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You're Invited: Virtual Tiki Party Saturday, January 8th

Aloha, we're having a Virtual Tiki Party Saturday, January 8th 7:00 PM - 12:00 AM Central (01:00 UTC).  We'll be streaming the party live from our basement tiki bar.  You can join in by going to  Also, if you have Skype and want to join in via your web cam just add our Skype account, LetsTiki, to your contacts and give us a call during the party. 

Some things that will be on the agenda for the Virtual Tiki Party are:

Discussing rum made in my hometown Milwaukee, WI.

Eating Flaming Gummy Bears

Tiki Drink Recipes

 Fabulous Prizes

Tiki Music

General Tiki Drunken-ness

And More....

Go to, say Aloha, and We'll add you to the Facebook invite. So, make yourself a Mai Tai, and hope to see you there.


How to Make a Hot Buttered Mai Tai

Now, that it is cold outside it is time to warm things up with some hot Tiki drinks.  There are many classic Tiki drinks that are served hot. As far as I know the Hot Buttered Mai Tai isn't a classic Tiki cocktail, but it has the right ingredients to be classified as a Tiki drink.  This drink is a variation on a Hot Buttered Rum.  It is made with Dark Rum, Butter, Orange Zest, and Honey. 

Hot Buttered Mai Tai Mix Ingredients:


  • 4 Tablespoons Butter, softened
  • 2 Tablespoons Orange Zest
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Almond Extract


Combine, the butter, orange zest, and almond extract in a small bowl.  Smash the ingredients together with a fork until they are well combined. The mix will make four Hot Buttered Mai Tais.

Hot Buttered Mai Tai Ingredients:


  • 2 oz. Dark Rum
  • 1 Tablespoon Hot Buttered Mai Tai Mix
  • Hot Water
  • 2 Teaspoons Honey


Put the dark rum, and the Hot Buttered Mai Tai Mix in a coffee mug.  Top it off with hot water.  Then, add Honey to taste.  Stir the ingredients together until the Hot Buttered Mai Tai Mix and honey is dissolved.

The sweetness factor is pretty low on this one.  The orange and almond flavors really come through nicely. This one will warm you up and take you to a tropical paradise.




Have a Tiki Christmas

Have a safe and happy Christmas!


Tiki Bar Review: De Minibar

Last week I had the chance to visit The Netherlands.  While there I had to search out some Tiki. I came accross De Minibar on Facebook.  De Minibar isn't a tiki bar, but they do specialize in Tiki Drinks.   Sten Vd Berg the founder of De Minibar is very passionate about Tiki drinks and rum.  

I started out with a Mai Tai.  It was made in the classic way with rum, crushed ice, lime juice, and sugar syrup.  It was pretty good.  The lime juice did come out of a bottle, but I understand that it is much more difficult to get some of the ingredients in Europe.  That being said De Minibar had the largest selection of rum and other spirits that I had seen in The Netherlands.  It was quite impressive for a country where you can only get Bacardi generally.  Some of the highlights included Bacardi Reserva Bacardi Reserva Limitada, a 15 year Havana Club, and Lemon Hart Demeraha, but there were many more. 

Next, I had a Zombie.  It tasted just like a Zombie should with flavors of citrus, and a touch of absinthe.  It was delicious. Watch out for this one. The menu says you are limited to two a night.  After that I tried the passionflower.  This drink was amazing. If you were to have just one drink at De Minibar I would suggest this one (But who has only one Tiki drink?).  The passion fruit, caramel syrup, cranberry juice, and pineapple juice went great with the rum.  

I rounded out the night with a drink that wasn't on the menu.  Sten made a chocolate fire drink.  I can't recall the name, I can probably thank the Zombie for the memory loss, but it was delicious and amazing to watch being made.   The drink was lit on fire and then poured from one shaker to another.  It was a lot of fun to watch.

I really enjoyed my evening at De Minibar, and I can't wait to get back for another visit.  If you are ever in The Netherlands be sure to check out De Minibar.  Sten also plans to open up a Tiki bar at some point in the future.  I'll keep you posted on any news about the project.

For those of you from the US like me be sure to try some Havana Club rum if you are in The Netherlands. Many bars stock it along side Bacardi.  I found it to be smoother and not as sweet a Bacardi.  



Mysterious Carving Found Inside Tree

I received an email the other day from a man in Nevada who is a tree trimmer.  He was cutting down an old tree; when he looked inside a knothole he saw a face.  So he carefully cut the tree down and removed the piece from the tree.  Inside was a wooden carving that stood 12" high, 6" wide, and 5" thick.  It wasn't carved into the tree. It was a stand along carving that was inside. The tree trimmer estimates that the tree must be 80 to 120 years old based on its size.  He figures that the tree somehow grew around this wooden statue.  He is calling on the Tiki Community to now identify what the carving is and how old it might be.  The picture in the post is a picture of what he found.  You can click on it for a bigger image.  If anyone has any information you can contact us here, or put a comment on the post.