Cocktails & Spirits

HDNet's Drinking Made Easy Hits South Florida November 10

Just when you thought there couldn't be another show about people gallivanting around the country eating and drinking, along comes Drinking Made Easy, a 24-episode show that travels the country in search of local libations and tippling traditions.

Zane Lamprey and his drinking buddies, Steve McKenna and Marc Ryan, are actually on a 53-city bar crawl...sorry, stand up comedy tour. In between comedy shows, they visit places like the country's oldest bar, Jean Lafittes's Blacksmith Shoppe Bar; the country's oldest brewery, Yuengling; and other interesting destinations with distinctive tippling practices. Their mission: discovering American drinking traditions one city at a time. Hopefully, the show will focus on the growing trends of domestic, artisan distilleries and our burgeoning cocktail culture, less to do with frat house hazing and beer pong...

On the party bus's visit to Florida, Zane and crew stop in Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, Clearwater Beach, Orlando, and Lake Alfred. The Miami stop lands Zane at Lario's on Ocean Drive, where he will muddle and mash his way through 40 mojitos in one go, and the Ritz-Carlton South Beach, where he'll get to play with tongue numbing, liquid nitrogen cocktails.

We'll be sure to catch up with the show when it airs and see if they really captured the Miami spirit on their show. Drinking Made Easy premiered this past October 6, but the Florida episode airs on November 10 at 8:30 p.m. on HDNet.

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Aniece Meinhold