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April 5, 2020
Aloha and welcome to the Zen Tiki Lounge podcast. We are the dimly lit tiki bar that lives in your head. Listen to this episode for nothing more than great exotica for your quarantine enjoyment. Sunshine plays some of his favorite from master Arthur Lyman, the always mystifying Tikiyaki Orchestra and the incomparable Yma Sumac. Mix yourself that favorite cocktail, dim the lights and relax. Special appearances via phone by Starshine, Pumpkin and Kalani.
March 17, 2020
In strange times we do what we can to feel normal and keep moving forward. The Ladies of the lounge and Sunshine got together in the Zen Tiki Lounge for what may be our last fully hosted podcast for some time. Sunshine asked who was available for the show and was surprised that everyone and their husbands wanted to come over for drinks before we are all asked to stay home.
March 8, 2020
Sunshine has returned from a first visit to New Orleans and couldn’t wait to share his trip report on a few of the places he visited. Pat O’Briens, Beachbum Berry’s Latitude 29, Tiki Tolteca, Harrahs New Orleans, Bourbon Street and more.
February 16, 2020
WARNING!!! All four hosts are in the lounge for this episode of the podcast. Some listeners find it hard to listen through all the cat wrangling that happens when the whole crew is together. We won’t be offended if you skip this one. But for the hardcore fan…enjoy! This episode is our 14th anniversary podcast. Though we aren’t doing a big celebration its still notable that none of us thought this would go past year one. We have decided only to make a big deal out of the anniversaries that fall on the 5’s, so next year will be a celebration.
February 8, 2020
This episode originally posted July 2015. After realizing the drink mentioned on the show, The Ladies Man was never posted on our blot we have decided to push this one out again. Hope you enjoy this trip back to 2015. There is no reason we should deny that we are nursing a hangover.  Kalani and Sunshine celebrated July 4th Independence Day with cocktails, BBQ and plenty of exploding objects.  Starshine joined us for the festivities but was not available to record this episode of the podcast.  To soothe our heads we keep the exotica nice and light, the lights are extra dim and our cocktail is full of citrus and vitamin C.  Thats how we do hangover.   Join us for a quick trip through San Francisco.  Smugglers Cove and Tonga Room are just two of the watering holes we managed to spend a few hours sipping rum drinks while the sounds of gay pride were all around.  It was a weekend to party and the bar scene didn't disappoint.
January 17, 2020
Starshine, Sunshine and Hibiscus are in the lounge for this episode of ZTL. The work week was nothing short of lame and all of us were ready for a fresh cocktail, easy exotica and some non intellectual conversation. Our new drink is called Jaded and was simply inspired by a gift of green Chartreuse.
January 5, 2020
We are starting the new year with one of our most popular Zen Tiki Lounge drinks. The Scurvy Killer is tiki AF. Fresh citrus, rum, spice and bitters blend beautifully and please everyone. Discussed on this episode is the recent book by Kelly Hiphipahula Reily and Trader Tom Morgan. The Home Bar Guide to Tropical Cocktails is the NEW must have bar book and coffee table conversation piece. And much more
December 2, 2019
Aloooooooha! it was hard for us to believe that this was our 14th annual Holiday Spectacular. Sunshine, Pumpkin, Starshine and Kalani are in the Zen Tiki Lounge behind the microphone sharing some fun memories while sipping on a myriad of our favorite winter concoctions. Use the links below to get the recipes and mix things up for yourself. You will have to listen to the entire episode to hear the music, fun and ridiculousness. A highlight of this years show is our visit with Jeff Ballard who created the TikiComber app and has been bringing us his travels via TikiTrail for the past few years. There is plenty of holiday tiki themed goodness in this podcast so read below and listen to get it all.
November 17, 2019
As we approach the full swing of the holiday season you will need a few cocktail recipes to show off with friends and family. One of our favorites is Island Fruitcake. If you attended Circa Caliente this past October you may have had the chance to hear Jill Martini and the Shrunken Heads. The group played Sunday afternoon and served as the whip cream on a weekend full great live performances. Jill, a good friend of the podcast sent us the album and Sunshine was more than happy to play tracks on this episode.
November 9, 2019
Join Sunshine Tiki and Starshine Tiki in the Zen Tiki Lounge for a walk down Circa Caliente Room Crawl memory lane. Over the past 13 years we have recorded live at many events but have never shared our thoughts on each room on the crawl in sequential order. Until now! Below you will find the room crawl list, and some pictures from each room in the order they happened over the awesome Circa weekend.
October 13, 2019
This episode is a Halloween rebroadcast from October 2010. Our 5th annual Halloween Extravaganza in the Zen Tiki Lounge. Sunshine and Starshine host this weeks podcast. Plenty of evil cocktails, spooky exotica tracks and scary ghost stories. You know, the usual stuff people do in a bar.
