5 Oldest Tiki Bars in America

Tiki Ti Los Angeles

As summer approaches people’s thoughts turn naturally towards a well-deserved vacation. After such a rough winter, many will flock to various tropical locations around the world to enjoy some sunshine, fruity cocktails and warm ocean currents.

For those that can’t get away, however, another alternative is to find a suitable stand-in. And for us, that stand-in is the Tiki bar.

Tiki bars began springing up throughout the United States during the years following World War II. Many veterans came home with a fondness for the South Pacific, and so in response, Polynesian-themed lounges, restaurants and bars opened in just about every large and small town you could find. Add a comment

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Something New for Cinco de Mayo: the Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita

Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita

cucumber-jalapeno-margaritaFew drinks have come to symbolize a particular day like the Margarita on Cinco de Mayo. In truth the two have very little to do with each other. The day represents a victory by Mexican troops in an obscure battle with French troops in the 1800s.

The drink, on the other hand, was developed in the 20th century—nobody knows for sure but people generally agree in the 1930s-1950s timeframe—and may have been created in Mexico or just along the border with the United States (there are about 3-4 different origin stories).

However, the two have become synonymous with the early May fiestas that people throughout the US and Mexico throw. In the next few days every bar or liquor-serving restaurant will feature Cinco de Mayo specials that include some sweet/sour cocktail with a bit of tequila in it. They’ll call it a Margarita, but it’s far from it. Add a comment

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How To Make Any Drink Irish...And you don't need whiskey...

800px-Flag of Ireland.svgSt. Patrick's Day is upon us and with it comes a seemingly never-ending supply of Irish themed drinks--Irish Car Bombs, green beer, shots of Jameson--green outfits and stumbling party goers. This made us wonder--why do we make our drinks green on St. Patrick's Day? Is it simply because of the festive color or is there some other tradition behind it?
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The Oldest Cocktail in History

el-draqueThis is the history of the oldest cocktail in history - or I guess the first cocktail in history according to who you talk to - the El Draque. And, as a way of CYA this is as far as we know, if we're wrong tell us in the comments!

The history starts over 425 years ago in 1586. You see at that time, people drank an incredible amount of alcohol every day, much more than we do now. They drank beer or other beverages for breakfast, lunch and dinner and then for periods in between. Children drank it, pregnant women drank it, monks and priests drank it. It touched every part of life.

There was a reason, of course, that we drank so much: water was typically not healthy to drink, and so boiling it to produce booze of some kind killed the germs that made people sick. So as long as alcohol of some kind was in supply, people were actually pretty healthy.

And this was especially true on board ships. Ships of the time would be at sea for months sometimes without seeing land or taking on new supplies. So rum, beer, wine and other beverages were really important to keep sailors healthy. Add a comment

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The History Of Green Beer...And How To Make It Right

Leprechaun or ClurichaunGreen beer has become a staple of the increasingly popular St. Patrick's Day celebrations the world over. Just about any bar you walk into on Monday, March 17th will be serving the festive favorite. But where did the tradition come from, who invented it and how do you make it right.....we'll give you a hint, it isn't with green food coloring.
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