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About TikiTender

Mark Woods aka "TikiTender" lives and works steps away from the Atlantic Ocean in Flagler Beach, Florida. From 2005 to 2014, he made his work home at The Golden Lion Cafe, the area's most awarded restaurant. His welcoming personality and creative drink mixing have earned him 5-time honors as Florida's Favorite Bartender, selected by the readers of Backstage Pass magazine. Tiki's original recipes and modern versions of classic cocktails anchor the beverage menu at the Golden Lion and have been featured in regional dining and entertainment publications.

Zero Proof Cocktails for Dry January

It’s important to have zero-proof cocktails on hand for those who choose not to drink. Something better than a glass of club soda will make your guests feel more welcome and add to your sales. Here are a couple of alcohol-free recipes to get you started.

Low Tide

1 oz pineapple juice

1/2 oz passionfruit nectar

1/2 oz fresh lemon juice

1/2 oz DHOS Bittersweet (Get it at Amazon $26)

1 lime wedge (garnish)

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, with ice. Shake vigorously and pour into a tall glass. Pack with more ice. The drink should sit below the rim of the glass like low tide. Garnish with the lime wedge.

Florida – Georgia Cooler

2 lemons, juiced

2 limes, juiced

1 lemon, sliced

1 lime, sliced

peach nectar

lemonade

sliced strawberries

sparkling water

Put the lemon juice and lime juice into a large pitcher. Add the sliced lemon and lime, and a handful of ice cubes. Add peach nectar to fill about one-third of the jug and top up to fill with lemonade. Add strawberries and top with a little club soda.

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Halloween Drinks for Island Time Radio

Green Demon
Equal parts:
vodka
rum
Midori® melon liqueur

balance with lemonade

Combine all ingredients in a highball glass. Stir and garnish with a cherry.

Purple Devil
1 oz amaretto
1 oz triple sec
cranberry juice
sprite®

Combine all ingredients over ice, topping with a splash of Sprite® to make it bubbly.

Pumpkin Pie Margarita
2 oz reposado tequila
1 tbsp pumpkin puree
sour mix
cinnamon-sugar

Rim a glass with the cinnamon-sugar. In a shaker half-filled with ice combine tequila, pumpkin puree, and about 2 oz sour mix. Shake, shake, shake. Pour into prepared glass. Delish!

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Countdown To Cinco De Mayo (Tequila Drink Recipes)

Tijuana Taxi

2 oz reposado tequila
2 oz fresh orange juice
1 oz sour mix
1 oz cointreau

Served martini style in a sugar-rimmed glass.  Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into prepared glass.

Mexican Fizz

1 1/2 oz tequila
1/4 oz grenadine
ginger-ale
crushed ice
Shake the tequila and grenadine with ice until slushy and frosty. Pour into a tall chilled glass and balance with ginger-ale.

The Paloma

2 oz tequila
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
Grapefruit Soda
Pinch Of Salt

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I’m Moving To Florida! (+20 Years)

Flashback Friday!  It’s now 25 years since I moved to Florida!

Have You Had Your Tiki Today?

As of today, February 5, I have lived in Florida for twenty years.

I braved a solo five day moving truck trip through a freakish Mississippi ice storm and a final leg across the panhandle that seemed extraordinarily long, arriving in Flagler Beach in the early evening.   It was a cold, blustery Saturday but it felt like paradise after the -46 wind chill I left 5 days earlier in southern Missouri.

I didn’t come with much.  A 10′ moving van filled with some of my parents’ things they had left with me when they came to Florida a few years before, lots of books, clothes, and some heirloom furnishings.  I had sold most of my furniture, electronics, and even my car to finance the trip.    I had just turned 24 and was coming off a three year “tour of duty” as a juvenile corrections officer.

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Super Bowl Drinks for Island Time Radio

Pirate Punch

1 oz spiced rum

1 oz dark rum

2 oz orange juice

2 oz pineapple juice

½ oz lime juice

½ oz simple syrup

dash of bitters

cherries , for garnish

Combine ingredients in a shaker half-filled with ice.  Shake until well-chilled.   Serve in your favorite chalice.  

Kansas City Ice Water

1 oz vodka

1 oz gin

4 oz lemon-lime soda

lime or lemon wheels for garnish

Build over ice in a long glass.  Stir gently.  Enjoy. 

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Holiday Drinks for Island Time Radio

A trio of year end cocktails, as featured on tonight’s Island Time Radio Show.

Tiki Says: Designate a driver before you go out!