October 7, 2019
This episode has been reposted by listener request. MOD is now CIRCA Caliente. The original date of this episode was October 2016. Its the fourth annual MOD Palm Springs and we record the podcast LIVE from the event.  Join us in our hotel suite where we set up our studio and invite guests from the event to participate.  Cocktails, special guests are just part of the fun.  The DO-Its drop by, Rory Snyder makes an appearance and hotelier Harry drops in on us.  And it wouldn't be a LIVE recording without everyones favorite podcast game show, "Whats in Kalanis Bra"?
September 21, 2019
Make your own Falernum and Spice Rum. Thats the message in this episode of ZTL podcast. Just before heading off on an Alaskan cruise, Sunshine jumped behind the bar to record this quick little show. With fall approaching its a great time to spice some of your own rum and why not try making falernum at the same time. These two infusions are essential in tiki mixology and by making your own version you can assume more control over the flavor profile of your cocktails.
August 31, 2019
Put your earbuds in and listen to this episode. Sunshine, Kalani and Starshine really enjoyed the VERY random conversations spurred by trying a new tamarind and Demerara cocktail as well as tasting some rum and bourbon. Leave the kids at home because this one is full of adult themes and shenanigans.
August 27, 2019
This episode was originally posted 10/18/2006 and has been reposted on 8/27/19 by listener request. The sound quality was poor and we overused sound fx to a degree that now sounds ridiculous 13 years later. In the first years of the podcast, Sunshine and Pumpkin just showed up, mixed a drink and hit the record button. Catch this one now before we actually delete the audio file…..the past is not always better.
August 10, 2019
Sunshine here in the lounge solo for this episode. Conversation includes Tiki Oasis, Lost Spirits Distillery, home bar cocktail menus, and plenty of classic Exotica. Starting with our cocktail, the 1944 Trader Vic’s Mai Tai made with Rhum Clement, Kula Hawaiian Dark Rum, Liquid Alchemist Orgeat. Kula Dark Rum happened to be on sale and worth trying.
July 19, 2019
It is mid July and time for a slushy cocktail that Pumpkin tends to demand this time of year. Bayou Swamp Slush is our newest drink created just for our original hostess. While sipping our new frosty we dive into a host of subjects and listen to new music from The Modernes. Plus listener mail and an editorial from Sunshine on what NOT to do when invited to a party.
June 29, 2019
Sunshine and Pumpkin hopped onto the bar stools for this episode on a warm June afternoon. When Pumpkin is in the lounge we have blends drinks. Sunshine does NOT have many of these blended cocktails in his recipe book so turning to classic drink recipes is always a good idea. Missionaries Downfall from the Total Tiki app by Beachbum Berry. Conversation on this episode includes: Super hero movies just need to stop, Golden Tiki Las Vegas has new food items and great new decor, memories of the first ZTL podcasts, dead raccoons in the ceiling of our old apartment, a tiki bar t-shirt club giveaway and more.
June 20, 2019
Did we start with a cocktail in our dimly lit tiki bar? Yes, always! Listen to the podcast for the recipe and some ideas on mixing fun new ingredients anyone can find while on vacation visiting distilleries and other fun cocktail hot spots. With your cocktail ready its time to listen to IntoxiKA. Marty Lush on the Quiet Village podcast just released his latest episode and featured this band from Honolulu.
May 27, 2019
WARNING! This LIVE episode includes an inebriated audience with sound levels that spike and adult language. ;) We always enjoy welcoming listeners, fans and friends into our hotel suite at the weekend tiki events. This episode was recorded at Tiki Caliente 11 and includes a visit by Noah from Ambros Banana Whiskey, listener Q&A and everyones favorite podcast gameshow “Whats in Kalani’s Bra?” Listen to the show for a quick taste of what its like being at a weekend long cocktail smorgasbord. See blog (below) for pic and links from the event and a small gallery of the 13 rooms on this years crawl.
April 28, 2019
Some side effects of this podcast include dry mouth, lazy eye, permanent erection and death. Or maybe those are some of the more common potential issues with most of the medications you see on TV. We suggest mixing our custom coffee cocktail called Flamingo Swamp before you enjoy this episode of ZTL. Sunshine and Starshine LOVE their coffee and LOVE It even more when you add spirits. Listen for the recipe. Also on this show: hmmmmmm, just listen. Feeling lazy.
April 26, 2019
This is a re post of an episode from 2017 upated for this of you asking about hosting room parties. This will be our last episode before attending Tiki Caliente 9, the yearly event in Palm Springs where we happily spend 3.5 days enjoying the company of old and new friends of our tiki community.  We discuss how to plan a room party, how to mix 100 drinks at a time, tips for staying hydrated in the desert and a few other odds and ends.  Mix a drink from our list of easy to build tiki drinks and enjoy the show.
