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


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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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
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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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.


  • 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.


This is truly the king of New Orleans cocktails


  • 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.



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.


  • 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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Island Time Radio 5/1/17

Fresh back from my trip to Austin, TX and just before Cinco de Mayo means it’s time for some margarita recipes!!!!


Electric Margarita
1 1/4 oz tequila
1 oz blue curacao
4 oz sour mix

Pre-chill an unsalted margarita glass with ice. Pour all ingredients into an ice-filled shaker. Shake shake shake! Pour into the prepared glass. 

Catalina Margarita
1 1/4 oz tequila
1 oz peach schnapps
1 oz blue curacao
4 oz sour mix

Pre-chill an unsalted margarita glass with ice. Pour all ingredients into an ice-filled shaker. Shake shake shake! Pour into the prepared glass. Anytime I use blue curacao, I like to garnish with an orange wedge.


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Celebrate Repeal Day!

12647240_10154293106467923_4895970920695363372_nSince 2006, I have been recognizing Repeal Day.  I was inspired by my bar brother in the PNW, Jeffrey Morganthaler.   When I first started, people thought I made it up.  But it caught on over time.  Today, people will be celebrating from DC to Chicago to LA

We will be celebrating tonight at The Humidor Cigar Bar & Lounge in Palm Coast,  beginning at 7:00pm with a ceremonial reading of the 21st Amendment.

The Humidor, located in European 1235349_10152354813937923_271916993_nVillage, is a classic space boasting leather, dark woods, and a fantastic vibe.   Guests are encouraged to dress in the attire of the era (1
0% Discount On EVERYTHING for those dressed for the occasion).    In addition, Anchor Steam Beer will be $2 all day.  Anchor Steam is a pre-prohibition brew from San Francisco.

Wherever you are, I encourage you to celebrate your constitutional right to have a drink.   Cheers!




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Thanksgiving Drinks For Island Time Radio

12647240_10154293106467923_4895970920695363372_nSince Thanksgiving is right around the corner, I am mixing up some cocktails for the occasion.

Cranberry Margarita
1.5 oz tequila
2 oz sour mix
1 oz cranberry juice

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker half filled with ice.  Shake, shake, shake!  Pour over ice into your favorite margarita glass.     Also tastes yummy when disguised in a red dixie cup.

Cheesecake Martini
2 oz Absolut® Vanilia vodka
1 oz cranberry juice

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker half filled with ice.  Shake, shake, shake!  Strain into your favorite chilled martini glass.  Can also be served over ice.

Pudding Shots
1/4 cup Kahlua® coffee liqueur
1/4 cup Bailey’s® irish cream
1/4 cup vodka
8 ounce tub Cool Whip
5 oz box chocolate instant pudding

Mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl and pour into 14 plastic shot glasses.    Put into the freezer to set, then remove to the fridge a few hours before your party.


Fins Up to my friends at Island Time Radio!!


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Holiday Drinks for Island Time Radio

christmas tiki

Tiki Says:  Don’t lose your head during the holidays.  Designate a driver before the celebration starts.

A trio of year end 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 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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Celebrate Craft Beer Week: Tomoka Hazy Sunrise

We are celebrating Craft Beer Week (May 11-May 17) at The Humidor Cigar Bar & Lounge!  Join us as we showcase a different craft beer every day.  For Friday, we are tapping a keg of Hazy Sunrise, a wheat ale from Tomoka Brewing Company.  What’s that glorious golden glow, streaming out from the hazy morning heavens? It’s a light & refreshing Hefeweizen, with a kiss of Florida citrus! Brewed with wheat & pilsner base malts, this easy-drinking beer is great any time of day!

Tomoka Brewing Company is located just down the road from us in Port Orange, Florida.   w are proud to celebrate local brews!

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Celebrate Craft Beer Week: Steelhead Double IPA

We are celebrating Craft Beer Week (May 11-May 17) at The Humidor Cigar Bar & Lounge!  Join us as we showcase a different craft beer every day.  On Thursday, we are featuring Steelhead Double IPA from Mad River Brewing Company.

