Drinks With Paul Zahn, Entertaining Expert, TV Host & Writer

Just like you, we miss drinks with friends. Instead of letting ‘shelter in place’ stop us, each week we're asking some of our favorite people in food, wine, art, and culture how they’re surviving these cRaZy TiMeS and, of course, find out what they’re drinking right now.

If you’d like to join us for a drink, we provide links to some of our go-to online wine shops.

Drinks With Paul Zahn

Paul Zahn
Paul Zahn is an Entertaining Expert, TV Host and Writer. He has created events for A-list celebrities like Pitbull, Fergie, 50 Cent and many of those zany Real Housewives of Bravo TV. As a host, Paul was a part of the Entertaining Team at Celebrity Page TV, appeared on E! News, and appears regularly on regional broadcast programs sharing DIY tips, tricks and cocktail recipes. As a reporter, Paul has interviewed everyone from George Clooney to Jennifer Garner to Sir Ben Kingsley to Kourtney Kardashian. Paul fancies himself an isolation libation during this time of quarantine! He has been spending his time creating cocktails with a wide range of liqueurs from Disaronno to Zucca Amaro (negroni riffs, hello!) And Tia Maria.

3 words to describe you in your current state: 
Optimistic, cheerful and unmanicured.

Current song on repeat: 
I’ll Be Your Shelter by Taylor Dayne

Any tips or hacks you’ve found useful during Shelter in Place? 
I have been using this time in isolation to come up with fun DIY tips and hacks to help elevate people’s at home experiences. For example, I have been infusing various spirits and liqueurs with different items from my kitchen cabinet to make some fun cocktails. I recently infused some bourbon with coffee grinds, mixed it with Tia Maria coffee liqueur and crafted a tasty classic cocktail - the Revolver. The grinds were up cycled so it is a fun tip that’s a bit sustainable. I also infused some Disaronno with some cinnamon sticks and added some rum for a fun martini - perfect for poolside sipping! It’s called the The Nutty Jamaican!

What are you currently reading, watching, listening to?
Unorthodox was a very compelling show on Netflix that dives into the world of one woman who is escaping her life and fleeing to Germany. It is a quick watch and definitely worth your time. I also watched Cheer - which was super cute. I never knew cheerleaders were so hardcore! The docuseries and Unorthodox are based on real life stories - I love being a voyuer into other people’s lives. I am nosey like that!

Post COVID plan or something you’re missing most? 
I have a big birthday coming up and had a destination trip planned with a stop over to see my parents. I miss my parents and want to see them asap. I also miss being around people at events!

My favorite time to drink wine is...
When the sun goes down!

What are you drinking now?
I am currently drinking a Disaronno Sour! Made with fresh sour mix and an egg white…so basically its a protein shake.

Can you share a recipe for your favorite cocktail? 
Amaretto Sour 
  • 1½ oz Disaronno
  • ¾ oz Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • 1 tsp simple syrup
  • ½ oz egg white, lightly beaten
  1. Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake without ice or
  2. Shake well with cracked ice.
  3. Strain over fresh ice in an old fashioned glass
  4. Garnish with lemon peel and brandied cherries, if desired.
  5. Serve and grin like an idiot as your friends freak out.


Online Wine Shops 

Verve NYC- www.vervewine
Chambers St. Wines, NYC- www.chambersstwines.com
Tribeca Wine Merchants- www.tribecawine.com
K&L Wine Merchants- www.klwines.com
DomaineLA- www.domainela.com
Granada Grocery, SLO- www.granadagroceryslo.com