April 8, 2019
Please join us on this episode of Zen Tiki Lounge podcast for the usual bar banter, drink recipes and friendly advice. Sunshine, Kalani and Starshine got together relatively last minute for an unplanned recording session. We discuss the out of control flavors of modern beverages, crafting new drinks with ingredients you want to blow through, old workplace shenanigans, are Costco spirits worth it?, sold out Tiki Caliente event, avoiding hangovers and so much more.
March 25, 2019
There is plenty going on in our dimly lit tiki bar this episode of ZTL podcast. Sunshine and Pumpkin start with a fabulous vintage tiki drink from the 1940’s. Next we dive into the mail sack to catch up on a few items sent in from listeners. When it came time for a second drink Pumpkin brought a quick dice game that proved perfect for choosing our next spirit and all the mixers needed for something quite tasty. We also discuss a recent visit to Zombie Village in SF, Aero bar in San Diego, the woes of essential oils, Mocktails in London and much more.
March 1, 2019
Having good friends stop by the lounge is always a treat. On this episode Kalani and Sunshine are joined by Susan Nelson. Susan isn’t a podcast virgin. Sunshine challenged both Susan and Kalani to give gin another try. Pictured above is our version of a sling but with a bit of a tropical twist. Both ladies enjoyed the combination of fresh juices, gin and cachaça.
February 4, 2019
This episode is all Sunshine and music. Every now and then the Ladies of the lounge are busy but Sunshine wants to get behind the mic anyway. This is when you get a lot of exotica thrown at you for setting the mood in your dimly lit corner with cocktail in hand. No other notes needed. Just listen and enjoy the short conversation and songs from Tikiyaki Orchestra, Les Baxter, The Out-Islanders, Esquivel and The Crazed Mugs.
January 31, 2019
In the history of ZTL podcast the ladies have never enjoyed an all spirit cocktail. Things change! Finally. Sunshine was inspired by a recent trip to the local booze barn and played with some new ingredients. Over the years we have talked about the Wreck Bar in Ft. Lauderdale a few times. Sunshine and husband have had the pleasure of visiting a few times while spending a little time in town before and after hopping on cruise ships. And after our second round of Smudge Pots we moved on to trying some recent purchases from a local LA distillery.
January 15, 2019
On this episode of ZTL podcast Sunshine, Starshine and Kalani try our latest cocktail creation, Mrs. Kravitz’ Daydream. Sunshine was inspired by the Bewitched character who was the frequent victim of witchcraft and a medaling mother in law. If Gladys was sipping this drink before peeping through her window it may explain a few things. Also on this show: Ice Made Clear is the latest ice making device that actually seems to make clear ice. A quick update on Tiki Caliente 11. Some anecdotal conversation about how difficult it is to be a cocktail server in a casino. Fun new bottle LED lights to brighten your bar. Nude zamboni operators and more.
December 31, 2018
What a year, what a year. Sunshine, Kalani and Pumpkin (though she arrived late) are in the lounge sipping no less than two cocktails and some other odds and ends. Just listen and enjoy the show. No blog post. No new cocktail. Its all for your years and we love you! We hope you “enjoyed” 2018 as much as we did ;)
December 14, 2018
Our annual holiday spectacular is one of our most popular episodes. Join the entire Zen Tiki Lounge podcast crew inside the lounge for hot buttered rum, listener mail, audio gift exchange and the inebriated conversation you’d expect.
November 21, 2018
It had only been a few days since recording our previous podcast. In order to get you another episode before the holidays jump on us we popped into the lounge for a quickie. Starshine, Sunshine and Kalani enjoy an easy to make drink that rings in the fall/winter season with the smoothness of cinnamon, vanilla and citrus. Mix Holiday Sunset and serve all season long.
November 12, 2018
Can you forgive us? We took 6 weeks off since the last podcast, mostly due to scheduling conflicts. But, Sunshine has also been under the weather. On this episode Sunshine and Kalani are in the lounge sipping on two of our newest cocktail. Click here for recipes and make Seven Stars or Shattered Pony to enhance your enjoyment of this podcast.
October 6, 2018
Aloooooooooooooooooooooha and Welcome to our much anticipated 400th podcast celebration recorded LIVE at The Reef Palm Springs @Caliente Tropics Palm Springs. Rory Snyder was gracious enough to allow us to host our very special celebration in his libation sanctuary The Reef. Fans, listeners and bar patrons joined us on a spicy hot Saturday to enjoy our top rated cocktail recipes along with meeting all four hosts of the ZTL podcast and a rousing game of “Whats In Kalani’s Bra?”
