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'Drinking Made Easy' puts Maui's tropical libations in the limelight

October 5, 2011 - Carla Tracy

Grab your favorite libation and turn on the television for “Drinking Made Easy” this evening at 6 p.m. on HDNet.

Cult sensation and Host Zane Lamprey and friends have rolled into the Valley Isle to uncover unique drinking specialties and time-honored cocktail traditions.

You may watch Lamprey tour Hawaii's popular tourist island, where he taps his own beer at Maui Brewing Co., samples Island 808 Vodka at Leilani’s on the Beach and learns about kava root at Wow Wee Maui Kava Bar and Grill.

“The HDNet series features Lamprey and his drinking buddy Steve McKenna as they travel the US in search of the local drinks and drinking customs that have contributed to the birth, growth and distinction of our great country. Definitely a road trip unlike any other, Lamprey and McKenna travel to cities like Monterey, Miami, Tampa, Cape Cod, Washington D.C., Seattle, Santa Barbara and Aspen among many others,” says the press release.

The Westin Maui Resort & Spa was also a big part of the episode.

“We were thrilled to be chosen as the host hotel of the Maui show and created unique experiences for Zane to enjoy during his visit, including a pampering stay in our Luxury Suite with unparalleled views of the resort pools and the ocean from the three balconies of the suite,” says Westin’st food & beverage director Nathan Davis.

Among the highlights that will be featured in the show include cocktail making sessions at the resort’s signature Tropica Restaurant & Bar as well as Wailele Polynesian Luau.

“It was most interesting as Zane was fun, spontaneous and open to trying something new and exciting. I enjoyed his witty humor as he and his co-host Steve sampled Okolehao, a locally-made liqueur from Haleakala Distillers which we ended using to create Tropica’s unique cocktail called Okole Wow,” says the resort’s bartender Fred Sconfienza who is well-known at Tropica Bar.

At the resort’s Wailele Polynesian Luau, Steve learned fire-knife dancing from third-generational fire knife dance performer Tavita Taueetia while Zane took on the challenge of creating an award-winning Mai Tai with resort bartender Junior Bumanglag.

Using locally-made Maui Pineapple Rum that has rum infused with Maui-grown pineapples and sugar cane, the resort’s refreshing sustainable cocktail called “Your Tai, Mai Tai” isn’t replicated elsewhere and is served at all restaurants and bars at the resort including at the highly popular luau dinner show.

Zane was also enjoyed a catamaran cruise aboard Gemini Catamaran Cruises as well as his first stand-up paddleboard session off Ka’anapali Beach, facing the resort.


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