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HIGHBALL FIDELITY

Martin Denny, Arthur Lyman, Les Baxter, Yma Sumac, Bas Sheva, Korla Pandit — the gods and goddesses of midcentury exotica music have all gone to their eternal reward, but not before leaving us with a copious catalogue of Tiki tunage.  With this genre, familiarity breeds content:  we could listen to Denny’s “Afrodesia,” to take just […]

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SAINTS PRESERVE US

Hallelujah, bothers and sisters: Our favorite drink ingredient, pimento liqueur, is now available domestically under the St. Elizabeth label. Pimento liqueur is not made from that mysterious red substance stuffed into olives, but from the pimento berry, otherwise known as allspice — a case of mistaken identity that importer Haus Alpenz has solved by calling […]

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IT’S BETTER WITH BUTTER

Our quest to create the most decadent drink in the world, one using all four horsemen of the health apocalypse — alcohol, cholesterol, sugar, and salt — took a great leap forward recently, when Randy Wong of the band Waitiki hipped us to Liko Lehua Fruit Flavored Butters. Unlike other so-called fruit butters, the six […]

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TAPPING A KIDNEY

The Walt Disney Company has atoned for its recent slate of movies by hiring Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily to design a drink bowl commemorating the 45th anniversary of Disneyland’s Enchanted Tiki Room. Now that we’ve seen it, we can’t imagine serving a Scorpion Bowl in any other vessel. You may recall that Kevin also […]

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A CRUSHING REALIZATION

The Bum is bummed. His longtime companion, a vintage Ice-O-Mat ice-crusher, is unwell. The hand-crank is bleeding a viscous, decades-old black lubricant, and there’s no way to open the metal housing and treat the wound. Two years before our manual Ice-O-Mat swept us off our feet at a Burbank swap meet, we were in a […]

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