September 22, 2018
We made it! This is our last podcast before #400. Listen to this episode for details on our podcast celebration on 9/29/18 in Palm Springs @The Reef bar inside the historic Caliente Tropics hotel. Everyone is welcome to join us between 11am-3pm. Also, neighbor Vicki joins us in the bar and she does not hold back after having a cocktail. :)
August 19, 2018
just back from Las Vegas, Sunshine shares his experience of ordering mai tais from 6 different sin city casino bars just to see what would happen. Some bars were certainly better than others and those you may think would serve the better drink didn't necessarily do so.  Also on this episode are some quick updates on our upcoming 400th podcast celebration which will be held at The Reef Palm Springs @ The Caliente Tropics hotel. Be there September 29 from 11am to 3pm for signature ZTL cocktails, great food, LIVE podcast recording and you may be chosen to play Whats In Kalani's Bra!
August 5, 2018
Aloha and Welcome to the Zen Tiki Lounge. Join Sunshine and Pumpkin on this episode of the podcast. By request we are sipping a blended drink called the Headhunter. Also on this episode: a taste of Mulata de Cuba, new bar set up tips, barware suggestions for the beginner, a short list of easy to find rums that everyone should have, update on our 400th episode celebration coming 9/29/2018 in Palm Springs and lots more.
July 22, 2018
Sunshine and Starshine are happy to cozy up in the Zen Tiki Lounge and enjoy our newest cocktail creation. Also discussed on this episode: A quick shout to everyone attending   Tiki Kon not in its 16th year, the blob attacks our childhood memories, planning a birthday trip to Las Vegas in tiki style, the trouble with keeping orchids and cheap LED flame bulbs made in China.
July 8, 2018
We like to please our listeners. A few requests rolled in recently to have another co host join us on the podcast.  Someone from the tiki community who is also fun behind the microphone.  Susan Nelson stepped up to the invite and joined Sunshine in the Zen Tiki Lounge for a fun hour of drinking and conversation.
July 2, 2018
This episode of ZTL is very special.  Pumpkin has blessed us with her "witty" form of conversation which is usually enjoyed in small doses such as this one hour podcast.  The show begins with a perfectly appropriate summer libation, the Sand Trap. After just one Sand Trap, Pumpkin becomes mentally stuck in her usual low brow rolling thought train that includes bedroom things she does not do, memories of being a mall rat and a strange rant about Yma Sumac running into a volcano.
May 13, 2018
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.
April 21, 2018
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.
March 5, 2018
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.
February 11, 2018
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.
January 30, 2018
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.
December 23, 2017
Only two or three times a year do we get all four ZTL hosts behind the bar for an episode.  Christmas is one of those magical moments and this episode is for those of you who enjoy the chaos.  Sunshine, Pumpkin, Starshine and Kalani are all here sharing their 11 years of holiday memories along with ample music from Tiki Joe's Ocean.
November 12, 2017
WARNING!!! All three Ladies of the lounge appear in this episode.  Let the cat wrangling begin. We begin with a cocktail as always.  Pumpkin is surprise to find the Yellowbird in the cocktail shaker.  Her favorite cocktail she discovered on a cruise many years ago.
November 6, 2017
On this episode we share the winners of the Circa Caliente room crawl.  14 rooms joined the crawl and participated in the inaugural year.  Below are the winners of Best Drink, Best Decor and Best Overall Room.  To all who participated we send a huge Mahalo for your hard work and dedication to such a fun event.  Without all of our hosts the event would be 14 cocktails less fun.  Cheers!
October 28, 2017
If you haven't had the fortune to experience Halloween in a great tiki bar...we recommend you do. The world of tiki lends itself very well to the dark holiday both sounds and tastes.  This episode was quickly put together so that you you can experience a little tiki bar Halloween from anywhere you may be.  Sunshine is solo in the Zen Tiki Lounge playing over a dozen exotica tracks that make you wonder what really does go bump in the night.  If you need some quick cocktail ideas for your own spooky get together try one of ours below.  Most of all, we hope you have a grim holiday shared with friends or family.
October 10, 2017
On a recent trip home from Alaska we stopped in Seattle and ran into a few distilleries we had not visited before. Just across from the Chateau St. Michelle winery are a handful of distilleries worth visiting.  If you like rum and we know you do there are several places of mention that you may not want to miss.  Also on this show, Sunshine shares his Nana's family pasta recipe and a Circa Caliente update.
September 22, 2017
After months of schedule planning we finally made it to the Tacki Tiki home of Tiki Trail.  Jeff and Vicki welcomed us into their home tiki bar for cocktails, wonderful food and a great time.  The Tacki Tiki is the home bar of Jeff and Vicki Ballard, many years in the making and full of kitsch and shared memories.  Like many home bars each corner is filled with items collected from travels and personal interests.  When you listen to to the podcast you will hear us talk about some of the significance of the various pieces of decor in the bar.
