinks is not the real deal..listen and find out!! Plus we will have a new segment for you travelers out there that may just save your life if not at least your vacation.

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Episode #24: Blue Monkey Cocktail from Curacao (with special guests: Dan and Mike)

Hi Guys, Just got back from Curacao and you are wondering where is this place? I’ll fill you in and the cool cocktail we learned on our trip that is a great tropical drink for the summer or even now!

So Cam is still out looking for the perfect photo and so Mike and Dan are filling in for him.

Sunscape resort in Curacao is the perfect resort for us and highly recommended to go stay at for your vacation.

Here is the link to their site: http://www.sunscaperesorts.com/

The cocktail contains Blue Curacao which you do see in Blue Lagoons and Blue Hurricanes we know in tiki menus. This is the real deal not the sugar based liqueur we know on our North America’s shelf at the liquor store. This is a orange liqueur which actually you can get in different colors such as blue, green, red, orange and even clear. These all them tastes the same by the way!!

BOLS company started its adventures in Curacao on liqueurs and how did they get the spices back to Amsterdam (West India Company) and who found this amazing island..Christopher?? (Columbus) ah no..his sidekick!!

Find out some cool facts about Curacao (Dutch island) including slavery from the 1600s, its exports and tourism that seems to fill the boat (You will need a bigger boat!!). Why are the colorful buildings in Willemstad (capital) painted that way?? The story is beyond belief!!

In our new segment “Traveller’s Tips”: we talk about some helpful tips that will help you stay safe and enjoy your trip without a worry…listen if you dare!!

The maps.me app link: https://maps.me/

Our winner for the contest in February is Heidi Pawluk who won the $25 Visa Gift Card. Congrats!!

By the way the second part of this amazing facts and drinks from Curacao will be released within the week of this release for you!! Enjoy!!!

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Episode #25: Chill Out from Curacao (with special guests: Dan and Mike)

Hey guys, This is part two of my journey to Curacao and another amazing drink we found at the Sunscape Resort near Willemstad, Curaçao.

Sunscape resort site: http://www.sunscaperesorts.com/

Where is Curacao you may ask? Well listen to find out!

This great tropical drink called the “Chill Out” will definitely chill you out if you are having a bad day. With great combinations of coconut rum, melon liqueur, vodka and some OJ; you will soon be thinking what stress??

We go into some more cool facts about Curacao such as:

1) Floating bridge: this bridge is the only one in the world that operates this way which is that it actually moves across the channel to let ships pass but to return for locals so they can get from west side of the island to the east side of the island.

Here is a link of the video taken by a travel company of this amazing bridge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZks49_PPak

2) Floating market from Venezuela: these Venezuelan farmers actually travel each day to Curacao’s Willemstad to sell their fresh fruits and vegetables to the locals and tourists. Here is the link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hffwSOPo5U8

3) Oldest Synagogue in the world: Yes, this Jewish historical site is over 400 years old and the floor is actually sand. Here is a link to a site for that: http://www.snoa.com/

4) Home of a famous statue the “ChiChi”: this great art statue has a lot of history to it on this island and the world so check it out: (Video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmjoSOJZCQw

and the site for them which also shows ChiChi’s from around the world: https://chichi-curacao.com/

In the “Traveler’s tips” with Norma: we talk about photocopying your passport so if systems down, guess what; you are not!

Also, how do you pack and when: here is what not to do by Sebastian Maniscalco’s video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXZMlEy7fb4

Contest winner for February was Heidi Pawluk. Congrats! There will be another in April so stay tuned!!

On our next episode: We will have Mark Keill who is a tiki expert (I say he is) as he has been to over 40 tiki bars in North America so check it out to see what he has to say!

And guess what a new Co-host (for now while Cam is out) Paula Vetori who works on Brockville local radio. Give her a listen on the new episode!!

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Episode #26: Jungle Bird with guest Mark Keill and NEW co-host: Paola Vettori

Hey Folks!!

So this is a special episode as I have a NEW co-host Paola Vettori from Broadcasting Program (intern of BOB FM Brockville) {while Cam is gone}.

Our special guest today is Mark Keill (also in at CKCU) and been to over 30+ tiki bars and locations. Yes this makes him an expert! LOL!

Congrats to our February winner for the contest: Heidi Pawluk!! There will be a new one starting April 1st so keep your eyes our for it and you too can be a winner!!!

The drink today is the Jungle Bird Cocktail which is a third generation tiki drink which was created in Malaysia by Jeffery Ong (who by the way just recently passed away on February 26th this year). He only got the credit for the drink this past year so I guess he finally got his fame!

What age do you want to live to? We give you our answers and its all in the jar for me.If you not sure what that means, well listen!

It’s one of those drinks that mixologist love to play with and there are so many recipes as we have talked before about but we will give you two recipes for this delicious drink.

How did we get the recipes? Well, our fellow tiki bum Jeff “Beachbum” Berry to the rescue and this drink has a very unique garnish that will leave you waiting for spring to get here!

We ask our tiki expert what bars he has enjoyed and some of his favorites he has been to. The drinks that made his head spin and just how did he get into tiki? Was it for the same reason as Craig..hmm..find out!!

On the “Traveler’s Tips” segment with Norma, we talk about the things you should have in your carry-on luggage that will help you to better travels or even survive the disaster flight. Bring wipes. Why? You don’t want to get sick!! Bring entertainment and batteries for your phone because you never know. Finally, we talk about motion meds or bracelets that we found work great for the any kind of travel.

Mark throws in some helpful tips for travelling to tiki bars and yes get that hotel near the bar!!

Link to the “The New American Bartender’s Guide” by John J Poister which is where the original recipe was discovered by Jeff Berry: The Neew American Bartender’s Guide on Amazon.ca

Mark’s favorite tiki bars will be on our website so check it out: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/marks-tiki-page/

Here is Mark’s link to his show: https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/112/info.html

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Episode #27: Planter’s Punch (recorded live at “Made with Love” event in Ottawa.

Hi Guys, Yes, we recorded this episode live at the “Made with Love” competition in Ottawa on April 1st.

There will be in the background so I do apologize ahead of the time for the additional background noise.

So, at this event we see the top mixologist in Ottawa making some amazing drinks and food.

The drink we discuss on this episode is a classic tiki drink that has changed over the century it has been around called Planter’s Punch…and yes that long!!

It starts back in civil war times on the plantations and was made with Jamaican rum. Through time, this drink’s name even changes from Jamaican Rum Punch to Planter’s Cocktail to Trader Vic’s Planter’s Punch (he actually had four different versions of this drink on his menu as well).

We’ll give you the Jeff “Beachbum” Berry’s version and Smuggler’s Cove recipe as well.

Here is a video link on how to make a Planter’s Punch: YouTube video on how to make a Planter’s Punch Cocktail

We will then go into some cool facts about how Disney and Tiki are one in the same in many ways. A little history lesson on how it all started and by the way in a future episode we go more into detail on this.

In “Traveler’s Tips”: we talk about why you should have WiFi at your room/resort and that extra charge is well worth it to make your trip fun and enjoyable. Tipping is also discussed and trust me when I say it can save your life at times (i.e. taxi guy being your own tour guide). Have you ever thought about throwing a few bucks in the fridge while you are away…well listen to find out why.

Our next episode, you will want to turn into as we tell you build and stock your very own tiki bar….yes Mark will be on the show and together we will give you the tips and tricks on how.

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Episode #28: Dr. Funk cocktail and “How to build a tiki bar”

Hi Folks!!

So we will be helping you on build and decorate a tiki bar since the summer is just around the corner. The drink that we will cover is Dr. Funk that has been in the tiki culture since the beginning…yes, the first tiki bar of Don the Beachcomber.

The drink came from a gentleman who in 1920’s, Well-known German-born physician, Doctor Bernard Funk, who spent 31 years in the South Pacific practicing medicine. This drink had several different names: Dr. Funk of Tahiti, the Mr. Funk, The Dr. Fong, The Dr. Wong and Dr. Sam Tee. Some of the names evoked the imagery of a contemporary cinematic super villain, Dr. Fu Manchu (yes, in the movie played by Peter Sellers who is guess who: Pink Panther Inspector Clouseau).

Now, Trader Vic and Don’s recipes we will go through on this show…

Dr. Funk YouTube video on make Trader’s recipe: Dr. Funk cocktail YouTube Video

We brought in Mark Keill to help me go through some tips and tricks of how to start building a tiki bar and decorating it. This is part one of this segment and next time we will cover the music, lighting and equipment.

DIY network tiki site: https://www.diynetwork.com/search/tiki-

Tiki Hut Paradise website: https://www.tikihutparadise.com/

Tiki escape website: http://www.tikiescapes.com/

In “Did you Know?”: we talk about how some of tiki became part of the culture through a novel written by James A. Michener about the Pacific campaign in World War II. It was made into a movie in the 50’s called: “South Pacific” and guess who is one of the main actors in it? I will give you a HAND on who it is.

Next episode, we will cover tiki trivia…do you know your tiki? Well find out and see how you will do plus 151 Swizzle..yes that’s 151 proof alcohol.

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Episode #29: 151 Swizzle Cocktail and Tiki Trivia

Hi Folks!!

This special episode we will be doing TIKI TRIVIA with Paola and special guest Norma (she does our Travel Tips segment). We hope you have been listening to all of our episodes as the answers are in them.

The link to the page to the questions so you too can follow along (we only do the first 9 questions on the show but see what you know about tiki and have you been listening to the show?).Link: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/tiki-trivia/The drink today: 151 Swizzle which actually started as a boosted Mojito cocktail back in the 1020’s with 151 proof rum. You know once Don the Beachcomber got his hand on it that he would change the recipe. So, we cover his plus the glassware it comes in. Yes, it’s another special tiki glass that you serve this in but as we discussed in the episode that you put it in whatever you can at your party.

Here is the website link to order this special cup: http://beachbumberry.com/barware-swizzle-cup.html

By the way, Congrats to TIKIADVENTURERSCLUB on Instagram to win our contest in April!!!

Next Episode: Cinco de Mayo time!  We will be talking about Margarita and some cool varies recipes for that hot summer day!! Stay tuned!!

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Episode #30: Margaritas and Cinco De Mayo

Hey Folks, Sorry for delay but this is a great episode about the amazing holiday called “Cinco De Mayo” which obviously is celebrated every May 5th.

We start the show by congrats to Paul Robinson who won our April contest and we do appreciate all who anticipated in it.

So what is the drink of this great holiday? Margaritas!!!!

We go over the very confusing origin of this drink which like a lot of tiki drinks has questionable starts. We will get you through them all: from a bartender who ends up being a milkman (yes!), to a spin off of a Mexican drink called “the Daisy”, to Don Carlos who made it for a showgirl, to the drink made for a dance who was allergic to all spirits but Tequila (yeah OK LOL).

We go through the basic recipe which is easy to make on the “rocks” or “frozen”. The other recipes we discuss are the Sparkling Margarita (one of my favorites), to a skinny margarita (if you ware watching calories which is about 114 to be specific), to “The Cindy” (yes for Cindy Crawford).

What glass you need for the drink? Well listen and find out…

Also, you ever wonder how do they get the salt/sugar on the rim of your glass…well, we discuss that too!!!

On the “Did You Know?” segment: we go through some very cool facts on how the “Cinco De Mayo” festivities started and why…hmmm the French!!

Stay tuned for the next episode when we continue “How to build a tiki bar” with our tiki expert Mark Keill.

For all the recipes for the episode, please go to: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/recipes/

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Episode #31: Nui Nui (Pupule) Cocktail and “How to Build a Tiki Bar, Part 2 ” (with Mark Keill)

Hey Guys, Sorry, for delay of the show (mostly scheduling and summer time which means landscape work and yes, the tiki bar being prepped for the season).

On this episode, we will be discussing a classic old tiki cocktail “the Nui Nui” or now known as the “The Pupule” cocktail.

It was on Don the Beachcomber’s menu from the start. He would use code to make his classic cocktails and we explain how we got the recipe and our good friend Jeff “Beachbum” Berry techniques.

By the way, “Nui Nui” in Hawaiian means crazy..and yes we are..well Paola more than me but that’s another story.

We talk about the recipe and specific glassware and garnish for this one…it’s old fashion..and lots of peel!!

On our Tiki Bar segment,we have our good friend and expert Mark “Indeed” Keill back to the show and yes Mark…Indeed!

We go over on this segment about lighting, music, and equipment. To get all this information plus the part one segment as well, click the link below or go to our website to Mark’s page. Tiki Bar (Mark’s page): https://tikicentralcanada.ca/marks-tiki-page/

We go over lighting: some basic stuff like rope light to more expensive stuff like a blow fish lamp. The key is to isolate the spots you illuminate with the lights to give mystic and show off some of that cool stuff you have.

On the music: we will have on the tiki bar page links to playlist on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify plus some 24 hour playlist of tiki music. Remember, you can create your own playlist so what we talk about is suggestions only.

For equipment: we discuss blenders (from low end to high quality and expensive ones..yes, i have the expensive one), coolers and ice machines, and even glass washer..what?? Yes, glass washer which I have developed over the years which is inexpensive and easy to make.

All that and more on the page.


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Episode #32: Suffering Bastard Cocktail and “Disney and Tiki” with special guest Justin

Hi Folks! This episode is all about the “Suffering Bastard” cocktail and yes Paola brought along Justin to help us with Disney segment (and no…he is not a suffering bastard LOL).

This drink was made back in the 40s in Egypt of all places. The bartender Joe Shalom, who was a Jewish Egyptian, made this drink as a hangover remedy due to poor supplies provided to the bar. He had to beg, borrow and yes even steal ingredients as tiki culture is like for ingredients.

Joe spoke 8 languages and was a popular bartender who rubbed elbows with kings, the rich, and even movie stars.

On our Disney and Tiki segment, we brought in Justin who has been to 11 out of 12 Disney parks and has a fascination for Tiki. He goes over some of the history on how Walt Disney infused tiki culture into his parks and still happens today. From talking birds and tiki statues to exploding volcanos, we cover it all in the segment for you. He even brought me a gift so listen to find out what it is…

In “Did you know?” segment: we cover information about Joe Shalom. Just after the war (1952), British occupation areas was destroyed including Joe’s workplace. He was put in jail as they figured him as a spy. He was later released and fled the country with his family. He was picked up by the Hiltons who had him help build bars around the world for them and everywhere he went, so did the Suffering Bastard.

