Television host, comedian, and drinking enthusiast, Zane Lamprey likes to say that he has the best job in the world and we're not about to argue with him. With four seasons of the hilarious international drinking travelogue Three Sheets under his belt and a new series called Drinking Made Easy, a U.S. tour of prime drinking locales airing on HDNet, Lamprey travels the world seeking out all things boozy. Recently back from a trip to Mexico, Lamprey sat down to talk tequila with us.
When asked about his favorite spots to enjoy all things agave, Lamprey voted for El Carmen in Los Angeles, arguably home to the country's largest selection of tequila, but he also gave a shoutout to Santa Fe's Maria's Mexican Kitchen for real margaritas made by jolly old timer owner Al Lucero.
Seeking out the best tequilas isn't necessarily a matter of going for the priciest bottle. Lamprey encouraged us to trust our guts and taste, taste, taste, discerning the difference between brands to choose the tequila that's best suited to you.
Not a fan of the acidic salt and lime chaser, Lamprey prefers sangrita, which acts much more as an accompaniment than a palate wiper. This traditional combination of tomato juice, chile, and orange juice is prefect for sipping alongside blanco and añejo tequilas. Get the recipe »
And of course we had to ask the inevitable question—how does one combat the dreaded tequila hangover?
After shooting an episode of Three Sheets in Jalisco, Mexico, the birthplace of tequila, Lamprey went with the local morning-after remedy, the torta ahogada a.k.a. drowned sandwich. It's a crisp roll filled with fried pork and drowned in a super spicy chile-vinegar sauce, served sopping wet with onions and radishes. Lamprey said that in Mexico the general consensus is that the best way to cure a hangover is to eat it away and in this case, to sweat it out.
And if the torta doesn't do the trick, another shot of tequila probably will.
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