Zane Lamprey

 

Chatting cocktails & beer with Zane Lamprey, the unofficial world booze ambassador

zane lamprey

Valerie Nahmad Schimel

Zane Lamprey, the “unofficial world booze ambassador,” is brining his cocktails and comedy to two seminars at this year’s Wine & Food Festival. The author of Three Sheets: Drinking Made Easy! 6 Continents, 15 Countries, 190 Drinks and 1 Mean Hangover and host of Drinking Made Easy is hosting Saturday’s From the Garden to the Glass Cocktail Clinic and Sunday’s Prohibition Cocktails Clinic, both at the W South Beach. We talked to the native New Yorker about drinking, mixology and cocktails.

So how does one become a world booze ambassador?
I think you get a TV show about drinking. I might not be the funniest person in the room, but I’m the loudest. I might not be the best mixologist in the world, but I’m the one in your face.

Are you a mixologist?
Well, I do it at home, I have a lot of friends who are mixologists, I’m not one per se, but I play one on TV.

You’ll be playing one at the Festival as well as you host your seminars
Yes, I want to inspire people to experiment with cocktails – when you hear the names of some cocktails or when you hear the list of ingredients, it can get a little overwhelming.  I want to encourage people to have friends over, get these piles of ingredients on their bar and start experimenting

Other than your seminars, what are your plans for the Festival?
I plan on drinking a lot. I get there Thursday and am going to head to Burger Bash. I have my two seminars, but I’m going to let the cards fall where they may. I’m looking forward to it – I haven’t been before.

Zane Lamprey’s 10 Traditional Cocktails (made with fresh ingredients)

  • Watermelon Mojito
  • Grilled Pineapple Margarita
  • Mango Caipariña
  • Strawberry Basil Martini
  • Avocado Daiquiri
  • Cucumber Collins
  • Black Berry Mint Julep
  • Cherry Cuba Libre
  • Garlic-Pepper (infused vodka) Bloody Mary
  • Peach Basil Manhattan

 

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