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Episode #33: Chief Lapu Lapu Cocktail and History of Ferdinand Magellan

Hey Folks! I hope you are enjoying the summer and some Tiki drinks!

This episode will cover the cocktail named Chief Lapu Lapu. It is one of those typical Tiki cocktails that have different stories of “who” and “when” it was created.

We will cover the story with Don the Beachcomber and his Filipino bartenders that he had in the back room creating the secret cocktails. There is a legend of Chief Lapu Lapu who was the first leader to resist the Porteguese’s leader (explorer) Ferdinand Magellan. He was the first to go all the way around the world and prove the earth was round. Yes, after Christopher Columbus.

On the “Did you know?” segment:  We talk more about Ferdinand Magellan’s exploring the world and finding spices in the new world. He set sail in 1519 with over 300 crew members in 3 ships. By the end of the journey back to Spain, there was 18 crew left in one ship and (spoiler) Magellan is killed.

Get this, Paola has a fact that I did not know…yes it happens! We let you know how the “Pacific” was discovered and why it’s named that.

Here is a YouTube video to make this cocktail: YouTube video for Chief Lapu Lapu Cocktail

To purchase the large Snifter glass on Amazon click this link: Amazon.ca link to order Large Snifter Glassware

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Episode 34: Puka Punch and Tiki Ti Bar (Mark Keill)

Hey Folks! I hope you are enjoying the summer and some Tiki drinks!

Hey Guys, So this is a first! This show is co-written by Mark Keill (our tiki expert). So tons of information.

This show will be about a tiki bar in California called Tiki Ti. This amazing bar is created and was ran by Ray Buhen.

Who is Ray? We will go through his history and that he worked with Don the Beachcomber and was one of the famous Filipino bartender that worked into the back of the bar. These bartenders made the secretive drinks that nobody knew how to make but these guys and …wait for it…Jeff “Beachbum” Berry.

We talk about him too and how he influenced the tiki culture we know today. But back to ray, he went from bar school to Don’s to Seven Seas Polynesian restaurant to Christian’s Hut (which has its own history) to The Luau and finally to opening Tiki Ti in 1961.

The cocktail is called Puka Punch created by Ray. We go through a very detailed recipe with 4 different rums. Why do we need that many rums? Mark helps explain.

We will also talk about a bartender technique called: Floating Here is a YouTube link on how to float a liquid on the drink: youTube video for “How to Float a Liquid in a Cocktail”

Mark tells us all about Ray and how he created Tiki Ti bar and who runs it now?? We also cover who is Don the Beachcomber and how he got his start as well.

By the way, did you know that Jeff and Ray had a relationship??

On The “Did You Know?” segment, we will explain this.

Listen to This Episode

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Episode 35: Nelson’s Blood Cocktail and Black Tot Day

Hi Folks, well the summer is over and we are back to work now. Yes 🙁

This episode we will be talking about a cocktail named Nelson’s Blood. Why are we drink his blood? Well, there is more to the story then just the drink. We have to start with Pusser’s rum (British Navy rum). Why are we talking about this rum and what is its relation to the drink?

Pusser’s rum was a British royal Navy rum that was portioned out to the sailor from 1655 to 1970 (July 31st to be exact). It was then released to the public (who didn’t have access to this prior).

Black Tot Day is when the royal navy stopped handing our rations of rum to the sailors. The ships got to technical and the main reason for the ration in the beginning was to deal with hardship and not for drinking. So again…who is Nelson? Admiral Nelson was a killed in battle in 1700’s in a colonial war and had requested that his body be put into a cask of Pusser’s rum to preserve him for the long journey back to England.

The problem was the journey took longer than expected and the sailors ran out of rum on the ship. So…they tapped into the cask that his body was preserved in and by the time the ship got back to England, the cask was empty except his pickled body. Pusser’s rum is sometimes referred to as Nelson’s Blood. This drink is on the Pusser’s rum website and can only be made with that rum.

Mark (our Tiki expert) goes through some cool facts on different rations of spirits by different countries and each of them had their own Black Tot Day as well. In our “terminology” segment: we discuss different terms used on the navy ships and what they meant. Curious? You will have to listen in…

Recipe: 2 oz. Pusser’s Rum (Gunpowder Proof), 2 oz. Cranberry Juice, 1 oz. Orange Juice, 1 oz. Lime Juice, 1/2 oz. Sugar Syrup, A dash of Angostura bitters. Directions: Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake well. Strain into a glass with ice and serve.

What is gunpowder rum?? Well listen to find out!!

Bonus recipe: (my own creation..oops I mean Norma’s)

Sucking the Monkey: 1.5 oz coconut rum, 0.5 oz banana liqueur, 2 oz pineapple juice, 1 oz cream of coconut. Shake and strain into a Collins glass.

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Episode 36: (BONUS EPISODE) “Talk Like A Pirate Day” and Dark N Stormy Cocktail

Hi Guys, this is a special extra episode we came up with since it will be “Talk Like a Pirate Day” on September 19th.

We decided to give you guys a cool episode just for the special day. The cocktail we will go over is Dark N Stormy Cocktail since it looks like a stormy black cloud like the conditions pirates dealt with while at sea. We will go over Gosling rum from Bermuda for this cocktail. This special rum has a great story on how it started. James Gosling hit the seas with a mission to the New World and ended up in Bermuda. He figured that he may as well stay and make a business and eventually made rum. Navy sailors drinking ginger beer needed something more and BANG! Dark N Stormy was created!

The Recipe: 2 oz Gosling Rum, 4-6 oz Ginger Beer, 0.5 oz lime juice, 0.5 oz of simple syrup (if your ginger beer is spicy) and garnish with lime wheel. Build over ice in a Collins glass.

So some terms to speak like a pirate:

Clap of Thunder: A strong alcoholic beverage, usually referring to a shot.

Hearties: Friends, comrades.

Scallywag: What an experienced pirate would call a newbie.

Landlubber: A person who is uncomfortable, or not incredibly skilled, at sea.

Dead men tell no tales: phrase indicating to leave no survivors.

On the “Did you Know” segment: we go over the fact that there is over 300 identified vessels lying ruined at the bottom of the surrounding North Atlantic Ocean near Bermuda. Also, Bermuda is not in the Caribbean. It is located in the Atlantic Ocean, about 1030 km from the United States’ East Coast. Bermuda is a cluster of 181 islands. There is no public water system on Bermuda, as the island has no natural source of freshwater.

Bermudians have to rely on rainfall to fill up their water tanks, greatly helped by the shape of their limestone roofs. I hope you enjoy this special episode and don’t forget to talk like a pirate…here is a website to go to translate any words or phrases from English language to pirate language.

Website: http://pirate.monkeyness.com/online_pirate_translator

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Episode 37: Blue Hawaii and Blue Hawaiian Cockatil (Brady Bunch episode)

Hey Folks…. It’s true …CAM IS BACK!!!!! This episode is great to the tiki world as we discuss two famous tiki cocktails (that’s right: two co-host equals two cocktails).

Blue Hawaii invented by Harry Yee in 1957 in the Hilton Hawaiian Village (formerly the Kaiser Hawaiian Village) in Waikiki, Hawaii. Do you know the significance of that hotel in TV land today? Listen to find out!!

Also, the Blue Hawaiian cocktail which has the tiki mystery of who created this delicious drink.

We go over the Brady Bunch as Cam as returned to the tiki bunch…LOL!! The show is on its 50th anniversary being aired and the famous 3 episode Hawaiian vacation was aired on September 22nd, 1972 and was the first American TV show to film in Hawaii. HGTV bought the original Brady house (exterior shot house) and with the help of all 6 actors who played the kids rebuild the entire Brady house room by room on the “Very Brady Renovation” show which aired in September.

Back to the drink…did you know that Harry Yee was the first bartender to use the tiki umbrella in a cocktail and an orchid?

So we go over the difference of these two drinks and of course their recipes. One is a build drink and the other can be blended or shaken.

On “Did you know” segment: we cover the mysterious blue curacao and where did it come from and why is it blue if its an orange liqueur…hmmm!!!

FYI: this episode is a little longer than usual BUT trust me with Cam back and Paola co-hosting, it’s worth it!! Enjoy!!!

Future episode: Rums from around the world and which ones should you use!!!

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Episode 38: Mezcal Cocktails (Day of the Dead)

Hi Folks! This is a great episode that deals with a new spirit we haven’t discussed before. This spirit is called Mezcal (which is Tequila’s brother) as it is made from only kind of agave plant (Blue agave). We go over two different cocktails that contain this great spirit.

Also, we discuss a holiday celebrated in Mexico called “Day of the Dead”. This amazing celebration is a three day event that starts on October 31st and goes through to November 2nd. It is a time spend with the past deceased relatives who say come back to party with their family. The culture believes that there are several levels one must go through to get to heaven and so this event is a guidance in some way to help the deceased get to their final destination. It is looked upon as a positive moment and not a grieving moment as we have in our culture.

The idea for the show came from an event I go to annually called the Third World Bizarre which is held every October here in the Ottawa region. This amazing event is a collection of arts and crafts from around the world that are collected the rest of the year and then brought back to Ottawa to be sold. Several regions are covered including Mexico. We got a ceremony skull which is called “Calavera” which represents the “Day of the Dead”. So instead of doing Halloween cocktails which are not really tiki, we decided to research more of this event and bring you some cool drinks and facts about it. Here is the link to the 3rd World Bizarre event: https://thirdworldbazaar.ca/

Ocotber 31st is the day for the kids (also called “Angelitos”) of the celebration and you can see little skull (also called “calavera”) and often have the name of the deceased person inscribed on the forehead which are placed at the grave site. The adults part of the celebration is on November 2nd when offerings (also called “ofrendas”) of liquor and cigarettes plus their favorite food would be placed on their sites. Mark gives us more information details on how this event originated.

On “Mark’s adventures” segment: Mark gives us information on The Bali Hai. It is in San Diego very near the coast on an area called Shelter Island. Shelter Island is not actually an island but a sand bar that was built up with materials dredged up from the bay in 1934. We discuss several characteristics of the bar such as “The Goof” and “Mr. Bahi Hai” himself. They also have a Mai Tai of their own that during happy hour the price changes as you drink. You would like to know more, please give it a listen!!! Also, here is the link to The Bali Hai website where you can see just how many Mai Tais have been sold so far (its alot): https://www.balihairestaurant.com/

On “Did you know?” segment: We will discuss “Day of the Dead” facts such as it is celebrated around the world in different countries. A cool fact we go over is that the James Bond movie Spectre’s opening scene is a Day of the Dead celebration in Mexico City that was Hollywood staged with hundreds of locals on set in costume. But here is the cool fact, the city never had a parade for this day til after the movie was shot there and the city decided to add it to the celebration yearly now. Here is the cool YouTube video on the behind the scenes of the whole opening production on the movie: YouTube video on Behind the Scenes of Spectre

Some of the ingredients needed for these drinks are hard to find so I have added these links to help you find them. Chocolate bitters: Amazon Chocolate Bitters

Mezcal that I used for the recipe (LCBO-Ontario): LCBO link to Mezcal spirit

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Episode 39: Missionary’s Downfall Cocktail and Thanksgiving (USA)

Happy holidays guys!! We know that our USA listeners just celebrated Thanksgiving weekend and Black Friday (ouch!).

We will be discussing Missionary’s Downfall cocktail which is an original Don the Beachcomber classic. It is a drink that was actually inspired by the Cuban’s Daiquiri which Don found while travelling the Caribbean. He was fascinated that they would alter the drink and this drove him to do the same.

This is a blended drink and so yes you will need a blender for this amazing drink. BUT wait there is more…a second drink that is from Smuggler’s Cove book that is less frothy and slightly different in texture. Smuggler’s version is altered enough that they call it Aku Aku. What does that mean…well listen to find out.

Don the Beachcomber: we give you recap of this amazing man who created tiki in North America and how he got his start. From bootlegger to valet to bartender, he had a great adventure for sure.

On “Did You Know?” segment: we go over just how did Thanksgiving start in USA/Canada and why is it so confusing as to when it is. Well, there is a reason for that as past presidents had a say in when it was.

Also, I give Paola a bottle of Cream of Coconut from the coffee shop so she can make her Paula’s wish/Blue Hawaiian cocktails at home.

We will have on our website the picture of the bottles I use and how to get them. Also we thought we would throw in a funny video for you of turkeys chasing postal workers..nothing better say Thanksgiving then see a postal worker on the run.

Here is the link to a video on YouTube on how to make the Missionary Downfall as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yysxb_RmPAk

Postal worker been chased: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcRcFk0H1Hs&t=2s and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYyd3Lfnt30

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Episode:  Rum Tasting, part 2

Hi Guys, NOTE: This is not our regular show format as we don’t feature a drink or its history at all.

We been asked by many listeners, what rums I should have on my bar to make these tiki drinks? Do I need all these rums to make drinks?

This is a tasting show that Cam and I did where we describe some basic rums from different parts of the world to give you an idea of what you need for our drinks.

We will cover in this show the following rums: John Watling (Bahamas), Havana Ritual Spicy rum (Cuba), Gosling Black Seal rum (Bermuda), and finally Cam’s favorite (I really do mean that as I have converted him from Malibu to Cruzan) Cruzan coconut rum (St. Criox). We will go over the locations of these rums; the distillation of the rums (pot/column) with video attached on what these means (on the website page); history of the rums; tastes; and smells plus drinks that you can use for them for.

Page for the show is: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/rum-tasting/ Enjoy as we sure did…LOL!

We also will suggest some rums to use as starting out compared to more complex ones.

Distillation YouTube video page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRx1bfpdz6E&t=404s

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Episode 40: Voodoo Grog and Christmas

Happy Holidays everyone!!!

