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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.

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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Adventures With SuperBroad At Texas Frightmare Weekend

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Last weekend I headed to Texas with Superbroad to check out the Texas Frightmare Weekend movie festival & convention.     Texas Frightmare Weekend is a horror movie convention.   Horror movies are really Christa’s jam, but I am a general movie-buff so I was also super stoked to meet the guests and enjoy the general weirdness.    Read on for some photos and commentary.  

After an early start filled with mishaps, we landed in Dallas and arrived out our hotel.  We were early so had some time to kill.  The last time I had a Shiner Bock in Texas was Spring Break 1993!   Continuing the gastro-fun, we headed across the street for our first ever Whataburger.   This place is a Texas fixture and did NOT disappoint!   

 

We took a few minutes to chill, then headed over to the convention hotel.   This was the 14th Texas Frightmare Weekend and it was immediately obvious even to first-timers that the event is started to outgrow the Hyatt Regency DFW.  As Floridians and theme-park visitors, we didn’t mind the lines so much.  But the sheer number of people essentially hanging out in the basement of the hotel was shocking.   Of course, the best part of waiting in line was checking out the costumes!

 

We had a great time people-watching and meeting some movie icons over the weekend!  

Posing with Traci Lords

The great Traci Lords

Joe Bob Briggs

Joe Bob Briggs of Monster Vision & The Last Drive-In.  He even had a funny anecdote about Daytona Beach!

Tim Curry

The Legendary Tim Curry

Quick Selfie with Tom Savini

Quick Selfie with Tom Savini. He is known for his makeup & special effects work on such films as Dawn Of The Dead, Creepshow, Friday the 13th, and more!

Posing with Felissa Rose

Felissa Rose, most well known as Angela in Sleepaway Camp!

Amanda Wyss

Amanda Wyss from Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Better Off Dead, and Nightmare on Elm Street.

Barbara Crampton

Ahhhhh! Barbara Crampton from Re-Animator!

Heather Langenkamp and Robert Englund

We were absolutely giddy to meet Heather Langenkamp and Robert Englund from Nightmare On Elm Street!

 

We were such nerdy first-timers, but had a great time.  Lots of merch, autographs, Whataburger,  and photos.   10/10 would do again!

 

 

 

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Vote For Me!!!

It’s election season!    I humbly ask your support once again in the Daytona Beach News-Journal Readers’ Choice Awards!   They are doing it a little different this year, with a nomination period before the official voting in the summer.   Nominations run until March 25.   Please show your support for both of my businesses by nominating them!  You can make your nominations here.

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Humidor Cigar Bar & Lounge (Best Cigar Lounge in “Retail Therapy”)

Fun Coast Bartending (Best Event Planner in “At Your Service”)  They still don’t have best Bartending Service, so we’re going for this category again.  

Thank you for your consideration!  While you’re there, be sure to vote for your other favorite businesses!

 

https://news-journalonline.gatehousecontests.com/The-Flagler-Palm-Coast-News-Readers-Choice-2019/

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Christmas Drinks from Island Time Radio

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

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 and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a pineapple chunk, a little paper parasol, and ride the trade winds to happy hula-days!!

Santa’s Little Ho Ho Ho (Punch Recipe)
One bottle champagne
One 2L bottle ginger-ale
Two (10 oz) bags frozen strawberriesCombine all ingredients in a large punch bowl & stir gently.   

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Drink Recipe: Tipsy Mermaid

 

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  • 8 oz spiced rum (like Captain Morgan)
  • 4 oz coconut rum
  • 24 oz pineapple juice
  • 2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 2 oz blue curacao

Pour all ingredients into a gallon pitcher.  Stir and pour over ice.  Garnish with limes.

Cheers!

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Drink Recipe (via @TimFederle): Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The SeaBreeze

While in Orlando last week for Jake’s Beer Fest, I came upon a fun cocktail book called Tequila Mockingbird:  Cocktails With A Literary Twist by Tim Federle (@TimFederle on Twitter).

TikiTender with some South Pacific masks at Loews Royal Pacific Resort.

I shared a couple on tonight’s Island Time Radio Show, one of which is below.   Check out the book and author at the links above!

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The SeaBreeze

1 1/2 oz vodka
2 oz grapefruit juice
2 oz cranberry juice
Club soda

 

Pour vodka and juices over ice.  Stir, then top with club soda.  Cheers!

 

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The Island Time Radio Show airs every Monday night at 10pm eastern.  Hosted by Dennis King, the ITR Show features all the best in Trop Rock and some great in-studio and call in guests.

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Mardi Gras Drinks For Island Time Radio

The good times will be rolling soon in New Orleans!   Here’s a few Mardi Gras cocktails by which you can celebrate at home!20110307french7513

French 75

This fizzy cocktail is named after the French 75mm field gun used in World War 2.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • Champagne or sparkling wine
  • Garnish: long thin lemon spiral and cocktail cherry

Shake the gin, lemon juice, and sugar until chilled.  Strain into a chilled champagne flute.  Top with the champagne and garnish.

Sazerac

This is truly the king of New Orleans cocktails

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 or 4 dashes bitters
  • a few drops water
  • 2 ounces rye whiskey
  • 1 teaspoon absinthe
  • lemon peel

Pour the absinthe into a double old-fashioned glass, swirling it to coat the glass.  Discard the extra absinthe.    In a mixing glass, combine sugar, bitters, and a few drops of water. Mix until sugar is dissolved, and add rye. Add plenty of ice, and stir for about 30 seconds.  Strain the liquid from your mixing glass into the serving glass. Twist a piece of lemon peel over the drink. Indulge.

 

Hurricane

20110307hurricaneprimaryThis cocktail, when made correctly, is fruity and tart, with a nice hit of fresh lemon and rich dark rum.  This is the classic method for this drink, not the mass-produced premix you get at many bars.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces dark Jamaican rum
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1 ounce passion fruit syrup

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and add plenty of crushed ice. Shake well and pour, unstrained, into old fashioned glass, tiki mug or Hurricane glass. Garnish with orange slice and a cherry.

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Pirate Drinks!

Simple Pirate Grog Recipe 
Add approximately one ounce of fine rum to a glass of water.
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Pirate Grog
1 oz of Rum
the juice of half a lime
one or two teaspoons of cane sugar
fill the rest of your mug with water.
Bombo
2 oz rum
1 oz water
2 sugar cubes
Sprinkle of nutmeg or cinnamon
Sangaree (AKA Sangria)
Red wine
Oranges, peaches, or any other fresh fruit
Sugar and lemon peels
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