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A Tiki Murder Mystery, "Mai Tai One On", Available This Month

Book one in the Tiki Goddess Series is being released this month.  Mai Tai One On is the story of a murder that takes place at a Tiki bar on Kauai. describes the story as, 

"Six months ago if anyone would have told Em Johnson she'd end up divorced, broke, and running the dilapidated Tiki Goddess Bar on the magical North Shore of Kauai she would have told them to shove a swizzle stick up their okole.

As if all that isn't bad enough, when an obnoxious neighbor with a grudge is found dead in the Goddess luau pit, suspicion falls on Em and the rest of the Goddess staff. With the help of a quirky dance troupe of over-the-hill Hula Maidens, Em and the cast of characters must ban together to find the killer and solve the mystery before the next pupu party."

The first chapter is available at to read.


Jimmy Buffett: A Tropical Party in Rural Wisconsin

Photo's From Jimmy Buffett 



Alpine Valley Music TheatreJimmy Buffett was in Wisconsin last night for his annual concert at Alpine Valley.  Let's Tiki was there to check out the tailgating before the concert. 

The concert was held at Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, WI.  The venue is an open air amplitheatre with about 7,000 seats, and a lawn that can hold up to 30,000.  The Theatre is located about 40 minutes south west of Milwaukee, and is equidistant from Milwaukee, Chicago, and Rockford.  Jimmy Buffett played the inagural season at Alpine Valley in 1977,  and has played there every year since 1995, with the exception of 2005.  Bufett is one of the favorite concerts that people look forward to every year at Alpine Valley.

Tailgating before the event is as much a part of the event as the concert itself.  Buffett fans start to arrive very early on the day of the event.  I spoke with some people who arrived at 10:00 AM.  There are many people who just party in the lot, and never even make it in to the concert.  One reason people arrive so early is to set up camp.  There are some very elaborate Tiki bars, and tropical oases that are assembled for the day.  Everyone brings plenty of food, plenty of drink, and grills out.

After arriving, we set up our camp for the day and enjoyed some Barbados Punch. I got the recipe from Rum Shop Ryan.  It calls for:


  • 1 pint light rum
  • 1 pint dark rum
  • 3 pints pineapple juice
  • 1 pint mango nectar
  • 8 bananas 
  • 1 cup sugar
  • juice of 8 limes.
  • 1 block of ice or ice cubes


Slice up the 8 bananas, and put them in a blender or food processor with the sugar and lime juice.  Blend the ingredients together until smooth.  Then, add the rums and remaining juices.  Put the punch in a bowl with a block of ice.  In my case I put the punch in a cooler jug for easy transportation.  

This is a delicious rum punch.  It has a really nice banana flavor, and is complimented by the dark rum, pineapple juice, and lime juice.  I found this punch to taste best when the ice started diluting the punch a little.   The bananas make this a little bit on the thicker side; almost like a smoothie.  

After a couple drinks we walked around visiting other partiers.  We ran into some friends, Kristin, Guy, and Lisa.  We shared some drinks and Let's Tiki Stickers.  After that we wandered through the rows of cars and busses meeting other Buffett fans.  The atmosphere was like one enormous college party with all ages joining in on the fun.  Everyone, was cutting loose and having a great time.  We met some very nice ladies who shared Jello shots with us.  Saw a lot of great Tiki Bars, and even saw Santa and Mrs. Claus.  

Chip's BarWe spent some time with Chip and his wife at Chip's Bar.  He made some cocktails that really packed a punch.  Their specialty was the upside down Margarita.  

If you can ever make it to Alpine Valley for the Buffet Concert I would highly recommend it.  It is a beautiful venue out in the country.  You'll be in for a wild and crazy time, and you are never too young our too old to enjoy the fun!




The Outrigger Cocktail - A Tiki Adventure


The next cocktail in my adventures through Beach Bum Berry Remixed is The Outrigger.  This little cocktail comes in at only 3 oz.  The Outrigger was invented by Beachbum Berry himself.  He was on a quest to find a rum alternative to the classic Sidecar.  Finding no existing recipes he developed one on his own, and the Outrigger was born.

The outrigger has three simple ingredients, Gold Barbados Rum, Triple Sec, and fresh squeezed lemon juice.  The ingredients are shaken with ice and then strained into a 3 oz cocktail glass that has been rimmed with sugar.  Sadly, I didn't have quite the right cocktail glass.  So I used a Champaign flute.  As you can see from my picture it was way to big for the cocktail.  However, it still tasted good.  

Since the recipe calls for Barbados rum, I tried Cockspur Five Star Rum first. The Cockspur Five Star was a little to harsh for this cocktail.  The lemon flavors didn't sit quite right with this rum.  On it's own, Cockspur has nice hints of vanilla, and caramel to begin with.  Those flavors melt away to a buttery flavor, and the oak, from the barrels the rum was aged in, also comes through nicely.  So far so good....  Then, the finish, reveals flavors of racquet ball, and that's where Cockspur looses me.  It is still a good rum.  It just isn't quite right for cocktails where the flavors of the rum come through strong.  I'd imagine that Cockspur's higher quality rums are better for sipping.