We decided this year to add our Christmas scene at the end of the show so you can enjoy the regular show. So, as a bonus and our traditional Christmas show we have added a Christmas Carol scene for you from us (end of the show)!!

This episode we will discuss the very tiki cocktail Voodoo Grog. This cocktail is like a combination of Don the Beachcomber’s Navy grog and Trader Vic’s Navy Grog. It was created back in the 50’s by Trader Vic who was always trying to duplicate Don’s drinks and so this is his attempt to make his version of the Zombie.

It would come in a special Trader Vic Voodoo Tumbler which is very rare and no I don’t have one. You can use a double rocks glass instead. It has a ginger bread kinda of taste and frothy as well. It will be made in a blender so yes you will need that!

This drink will us Martinique Rhum which is a rum from the French Caribbean island of Martinique. Yes, it is spelt RHUM not rum. We go over the differences.

This drink does contain an egg white but don’t panic as long as its store bought and pasteurized you won’t have any issues. Many ritzy cocktail bars use egg white to make their drinks frothy and so you might have already experienced this already not knowing.

We discuss just where did voodoo start and why is it so popular in today’s society. We even cover another James Bond movie “Live and Let Die” with Roger Moore that has voodoo customs throughout the movie. Orson Welles even back in the days made a production called “Voodoo MacBeth” which has a lot of crazy situations surrounding it.

On “Did you know?” segment we give you more information about Martinique and its history and I hate to say some of Cam’s dirty laundry!!

Here is the link to making Pimento Dram if in Canada as in USA you can buy it at your local liquor store: YouTube video on “How to make Pimento Dram”

Here is the link to making the cocktail on YouTube: YouTube video to make Voodoo Grog

James Bond link: YouTube James Bond “Live and Let Die”

Haiti Voodoo YouTube links: Haiti Voodoo YouTube video #1 or Haiti voodoo YouTube video #2

Link to the Martinique Rhum: SAQ for Martinque rhum

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Episode 41: Mary Pickford Cocktail and Prohibition

Happy New Year to everyone!!!

Hey Guys, Happy New Year and we are back now from vacation!!

We just had the 100th anniversary of the 18th amendment of the United States Constitution (Prohibition) which was on January 17th, 1920.

Our contest will be ending on January 31st with the winner being announced in February on our social media. Check it out at www.tikicentralcanada.ca

So the drink we will talk about on this show is called Mary Pickford from back in the time. It was created for our Canadian actress and producer Mary Pickford who worked in USA. She was also one of the founder of the Pickford-Fairbanks studio with Charlie Chaplin (which turned into United Artists Studios). It was later bought out by MGM studios.

Here is a YouTube link to UA studios history: United Artist Studios YouTube video

She was also one of the founders of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science which presents the Oscar Awards out every year.

So the drink was created in Cuba for her by Eddie Woelke or Fred Kaufmann at the National Hotel of Cuba.

On “Mark’s adventures” segment: we will talk about Esotico which is a 30 minute walk from downtown Miami, Florida. Mark’s favorite drink was the Tangaroa’s Butt which consists of Mezcal, Wray & Nephew Overproof and Mount Gay Black Barrel rum. Yes, the drink has a special glassware for it…don’t ask!! We talk about a special food item there that will definitely have your arms up in the sea about. A pineapple class that has some interesting details to it as well.

On “Did you Know?” segment: we will give you a few facts about Prohibition and how it started from two major groups: ASL and the WCTU who used their power to get the 18th amendment in place.

Canada did have a short period of time of Prohibition but then we realized we could sell our whiskey to USA.

If you want to know more cocktails that came out of this time, check out this link: Prohibition Cocktails

This is part one of a two part series on Prohibition (part two will be next month).

Stay tune with the next episode with Paola back at the studio and we talk about a tiki classic Shark’s Tooth.

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Episode 42: Shark’s Tooth Cocktail and the movie Jaws

Hey guys,

We are doing today a Don the Beachcomber classic tiki cocktail called Shark’s Tooth. It was on his original menus and competed against the famous “Zombie” drink in ever location Don had but never got the same recognition as the Zombie.

We have a new newsletter out for February with new recipes from past shows, new tiki bar for Mark’s Adventures to discuss, new tiki dates for your calendar and a Tiki cocktail book that every home bar should have in Tiki Books review. Plus more!!!!

So the Shark’s teeth in the Polynesian region is very spiritual and practical as tools are made with them. Check out other reasons why the drink got its name. It will keep you all wrapped up!!

You will find this in two of Jeff “Beachbum” Berry’s books which are “Sippin Safari” and “Remixed” which you can find on our cool link page: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/cool-links/

So some cool facts about sharks such as surfers wear shark’s teeth for good luck and believe it prevents shark attacks but there is not scientific facts to back this up. It’s more of superstition!!! Also, 1950s a man was attacked in Hawaii by 3 tiger sharks only to have his body parts found inside a shark 3 days later.

On “Did you know?” segment: we talk about cool facts about the movie “Jaws” such as the mechanic shark was called “Bruce” or “Great White Turd” by the crew…listen to find out why!!! Robert Shaw who played Quint was quite the character and the production crew got more than they bargained for by him…found out why!!!!

Some cool links to YouTube videos of facts about Jaws:
Jaws YouTube video facts and Jaws YouTube video 2

The YouTube Link on how to make this drink: YouTube cocktail Shark’s Tooth Cocktail

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Episode 43: Bee Knees Cocktail and Prohibition part 2

Hey guys, We want to start off by congratulations to Heather Sibley for winning our monthly contest!! Stay tuned for more of those to come!!

This show, we are continuing with our discussion about the 18th amendment which was Prohibition (1920-1933).

The cocktail we are talking today about is the Bee Knees cocktail which was created during this time. The sweetener (honey) was added to mask the bathtub or poor quality gin that was available at the time due to limited supplies. It was created by Frank Meier, the head bartender at the Ritz Bar in Paris. Get this, Frank lead a separate life as a spy…interesting! Want to know more then listen in.

By the way Bees Knees in jazz lingo leans “great” or “excellent” or “the best”.

Do bees have knees? hmm …find out!!

On “Mark’s adventures” segment: Mark talks about Death or Glory tiki bar today. From the ashes of the Kreepy Tiki Bar & Lounge comes Death or Glory? It is located about 45 minutes north of Ft. Lauderdale in Delray Beach, Death or Glory is the partnership of Isaac Grillo, one time named Ultimate Miami Bartender and owner, along with his wife April DeVona. Do you want to know more…listen in!!!

On “Did you know?” segment: We will discuss the things that came out of prohibition that was good like soda shops and fast cars!! We tell our own stories about sneaking booze into places they didn’t belong!!! Yes, to be young and foolish!! We also go over some typical slang terms used back in this era as well. You see!!!

YouTube video to make the Bee Knees cocktail: YouTube video for Bee Knees cocktail

The next episode to look out for is my adventures to Antigua and some very cool tropical drinks!!!

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Episode 44: Antigua and Tropical Cocktails (part 1)

Hi Guys, Just got back from my trip to Antigua and we have so much to cover on this amazing tropical island that we decided to break the one recording into two shows for you.

This is part one.

Thanks and shout out to the staff of the Starfish Jolly Beach Resort and Jermaine (our tour guide).

Click this page link to our special Antigua page for more information and pictures: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/antigua/

We will be talking about new cocktails that we had down on the island and there is a nice range of drinks (one sweet, one middle, and one boozy)!! We first start off with the Purple Dragon (Thanks to Sharlene at the resort who gave us the recipe), second is a national drink in Antigua and we even found bottled in the liquor stores. We want to thank Johnny Tved on the Kon Tiki Floating bar to give us the recipe to this one…hi Johnny!! Yes, I did say floating as it is in the ocean and you can either swim there or a small boat will get you to and from the bar. The third drink will be featured in the next episode for you!

The island is about 100 km east of St. Kitts or 500 km east of Dominican Republic. It is about 108 square miles in size (11×14 miles) and has about 100, 000 people for its population.

English is the main language on the island and get this…there are 365 beaches (one for every day of the year)!! I went to eight!!

We did visit and we briefly discuss the donkey sanctuary that we went to and yes, Norma adapted a donkey (Stevie, who is blind)!

Plus also a floating tiki bar…did I mention that before and of course I got behind there and made up one of my cocktails for the owner.

The highest point on the island is named after figure in USA history…listen to find out!!!

On “Travel Tips” segment: yes, i finally got Norma behind the microphone again and she went through some new ones for you when you travel to know plus a recap of previous ones if you haven’t heard them before. Here are some cool links for you:

Starfish Jolly Beach Resort: https://www.starfishresorts.com/resort/starfish-jolly-beach-resort

Kon Tiki bar Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KONTIKIANTIGUA/

Starfish Guest’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/164569750843443/members/

Jermaine Knight (tour guide extraordinaire): Jermaine Knight (tour guide) Facebook page {tell him Craig from Tiki Central Canada sent you and he will take care of you!!!}

Donkey Sanctuary: Antigua’s Donkey Sanctuary Facebook page

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Episode 45: Antigua part 2 and BBC (Banana Baileys Coconut) Cocktail

This is part 2 of the great adventure to Antigua. The episode was so long that we split it into two. So if you haven’t listened to part one of this episode, please go back and give it a listen!!

On this episode, the drink we will be discussing is a Caribbean drink not just Antigua (we did enjoy many of these at the resort). The BBC (Banana, Baileys, Coconut) Cocktail. You guess it the main three ingredients are those. This is a blended drink and very tasty!! We do talk about the Margaritaville Blender on this recipe. To buy one on Amazon, here is the link: Amazon Mararitaville Blender page

I do go through some alternatives or additives as you may such as adding Amaretto, or Vanilla syrup, or even Cinnamon syrup. To check out the recipe go to: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/recipes/

We continue discuss more about my trip and cool facts about Antigua. The island location, size and population facts. Why are the roads in these Caribbean countries no narrow? Well listen to find out the answer! Transportation on the island comes in all forms and you be surprised just how simple the transportation is. I do recommend by the way to find a driver as you need to know how to drive on these roads (British style driving on the left instead of the right). What is the language: English!

We go over a tiki historical site of Nelson’s Dockyard and Shirley Heights. Nelson …where have we heard that before LOL.

On “Travel Tips” segment: Norma is back with more new tips for those times to travel!! When we get to travel!

We brought back “Mailbag” segment from year one as this email reflects this episode perfectly. Why do bartenders in the resort not measure? Listen to find out!!

To see all kinds of information and links to Antigua click this link: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/antigua/

Next episode: tiki Jukebox with Mark’s and my top 10 hits for the tiki season to play at your parties…east coast vs west coast!!!!

Stay Safe!!!
Yes, we will be continuing our episodes as regular even with Covid-19 so you have an oasis to come to!

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Episode 46: TIKI JUEKBOX PART1 (Mark’s and Craig’s TOP 10)

Hi Guys, We are hoping everyone is okay and staying home to be safe from the COVID-19 virus. We have something special for you today to help raise your spirits. We have come up with our top 10 list each (Mark and Craig) for you to enjoy while we are stuck at home. We thought of this months ago and finally was able to formulate lists (wasn’t easy as we could have made this top 50 or 100).

Mark’s list will be one type of tiki style which is exotic and mysterious. His music is based mostly on the 50’s to the 90’s.

Craig’s list will be the other type of tiki which is the outside with palm trees, beach, and party sounds. You will find both very entertaining!!

The show was so long that we had to split it into two parts and so this is part one of the show. Part two will be published next week with also some Spotify links to both our playlists. We will be continuously updating those lists with new songs, so check them out and refresh them when you can.

Here is our special page from our website to see part one’s songs and album covers as well: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/tiki-jukebox/

While you listen to the show, you can either “Shazam” the songs to find them through your musical source or you can search them by artist, song title, album title. The reason that I am mention this was during my search of some songs I had to do this process to find the correct one.

Enjoy guys and pass it onto your friends who are also sitting at home wanting to get it outside!!!

Next episode after the the jukebox episodes is a special tribute to the Navy and some cool gunpowder drinks…yes, I said GUNPOWDER!! Explosive episode!!!

There will be a contest in April and May for a special rare tiki CD that Mark brought into me to give away…so keep your eyes open to that as well!!

Note: we will be bring you episodes non stop through this time of the COVID-19 times..so hang in there!!!

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Episode 47: TIKI JUEKBOX PART 2 (Mark’s and Craig’s TOP 10)

Hey Guys, This is part two of Tiki Jukebox TOP 10 list from Mark’s and Craig’s picks!


Again, this list is just suggestions for some music to have for your parties or those times you are locked inside and just need your oasis, we all do!! This wasn’t an easy list to make as this could have easily been top 50 or even 100 but we tried our best to narrow it down for you.

Here is the link to our website page for this list and the album covers you will find to the songs. Also, on this page is the links to our Spotify lists to these songs as well. Link: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/tiki-jukebox/

The list are broken (as we mentioned in the first part) into two groups: Mark’s which is the exotic inside and escapism (oasis) AND Craig’s is beach, palm tree party atmosphere.

While you listen to the show, you can either “Shazam” the songs to find them through your musical source or you can search them by artist, song title, album title. The reason that I am mention this was during my search of some songs I had to do this process to find the correct one. Enjoy guys and pass it onto your friends who are also sitting at home wanting to get it outside!!!

Next episode after the the jukebox episodes is a special tribute to the Navy and some cool gunpowder drinks…yes, I said GUNPOWDER!! Explosive episode!!!

There will be a contest in April and May for a special rare tiki CD that Mark brought into me to give away…so keep your eyes open to that as well!!

Note: we will be bring you episodes non stop through this time of the COVID-19 times..so hang in there!!!

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Episode 48: Pusser’s British Navy Rum and a Tribute to the Navy!!!!!

Hi guys,

I want to start off that I hope everyone is doing well in these COVID-19 times and that we are doing everything we can to bring the show to you. We know that people need something to take them to their oasis in these times and we hope that we do just that.

This show was recorded through an internet software that we researched and worked for us at the time …future shows though will either be in the studio or a new improved software we found after.

On this show, we want to thank Rob Brunner who is a devoted listener of the show and a Navy officer in the Canadian forces who assisted us on the research of this show.