September 7, 2017
On a much needed trip to Laguna Beach, Sunshine Tiki and a dozen friends in tow re-visited the Royal Hawaiian.  We had checked out the tiki classic after it reopened in 2015.  On that visit there was a lot to be desired.  But, after seeing all the work that Bamboo Ben had put into the place and with his strong recommendation we gave RH another go.  Without giving much away, we had a great time.  Listen to the podcast to hear our experience recorded during our visit.
August 12, 2017
Let's start at the very beginning, a very good place to start...  you know the drill, cocktails first, then get the music going and let's see what this podcast has for you.  Great music, drinks and the usual shenanigans from everyones favorite dimly lit tiki bar that lives in your head.
July 11, 2017
Just after recording this episode Sunshine came down with a rather annoying and life changing cold.  The full blog entry will be added after he gets to it.  At this point, not even making his own food.  Just NyQuil, lots of liquids and rest.  You will be happy to see that Pumpkin joined us on this episode.  After just two cocktails her conversation gets nice and saucy.
June 24, 2017
Step into the Zen Tiki Lounge for some Exotic vegan delights on this episode of the podcast.  Sunshine, Kalani and Starshine relax to the sounds of the new album by James Spencer, Exotica the piano cocktail hour and sample tasty vegan bites from James' cookbook Vegandisiac.   Its too bad our resident vegan Pumpkin could not join us this time.  She would surely LOVE cocktails and appetizers all made without animal products and all very very delicious.  Also on this episode we discuss the return of ZIMA, a tiki bar editorial and some don't miss late Summer events that a conscious imbiber should not skip.
June 7, 2017
Just two rum lovers sitting behind a microphone chatting about nothing special.  Like many visits to your favorite bar you probably don't plan your conversation ahead of time.  That is exactly what we did this episode of ZTL podcast.
May 25, 2017
Would you believe we are still recovering from four days of Tiki Caliente?  14 room parties.  Dozens and dozens of cocktails.  4 trips to the local casino.  Great food.  Live music from more than 10 bands.  Interviews.  Sunday service by the pool.....and much more.  So you may not be surprised that this episode was hastily edited and posted.  We just might get around to a full set of links and credits.  For now, listen to the podcast and enjoy a taste of Tiki Caliente 9.
April 29, 2017
Sunshine and Starshine are behind the microphone on this episode.  We settle into the lounge, dim the lights and begin sipping a blended drink that was inspired by a meme.  Sure, inspiration can come from anywhere.   Juan Bahama may or may not run for office in 2020 but you enjoy this frosty libation regardless of the political climate.
April 7, 2017
While sipping a stiff libation and enjoying a tropical fruit salad, Sunshine and Kalani discuss the various trials and tribulations of podcasting from the tiki bar that lives in your head.  Put your headphones on and enjoy exotic music accompanied by a new cocktail recipe and conversation of recent events including: Feud, the story of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, a kickstarter documentary on Tura Satana that you can support, our tiki mugs are back in stock, best places to eat your egg salad and much more.
March 15, 2017
Each time we record our podcast at Don the Beachcombers Tiki Mâkeke we have the opportunity to interview fellow tikiphiles and bring you some of the latest happenings in music, liquor, artists and more.  This visit includes a chat with Sarah Kraft of Calivore spirits, Susan Neslon, Samantha Coulter from Don's and Kari Hendler about The Reef Palm Springs.
March 4, 2017
Sunshine is in the lounge solo on this episode of ZTL podcast mixing cocktails and listening to Hawaiian classics and Hapa Haole.  Time for a quick and easy cocktail made with one his favorite hard to find spirits.   Okoleaho is native to Hawaii and can be found if you look very hard in some West coast liquor establishments.  Or, just bring back a few bottles when you return from Hawaii.  With just three ingredients the Puka Shell scales up to any size drink you have a thirst for.
February 21, 2017
When this podcast was recorded Sunshine and Pumpkin, your two original ZTL hosts were thinking this would be a Valentines themed show from our home tiki bar.  Well, not so much after taking a week to edit the damn thing.  We did start with our signature tiki drink of love.  Please take a look at our recipe for Aloha Amoré and mix one for love or try one for wanton inebriation.  Either way Aloha Amoré will delight with pineapple, grapefruit, chocolate and passion fruit.  If you dig the music playing in the lounge you may want to check out this Ultra Lounge album: On The Rocks .
February 6, 2017
Raise your cocktail to the escapism lifestyle.  This episode of ZTL has over 40 minutes of vintage vinyl exotica to get you settled in your dimly lit corner.  Sunshine is in the lounge solo enjoying a Rumhattan made with Plantation 5yr Rum and Punta e Mes vermouth.  Don't forget the orange bitters.  While visiting the dimly lit tiki bar that lives in your mind you will no doubt savor the entire Morton Gould-Jungle Drums recorded from an original vinyl album.  The sound of this orchestral work is rich with colorful instruments and plenty of drums.
