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How to Throw a Great Pool Party

Just in time for your Labor Day bash; Michael Clinton on has some tips for throwing a great pool party.



You will need:

  •  Invitations
  • Pool Safety Signs
  • Finger Food
  • Unbreakable plates and cups
  • Food stations
  • Tables
  • Life preserver rings
  • Floating candles
  • Tiki torches
  • Flip-Flops
  • Clean Towels
  • Professional lifeguard
  • Signature cocktail
    Ice wrapped in paper towels



How to Make a Suffering Bastard

Happy Tiki Tuesday!  This week for Tiki Tuesday we'll be making a Suffering Bastard.  The Suffering Bastard was invented at the Shepard Hotel in Cairo, Egypt and is a classic Tiki cocktail.  

To make a Suffering Bastard add some ice to your cocktail shaker then add:


  • 1 oz Gin
  • 1 oz Bourbon
  • 1 oz Lime Juice
  • Dash of Bitters


Shake well.  I always like to shake my drinks until the shaker gets really cold and sometimes even frosty. Then, pour the drink into a highball glass, or whatever you have.  The drink tastes the same in any glass.  Top it off with 4 oz of ginger beer or ginger ale.  Stir to mix in the ginger beer.  You can garnish it wish an orange slice.  

The gin and bourbon really blend in nicely with the combination of the lime juice, ginger beer, and bitters.  Even if you aren't a gin or bourbon fan give this one a try.  It blends well and the ginger tastes great!


Come back next week for the next installment of Tiki Tuesday.  If you have a drink recipe you'd like to recommend for Tiki Tuesday send me a message using the contact form on, or find us on Twitter at



Introducting Mai Tai Monday

The Mai Tai is the first thing many people think of when they think tiki drinks, and there are as many Mai
Tai recipes in the world as there are Mai Tai drinkers.  So every Monday I want to explore a different Mai Tai recipe.  Besides, what is a better way to relax after a long Monday than having a great Mai Tai?  

This week's Mai Tai I found on where they showcased the Mai Tai recipe from The Bird All-American Bar and Grill in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.  Check it out:


Fill a glass with Ice



  • 1 oz. Spiced Rum
  • 1 oz. Triple Sec
  • Splash of Lime Juice
  • Splash of Grenadine
  • Top with half Pineapple Juice and half OJ.

 Blend and serve!

So I put this Mai Tai recipe to the test.  It was actually pretty good.  It's not what I think of as a traditional Mai Tai, but it was more like a tropical smoothie with rum.  It was really sweet. I'm a sweet drink fan, but I don't think even I could do more than one of these, but it's a fun way to start the night off.  It would also work great as a dessert drink.



How to Make a Morito Cocktail

The Morito is a twist on your traditional Mojito.  This recipe was given to to me by @cooklocally on Twitter.  What makes the Morito different from a traditional Mojito is that you use Lemon and Basil instead of Lime and Mint.  This is a crisp and refreshing drink great for a hot summer day.  If you find a Mojito too sweet give this one a try; It uses much less sugar. I think you'll really like it.  To make a Morito add to a glass:


  • 1 Large Basil Leaf
  • 2 slices of Lemon
  • 1/2 tsp Sugar


Gently, muddle the ingredients to bring out the oils and juice from the Lemon and Basil. Be careful to not tear the Basil.

Then, add:


  • 1 oz Vodka
  • Ice
  • Top with Tonic


Pour the drink into a shaker and then back into the glass to mix it up. Enjoy!

When I first read this recipe I was a bit skeptical about how Basil would taste in a cocktail, but I was sure surprised.  The Lemon and Basil go really well together.  I'll definitely be making this one on a regular basis.  

Thanks, @cooklocally for the suggestion. If you have a drink suggestion for me let me know. I'm @LetsTiki on Twitter or email me using our Contact Us form.


How To Tie a Cherry Stem In a Knot With Your Tongue

Michael Guerena on show how to tie a cherry stem in a knot with your tongue.