Since 1989, Mad River Brewing Company has been brewing award winning beers.  In the late seventies Brew Master Bob Smith, founder of the HOMEBREWERS Guild, dreamed of opening a small brewery specializing in craft beers. Excursions to buy brewing supplies led Bob to Ken Grossman’s Homebrew Shop in Chico, California.

After Ken shared his plans to build Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in Chico, Bob became determined to build a craft brewery in Humboldt County. In 1989 construction began on what is now known as Mad River Brewing Co.

I have great appreciation for Dylan’s brews and his beard.

Nestled in Humboldt County adjacent to the Mad River in Blue Lake CA, Mad River is now under the command of Brewmaster Dylan Schatz.

Malty, hoppy and robust, Double IPA (8.7% ABV) is dry hopped with Amarillo hops for a fresh piney and citrus flavor and aroma. Aggressively hopped, but perfectly balanced.

We have been serving the Steelhead Double IPA for some time at the Humidor and I am a big fan!  Come enjoy this brew today for half price!

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Celebrate Craft Beer Week: Anderson Valley Summer Solstice

We are celebrating Craft Beer Week (May 11-May17) at The Humidor Cigar Bar & Lounge!  Join us as we showcase a different craft beer every day.

For Wednesday, we are celebrating Anderson Valley Brewing Company (Boonville, CA) by featuring Summer Solstice seasonal ale.  Summer Solstice is a slightly sweet, malty session beer with a creamy mouth feel and clean finish.  With hints of caramel in the nose and a touch of spice, it’s become affectionately known as “cream soda for adults”. The unique flavors and superior “drinkability” make for the ultimate refreshment on a hot summer day.

We are great fans of Anderson Valley Brewing Company, currently offering several brews from them.   Bourbon Barrel Stout and Pinchy Jeek Barl (both bombers), Hop Ottin’ IPA, Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout, and the seasonal Summer Solstice.

Anderson Valley Brewing Company is a true “small brewery” both in size and in community participation.

Like many craft breweries, Anderson Valley maintains a strong ecological commitment.    In 2006 the brewery installed a large photo-voltaic array (otherwise known as solar panels), providing 40% of the breweries electrical needs. Anderson Valley Brewing has been a five time WRAP Award Winner in 2005, 2004, 2003, 2001, and 2000. Waste Reduction Awards Program (WRAP) recognizes California businesses for their outstanding waste reduction efforts.

The brewery’s 100-barrel copper brew house was recycled from two closed breweries in Germany, Ambrose Brutting Braü (Stoffelstein) and Magnus Braü (Kassendorf). Recently the brewery began packaging beers in aluminum cans, a lighter and more compact packaging that requires far less energy transport and less energy to recycle other than glass.

Land management is assisted with the help of some furry friends. Of Anderson Valley’s approximately 28 acres of grass, about 10% is “mowed” using a team of goats. A non-toxic pest control system (a cat named Figaro) guards the brew house and keeps rodents out.

Perhaps the most interesting chapter of Anderson Valley lore is its native language, Boontling. Still spoken by a handful of residents, Boontling is considered by modern linguists to be one of the world’s most extraordinary examples of a homemade language. At its peak Boontling was even taught in the valley’s schools and it was not uncommon for bright lighters (outsiders) to be completely dumbfounded by local conversation.  Anderson Valley Brewing embraces this local history by using Boontling in their marketing.

  • Bahl Hornin’: good drinking
  • Barney Flats: Hendy Woods National Forest. A spectacular forest of virgin redwoods, located in Anderson Valley.
  • Boont: Boonville. The largest community and focal center of Anderson Valley. The town where the language of Boontling originated. Now famous for its local brewery
  • Heelch: A large quantity.
  • Horn: A drink; to drink.
  • Kimmie: A man or father
  • Tidrik: A party; a social gathering. (Probably from “tea drink,” a dialectal expression meaning the same thing.)
  • Yink: boy or son

We hope you will enjoy some Bahl Hornin’ with us today, as we feature Summer Soltice for half price!    

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