399 Smoke Your Rum Before Its Stolen

399 Smoke Your Rum Before Its Stolen

On this episode Starshine, Sunshine and Kalani share their nerd for May the 4th otherwise known as May the 4th be with you. While sipping a nice tropical cocktail made with Stolen Smoked Rum. Exotica music in our dimly lit tiki bar. And much more. Full podcast recap coming soon, for now listen to the show.  Just hit play above or subscribe via iTunes,  Overcast FM or the RSS feed of your choice. 

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398 The Reef Palm Springs Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary With Rory Snyder

398 The Reef Palm Springs Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary With Rory Snyder

At the top of this episode Sunshine Tiki begins sipping one of his favorite cocktails, the Tahitian Exotique (Below) and listening great exotica from Arthur Lyman.  The drink and music are a quick way to set the mood and imagine you are in your very own dimly lit tiki bar.  On this episode is an interview Rory Snyder from the Reef Palm Springs during the 1 year anniversary, listener mail, the spinning vinyl of Arthur Lyman: Aloha Amigo and select other exotica.  

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397 Jackfruit And Tiki Drinks In The Bitter Harbor

Below left, Sunshine Tiki and Kalani enjoy Bitter Harbor in the Zen Tiki Lounge. Our newest tropical cocktail with fresh grapefruit and lemon juices along with several rums and bitters. We sported our green for St. Pattys day and sipped more than a few drinks.  On the right we cooked up a pulled pork style slider made with jackfruit in a tangy BBQ sauce.  This meat like alternative does have a slightly different texture than pulled pork, it is a little softer but not slimy or chewy.  Cooked up and on a Kings Hawaiian role this stuff from The Jackfruit Company is a great bar snack that your vegan and meat eating friends will like.  

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 We have tried the BBQ, Tex Mex and Teriyaki versions of this tropical meat substitute.  BBQ and Tex Mex seem to be the best flavor and texture combinations.  Vegan deliciousness.  

We have tried the BBQ, Tex Mex and Teriyaki versions of this tropical meat substitute.  BBQ and Tex Mex seem to be the best flavor and texture combinations.  Vegan deliciousness.  


Join the entire crew from ZTL podcast at Tiki Caliente 10 this May.  Hard to believe this event has now been going for a decade.  The fun times and room parties may start to blend together in your inebriated mind.  So lets do it again.  Sunny and warm Palm Springs is begging you to visit and attend the hottest event this May.  

Also, join our Tiki Caliente Room Crawl page on facebook so you get all the info about the 14 plus rooms and parties on the crawl.  And, there are still slots open (as of March 23) if you want to host.  to host you do need a room at the Caliente Tropics and a desire to make a cocktail for up to 100 people.  Amateurs and pros are welcome.  

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396 I'll Take A Tiki Bar Over An Oscar Party Any Day

396 I'll Take A Tiki Bar Over An Oscar Party Any Day

Its Oscar night and Sunshine wants nothing to do with it.  Who needs to see a bunch of entitled people get dressed up and ramble on about all the "amazing" things they have done?  Not us!  Thats a perfect time for a quick podcast with lite commentary and lots of exotica.  This show will best be enjoyed with a nice rum drink and a set of headphones.  Sip a Rumhattan in your dimly lit corner and enjoy 45 minutes of vintage exotica recorded from vinyl.

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395 It Puts The Honey Cream Mix On The Skin

395 It Puts The Honey Cream Mix On The Skin

If you were on a deserted island with nothing but rum and Crystal Light, what would you do?  You will have to listen to this episode to find out.  But seriously, its a few days to Valentines as of recording this podcast.  Our cocktail is reminiscent of a sweet tart candy with dark rum and the smoothness of honey cream mix.  Pair this drink with a romantic dinner of chicken, fish or stir fry.  Also on this episode we discuss best Valentines gifts ever, upcoming Tiki Caliente event, music from The Crazed Mugs and more. 

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394 Chloroform and Vegan Crab Rangoon Could Make This The Best Tiki Bar Ever!

394 Chloroform and Vegan Crab Rangoon Could Make This The Best Tiki Bar Ever!

Three hosts in the lounge for this episode of ZTL.  Our drink is not one of our originals but comes from the Total Tiki app by Beachbum Berry.  If you had only one app filled with tiki drinks, details instructions, history and an ingredient database...this is the one you want. Best Year was chosen as our drink because Sunshine vowed to try new things.

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393 Getting Extra Swanky In The Caribbean With Jimmy Psycho

Sunshine has just returned from a Caribbean cruise and with him is a bit of cocktail inspiration direct from Grand Cayman.  While cruising there is ample opportunity to try spirits from the regions you visit and bring some of what you like most back home with you.  Below left is Swanky, the somewhat official drink of Grand Cayman.  It's a simple lemon/limeade style drink with rum that is made many different ways across the islands.  Our version Extra Swanky builds on the classic and adds a small amount of complimentary flavors. Below right is a recommendation for wake up each day while onboard a ship with a balcony room.  Likely you have chosen the all you can drink package while sailing.  Each night before bed, bring glasses of champagne back to your room and leave in your refrigerator.  In the morning, mix your champagne with the complimentary breakfast room service which often includes your choice of juices and fresh fruit.  Wake up to fresh fruit mimosas with a new view every day.  

Our friend Jimmy Gunn (aka Psycho) has just released a new lounge album.  Mosh Pits & Mai This, The Ultimate Punk Rock Lounge Party continues the Jimmy Psycho Experiment.  Favorites like Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Ruby Soho and I Wanna Be Sedated are some of our favorite tracks from the album. If you enjoy contemporary classic punk like we do, you will enjoy lounge versions of these tunes you will be singing along to.  Listen to this episode to hear these plus a few more.  Jimmy has been playing lounges and tiki bars in the LA area since 2012, those of us at ZTL podcast have seen the live act several times and can't recommend enough the experience.  Although Jimmy has recently moved eastward across the country it wouldn't hurt to keep track of him via social media just in case a show is nearby your locale.  Buy this album and others here!

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Holy mermaids batman!  While in Fort Lauderdale Sunshine and the husband bounced into MeduSirena our favorite fire eating mermaid.  Marina was nice enough to spend a little time in the water showing Sunshine how to stay down below and get a peak inside the Wreck Bar where she performs along with her well trained pod of sirens.  The Wreck Bar is a vintage watering hole located within the B Ocean Resort on Fort Lauderdales famous beach.  If you want to see Marina and the ladies, be sure to check the hotel site first to make sure you are visiting on an evening performance will occur.  Also in Fort Lauderdale is the world famous Mai Kai restaurant and dinner show.  With over 50 classic tiki drinks, dimly lit bar, tropical gardens, dinner show and fabulous service, you don't want to miss the Mai Kai.  Listen to the podcast for a brief description of our most recent visit.  

  Tiki Caliente  is coming!!!  This event will sell out early and is no celebrating 10 years.  The crew of the ZTL podcast will not only be attending but also hosting one of our fun room parties and tossing in a few surprises.  

Tiki Caliente is coming!!!  This event will sell out early and is no celebrating 10 years.  The crew of the ZTL podcast will not only be attending but also hosting one of our fun room parties and tossing in a few surprises.  

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