January 29, 2017
Falling in love is a splendid thing.  Here in the Zen Tiki Lounge we tend to fall for spirits in the rum category.  The current apple of our eye is a blonde rum from Calivore Spirits Co.  Aged in chardonnay barrels this version of cane goodness is not what you are used to.  We recommend grabbing a bottle of Calivore at Whole Foods in Southern Ca and also Hi Times Wine Cellars in South Orange County.
January 24, 2017
How do you quickly pass 5 hours with great artists, tiki drinks, live music and lots of Ohana?  You attend the Tiki Mâkeke at Don the Beachcomber in Huntington Beach.  Sunshine and Starshine took the podcast to the event and enjoyed a day with lots of friends and new faces.  We have several interviews for you in this episode that will give you some insight into upcoming events, get to know a new spirit or two and great conversation with the artists who make it all happen.
January 9, 2017
All of us in here at ZTL have been traveling after the holidays.  Pumpkin just returned from a Caribbean cruise and wanted another Dirty Shirley.  Normally we wouldn't be sipping such a drink in our tiki bar, but we let her have what she wants just this one time.  1.5 oz Vodka, .75 oz grenadine (we used real homemade pomegranate syrup) and 4-5 oz lemon lime soda are a nice combination when and only when combined correctly in the right amounts.  Sunshine kept to his palate and enjoyed a Hemingway Daiquiri.   You can click for the recipe and the story behind the classic cocktail.
December 31, 2016
Pupu platters and tiki drinks were made for each other.  Kalani and Sunshine sample singed meats, spicy dipping sauces and a new cocktail called Cherry Bonzai.  We also review two new rums on the market.  Sun Rum and Bacoo Rum have popped up on a few shelves in our local liquor barns and we enjoyed both, sharing our tasting with you.  Its a tough job.
December 17, 2016
Aloha and Cheers!  This is our annual Holiday Spectacular.  Its best to just mix yourself a drink and listen to this episode.  All four hosts are here in the lounge to exchange tacky gifts, enjoy some of our favorite holiday exotica and let the year go by.  Be sure to visit our cocktails page for a half dozen recipes that will tickle your taste buds with winter cheer.
December 9, 2016
Music Show!  Sunshine is in the lounge solo on this episode.  When the ladies of the lounge are away Sunshine gets to fill the void with more exotica of his choosing.  This time we have some Lex Baxter, The Crazed Mugs, The Mallet Men, Robert Drasnin, Bas Sheva and more.  Pour yourself a nice drink and relax while Sunshine does the talking, plays the tunes and fills 60 minutes of your life with tiki bar inspiration.
November 26, 2016
Sunshine has just returned from another cruise and can't help but discuss his thoughts on the pros and cons of the various lines.  Certainly not a pro cruiser but not a beginner anymore either, Sunshine recommends cruise lines based on how well they shake a cocktail and the service that goes with it.  Plus: See us all at the next Tiki Mâkeke at Don the Beachcomber, political banter (nothing too ugly), Christmas gift giving ideas and a brand spanking new cocktail for the winter blues.
November 12, 2016
Since right before the election Sunshine and Starshine have been locked inside the tiki bar waiting for things to blow over.  We voted by mail, shut the door and turned off the news.  On this episode we pop the door open to see what happened to our great America.  You'll have to listen to find out
October 26, 2016
Its the fourth annual MOD Palm Springs and we record the podcast LIVE from the event.  Join us in our hotel suite where we set up our studio and invite guests from the event to participate.  Cocktails, special guests are just part of the fun.  The DO-Its drop by, Rory Snyder makes an appearance and hotelier Harry drops in on us.  And it wouldn't be a LIVE recording without everyones favorite podcast game show, "Whats in Kalanis Bra"?
October 22, 2016
This episode has been reposted by listener request. MOD is now CIRCA Caliente. The original date of this episode was October 2016. Its the fourth annual MOD Palm Springs and we record the podcast LIVE from the event.  Join us in our hotel suite where we set up our studio and invite guests from the event to participate.  Cocktails, special guests are just part of the fun.  The DO-Its drop by, Rory Snyder makes an appearance and hotelier Harry drops in on us.  And it wouldn't be a LIVE recording without everyones favorite podcast game show, "Whats in Kalanis Bra"?
October 15, 2016
The current political landscape is a very scary scene.  It must be that time of year for all the ghouls and goblins to come out of their hiding places and tease us with their unwanted delights.  Regardless of all this shenanigans we invite you to listen to our annual Halloween podcast.  Grab a cocktail recipe or two for your dark celebration and get some ideas for setting the mood with eerie sounds and smells.  Plus, the final update on MOD Palm Springs before the event October 20-23, 2016.  Listen!  Cheers!
October 8, 2016
Join us for a LIVE recording from Don The Beachcomber during the Tiki Mâkeke (Marketplace).  This almost monthly event is a don't miss opportunity to sip authentic tiki drinks, shop from over 50 artists and vendors, hear live tropical music and eat some great food.  ALL for just $10 cover which goes towards your food and drink.  It really is a don't miss event.