For my second attempt I used a local, Milwaukee, rum.  Roaring Dan's Maple Flavored Rum.  This rum worked really well in the Outrigger.  The Roaring Dan's was a lot smoother than the Cockspur.  The maple flavors come through very nicely.  The lemon and the maple flavors married together nicely in the Outrigger.  The Outrigger may not be my favorite Tiki cocktail, but I'm sure I'll be having it again.  It's a nice switch from a Daiquiri, but still in the same family.  

If you are looking for the complete Outrigger recipe check out Beach Bum Berry Remixed , or if you are really desperate Google it.  I just don't give out the recipe since Beachbum Berry worked hard to put the book together. Who am I to give away the recipes.




How To Make A Derby Daiquiri

The 137th running of the Kentucky Derby is today, Saturday, May 7th.  I won't be drinking a mint julep as the Thoroughbreds make their sprint around the track.  Instead, I'll be having a Derby Daiquiri.  After all, I need a Tiki cocktail to quench my thirst.

The Derby Daiquiri was invented at the the Mai Kai by one of their famous mixologists, Mariano Licudine.  The cocktail won a contest making it the official drink of the Florida Derby.  You can still get a Derby Daiquiri today at the Mai Kai.

A true  Daiquiri isn't one of those syrupy frozen drinks that come out of one of those spinning machines.  A real daiquiri is rum, lime juice, and a little sugar.  The Derby Daiquiri expands on the formula slightly by adding orange juice.  This is one of the easiest Tiki cocktails to make.  

All you need is:

  • 1 oz Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
  • 1/2 oz Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup
  • 1 1/2 oz White Puerto Rican Rum

First, chill your cocktail glass.  The original Derby Daiquiri was served in a special glass, but a Champaign saucer or other small glass will work great.  To chill a glass add ice and a splash of water to the glass, and let it chill while you make the cocktail.

Derby DaiquiriCombine the fresh squeezed orange juice, fresh squeezed lime juice, simple syrup, and white Puerto Rican rum in a cocktail shaker with some ice.  Shake the ingredients until the outside of the shaker gets frosty.  Next, dump the ice and water out of the glass, and strain the cocktail into the glass.

That's all there is to it.  The Derby Daiquiri has a nice orange flavor, and a hint of lime.  There is a taste of Florida in every sip.  Just like the original Daiquiri the flavors of the rum come through.  So be sure to use a quality rum.  

Enjoy the derby and the daiquiri!




Lei Lani Volcano - Tiki Adventure

Lei Lani VolcanoThe other day, I found a can of Guava Nectar that I had purchased a while back.  So, I thought I would go out of order from my adventures in Beach Bum Berry Remixed, and try something with Guava Nectar.  

The Lei Lani Volcano was invented at Disney's Polynesian Village (which is now The Polynesian Resort), and it is made with Guava Nectar. Since, Walt Disney World is one of my favorite places in the whole world to visit; the Lei Lani Volcano is a perfect choice.

The Polynesian Resort was one of the original resorts at Walt Disney World when it opened in 1971. The Polynesian Resort is situated on the Seven Seas Lagoon directly across from the Magic Kingdom.  The Barefoot Pool Bar is right on the Polynesian's beach.  It is so relaxing to sit on the beach and have a cocktail there.  If you ever need a break from the action at the Magic Kingdom take a short monorail ride to the Polynesian and relax on the beach with a cocktail.  You'll feel like you are in Hawaii.  The best part is you don't have to stay at the resort to enjoy the bar and the beach.  Also, the resort is a short walk from the Magic Kingdom parking lot; making it a nice place to end your day at the Magic Kingdom.

I really do like the Polynesian Resort, but I will warn you, they offers a "luau" called The Spirit of Aloha Dinner show.  I went to it a couple years ago.  It was quite disappointing.  The show was a super cheesy Lilo and Stitch adventure with bad Disney pop music.  The food was bland and not up to Disney standards. We left early along with a number of other families.  Not even the kids seemed to enjoy the dinner/show.  Hopefully, Disney has improved the experience.

The Lei Lani Volcano has guava nectar, unsweetened pineapple juice, fresh lime juice, sugar syrup, and coconut rum.  This smooth drink goes down really easy!  The pineapple juice is the first to hit your taste buds, and in concert with the lime juice has a hint of sour.  The sugar syrup cuts down the sourness very nicely though.  The guava nectar adds a great, almost strawberry flavor to the cocktail.

I really like the guava nectar in this cocktail.  It's a nice change from the typical pineapple and citrus drinks.  I used Cruzan Coconut Rum which added a great coconut flavor.  Cruzan Coconut has a more authentic coconut flavor that is less sweet than Malibu.  I'm guessing the Polynesian Village used Malibu back when they served this cocktail, but the Cruzan worked perfectly.  With every sip I was imagining myself on the beach at the Polynesian enjoying the sun, the view of Cinderella's Castle.  Now that is a magical day!