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The case for Cocktail Umbrellas
TraderPeg
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From: Haunted Hudson Valley
Posted: 2007-02-17 07:23 am   Permalink

Thank you for directing me here, Chip'n'Andy.

>At the adjoining table sat a tiny blond girl, no older than six who couldn't stop talking to her parents about my exotic drink. When they got up to leave, my GF offered the tyke my umbrella, who accepted it as if it were the most rare and precious gift... a future Tiki-0-Phile in the making!

That was ME in 1965, watching my Mom empty her evening purse on Sunday after a Saturday night at the Hawaii Kai (I grew up in NYC). I sat in silent awe as she handed me the umbrellas she'd saved so carefully. In my child's mind the glamor and exoticism of this Polynesian oasis was the epitome of why it would be great to be an adult someday.

When I did hit 21, it was Steak 'n' Ale and Beefsteak Charlie's and everyone was making fun of "umbrella drinks."

Where did all the sparkle and fun go?

Thanks for keeping it ALIVE on Tikicentral!


 
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khan_tiki_mon
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From: Syracuse, NY
Posted: 2007-02-17 12:43 pm   Permalink

I have done a lot of strange things in my life. I went through a survivalist phase, and some of that lingers. I laugh when I see a natural disaster and the run on the local grocery store. I always have enough bottled water and food stores in my house to last months with out having to venture out should the need arise. It was probably that same spirit that led me to purchase the vast amount of cocktail umbrellas that I currently stockpile. If the worst armageddon imaginable should occur I have enough little umbrellas stored away to maintain civilisation for a generation.
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Formikahini
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Posted: 2007-02-19 09:31 am   Permalink

How coincidental!
Yesterday while at Big Lots, checking out their summer tiki line (and they were already out of the bamboo fountains about which I posted, BTW), I grabbed a box of drink umbrellas: 48 for $2.

I figured, you never know when you might run out, right?

And then I chastised myself for not having bought 2 or 3 more boxes......

And may go back today for that very reason.....
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VampiressRN
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Posted: 2007-02-19 10:14 am   Permalink

I like umbrellas, even if they don't keep the fumes in my glass. Decoration puts the ambience in the drink. I like fancy long picks for garnishes too. I think the decorations need to match with the style of glass also.

One of the more interesting decors are in the Spicey Bloody Marys at Kincaids in Jack London Square (Oakland)...it is like a small meal with a whole stalk of celery (end intact), pick with large shrimp and cherry tomato....plus the drink is very good.
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khan_tiki_mon
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Posted: 2007-02-20 8:46 pm   Permalink

A long time ago I saw George Carlin and he did a routine about buying sneakers. Find a pair you like and then buy like 90 pairs. "Good, now I never have to worry about that again." Well, whatever stress I have in my life I do not have to stress about my cocktail umbrellas. I have that covered and then some. Now, if my 401k looked as healthy as my cocktail umbrella stockpile.....
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GentleHangman
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From: Stuart, Florida
Posted: 2007-02-21 07:31 am   Permalink

I think I'm in trouble! I can't find my stash of cocktail umbrellas!

 
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Haole'akamai
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From: The Polynesian Port of NOLA
Posted: 2007-02-23 11:53 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2007-02-19 10:14, VampiressRN wrote:


One of the more interesting decors are in the Spicey Bloody Marys at Kincaids in Jack London Square (Oakland)...it is like a small meal with a whole stalk of celery (end intact), pick with large shrimp and cherry tomato....plus the drink is very good.




Good to know their garnish isn't vegetarian. I was just down there tonight...
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Limbo Lizard
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Posted: 2007-02-27 08:23 am   Permalink

Got mine at Ace Mart, $2.75 for 144.

 
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Swanky
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From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2007-02-27 10:00 am   Permalink

Look at the menus on Archiva Tropika and you will by the pictures, they used to just go nuts with the umbrellas. Some of them look like some sort of college prank. "How many umbrellas can you get in this drink."