September 10, 2016
This is a re-post of our 2015 LIVE recording at MOD Palm Springs.  Hope this gets you in the mood for MOD Palm Springs IV Join us in the Zen Tiki Lounge for one of our LIVE audience recorded podcasts.  Coming to you from Mod Palm Springs, an entire weekend of cocktails, parties, pool time and the warmth of the desert.  Get cocktail recipes for a handful of drinks and hear the shenanigans when Rory Snyder, The Do-it's and The Outta Sites all drop by.  Plus, we play Whats in Violets bra.
August 30, 2016
Sunshine and Pumpkin are the two original hosts of the Zen Tiki Lounge podcast.  Both hosts with the most are in the lounge for this very special episode which includes an inebriated rant about the things we just don't care for.  But don't worry, we get in our tiki goodness with the Murky Lagoon cocoktail, vintage travel posters by pickyourplum.com , an update on MOD-Palm Springs and a big shout to our friends at Tiki Bar t-shirt Club.  Did we mention the inebriated complaining?  Listener Curtis, this show is for you.
August 20, 2016
If you scan across the back of any bar in the world you can get a pretty quick picture of the kind of cocktail you are about to receive.  Do you see the standard national brands prominently displayed front and center?  Likely.  Perhaps you notice some harder to find bourbon or rum.  That can be promising.  What about a dozen or more flavored vodkas?  Thats usually a bad sign if you want a well made drink.  Regardless of what you see, you should always for what  you want.  A good bartender will let you know if they can make it and if not, should suggest something in the neighborhood.  But lets say you end up in one of the many bars popping up nowadays where a few guys with some money said "Dude! lets open a craft cocktail bar" but none of them had any talent or experience.  In places such as these you will likely find some top shelf rum and spirits but be challenged to find anyone behind the counter who can do anything with them.  You will have two options.  You can ask for your spirit neat or on the rocks and keep things simple.  Or, you can throw a very simple recipe at the barkeep and keep an eye on him while he fools around back there.  You may just teach him or her a thing or two.  On this episode of the podcast we explore this predicament along with listening to some very chill exotica.
August 8, 2016
Fly to Rio in jetsetter style with cachaça cocktails and the sounds of Bossa Nova.  This episode is dedicated to all those who braved the less than ideal conditions of the 2016 Summer Olympics.  Do cocktails cure Zika virus?  No!  But we try anyway.  Can you clean an entire bay filled with human waste by the time 20,000 athletes are ready to compete?  No!  So much to think about.
July 23, 2016
The Summer of 2016 is in full swing and the big flicks are in theaters now.  Sunshine is a HUGE fan of most things Trek and we dive a little into the wonderful world of cocktails in space.  Did you ever notice that there isn't a trek film without a cocktail, bar or mention of enjoying a good sip or two?  Isn't that wonderful?  We discuss on this episode.  Also, music by composer, author and man of many talents James Spencer.  Plus a quick shout to the upcoming MOD-Palm Springs event and a rant about things that are truly first world problems.  Don't forget to check out friends at Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club and score yourself some vintage logo t-shirts that are comfortable and classy.
July 8, 2016
Surf rock in Italy?  Yeah, that could happen.  This episode starts with a polynesian Italian crossover cocktail and takes you on a short journey with vintage surf rock by the Tikinauts.  We continue to show off our new t's from Tiki Bar T-Shit Club and do our best to avoid discussing the current political climate.  Listener mail and feedback help steer the rest of the episode through some cocktail mixing tips and what to do with those herbs in your garden.
June 18, 2016
Never waste a well made cocktail.  Sunshine and Kalani finish off some pre made drinks from the Zen Tiki Lounge recipe archive while dedicating the entire episode to Carrie from Austin.  Carrie is celebrating her 30th birthday and her boyfriend Ronnie dedicated the show to hear.  Also, we have an offer from Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club....you know you want to get yourself a complimentary vintage tiki t-shirt.  And much more.
June 7, 2016
Step into the Zen Tiki Lounge for some cocktails, conversation and shenanigans.  Sunshine and Starshine are sipping on the Poker DICK, our latest cocktail that can be made by just about any bartender at even the seediest of joints.  Sunshine is enthralled with Rick Lax the internet magician.  And we have some friends at Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club that we want to tell you all about.  Plus! music by Les Baxter and Robert Drasnin.
May 23, 2016
Its our LIVE podcast recorded at Tiki Caliente 8!  No description necessary.  Just listen and follow along. Grab a great cocktail recipe made with Deadhead Rum and enjoy the show.  Cheers and Mahalo!