We will cover two cocktails using the British Navy Pusser’s rum (specifically Gunpowder) for the drinks. Both drinks can be found on the Pusser’s website: http://pussersrum.com

One of the drinks, we have covered in a past episode but we will modify it a bit and give you some cool alterations to create a tropical delicious drink. For the recipes to both drinks, visit our recipe page at: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/recipes/

Here is a link for an orange wheel garnish if you are not sure how to do one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXKRVeLvWmY

On “Mark’s Adventures” segment, we will be covering the famous and exceptionally large Mai Kai (Located in Ft. Lauderdale). Paola visited this bar recently and gives us an insight to the tiki bar. We talk about the food and drinks you would find there. History of the place goes back to the godfather of tiki, Don the Beachcomber!!! Don’t forget to check more information about the Mai Kai and Mark’s adventures on his page: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/marks-tiki-page/

On “Did You Know?”: We talk about navy terminology of the navy past and present. There is a page on our website specifically for the navy terms and some cool facts from Rob: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/navy-terminology/

Do not forget our contest for the rare collectible Tiki exotica CD that Mark provided to us for your listening pleasure during the summer…when we can get outside!!!

Stay Safe folks! Remember: we will be providing shows nonstop during this time for you, our devoted listeners!

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Episode 49: Captain’s Grog and a Bottle of Rum….

Hey Guys,

I hope everyone is doing well and staying safe! We are so glad all of our listeners are tuning into us and enjoy a little piece of paradise for an hour. We will always bring you shows during this time!

This show’s drink is called the Captain’s Grog which was created at Captain’s Inn, Long Beach, CA in 1962. This massive tiki bar has five dining rooms at its waterfront restaurant. It features three rums: a dark Jamaican rum,a light Puerto Rican rum, and a gold Puerto Rican rum. It features some cool ingredients such as Falernum, grapefruit juice, vanilla and almond extract, and even Canadian maple syrup! Yummy!!

Go to episode #17: Test Pilot for the Falernum recipe on this page: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/recipes/

We got these recipes from who else but Jeff “Beachbum” Berry and also it can be found in Smuggler’s Cove. You can get those books at our cool link page: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/cool-links/

We discuss the different types of shakers you can use. We go over the “pros” and “cons” of each and which one you should start of with.

On our “Book Review” segment: we talk about the book “And a Bottle of Rum” by Wayne Curtis. This is one of my most used books in my library and I refer to it frequently. It is a great resource book but also has some amazing stories in history of rum and some popular rum cocktails. It goes over the history of things like grog, the flip, and rum itself. Cocktail’s stories are the Daiquiri, Mai Tai, Mojito, Planter’s Punch and even Rum and Coke (who knew it had a story too). This book is also in our cool link page as well.

Finally in the “Mailbag” segment: we get asked where does Craig get his information and just how does he verify its accuracy. Hmmm!!

Oh, and check out this hilarious Matthew McConaughey Shows How To Make A Face Mask video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueyrM4QSxsU

Well don’t forget the CD contest which ends the end of May.

And hey Paola mentions in this episode a brilliant plan…Hashtag Garnish!! Listen to find out more and check out our home page as well for more information: www.tikicentralcanada.ca

Coming soon: Tiki Trivia, Mark’s adventures to Latitude 29, and Cobra’s Fang!!!

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Episode 50: Cobra’s Fang Cocktail and over-proofed rum….

Hey Folks, I hope everyone is being safe and doing well! We will always have shows and information for you to educated and entertain you as well in these times. And oh…like our new look…logos and headers are new so don’t get confused!!! Besides, I’m sure you wanted to see our smiley faces!!!

On today’s show, we will be talking about a legend Don the Beachcomber and his Cobra’s Fang cocktail. This was not as famous as the Zombie or the Three Dots and a Dash cocktails but it was on his 1941 menu and was priced for a $1 (today’s world that is like $8-9). This unique tiki drink contains over-proofed rum, Falernum, Absinthe, bitters and even an ingredient called Fassionola. What is Absinthe? Listen to find out!!

Another recipe: The Sidewinder’s Fang was The Lanai restaurant’s version of a Cobra’s Fang cooler.

The video for the Sidewinder’s Fang and the garnish video is: Sidewinder Fang Cocktail video

Fassionola is a tiki ingredient that through time has lost its popularity for several reasons: 1) it was seasonal so it was only and still is available on certain times of the year; 2) costs as passion fruit juice and syrups were much cheaper and easier to find on the market to make the drink. Fassionola also was in the original Hurricane cocktail but through time passion fruit replaced it.

Here are the links to Fassionola recipe: Fassionola recipe page

Here is the link to make Falernum (video): Falernum YouTube video

The recipe from the book Hawai’i: Tropical Rum Drinks & Cuisine By Don the Beachcomber and also Tiki Drinks: Tropical Cocktails For The Modern Bar Hardcover written by Nicole Weston and Robert Sharp (this is a great starter book to tiki drinks as it shows a full photos of the drink, menu and even tips such as the cobra fang garnish). The book can be found on our cool links page: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/cool-links/

We also discuss just what is over-proofed rum and how did it start? We give you a few samples of brands to look for and also keep as its value grows (Bacardi 151 uncracked).

On “Mailbag” segment: we are asked just where someone can find the secret or special ingredients needed to make tiki drinks. Online shopping currently is a great way to do so and we have several locations for you to find things:

Monins syrups: www.monin.com (this is for any kind of syrups suck as orgeat, cream of coconut, passion fruit,etc.)

Awesome Drinks Inc.: https://awesomedrinks.com/ (this is where you can get some nice bar tools, syrups, and mixes)

Cocktail Emporium: https://www.cocktailemporium.com/ This is a Canada site that supplies bar tools, glassware, syrups and mixes as well.

Jeff “Beachbum” Berry’s site: https://beachbumberry.com/

This is USA only and they have books, recipes and syrups like orgeat and falernum to order online.

Don’t forget our #Hashtag competition which ends on every last day of the month, winner will be selected on the 1st of each month to be the “Drink of the Month”.

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Episode 51: Ancient Mariner Cocktail and the Call of Cthulhu

Hi Folks,

I hope everyone is doing well and we are glad that we get to bring you the show while you are stuck at home. This episode’s drink that we will be covering is called the Ancient Mariner which is a Jeff “Beachbum” Berry cocktail. This drink was created by accident as Jeff was reverse engineering one of Trader Vic’s recipe “The Navy Grog”.

This cocktail was a result of trying to re-create the drink and I must say that I’m glad he did as it is delicious. The two items of Trader Vic’s that gave Jeff a hard time to figure out was the rum mix and the navy grog mix. Trader Vic and Don the Beachcomber would mix different rums from around the world to make their own special blend to make drinks.

We found through time that Don would use honey syrup in his Navy Grog and Vic would use Pimento Dram and simple syrup.

For the recipe to this drink, check out our website recipe page: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/recipes/

The reason for the name of the drink is not the Rime of the Ancient Mariner poem that most people would think but a play on words with Jeff as it took so long to make the drink and perfect it that they felt like ancient mariners. This drink has a nice mix of blended rums, pimento spice, grapefruit juice and lime juice. For the summertime, it’s very refreshing. Tip: wait a bit for the ice to melt to get a better result as we found of the flavors.

On “Mark’s Adventures” segment: we will be talking about Jeff’s place called Latitude 29 which is based in New Orleans. This unique bar is inside a classic hotel called the Bienville Hotel. This historical place was built in 1835 and named after Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, the French founder of New Orleans, the Bienville House Hotel originally served as a manufacturing plant for Planters Rice Mill in the newly established state of Louisiana. It is modest in size with about 15 tables and 12 or so seats at the bar. It has an entrance from the street and one from the hotel, and one side over-looking a small indoor pool. Some of the drinks to mention are the Pontchatrain Pearl Diver, the Latitude 29, and Hell in the Pacific.

On “Did You Know” segment: we go into our research to find out about an ancient mariner story based on a book written by H.P. Lovecraft called The Call of Cthulhu. This book depicts a unmapped island which is placed in the Cthulhu Triangle (real location between New Zealand and South America). A sailor who makes it back to New Zealand lives to tell the tale of horror and tragedy where all of his crew members died. A horrifying creature describe as having a “cuttlefish head, dragon body, and scaly wings. To hear more about this tiki tale, listen to the show!!!

Here is a link to a YouTube video to make the drink: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTYk1UQQZOk&t=228s

YouTube video of the Call of the Cthulhu explained: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HL-VCG4l-0

For more information on Latitude 29, go to Mark’s Tiki page: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/marks-tiki-page/

So don’t forget our #hashtag competition for the best garnished drink of the month!! For more details, check us out on any social media platform (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter). Next episode to come is the Mai Tai….who made it and why??

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Episode 52: National Mai Tai day and the real story….

Hey guys,

So this whole show is all about the Mai Tai because on June 30th, it’s national Mai Tai day!! On another note, June 27th is national pineapple day (Paola’s favorite)!

So who made this drink that set tiki into a nation wide craze? Well, there are several facts and stories to this delicious drink that we will tackle today.

We have Don the Beachcomber (the pioneer of tiki in North America) who claimed it and that he created this drink back in 1933. He did at times have this drink plus a Mai Tai Swizzle on his menus. Also, the QB Cooler which some say was the original Mai Tai but not let’s get ahead of ourselves here.

Next, Trader Vic claimed him and one of his bartenders created this drink and served it to some Tahitian friends who were visiting his bar and they called it “Mai tai-roa aé” which means “the best” or “very good”. Don claims that Trader Vic stole the drink and renamed it Mai Tai. But we find that Don didn’t have this drink on any menus til way later after Trader had it on his.

Also, Don claims that it was published in a magazine showing his 1941 menu with the Mai Tai BUT it also showed a Fogcutter which is a Trader Vic drink and also all of Don’s menus from 1941 to 1970 all had the 41 copyright on them. so who is to say! Both sides have their arguments and we will give you all the facts and you can decide or listen and see what we think of this whole controversial debate.

We give your three recipes that are tied to this whole theory: Mai Tai (Trader Vic’s 44 recipe which he published later in 1972 in his bartender’s guide; QB Cooler (don’s recipe which he claims that Trader stole and changed the name to Mai Tai); and Mai Tai Swizzle (Don’s recipe from the 40s that people thought Trader might have tried to duplicate and came up with the Mai Tai instead). You be the judge and try all three out and see which one you like the best and which two are similar in taste!!!

Mark our tiki expert helps explain all the theories and his view on the matter as well.

Recipes are on our recipe page to check out (including Falernum on episode #17): https://tikicentralcanada.ca/recipes/

Also for the book that covers all the recipes and their stories, check out Jeff “Beachbum” Berry’s Remixed or Smuggler’s Cove by Martin and Rebecca Cate at our cool link page: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/cool-links/

On “Did you know?” segment: we cover some world wide Mai Tai celebrations or versions of this drink. First, we talk about Hawaiian Airlines (who collaborated with On the Rocks Premium Cocktails Corp. to create their own version for their airlines that is very unique. It starts of with a crazy blend of rums from around the world, toasted coconut, and sugar cane sugar instead of processed.

Next, St Lucia in the Caribbean holds an annual Chairman’s Reserve Mai Tai Competition where bartenders from around the world compete to make their own best Mai Tai. There you will see crazy glassware, garnish, recipes and presentations of Mai Tais.

Video link to the Trader Vic’s Mai Tai: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsBZQuNaxNI&t=48s

So check out our next episode, where we celebrate the Canada Day and 4th of July (Independence Day) with some cool refreshing drinks and some trivia of who invented what? Check it out!!

Don’t forget our hashtag comp goes til July 1st….

Also, sign up for our monthly/bi-monthly newsletter that cover cool recipes, Mark’s adventures tiki bars, a book review, and other cool stuff: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/subscribe/

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Episode 53: Canada VS USA (National Holidays) plus Trivia

Hey Guys,

Happy Canada Day or Independence Day (4th of July) for everyone. I know with these COVID times that the celebration is not its usual bang and big party BUT we thought we would help you with some cool drinks to use during your celebration.

We made one sweet and one boozy (tart) for you to try. There is the Red, White and Blue Colada which I found in my research and tweaked a bit since the original recipe was too sweet (Yes, even for Paola)!!

Then we also have the Red and White Cosmo for us Canadians to try out. You can actually try both and see which one is your favorite. I can tell you right now the Red, White and Blue Colada is now one of Paola’s top drinks for her.

The Colada is a blended drink with 3 stages (Red, White and Blue sections) that all get layered into a Hurricane glass. It will be topped with a maraschino cherry!!! Why a cherry? It’s a USA inventions….yes!!!

The Cosmo is made with vodka, Cointreau, white cranberry juice and Chambord. What is Chambord?? Listen to find out!!!

We also dive into some “Who invented it?” section where we give your some inventions and you and my co-hosts must guess if its a Canadian or American invention….there are some tricky ones in there for you!!

Here are some links to a few items for this show: History Channel show “History Erased”:https://www.history.ca/shows/history-erased/

Layering drinks like the Cosmo on this show: YouTube video for Layering drinks

Page for the White and Red Cosmo: Red and White Cosmo

So enjoy your holiday time as we need a break from all this COVID situation and what better way to do that than tiki drinks.

Next episode will be tiki trivia…I hope you have been listening to the show as all the questions and answers are from the past year. Test out your skills and see!!!

Also, always check out our newsletter and subscribe to get the most up-to-date information on the show: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/subscribe/ 

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Episode 54: Tiki Trivia

Hi Guys,

So this show will be different than our usual format as in there is no drinks (well we are having drinks) but no drink recipes or history of drinks today. This is Tiki Trivia today!!!

Have you been listening closely to the show and remember all those cool facts? Well, today we find out as we ask you and my co-host some questions that are all about what we have covered in the past year. Don’t panic to write the questions down or try to remember all the multiple options to each question as we have made you a trivia sheet on our website that you can follow along and see how well you do.