I have never served a cocktail with an umbrella.
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TorchGuy
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Posted: 2008-04-28 06:22 am   Permalink

I gotta say, I love cocktail parasols. And tacky or not, tiki or not, they look festive and tropical. I understand why they're seen as cheesy, but I can see, at the same time, both the reason why others see them this way, and my own view of them as undeniably fun.

Now, me personally, I think there are two things that top a paper parasol or umbrella. One is a "lantern" - these are built just like umbrellas and are nearly identical, save that they have have two paper cones end-to-end. Push up and, instead of forming an open-bottomed parasol, it opens into a closed lantern form. These are available in the same bright colors as regular parasolss.

Even better is a hanging lantern variant. They have the same lantern as above, but hanging on a short thread from the end of a long wood skewer, its end curved slightly. And believe it or not, this cooler of the two styles (mainly because I've seen it in vintage menus, but only rarely) is the one I can still buy - from Oriental Trading Co. A gross (144, I believe) is but a few bucks - that'll last anyone a while.

Me being a tiki torch nut, I can see modifying the simpler on-a-stick lantern into a torch by spot-gluing a scrap of orange tissue paper to the little white knob on top, and maybe blackening the knob slightly first.

Incidentally, I wonder if there's a drink called a Chinese Lantern? (This isn't the thread for it, but I'll bet there's one called a Tiki Torch...)


 
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TorchGuy
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Posted: 2008-04-29 04:26 am   Permalink

But let me add... One umbrella or lantern per drink, and not every drink needs one. If I see one of these in my Navy Grog or my Zombie, I know something's wrong. If I see one in my Black Stripe, I'm gonna run. Trader Vic's claims they have never used them, but they're pictured in old TV menus on occasion.

 
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Little fragrant Tiare
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Posted: 2008-04-30 12:40 pm   Permalink

I don`t know how i missed this thread before but i have really enjoyed the reading. I must say i like the little umbrellas..in the right drinks.

And now on to the bar..or LAB


 
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MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2008-05-01 8:05 pm   Permalink

I'm with Khan- I just ordered 144 paper umbrellas for $6 from lunabazaar.com With gas at $4, you don't want to come up short and have to make an emergency Big!Lots run.

 
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Bohemiann
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Posted: 2008-05-02 06:28 am   Permalink

I enjoyed making my contribution to the ceiling at FI.

I think we cannot discount the entertainment value of the umbrella as well as it's intoximetering capability. You know who has had enough when the start to wear them in their hair and the creatively inclined always end up making something out of them or pretending to be Mary Poppins or something.
Anyone out there have any "Origami-like" umbrella creations or bar tricks?
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DJ Terence Gunn
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Posted: 2008-05-02 1:40 pm   Permalink

A human-sized sun parasol is to keep out the rays of the sun, implying heat and...well, sun. A cold exotic cocktail implies a tropical locale, that typically has heat and sun. The Japanese markings on and the bright colours of the cocktail parasol reveal the Japanese influence within recent Polynesian culture, plus it makes the parasol look far more decorative. A toothpick is traditionally used for garnishing a cocktail, but it is rather dull and impractical for garnishing anything but a martini, manhattan, etc. And where cocktail garnishes that are served in shallower glassware (i.e., the traditional cocktail glass) can still maintain a proper decorative and sophisticated appearance by being dropped in without a toothpick or stuck on a toothpick and inserted at an angle, where they will still be easily removed even before the cocktail is completely drunk -- the exotic cocktails are typically of larger proportions and served in larger vessels with large chunks of fruit, making the weight of the garnish a factor; after all, one doesn't want the garnish to disappear and float to the bottom of the drink, as it will lose its decorative appeal, as well as will be difficult to remove without inverting the vessel altogether. Positioned properly the parasol helps keep the garnish where it should be -- at the top of the drinking vessel.

Put all these factors together and the cocktail parasol makes perfect sense to me.


 
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