Hot Buttered Mocha
1 1/2 oz butterscotch schnapps
1 pkg instant hot cocoa
hot coffee
Combine all ingredients in a coffee mug. Top with whipped cream, if desired.

Mele Kalikimaka
2 oz gin
1/2 oz triple sec
1/2 oz pineapple juice
Stir with cracked ice ans strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a pineapple chunk, a little paper parasol, and ride the trade winds to happy hula-days!!

Happy Ending
1 1/2 oz Absolut® Mandrin
1 oz cranberry Juice
club soda to balance
Combine over ice, using equal parts juice and soda.

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Thanksgiving Cocktails for Island Time Radio

Apple Cider Mule

1 1/2 oz vodka

1/2 lime juiced

equal parts hard apple cider and ginger beer

Mix in your favorite glass with crushed ice.

Cranberry Margarita

1 1/2 oz tequila

3/4 oz triple sec or cointreau

1/2 lime juiced

cranberry juice to balance

Pour over ice in a salt rimmed glass (optional). Garnish with limes, or cranberries, or both!

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My Favorite Cider Drinks

Bourbon, Cider, & Ginger Beer

1 1/2 oz bourbon
3 oz apple cider
ginger beer, to balance
apple slice for garnish

In an ice-filled shaker, combine bourbon and apple cider. Shake until cold. Strain into an ice-filled glass, add ginger beer, and stir gently. Garnish with a slice of apple.

Apple Cider Bellini (Batch Recipe)

One bottle of chilled prosecco
6 oz apple cider
1/2 oz triple sec
1/2 oz maple syrup
Rosemary sprigs for garnish

Combine apple cider, orange liqueur and maple syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until container is thoroughly cold. Pour mixture equally into chilled champagne flutes and top with prosecco. Garnish each glass with a sprig of rosemary.

Harvest Mimosa

Ingredients
Prosecco
cinnamon-sugar
cranberry juice
apple cider
diced apples
cranberries

Rim your champagne flutes with the cinnamon-sugar. Fill each flute one quarter full of cranberry juice. Fill another quarter with apple cider. Toss in a few apple pieces and cranberries. Top with prosecco.

Apple Cider Mimosa (yields 4)

One bottle of champagne
One cup of apple cider
Cinnamon-Sugar

Rim your champagne flutes with the cinnamon-sugar. Fill each flute one quarter full with apple cider. Top with champagne. Optional: Garnish with thinly sliced apples.

Pumpkin & Apple Cider Fizz

1 1/2 oz vanilla vodka
2 oz apple cider
1 1/2 oz pumpkin puree
1 1/2 oz ginger beer

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice then add pumpkin puree, vanilla vodka, and apple cider. Shake vigorously until well chilled. Strain into a glass filled with ice and top off with ginger beer.

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Yacht Rock Cocktails for Island Time Radio

Enjoy these sippers during tonight’s Island Time Radio Show (or any time you feel like an escape).

 

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Photo:  David Malosh

Harvey Wallbanger
1 1/2 oz vodka
3 oz fresh orange juice
1/2 oz Galliano herbal liqueur

Stir the vodka and orange juice with ice in a tall glass, then float the Galliano on top.  Garnish with a cherry & orange slice.  

San Juan Pina Colada
2 oz light rum
1 1/2 oz cream of coconut
1 1/2 oz pineapple juice
1/2 oz fresh lime juice

Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake with vigor for 30 seconds.   Strain into a tall glass over crushed ice.   Garnish with a wedge of pineapple.  

Tiger’s Milk
1 1/2 oz Grand Marnier
1 1/2 oz fresh orange juice
1 1/2 oz pineapple juice
1/2 oz unsweetened coconut milk

Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake with vigor for 30 seconds.   Strain into a tall glass over crushed ice or into a chilled martini glass.  Garnish with an orange wheel.   

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TikiTender Returns To The Golden Lion

TikiTender will be returning to his roots this weekend as a guest bartender at Golden Lion Cafe!  

Mark will be behind the Golden Lion Tiki Bar during during the Best Beach Bar Award Party  presented by Florida Beach Bar then again on Sunday during their Father’s Day BBQ.

This will be a return to home for TikiTender, who was behind the bar nearly a decade ago when the beach side restaurant received their first Best Beach Bar award.    Mark spent nine years behind the wood at the Golden Lion, before leaving to launch an event bartending company, Fun Coast Bartending.

Come say hello to an old favorite on Saturday night!

For more information and an appearance calendar, visit www.tikitender.com

 

 

 

 

 

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