We don’t do all the trivia questions just like last year but we do some cool facts about the year. We cover topics like pirates, Cinco de mayo, Blue Hawaii (Paola’s favorite drink), Voodoo MacBeth, and others. Here is the link to the trivia page: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/tiki-trivia/

You will find all the answers at the bottom of the page under “2020” and yes, like the old days in the newspapers…the answers are upside down. No cheating!!!! Mark comes along with Paola to figure just how much they know and remember from the show. Stay tuned for the next episode of 3 and 4 ingredient cocktails for the hot summer day and you just want to whip up an quick and easy cocktail. Of course, as usual I’ll be giving you some cool history and facts about each drink. Stay Safe and so glad to be out and enjoying this summer as I’m sure you are as well!!!

Don’t forget to sign-up for our newsletter which will be coming out this month!!!

Link: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/subscribe/


Episode 55: Summertime Easy Cocktails (3 and 4 ingredients)

Hi Guys,

I hope you are enjoying your summer with delicious cocktails and of course sunny beachy weather (well, we are not on a beach but you get the point)! We figured for those hot summer days outside you can make some easy recipes you can make with things around your kitchen and some rum of course!!

We will be covering three cocktails and some cool facts about them today: Daiquiri, Moijto, and Caipirinha .

Daq: classic cocktail that through time we have seen evolve into other drinks. It is the bases of most tiki drink origins combining sugar, sour (lime) and rum. It history is not what you usually see or read on the internet. It wasn’t created by a man named Jenning Cox in Cuba in 1902 but by the British Royal Navy and pirates (yes my favorite) back in 1600s. It started with rum rations on the ships daily plus lime juice to prevent scurvy. The rum was very potent and so you could add sugar (which you would receive for doing extra tasks onboard). It was also a fav with Ernest Hemingway the author whos statue is place at “La Floridita” bar where he enjoyed them.

Mojito: Another Cubian classic and not what you think when it comes to how did it start. It was Cubian tribesmen who gave this conjunction to British crew when they arrived on the island to help with illness such as scurvy. The original spirit was Aguardiente (which translates into “fire water”). The British brought their rum supplies and eventually the drink was made with that. It is nice combination of rum, sugar, lime juice, mint and club soda. There will be some muddling of the mint in this drink. You can either shake or build this drink but either way is amazing!! It was another Hemingway favorite that he wrote into a book. Yes, he loves his drinks.,..sometimes a little too much!!!

Caipirinha: This is a Brazilian national drink which is not as popular as the others but definitely refreshing drink for those hot days or when you have friends over and like a drink you can savor for awhile amongst company. This cocktail deals with rum’s brother (Cachaca) which is from the sugar cane juice instead of sugar cane byproduct molasses. It tropical earthy tones are great for this simple drink. You will be do again some muddling and also scoring of your limes to make this drink. It can be shaken or build in the glass. This drink was also made with Aguardiente but as I found out through Paola (our Brazilian expert) that it can be made as well with Vodka or Sake.

On Mark’s adventures: We will be discussing Seattle’s Bar: The Diller Room. This bar is NOT a tiki bar!! Yeah, you are thinking why are we covering it if it’s not a tiki bar. Well, on Mark’s adventures and finding out where do other bartenders go this place came to be. The bartender there named Jason Wojslaw has a passion for tiki cocktails. He created his own menu and glassware for his very own “Tiki Tuesday” he does at The Diller. On Jason’s adventures to The Beachcomber’s in Huntington Beach, he fell in love with the drinks and the culture of tiki. He has created his own menu plus some classics as well. Check out what else Mark thought about Jason and his drinks!!

On Mailbag: we cover the methods on muddling and some tips and tricks on how to muddle your fruit or herbs.

Well…enjoy these drinks and here are some links to everything we covered today in this episode:

Recipes: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/recipes/ Marks adventure page: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/marks-tiki-page/ Video on how to muddle: hYouTube video for muddling techniques

Video on how to do rimming technique: YouTube video on rimming techniques

More information on the Diller Room Bar in Seattle: https://dillerroom.com/

Link to Cool Links for the “Minimalist Tiki” book Mark mentioned in his segment with the Black Orchid recipe: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/cool-links/

Paola’s home video on how to make a Caipirinha Cocktail:

Part 1 of 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RpZDq7VReI

Part 2 of 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXuy5YbzD3s

NOTE: We will be taking a two week break til the next show for summer time break…yes, we all need some cocktail down time and so do you!! Enjoy those drinks and sign up for our newsletter to get the most up-to-date information on the show and cool stuff!!! Plus we have a contest were your pain in the past can be your gain today!!! Check it out!!


Episode 56: Cosmopolitan Cocktail and “Sex in the City”

Hi folks,

We are back from our summer break and glad to be back. On this episode, we figured we would cover a nice refreshing summertime drink.

The Cosmopolitan cocktail was created back in the 80’s by a woman bartender named Cheryl Cook in NY. She was approached by Absolut to create a new cocktail using their new product of Absolut Citron vodka. She went off and created this drink which became an instant hit to the point that others claimed they made this drink years prior but never published it.

A cocktail legend and man responsible for bring cocktails back to the forefront and part of our culture is Dale Degroff. He supported Cheryl’s claim to the drink and refreshed the recipe with real ingredients like simple syrup and lime juice plus cranberry juice not out of a soda gun. The Grammy’s in 1988 came to NY and Dale became the head bartender for the after party celebration. He was in charge of Madonna and her entourage. They insisted the only drink to be served and photographed with was the Cosmo. This hit the papers and over night Dale’s phone was ring off the hook from around the world asking what is this drink. Absolut got wind of this fame and asked Dale to be an ambassador for them and represent them in UK for the Cosmopolitan. After he completed that and returned to USA, Ocean Spray soon followed with the same offer and Dale again was on the road around the world.

For the recipe: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/recipes/

On “Did you Know?” segment, we talk about some cool facts about the show “Sex in the City” that also made the drink popular. Kim Cattrall was hired to do the Samantha role but was older than the other ladies…she did what she had to to keep up…great job!! Why was season 5 only 8 episodes? Listen to find out why. Sarah Jessica Parker got a whole wardrobe and shoes out of the deal.

On “Mailbag” segment, we talk about is it important to chill your glassware for cocktails…listen to find out!!!

Links: Dale Degroff’s Book (on our cool link page):https://tikicentralcanada.ca/cool-links/

Flaming Orange Peel Garnish video: Flaming Orange Peel Garnish video

Stay tuned for our next show: Talk like a Pirate and a live interview with Rob Brunner (Canadian Lieutenant Commander) who will give us some pirate lingo and cool facts that you got to tune in for…

Don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter on our subscribe page for the latest up to date information and cool stuff like recipes, tiki bars and much more… Link: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/subscribe/


Episode 57:Rum Runner Cocktial and “Talk Like a Pirate” Day with special guest Rob Brunner

Hey guys,

This is a special episode that has been on my desk for months to do and finally is here. With September 19th coming soon, we talk about “Talk Like A Pirate” day. We thought who better to be our expert than an expert pirate of the seas right now. We had to do this show via internet and yes, it is longer than our normal shows but trust me…well worth it!!!!

Rob Brunner is a Canadian Lieutenant Commander of the Navy. He is also an expert on pirates as he writes a column in a pirate magazine called the Ècho des Mers out of Quebec, Canada. He also is part of the 1000 island pirates society that does re-enactments of the times. He always wanted to be a pirate but joined the navy instead.

The drink we will be talking about today is called the Rum Runner cocktail which was based out of Florida at a bar called Holiday Isle Tiki Bar or today known as the Postcard Inn (speakeasy bar). The gentleman who created this cocktail is named John Ebert or “Tiki John” as he wanted to be referred to. This drink has two types of rum, Chambord, Banana Liqueur, some juices and can be blended or built in the glass. Check out our recipes on our recipe page: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/recipes/

The story goes that after prohibition in USA that there was an issue with rum being a surplus in bars (yeah, no way)!! It seemed that if you wanted a bottle of whiskey as an example you had to buy a case of rum as well. This became an issue for this bar and Johnny got to it and created the drink.

He named it rum runner after the famous chaps that would transport rum from the Caribbean islands to the American coastline during prohibition. They were called rum runners and the most famous one and who started it all was William “Real” McCoy. No, I didn’t make that up. He started with a shipyard and a motor boat service. During Prohibition, he quickly found that bringing rum from the Caribbean islands to USA was profitable. In fact, he first journey made him a cool $15,000 (today equals $200,000). He soon would have a fleet of ships and realized as well the international waters coastline was the way to avoid the authorities. Curious about the fella, we listen in to our story of him..arrrr!!!

For “Did you know?” segment: Rob runs us through some cool past and present terms of the navy and even pirates, you see!! This whole episode is covered in cool facts of the sea and the times of piracy.

Some cool links for ya!! Rob’s Learning the ropes of knots video (must see!!): Rob’s Rope of Knots video

The pirate magazine homepage: L’ÉCHO DES MERS magazine link

Rob’s previous navy page on our website: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/navy-terminology/

Previous “Talk Like A Pirate” day episodes on our Episode page: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/episodes/

YouTube video on William “Real” McCoy: William “Real” McCoy You Tube video

SHOW CORRECTION: I feel bad…ops…Rum runners was not in the started in 40’s and 50’s but 30’s…there you go I feel better now!!!


Episode 58: Rum Barrel Cocktail and The Shameful Tiki Room

Hi Guys,

I hope everyone is being safe out there. We are so glad that we bring you some sunshine to your day and an oasis for all of us. The drink on this show is the Rum Barrel (or known as Barrel O’ Rum) cocktail.

This drink started back in the 50’s with Don the Beachcomber. But like every other tiki drink, it has others claiming its creation. First one, in Port O` Call in Tucson Arizona in 1960’s, invented by Dean Short who owned several Polynesian restaurants. Second, it was designed at the Mai Kai, Ft. Lauderdale FL. The Mai Kai hired a mysterious bartender by the name of Mariano Licudine in 1956. He also used to work for Don. I am swaying towards Don on this one myself but you be the judge. Every tiki bar in North America (probably the world) has their own version of this drink.

Some tiki bars like Smuggler’s Cove will keep the recipe a secret even to their own bartenders as Don used to do in the days. We go through two recipes for you today: Don’s and Steve Crane’s. Who is Steve Crane? You have to listen to get the answer to that one. Both recipes are very extensive and have a lot of ingredients so this is not a simple throw together drink on a sunny afternoon. You will have to collect some ingredients up for this one and possibly make some from scratch. We have you covered either way with recipes and get that blender out as we blend this one.

It will take crushed ice for the recipe and so get out some of that weekly aggression out as you bang away at some ice. I personally do mine in the garage away from the girls as they talk about what is new in gossip but that is another story. For the recipes refer to our recipe page: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/recipes/

On “Mark’s adventures” segment: we cover a tiki bar close to home for us and the rest of Canada. The Shameful Tiki Room has served both Vancouver and Toronto for the past decade and is top on our list of places to go during the travel ban. This speakeasy tiki bar is hard to find so get that GPS working on your phone as you will need it. Mark goes over some of the cool cocktails and food with us. He also explains just how has this place dealt with COVID and make money in these troubled times. For more details to Mark’s adventures, visit his website: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/marks-tiki-page/

On” Did you know?” segment: we cover some cool facts about the movie “Cocktail” with Tom Cruise….and yes, I have seen it and “no” I don’t do flair!! Some cool facts you didn’t know about the casting and how it was suppose to be written as Tom was suppose to be an old man…yeah well you know what I mean!!!

We do a reading on “Cautionary Tales” of our winner’s letter to us from Jo-Anne that gets the place blazing! Well bring your fire extinguisher for this one LOL. You too can be a winner of your story that lead you into some deep waters in the past and today will get you cash!!! Go to our subscribe page and on our weekly newsletter, we have our “Cautionary Tale” contest where the winner of the month will get their letter read on the show, posted in our next newsletter and $25 Visa Gift Card!!!

Links of the show: YouTube video on Rum Barrel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbcHfehrJBk

The Shameful Tiki Room: https://shamefultikiroom.com/

Subscribe to our show or our newsletter (contest): https://tikicentralcanada.ca/subscribe/

Books we used to research the recipes including Smuggler’s Cover: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/cool-links/

Stay tuned for our next episode where we talk about the Mint Julep classic cocktail and the Kentucky Derby!!!


Episode 59: Mint Julep Cocktail and the Kentucky Derby

Hi everyone,

I hope everyone is staying safe and doing okay with the second wave of COVID on its way. What better time to do a tiki show then now when we all need that getaway from it all? This show’s cocktail is the mint julep cocktail. This cocktail goes all the way back to the 1800’s. The julep term means “medicine” and this drink was made to prevent illness and bring health back to par. The American mint julep used to contain camphor which was a medicinal ingredient that today is used for Vick’s Vapor rub and even turpentine. Yeah I know…crazy!!!

The origin of the drink or who created it is vague but became the traditional drink of the Kentucky Derby in 1938. So, it’s been around!! This unique drink is very simple in the recipe as it only contains: bourbon, simple syrup, mint and crushed ice. There are some specific traditions to this drink and how to drink it though. First, it is made with no fingerprints on the silver cup it is made in (fingerprints won’t freeze and therefore will show up on the cup for the customer). Second, it is served with a napkin at the race to avoid you touching the cup but isn’t that fancy.

We discuss the differences of whiskeys: bourbon, rye, Irish, Tennessee, and Scotch. These are put into specific types of barrels…listen to find out more!!! The heavens gets its share of the barrel as well in what is called “angel’s share”….again listen to find out what that means!!

On “Did you Know?” segment: we discuss some cool facts about the Derby such as there are over 120,000 mint juleps made and drank on the race day. Also, its the longest sport event in USA history which is the called the “the most exciting two minutes in sports” uninterrupted. There is also a $1000 mint julep cocktail sold on this day (wait a minute, did I say $1000…yes I did). This special cocktail is to raise money for the “Old Friends” Charity which helps old horses that can no longer race or breed. Why is it that much? Listen to find out!!!

On “Mailbag” segment: we are asked where do you get those specialty mugs/glassware for the cocktails. Mark and I give you the breakdown to where to find them and get great deals on them as well.