May 2, 2016
On this episode of ZTL we are joined by Rory Snyder of Tiki Caliente and Marty Lush of the Quiet Village Podcast.  All three crews combined at Don the Beachcomber for an epic LIVE recording of both shows in the truly amazing tropical setting of the Don the Beachcomber Tiki Mâkeke.  Listen to this full hour of inebriated shenanigans.
April 17, 2016
As pool season approaches its time to get ready for one of the first big events of the year.  Tiki Caliente 8 is May 12-15 in Palm Springs and this episode is our first of three featuring music, info and much more about this weekend long shindig.  Starshine and Sunshine are sipping coffee/coconut infused rum while discussing their plans for the upcoming shenanigans of room parties and room crawls.  Also, get some info on the upcoming LIVE recording of this podcast along with the Quiet Village podcast and TC host Rory Snyder at Don the Beachcomber on April 30th.  And much more...
April 10, 2016
Join Sunshine and Starshine in the Zen Tiki Lounge for cocktails and shenanigans.  While drinking Mexican Xanax and eating handfulls of nuts we take you on a journey to the island of Lesbos.  Haven't been to Lesbos?  Well its about time you went.  If its good enough for the Pope its good enough for all of us.
April 2, 2016
This post originally posted back in April of 2008.  Please enjoy the trip back in time and THREE cocktails in one episode.
March 21, 2016
OMG!  Ten Years ago Sunshine and Pumpkin sat behind the glowing screen of the laptop for the first time and recorded the first ZTL podcast.  A decade later, 350 podcast and the happy addition of Starshine and Kalani....we see no reason to stop enjoying tiki drinks, exotic tunes and the company of hundreds of friends from all over the world.  We hope you enjoy this anniversary podcast as much as we did making it.
February 21, 2016
On this episode we are on a zen vegan adventure.  At least thats what Pumpkin would like to think.  After a long work wee for both your hosts, Sunshine and Pumpkin guzzle banana daiquiris while conversation about the woes of selling your home, how to survive the current political landscape and a few tips on what to do with those Valentines Day leftovers.  And lets not forget some memories of the past 348 podcasts as we head up to our official 10 year anniversary and the party of a lifetime.
February 12, 2016
Shhhhhhhh.  Theres a secret cocktail in this episode of the Zen Tiki Lounge podcast.  Listen to the beginning of the show and get your notepad.  Someday we may post the recipe but for now, you have to pay attention if you want to enjoy the buttery goodness of this tantalizing libation.  The bulk of this podcast is dedicated to listener mail and that includes a lot of recommendations for our favorite places to visit in Las Vegas, Palm Springs and Los Angeles.  Starshine and Sunshine have plenty of drinking suggestions that will making "playing" in these cities all the more enjoyable.  Naturally we include many of the best tiki bars.
February 6, 2016
Heres a throwback episode, 6 years ago we celebrated our 4th year of podcasting.  It's our four year podcasting anniversary. Join Sunshine and Pumpkin for the usual cocktail, music and uninhibited shenanigans.  Since uncovering this episode we were reminded we better start planning our 10 year anniversary spectacular.  Please stand by for that...
January 23, 2016
Our resident tiki bar psychic hasn't dropped by the lounge in a very long time.  The wait is over.  Campari Kraken glides down on his flying carpet to sip his signature cocktail and use his all knowing all seeing powers to answer some listener questions.  Be prepared to be both amazed and offended.  Mix up the drink to go along with this episode for the full effect.  Other subjects include news about the upcoming shows by Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica and tips on planting mint for your cocktail garden.
January 17, 2016
Sometimes it takes more than one try to get our podcast recorded and ready for you.  Sunshine and Starshine were in the lounge sipping the Forbidden Atoll when shortly after finishing the show, disaster struck.  We may never know where the original first 20 minutes of this episode went.  Lucky for everyone we were together again at a local casino and had time to bring the laptop.  Special thanks to our listeners who sent in some great questions that led to ample conversation.  And, a big Mahalo to Mr. Ho himself for sending an audio clip with details on the upcoming tour.  Listen to the whole hour for all the fun.  Plus, music by Jim Fiegan from his album Tiki Blues.
January 5, 2016
Apparently our listeners prefer our podcast recorded while the Zen Tiki Lounge is "open" for business.  This quick episode was recorded during our annual Mulled Wine Night, kicking off the new year with friends, spirits and kitschy snacks.  Sit back and listen just like you were in the lounge with us.  Music on this show is a bongolicious exploration of stereo sound.  Enjoy
December 20, 2015
Nothing is more fun that listening to other people drink, eat and be merry for the holidays.  Join Sunshine, Starshine, Pumpkin and Kalani in the Zen Tiki Lounge for their 8th annual Christmas Spectacular.  We share a super simple holiday cocktail recipe called Xmas Helper along with an appetizer that only men seem to enjoy and some surprises.  Look for the creepy baby doll and her minions of Christmas joy.
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