Here is where you can get the recipes to the show: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/recipes/

Here is the video on how to make a Mint Julep cocktail: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_J0MgIWIjM

Here is a video to break down the differences of whiskeys: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USUqZGOAgmk

To subscribe to our newsletter: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/subscribe/


Episode 60: Apple Cider Cocktails and Thanksgiving!!

Hey Guys,

Sorry for the delay on the show! With the COVID situation in the bar industry, it prevented me from getting out in time!!

So this show is focused on the apple cider cocktails for the season. We are getting into colder weather and what better way to warm up on those cold nights then a hot rum beverage. We will be covering two cocktails for you as we have two different Thanksgiving Days on our calendar (Canada-October 12th and USA-November 26th).

The first cocktail that we will discuss is the apple cider old-fashioned. The second, cocktail will be the apple cider mule. For both of these cocktails, you will need apple cider which I recommend getting from our local farmer’s market. You will find the end product a better drink and less full of preservatives and other items they throw into commercial juices. You will also find on these drinks that the garnish plays a key role on the outcome of the drink with a cinnamon stick and slice of apple.

To get the recipes for them both: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/recipes/

We also discuss the difference between regular apple cider and hard cider. How did it start and how to make it??

Did you know there are two different types of pumpkins…Mark clues us in on which one you will need for that tasty pumpkin pie for dinner!!!

By the way, every wonder where the phrase: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” came from? Listen to find out!!!

On “Mark’s adventures” segment: We talk about a cool tiki bar in Palm Springs called Tonga Hut. This cool bar has two locations and even dessert and winter hours (yes, I didn’t believe it either)!! We get to find out more about a cool tiki artist named Shag! We also discuss the famous secret room of tiki.

On “Did you know?” segment: We will discuss cool facts about Thanksgiving like when do you celebrate it on and how did that date come to be? Was all those amazing desserts made by the Pilgrims back then to bring to the feast? Listen to find out!!!

Oh, did I mention we also talk about Martha Stewart Cider Bourbon Cocktail? Here is the link to this recipe and video: https://www.marthastewart.com/863805/cider-bourbon-cocktail

Here is the page and video to the Apple Cider Old-Fashioned cocktail (they use whiskey but we use rum): Apple Cider Old Fashioned Cocktail

Mark Adventure page link: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/marks-tiki-page/

Subscribe to our show or our newsletter: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/subscribe/


Episode 61: La Paloma Cocktail and “Day of the Dead” 

Hey folks,

It’s that time of year when all the goblins and ghosts come out to play. I hope you are all staying safe and enjoy this fall season. On today’s show, we will be talking about the La Paloma Cocktail.

This cocktail is normally made with Tequila (oh, Mark mentions don’t eat the worm…yuck)!!! You can also make it with Mezcal which is not tequila technically. We will get into the details about that on the show. Also, we suggest trying Casamigos tequila that is George Clooney’s brand. It’s very smooth!!!

This is not a tiki drink per say and we go into what exactly makes a tiki drink??? Just like a tiki cocktail, it has a lot of people claiming they created this refreshing cocktail. We break down two of them thanks to the assistance of Paola. You know me and Spanish…yeah exactly!!! Oh by the way, did you know how to make the proper Cuba Libre cocktail…listen to make sure!!!

We also go through some cool facts about the celebration of the “Day of the Dead”. Did you know people will sleep at their loved ones’ graves to pay their respects to them? By the way, please check out last year’s show on Day of the Dead as we went through other facts about this event.

On “Did you Know?” segment: we go through the other holiday celebrated around this time which is Halloween or All Hallow’s Eve. I know this year with COVID it will put a dampener on this fun evening but have some fun with it and make yourself a few cocktails.

For the recipes to this show: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/recipes/

YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alK5hu1moVk

Last year’s DOD show can be found in our episode page: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/episodes/


Episode 62: Pearl Diver Cocktail (Don the Beachcomber) 

Hey guys,

As you have noticed we have changed our schedule for the show. It will be posted on Monday’s for now due COVID changing my work schedule. WE always make sure to get the show out to you as fast as possible.

This show, we will be talking about the Don the Beachcomber’s Pearl Diver cocktail. This cocktail was created by him when he opened his first location in California in 1930s. By the way, the address to that location is 1722 N. McCadden Place. It is now a dog park according to street view of Google. This location open December 5th, 1933 (anniversary coming up).

We are going to give you two recipes today from Don and…..Don!!! Yes, that is not a typo!! He created the Pearl Diver Punch in 1937 for his Don the Beachcomber’s location. He created the Pearl Diver Cocktail in 1948 in Hawaii at the Polynesian Village bar or today known as Waikiki Village. Why two different brands? Listen to find out why!!

This great cocktail has a Don’s secret ingredient called Gardenia Mix. Thanks to Jeff “Beachbum” Berry we have the recipe now. Through his research, he found this unique ingredients recipe and I have to say its my first time using “butter” in a drink. Yes, Butter!! It has all kinds of elements such as honey, vanilla, cinnamon and pimento Dram.

To get the recipe to the drink and this Gardenia Mix go to our recipe page: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/recipes/

YouTube video for the recipe: Pearl Diver Cocktail YouTube video

On “Did you Know?” segment: we will discuss more detail about Steve Crane (owner of the Luau tiki chain) and some details you may not have known before. Trust me is a juicy soap opera story you got hear!!!

To subscribe to our show or our newsletter go to our link: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/subscribe/

Also, we want to pay tribute to the late Sean Connery through this YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPBuJtJGRo8

Also a comical look at Mike Myer’s tribute to Sean: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQYp8xJ4kpo


Episode 63: Rum Tasting Show 2020

Hi Guys, NOTE: This is not our regular show format as we don’t feature a drink or its history at all.

We been asked by many listeners, what rums I should have on my bar to make these tiki drinks? Do I need all these rums to make drinks? This is a tasting show that Cam, Mark and I did where we describe some basic rums from different parts of the world to give you an idea of what you need for our drinks.

We will cover the following rums: Saint James: RHUM AGRICOLE (Martinique rum), Bumbu Craft Rum (Barbados), Plantation Grande Reserve (Barbados rum), Diplomatico rum (Venezuelan rum), The Real McCoy 12-year-old rum (Barbados), Captain Morgan Private Stock (Puerto Rico), Havana Club 7-year-old rum (Cuba), Kraken black spiced rum (blend), Mount Gay (Barbados), and Cruzan Citrus Rum (St. Croix USA Virgin Islands). We will go over the locations of these rums; the distillation of the rums (pot/column) with video attached on what these means (on the website page); history of the rums; tastes; and smells plus drinks that you can use for them for. The page for the show is: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/rum-tasting/

…and yeah, check out last year’s show on that same page with 10 more rums to add to your collection!!! Enjoy as we sure did…LOL! We also will suggest some rums to use as starting out compared to more complex ones.

Distillation YouTube video page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRx1bfpdz6E&t=404s

To subscribe to our show or newsletter, click on the following link: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/subscribe/

For recipes to try these rums out on, check out our recipe page: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/recipes/

Stay tuned for our Christmas special episode that includes a new version of the classic Mai Tai cocktail and some history to a classic Christmas song. Bonus Christmas skit we always love doing every year!!!


Episode 64: Mele Kalikimaka Mai Tai Cocktail and Christmas show!

Hey guys,

We normally publish on Monday’s but we thought we can’t have you go through Christmas and the holidays without us…so here we are!!! We will be covering a classic cocktail that has a new age spin on it. Mele Kalikimaka Mai Tai cocktail!!

We took Don’s…no wait Trader Vic’s…well one of their recipes and added a new twist. Should I say Candy cane twist!! Tis the season!!

We’ll give you a great complex tiki cocktails with three different types of rum. Now, this is the time to break open that liquor cabinet as you can use any of your favorites for this one. We will shake and build this drink and it makes 2 drinks with this recipe (or in Mark’s case, just one)!! Yes, tis the season for giving and sharing!! And we didn’t stop there, we added everything but the kitchen sink for garnish but most important of them all is the candy cane!!

By the way, do you know what ” Mele Kalikimaka!” means? Ask someone from Hawaii, they will tell you. How did Hawaii celebrate Christmas and was there something before it??

You must know the song as well? We discuss just how the song started and no it wasn’t Bing Crosby but a good friend of his…listen to find out!

In “Mailbag” segment: we are asked what to do for toasting this season? Listen to find out some crazy rules that apply…I hope so as your sex life might depend on it!!! Here are some cool links to the show:

Recipe for Mele Kalikimaka Mai Tai: https://www.hawaiimagazine.com/content/how-make-mele-kalikimaka-mai-tai-and-more

Bob and Doug McKenzie 12 days of Christmas: YouTube video of Bob and Doug McKenzie’s 12 days of Christmas

Craig’s favorite Xmas song: Snoopy’s Christmas song: YouTube Video for Snoopy’s Christmas

Bing Crosby’s Mele Kalikimaka song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ob4LT_gUSFQ

Floating technique for the drink: YouTube video to floating technique

Cocktail Emporium website: https://www.cocktailemporium.com/

OHHHH….listen to the end for our Christmas greetings to all our fans!!!!

Happy Holidays everyone!!! Stay Safe!!


Episode 65: Last Rites Cocktail and the Mai Kai Restaurant

Hey guys,

Welcome to our 4th season and we are very excited to be back. This episode is recorded via internet since we have gone into another lockdown but still want to entertain you with cool facts, stories and of course cocktails.

On this episode we talk about the Last Rites cocktail which was created by Mariano Licudine at the Mai Kai. Now, we have to go back to Don’s the Beachcomber’s location where Mariano worked for him for over 15 years. These recipes are secretive and so we are not sure if he started making this back in Don’s days or the Mai Kai’s. To check out the recipe on our “Recipe” page : https://tikicentralcanada.ca/recipes/

We go into detail about his life and how he started such as being a private chauffeur and bartender for Laurel and Hardy.

This recipe is very basic in some ways compared to most tiki cocktails that we have discussed on this show but don’t be fooled by that as its an amazing drink with lots of Martinique rum, passion fruit syrup, lime juice and Falernum.

On “Mark’s adventures” segment, we get more in-depth to the Mai Kai and its history. It is one of the oldest tiki bars on the planet and largest ones as well. It houses a 30,000 sq. foot garden and also a waterfall. It entertains its guests daily with a  authentic Mai-Kai Islanders show which shows off dancing, music and even a fire show.

On “Did You Know?” segment, we cover more information about Mariano such as he was one of 14 kids in his family and served the Mai Kai for 30 years.

Here are some cool links to check out:

The Last Rites cocktail YouTube video: Last Rites Cocktail YouTube video

Mai Kai fire show YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bC7R9uwFGdY

Mai Kai Islanders show in full video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-U8UUXC-ts

Cool links for Jeff “Beachbum” Berry’s book Sippin’ Safari: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/cool-links/


Episode 66: Myrtle Bank Cocktail

Hey guys,

Welcome and we are so glad to give you another tiki adventure for this winter season. This episode is recorded via internet since we have gone into another lockdown but still want to entertain you with cool facts, stories and of course cocktails.

On this episode we talk about the Myrtle Bank Cocktail which is a created at Myrtle Bank Hotel in Jamaica. This location is near the old Port Royal area of the island which is where Captain Morgan was staying. He was made governor of the island and later died as well at age of 53 years old. Only after a few months of his death, there was a huge earth quake and Port Royal broke off and went into the sea never to seen again. Jamaica is looking into building underwater tunnels to have tourist check out the lost city and Captain Morgan’s final resting place.

This recipe was inspired by Don and Trader Vic’s visit to the hotel and both went back to their bars and reversed engineered their own cocktail which ended up on the menus in the 40s. We do have both Trader’s and Don’s recipes for you and they can be found on our Recipe page link: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/recipes/

The hotel itself went through several natural disasters in its history such as 2 earthquakes and 2 fires (one being the most spectacular blaze in Jamaican history).

We cover why using crushed ice on a cocktail is more efficient on a booze forward then a regular cocktail.

On “Did you Know?” segment: we cover a Myrtle Bank rum which has been around for long time and is unique in many ways. It is created with only 600 bottles per batch per year to be distributed. It also is 120 proof in the bottle compared to regular rum at 80 proof. It also gets aged in UK and not on the island.

Here are some cool links to check out:

Information on the Myrtle Bank Rum: https://www.bittersandbottles.com/products/myrtle-bank-10-year-120-proof-jamaica-rum

Cocktail YouTube video on how to make the Myrtle Bank Cocktail: Myrtle Bank Cocktail YouTube Video
Cool links for Jeff “Beachbum” Berry’s book Sippin’ Safari: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/cool-links/ depositphotos_25796345-stock-photo-click-here-icon

Episode 67: Hawaiian Eye Cocktail and Harry Yee

Hey guys,

We are back with a new episode from you guys via internet due to lockdown. We will be discussing the Hawaiian Eye Cocktail on this show. This is adrink not created by Don the Beachcomber or Trader Vic but instead by Harry Yee. He is still alive (yes, he is) at the age of 101 years old this year…WOW!!! This man is famous for creating in Hawaii some famous tiki cokctails such as Blue Hawaii cocktail which is one of Poala’s favorite drink.  This drink was created for the TV show “Hawaiian Eye” back in the late 50s at the Hawaiian Village Hotel.

This hotel was home to the tv crew and other tv shows such as Hawaii-50 and Elvis Presley’s “Blue Hawaii”.

This cocktail has three different rums in it: white rum, Jamacian dark rum, and Bermuda rum. This drink also has grapefruit juice and a erotic guava juice. This juice more than likely will be commercial when you go look for it. What is guava fruit? Listen to find out!!!

To get the recipe for this drink and all of our drinks click the following link:


We got the recipe from Jeff “Beachbum” Berry’s Sippin Safari book.

Harry Yee was a bartender who was the first to use an orchid or an umbrella…find out why he used an orchid for garnish. It’s not what you think!!

We also give a good tip on ice!!!!

On “Did You Know?” segment: we discuss more in-depth the “Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort”. I would like yo see that on a business card. Several towers of the resort was built in stages and we talk about that!!

On “Mailbag” segment: what is our favorite garnish for us?

Links for the show:

Hawaiian Eye YouTube cocktail page: Hawaiian Eye cocktail YouTube page

This is an alternative recipe for the drink:

Alternative recipe

Hawaiian Eye series intro YouTube video:



Episode 68: Banana Daquiri Cocktail and Craig’s Creation with Mark’s Adventures

Hey guys,

Sorry for the delay of the show as we tried a new platform to record and end up with missing files and so we had to re-record this show. Opps!!!

So on this show we will be covering a Banana Daquiri. No, it’s not just a Daquiri with a banana. Come on this is tiki….we are making a tiki cocktail created by our good friend of Harry Yee (yes, he is still alive, not one of the dead guys as Paola claims).
So as other tiki drinks in the past, we discover that many people or places that have claimed to have created this drink. We are sticking with Harry Yee for now!!
This drink will use rum but also a great liqueur I like to use called Galliano Vanilla Liqueur. Oh did I mention on this show there will be a new segment with a surprise for all of you. “Craig’s Creation is born and I am giving up for the first time my secret tiki recipes that never have be seen by human eyes…well mine and Norma’s!!!
I am giving you two recipes a segment so you can add to that recipe book of yours and entertain your guests with some refreshing tiki drinks.
To get our usual recipe page go to: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/recipes/
and Craig’s Creation: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/craigs-creation/ On ” Mark’s Adventures”, we talk about the tiki bar called “The Alibi” which is located in Portland Oregon. Yes, there!!! It is one of the oldest tiki bars as its been around since 1947. If you don’t mind a little Karokee and some amazing tiki drinks, you fit right in!!
To check out Mark’s page : https://tikicentralcanada.ca/marks-tiki-page/

On” Did you know?” segment: we talk about the banana (Yes, Paola is making a pucker face right now)!! Some cools facts like the banana is a berry! Or that it grows on a plant and not a tree!! Listen to hear more cool facts!

Links for the show:
YouTube video to make the banana daquiri: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EYCGiNxEbE
YouTube video on how to make ginger syrup: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gy7Co1paZSk
YouTube video on some cool banana facts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzWIQnDCxEo
Subscribe to our show through any platform you like: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/subscribe/



Episode 70: Sidecar Cocktail and Prohibition Show

Hey guys,

Well we are doing a show on Prohibition as we usually do every year. This show is usually in January but with Covid and us coming out of lockdown, we thought it’s like Prohibition for us. Even breaking the law (Judas Priest for you metal fans out there)!

This episode we talk about the Sidecar cocktail was created actually in France by Harry McElhone at the Ritz Hotel back in 1922. The sidecar was the way the American Captain’s would get to the bar for the early drinks. Harry McElhone was a Scottish born who then immigrated to USA and then when Prohibition started he headed to France. With this move to Europe, it gave him the opportunity to work with new spirits and ingredients that he would have not be available to him in USA.

This cocktail contains Cognac (French brandy …distilled wine) and Cointreau (French orange liqueur).
To get this recipe go to: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/recipes/

On “Mark’s Adventures” segment: we talk about the Kowloon which is close to Boston. Yeah Boston!!! It is a Chinese restaurant that was converted into what they classify as a tiki bar with a 1200 seat capacity (That’s right). It also has 300 menu items including the famous PuPu platter (not poo poo…and yes don’t google that as Paola did).

On “Did you know?” segment: We go more in-depth on Prohibition details. How did it start? Who organized these groups to get the ball rolling: wives, factory owners, politicians, and even the KKK. World War I was even part of the reason for Prohibition due to the anti-German movement.

Mark’s Adventure page: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/marks-tiki-page/
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Episode 71: Hawaiian Drinks and National Luau Month (cocktails from Lynn Calvo)

Hey guys,

We are still in lockdown so this show is recorded via internet but you know us…we never stop for anything! We want to bring the show to you when you are sitting at home wondering what to do this summer!

This show is all about Hawaiian cocktails and the Luau. It’s international Luau month this month!! We also very excited to introduce some cocktails from a new pioneer in the tiki world. Lynn Calvo has been working hard in New York district to open her bar called Lynn’s Hula Hut. She has written a book called “Tiki with a Twist” which is not in my library but it soon will be (back ordered…boo). She has travelled the world and brought her own version of oasis to her state. She has written a book, opened a bar and even started branding her own infused spirits…more on her later!!

The two cocktails we are doing today are complete different ends of tiki. The first one is the “Lono Tiki Cocktail” which has a great combination of rums, mango, coconut and even banana (not Paola’s favorite LOL).
The next one is the “Brazilian Breeze Tiki Cocktail”. This one is shaken cocktail and also some muddling of cucumbers as well. Her recipe has a fermented infusion of Tequila and pineapple. We will add links at the bottom for you on how to do this.
We do talk about the “pros” and “cons” of both syrups verses fermented infusions. You decide which way to go.

The new segment “The Brazilian” features our co-host Paola and her expertise on Brazilian culture and ways of the world. We get into driving techniques…can be dangerous! Also, what is the Brazilian wax verses a bikini wax…listen to find out!!!!

On “Did you know?” segment, we talk about the Luau and some cool history facts about it. Women and Men ate separately and dancing at one point was banned! What? no!!

Ok, here are tons of links to everything in this episode:
Recipe page for cocktails: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/recipes/
Floating technique: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ufj528irxvc (this is also a cool New York sour in this video, what a bonus cocktail)
Muddling technique:
Fermented infusion technique:
Pineapple simple syrup:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOFPh7KR1Rs Lynn Calvo’s links:
Lynn Calvo article: https://northforker.com/2020/07/sail-away-to-the-tropics-with-spirits-from-montauk-tiki-bar-lynns-hula-hut/

Lynn Calvo’s Forbes article: https://www.forbes.com/sites/ranagood/2020/02/26/lynns-hula-hut-tiki-vibes-montauk/?sh=40737b0c2c19

Lynn’s Hula Hut: https://www.lynnshulahut.net/

Hula Hut Spirits: https://www.hulahutspirits.com/liquor

Lynn’s YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRgX9ohFgSQ

Lynn’s book Tiki with a Twist: Amazon Tiki with a Twist book

BONUS VIDEO: Gabriel Iglesias Luau YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjXChWKKQUw

Luau history YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C79A8bsaWCs


Episode 72: Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Hey guys,

It’s that time of year that we do our Cinco De Mayo show and some great tequila drinks.

Today, we will be doing 2 tiki cocktails for you (well, one maybe considered not a tiki cocktail but it brings the sunshine into your glass).
Tiki Rita Cocktail (I got from a Patron website) brings in tequila but some tiki ingredients we all know. The combination of lime juice, grapefruit juice, vanilla and all spice dram (pimento dram). The other cocktail is a traditional drink from the 80’s, Tequila sunrise cocktail. We do explain a proper method to make this simple drink. On “Craig’s Creation” segment: we are making a drink with tequila that apparently I can’t pronounce but we have Paola for that. I make the drinks and Norma names them so it’s not my fault. Blancafuoco cocktail is a combination of tequila, vanilla, maraschino liqueur, lime juice and club soda (not pop). It’s a great combination of Italian and Mexican products that makes a nice summer refreshing cocktail.
On “Did you Know?” segment today, we talk about the beginning of this celebration and why do we celebrate it for? Mexico and several wars lead to this battle that took only 5 hours to finish (yeah basically a long Star Wars movie…oh happy May 4th for you guys too). The European countries wanted pay back on the loans Mexico had but it was France who invaded Mexico and later on took over Mexico city. Was I suppose to put the spoiler in there? LOL Links to the show:
Craig’s Creation: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/craigs-creation/

Tiki Rita (Patron page) : https://www.patrontequila.com/global-en/cocktails/patron-reposado/tiki-rita.html

Tequila sunrise recipe video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmBkd_Zxv8k

All Spice Dram recipe:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qc9Z75hMgPI&t=21s Vanilla bean syrup YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNzJWNdWe2A
Vanilla bean syrup Monin bottle: https://www.monin.com/ca/vanilla-syrup.html

Cinco de mayo video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIICWQyK72Y

BONUS VIDEO: Petco Unleashed Chihuahua Race Finals: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0cU9eTO5Vg


Episode 73: Tiki Jukebox part 1

Hey guys,

Sorry for the delay as with COVID our post production team shut down and so this put a delay on this episode. We will be giving you guys our top 10 playlist for this year for your tiki parties or just to sit back in your backyard and enjoy a cocktail while listening to it.
Paola, this year has contributed as well to our list and with baby in mind she brought some soothing melodies to it.
I, on the other hand, brought the party, the fast paced and Caribbean sounds to the list. Mark went his usual tiki exotica ways and its a great list to listen to when you are home and just want to unwind.

We have added Spotify playlist on our tiki page which is the following link: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/tiki-jukebox/

So sit back and get ready to listen to some great music and invite your friends over as well. What is a party with friends and great cocktails?


Episode 74: Tiki Jukebox, part 2

Hey guys, So here is part two of the tiki jukebox show for this year. We only did 10 songs like last year as there was so many we could have gone on for hours.
Craig’s playlist is the calypso music and let’s get the party started near the pool!! (Paola calls it Cancun party music….
Mark’s playlist is the traditional tiki exotica music we come to hear when you hit those tiki bars and escape from reality…ahh the bars!!!
So if you are having people over (yes, we finally get to do that now) then check out our tiki jukebox page and we have all the links to our Spotify playlists for you (even Paola contributed this year). So my playlist has some of the following artist: Daddy Yankee, Ricky Martin, Camila Cabello and many others.
Mark’s playlist has some of the following artist: Gold Dust Lounge, The Flaps, The Hula Girls and many others. So here are the links to the playlist website:

So get your cold tiki beverage ready and enjoy some amazing music!!

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Episode 75: The Bitter Show and Mark’s Adventures: Tiki Rock

Hey folks,

Sorry for the delay on the show as the show’s file got corrupted and the whole editing process had to be started all over again!!! Computers …right!!!

This show is all about bitters! Now, you are asking yourself or me in this case…what is bitters and how does it affect a drink’s taste? Well, we will dive into the answer which really goes back to the old times of pre-historic medicine. Yeah, bitters were a medical ingredient that you would add to your food or drink and resolve medical issues such as upset stomach or arthritis. Why don’t we use it now for medical treatment…well it was mostly the reason you see in old western where the man in the wagon has this magical liqueur to fix it all and through time, we found other ways to resolve these issues. Also, most of the time it did not really work!

So, we are doing two cocktails for you today using bitters: East India Cocktail and Triggerfish Cocktail (yes, that is the state fish of Hawaii). It goes by another name, but you know me I cannot pronounce it. If you really want the name, here it is: HUMUHUMUNUKUNUKUAPUA’A!!!

On “Craig’s Creation” segment: we will do you guessed it, another bitter cocktail of my own called the Fred Collins Fizz. There were cocktails made back in the 30s called Fizz which would have soda or pop of some kind in it. You might have heard of a Gin Fizz (same concept).

On “Mark’s Adventures” segment: We talk about a tiki bar (well tropical one) in Boston!! That is right…get your chowder here!! This newly recent bar Tiki Rock (2018) is in an historical building in downtown Boston and features some of the classic cocktails plus their own spin on drinks. Mark walks us through some of the cool features of this bar and of course the drinks as well. The even have one called ScrumdiddlyRumptious!!! How cool is that name? I know I need to work on my drink naming skills…Norma!!!

On “The Brazilian” segment: Paola dives into the way they welcome and greet each other in public. No high fives here but some kisses on the check. It has at times when she first came to Canada got herself into some trouble. The other thing we talk about is that Brazilians are cool about you trying to speak Portuguese and no, that not Spanish!!!

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

Cool Links for the Bitters Book used on the show: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/cool-links/

Mark’s Adventures’ page: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/marks-tiki-page/

How to make the HUMUHUMUNUKUNUKUAPUA’A cocktail YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlugfKyLKmc

Cool video on the Trigger fish YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aj4Qcw5XLbw

How to make the Pineapple syrup at home YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOFPh7KR1Rs&t=103s


Episode 76: Building a Tiki Bar and Mocktails

Hey Folks,

Sorry again for the delay…opening my bar after the lockdown as you can imagine has been more work than I thought. I do apologize for the delay.

So this show is not our usual format as we are talking about build a tiki bar and how to decorate it. It’s summertime and we all have been coupe up way too long. So, now we can have friends and family over for some BBQ and of course, cocktails!!! We will give you guidelines (yes that is what they are) on how to build and decorate your own oasis!

Now wait Craig…we want drinks! OK OK..yes, we are Tiki Central and what is a show without drinks. But since you are building a bar and having family over (including the kids), we thought why not do a show about mocktails (cocktails with no alcohol). Paola of course was tickled pink that she can finally talk about drinks with no booze in them. We did throw in a banana to throw her off though. Don’t tell her that!!!
So Mocktails today is the BCC (banana, coconut, cream and cinnamon as well) and the Nojitio ( a Mojito with no alcohol).

Mark and I go into some Canadian locations to find things to decorate and stock your bar: Bamboo Toronto, Tiki Escapes, Kitchenalia, Cocktail Emporium, and for people out in BC, Cheeky Tiki. These all have great websites to shop on and curbside plus delivery as well.

We do get into what kind of themes are out there for your bar such as Disney, Exotica (don and trader Vic’s like) or Miami beach theme (mine). Please do remember to make it your own and it’s your own oasis at home.
Music (jukebox), lighting, and decorations we go over as well.

Enjoy your summer and cocktails please!!!

Links to the show:
Recipes: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/recipes/ Previous episode on Build a tiki bar (mark’s page): https://tikicentralcanada.ca/marks-tiki-page/ (scroll down to mid page and that is also where we show you my glasswasher technique)
Kitchenalia website: https://kitchenalia.ca/
Cocktail Emporium: https://www.cocktailemporium.com/
Bamboo Toronto: https://bambootoronto.ca/
Tiki Escapes: http://www.tikiescapes.com/index.html
Oceanic Arts: https://www.oceanicarts.net/
Cheeky Tiki: https://www.cheekytikishop.com/ Listen to This Episode  depositphotos_25796345-stock-photo-click-here-icon

Episode 77: Black Tot/Internation Rum Days/ Sea Shanties

Hi guys,

So this show is close to my heart in many ways! Yes, it’s tiki and I’m the tiki guy but also we are going to talk about International Rum Day (August 16th) and Black Tot (July 30th 1970) which just pasted. We will also have drinks of course…what is a show without drinks…hmmm..Cosmos maybe (yeah I like the show too Ok). No, we will also be talking about Sea Shanties which for me brings me back to family home turf of Nova Scotia. Why and what is a Sea Shanty? Well, you have to listen now won’t ya!!!

So, drinks for this show is a classic Grog and Bahama Mama! But, Craig, we know these drinks and you have done them before….well with a new twist from our good folks at Pusser’s British Navy rum and their website we given them a new look!!!

So what is Black Tot day and what does it mean?? Well, you have to go back to 1655 (yeah that far back when the British Navy took over Jamaica and realized that they had this amazing supply of rum and so it became a staple and essential item on their ships which eventually carried over to pirates and privateers (what are they?…that’s our “Talk like a Pirate” show with Rob Brunner our navy expert soon to come)!!! ON That note…way off topic. So Black Tot Day is when the British Navy said no more rum rations to the sailors on the ships daily and it became a rum that you and I could buy. Get this, you buy a bottle and some of the proceeds go to the British Navy retirement fund. Yeah, so drink up!!!

We go more in-depth into this rum , the word “proof” and so much more.

On “Did you know?” segment: we talk about sea shanties and how they started. Sailors started this along time ago (over 100 years ago). Today, we see it on Tik Tok as a popular part of our social media now (even the Trailer Boys have their version). What is Tiki Tok? Well, hmmm I don’t know. Get it…anyways we talk about how a sea shanty went from ship to shore and now is famous folk songs in a place called??? Wait for it Legend…dairy…no, Nova Scotia and yes other parts of the world. Famous bands such as Irish Rovers and Rankin Family have song that started as sea shanties!!!

Link to the recipe page: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/recipes/

You Tube video for Wellman sea shanty: Wellman Sea Shanty Video

You Tube video for Drunken Sailor Shanty: Drunken Sailor Sea Shanty

Documentary Video on the history of sea shanties: History of Sea Shanty Documentary

You Tube video on drinks and sea shanties: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLlIMN1RTJE

Pusser’s Rum Grog and Bahama Mama page: Pusser’s Rum Black Tot Cocktail page


Episode 78: Disney’s Trader Sam’s and Cocktails

Hey guys,

Sorry for the delay as COVID is still playing havoc with running a bar but that’s another story!!

This episode we will be talking about Disney land and park but more specifically Trader Sam’s bars that are featured in those areas. The Enchanted Tiki room gets some coverage as well in this show and so we have all the bases covered for your trip to Disney.

We do two of the Trader Sam’s cocktails: The Castaway Crush and the Rosita’s Margarita. The Castaway cocktail was a three thumbs up by all of us and a definite addition to any tiki party or for yourself to enjoy on that nice summer night (OK, it’s fall soon but you know what I mean)!! In the Castaway cocktail we are using a spirit called Cachaça or as Paola also says it can be called Pinga. You know me and my pronunciation so I went with Pinga. They both feature some layers of tropical spices and sweetness that you just got to try. The other cocktail (Margarita) uses George Clooney’s Casamigos Tequila which I highly recommend as your premium if not only tequila. we go indepth into his story on how this spirit started.

How did I get the recipes? Well listen as I’ll give you a bartender’s trick!!!

On “Mark’s adventures” segment: we are talking about Trader Sam’s in both parks and a few things about the ones around the world. Did you know it was the first place that Audio-Animatronics was used in the Enchanted Tiki room which we also discuss. Walt was before his time for sure on this. We discuss how the show started and has it changed over the years….fire?? Well, yeah we talk about that too!!! The show has been around for decades and still going strong today!!

On “Did you know?” segment: we talk about the tiki room was the first attraction at the park to have AC….why? Well, listen to find out. Also, the 4 talking Macaws have something in common. HINT: “Est-ce que tu parles français?”. Also, who sponsored the attraction then and now?

Links to the show:
Recipes for the show: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/recipes/
Mark’s adventures page: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/marks-tiki-page/
Enchanted Tiki Room history video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ct0iStBQl0
Walt’s project of EPCOT was suppose to be a city video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hqLo4J6mrQ depositphotos_25796345-stock-photo-click-here-icon

Episode 79: Talk Like A Pirate Day and Bumbo Cocktail with special guest: Rob and Erica Brunner

Hey guys,

This show is a little different then our usual show as we do our annual “Talk Like a Pirate” day show with our pirate expert and Canadian Navy Lieutenant Commander Rob Brunner and his wife Erica. Both are part of pirate society here in Canada and their crew called the “Cut and Run”. Talk Like a Pirate day is September 19th every year internationally.

This show is a bit longer than our usual show but pack full of information and fun facts about pirates!!!

So Ahoy, Matey and Shiver me timbers!
The cocktail we will be discussing today is called Bumbo (which yes is a rum from our rum tasting show we did that comes from Barbados). This cocktail is a spin off of the Royal Navy Grog which was rationed out each day on British navy ship back in the days!!

We give you the history of how “talk Like A Pirate” day started.

Bumbo rum! What is it and where does it come from? Listen to find out about this delicious rum!

We go through an old school recipe (piracy era) and new school recipe of the Bumbo which has rum, water, spices, sugar and tons of flavor!

Pirate legends: In this segment we give your all the juicy details about some famous pirates that we all know and grew up with in movies, books and stories. Black beard, Captain henry Morgan (yes, the guy on the rum bottle which actually didn’t have a lot to do with rum til later), and Sir Francis Drake who was the first to circumnavigate the globe!!!

Erica goes into great detail about two female famous pirates that had quit the adventure and maybe fouled people by dressing up as men. They had the reasons and she goes into why they did this. They also have more speculation and tales then facts on some of their journey as the history books couldn’t put information together. But, it’s a great story and Erica tells it to us!!

Now, most important thing to do on TLAP day if anything you do is get yourself a pirate name. Rob and Erica break down their name and they challenged us to come up with ours as well. Slippy Stephens here will be my name from here on now or so be the black spot be ah cursed upon me!!! We go through just how to do and not use these typical name generators out there. Have fun with it and make your co-workers and family call you that for the day!!

On “Did you know?” segment: We cover all the positions on a pirate ship and navy ship today as well that you would see. Captain, Quarter Master, Pusser, Boatswain, Carpenter (who would also be in charge of amputations…ouch), Sailing Master, Coopers, Cabin Boys and finally Powder Monkeys (not real monkeys ha ha).

Links to the show:
Rob Brunner’s magazine article he writes about pirates and navy (in the magazine it’s French on left column and English on right column and Rob’s pirate name is William Blydes in the articles: https://fliphtml5.com/homepage/gybp?fbclid=IwAR0tallgpfoFbWE1kTrJzKvrPfWrEJjS7iNSCqHWju9XuQmtmjA923pEiWs

Rob and Erica’s “Cut and Run” Youtube video on knots and pirate games: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4tn1porX-8

Recipes for the show: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/recipes/

So remember: dead men tell no tales and enjoy your  clap of thunder!!!!


Episode 80: Tiki Central Canada’s Annual Trivia Show

Hey guys,

Not our normal show as there are no drinks but I did put a Craig’s Creation cocktail on our site just in case you was in a mood for a new cocktail.

This is our annual trivia show where we see if our tiki panel (Paola and Mark) and you was listening to our show all year long and made some notes and this year is just as challenging as the past years.

Topics like the Cosmopolitan cocktail, Grog, Mint Julep, Day of the Dead, Don the Beachcomber, Mariano Lucudine, Harry Yee, Cinco de Mayo and so much more…

We will help you this year with a hint of what episode each question came from and the cocktail of that show. So, print off the trivia sheets and see if you have what it takes to be tiki god and year champion of trivia. (NOTE: answers are upside down at the bottom of that page).

By the way, check out past year’s tiki trivia shows as well and see if you know the answers to those ones as well…

Triva page link: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/tiki-trivia/

By the way, there is no prize for winning but make yourself a cocktail and play along and see if you can out score our panel!!!

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


Episode 81: Casino Royale and James Bond…Shaken Not Stirred!!!

Hey guys,

We are back and yes it has been awhile!! Our apologize!!!

On this episode we are going to be talking about Daniel Craig’s last James Bond movie (No Time to Die) with no spoilers (since Mark hasn’t seen it yet)!!!

The cocktail we will talk about are the Casino Royale (which is not a James Bond drink be say but a Dale Degroff cocktail) and Vesper (which is from Casino Royale movie which was Daniel Craig’s first James Bond movie he did). Both these cocktails are ritzy yes and not tiki (but I do alter one to make it into a tiki cocktail…more about that in the show).

Now, who is Dale Degroff you may ask. Well, besides one of my favorite bartenders of all time and inspiration to me. He is also the bartender back in the 70s that took cocktails out of the club scene era it was in with artificial flavors and ingredients and brought it back to real ingredients and layers and excitement in our profession!!! If you think about it, bartenders lost some creditability during the disco era due to clubs and drugs (yes cocaine).  He is also well known for the cosmopolitan, which strangely he did not create but altered into what we know now of that cocktail.

For the cocktails, we do a recipe with champagne in the Casino Royale but don’t panic as I give you alternatives options in the new version of the drink which will be in Craig’s Creation section of our website and I finally called it “Full Deck” which means we are not playing with a “full deck” LOL!!!!

In “Did You Know?” section: we discuss cool facts about Daniel Craig as James Bond like his reaction to the phone call from the producers telling him that he will be the next Bond. The fact that a pair of gloves in Skyfall almost cost the production company millions of dollars in reproduction, or that Daniel was a talking Stormtrooper in “The Force Awakens”.

Links to the show:
Recipes to the show: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/recipes/
Craig’s Creation page: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/craigs-creation/ Daniel Craig’s as a Stormtrooper in “Force Awakens” scene video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iq7MaKlvE5o
Dale Degroff’s book on our cool link: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/cool-links/
How to Drink YouTube video on Vesper cocktail: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1rtEeSpswk&t=63s
Being James Bond Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOHhIkMy6dg

Go check out the new James Bond in the theaters…it’s a must see!!!!


Episode 82: Day of the Dead and Mark’s Adventures

Hi Guys,

You ever wonder while listening to our show what its would sound like uncut and just how much editing does Craig do?? Well, due to finally recording live at Paola’s house and some laptop experiences getting back to the right sound we ended up with a mono channel recording that I basically can’t edit and is a  raw file. I also wasn’t being a good sound engineer and was clipping here and there on this recording…now, don’t panic as its still a great show and tons of fun we had making it…just my OCD tells me not the best sound quality that I put into the show! We also got back our sound engineer for post (lost due to COVID as he shut down his studio in USA) and so he was able to clean it up more!!!

Ok, enough about that..as I say : Let’s go onto the show!!!

Today’s episode is one of my favorite holidays of the year and yes, it is in the fall season which is my favorite season….
Day of the Dead is a Mexican celebration that does coincide with Halloween but let’s make it clear: it is NOT Mexico’s Halloween or Independence day either! It’s a joyful celebration for the deceased and help them to their journey to the after life. Now, what a minute Craig isn’t dead after life…well in their culture the afterlife is actually 9 levels to the end of their journey and so this is one way to have the living spend time with their spirits and help them on their way. They celebrate with music, food, drinks and even sleep at their loved one’s graves…. The cocktails we are doing today are two for this occasion (I want to say that as I don’t do holiday themed drinks. Never have). First one is called …you guessed it….Day of the Dead from the The Shameful Tiki Room in Vancouver Canada. We will explain how I got this recipe…quit the story thanks to Mark. The other cocktail is called: The Alebrije  which has its own story. This one I got online and I will add a link below to the video.
So you ask, what is this Alebrije  and what is story behind it. well if you watch CoCo (Disney’s movie for the DOD) you will see a fantasy creature in it that is a mix of a dog and cat that looks like a flying jaguar. These creatures are called Alebrije and help guide the deceased spirits to the next level of their journey. Cool right!!

On Mark’s adventures segment: We will talk about The Ventiki Tiki Lounge and Lanai in Ventura,  California. It is right beside an amazing taco place which for Mark is a bonus!!!! He got to meet the owner Dwayne Couch and chatted about tiki and which drinks to have next with him and several locals during both visits. Link of this interview (conversation) is listed below.

On “Did you Know?” segment: We talk about some cool facts about Day of the Dead such as it was originally created back in Aztec time as was on the 9 month and not in November. It wasn’t til Spain brought the Christian ways into their culture and they merged the two celebrations together with All Souls Day and All Saints Day. The celebration pays tribute to Mictecacihuatl (She is known as the “Lady of the Dead”) which watches over the celebration and world of the spirits.  By the way, today’s female figure we see today: la calavera Catrina (by the Mexican printmaker, cartoon illustrator and lithographer José Guadalupe Posada.) is the today’s representation of “lady of the Dead”.
In these ceremonies, people build altars in their homes with ofrendas, offerings to their loved ones’ souls. Candles light photos of the deceased and items left behind. Families read letters and poems (called Calaveritas ) and tell anecdotes and jokes about the dead. Offerings of tamales, chilis, water, tequila and pan de muerto, a specific bread for the occasion, are lined up by bright orange or yellow cempasúchil flowers, marigolds, whose strong scent helps guide the souls  home. Why Marigolds? Well, it is said the scent and color draw the spirit back to their alters/graves where their loved ones waiting help celebrate with them that day.
Yeah, how can you not love this holiday? Links to the show:
Recipes: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/recipes/
Alebrije cocktail YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMIMWbNsgSM
History of the DOD youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ale9DF9fZY8
Pan de Muerto (day fo the dead bread) Youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-398T9q-cM
Link to Mark’s interview with Dwayne Couch from the The Ventiki Tiki Loung: https://mega.nz/folder/yDYRkAKB#no5USMekhYarpZVbffi8Xw/file/aWZHQSTR
Poems for the DOD: https://www.joincake.com/blog/day-of-the-dead-poems/


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