King of Cocktails: Paul Zahn

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

 Paul Zahn is an On-Air Host, Journalist, and Entertaining Expert. He has developed and marketed beverage brands with everyone from Fergie to 50 Cent to Pitbull. He has also worked on iconic spirit brands like Absolut Vodka, Malibu Rum, Disaronno, and Midori. 

As an on-air host, Paul hosted and produced for Time Warner Cable for two years. He covered premieres, press junkets and events for the media conglomerate. He was also a contributor to OK! TV/Celebrity Page TV as a part of their Entertaining Team. In 2014, Paul was a part of the Yahoo/Coca Cola Pre Show at The American Music Awards. He co-¬hosted the live show with celebrities like Lance Bass, Kandi Burruss and Jordin Sparks, as produced by Dick Clark Productions.   

Paul currently writes for The Daily Dish and The Feast at BravoTV.com as their West Coast Reporter. He contributes to Gotham Magazine, LA Confidential Magazine, and Vegas Magazine. His interview with Kourtney Kardashian for LA Confidential Magazine was one of the most visited stories on the site in 2016.

We chatted with Paul about hosting the perfect Zoom happy hour, simple cocktails you can make at home (that are perfectly acceptable day or night), his worst red carpet experience, his time in Broadway Bares, and even tackled serious topics like homophobia in entertainment news and body issues. We also coined the perfect tagline for 2020 - Just Get By. LOL  

This is metro source minis, the official podcast to Metro source magazine and home of short form interviews with your favorite personalities from the lgbtq world and beyond. Quick, Fun and informative. It's metro source on the go, out in proud since one thousand nine hundred and ninety. Well, hello, hello, this is metro source minis. I'm your host, lead writer for Metro Source Magazine, Alexander Rodriguez, and we are on the verge of the holidays and the New Year and we're going to be stuck at home. So what about my cocktails? Well, today I'm chatting with the King of cocktails, MR pobs on pause. On is an on air host, journalist and entertaining expert. Is developed and marketed beverage brands with everyone from Fergi to fifty cent to pit bull. is also worked on iconic spirit brands like absolute vodka, Malibu, Ram Dissol, runo and Medory. And it's an on air host. He has hosted and produced for time order cable. For two years. He covered premiers, press junk itts and events for the media conglomers. He was also a contributor to okay TV celebrity pagetv as part of their entertaining team and in two thousand and fourteen he was part of the young Cocacola PREX show at the American music awards, Co hosting the live show with celebrities like last Bass, Candy Burus and Jordan sparks, as produced by Dick Clark productions. When you have time, ask me about his interview with Jeremy Pavano. He currently writes for the daily dish and the Feast Up Bravo tvcom and as our west coast reporter, and he contributes to Gotham magazine, La Confidential Magazine and Vegas magazine. His interview with Courtney Kardashian for La Confidential magazine was one of the most visited stories on the side in two thousand and sixteen. His press appearances have included television shows across the nation, as well as appeared in many, many magazines, including our very own holiday issue of Metro source magazine. Please welcome Mr Pauls on. Hi, how are you good? How are you? I'm good. I'm good. I'm getting festive. I'm getting ready for these holidays, I'm getting ready for New Year's Eve. I'm getting ready for ...

...two thousand and twenty one. So I'm going to be ready, you know. I mean, well, I don't even know what day it is or what time it is, so I just know the holidays are approaching and I mean we're going to talk about how we can celebrate at home. But I want to know, you know you work with a lot of major alcohol brands. What is going on with alcohol sales during covid and how is it affecting the marketing of these big brands? So obviously liquor sales are booming because people are spending more time at home. They're going to the liquors for the grocery store, CVUS, wherever, to buy more wine, more liquor. So those sales are up. However, the on premise world, like bars, nightclubs, restaurants, that's completely sort of been washed away, even with kiles to go. So people are really enjoying cocktails, enduring wine, enjoying luscious libations at home. So that's sort of what's happening with that. In doing that, a lot of brands of too doing virtual events, in virtual trainings and stuff like that. So I just recently did an event where we did with Hormel we had Taylor Dane, we had boys to men, we had a coutelto real bemed, your own friends giving. So hormel brought in some major chefts to teach how to do side dishes. We had MIA from bar rescue teach us how to do a cocktail. So it's really about still engaging with everybody in fun spirited way, but at home. So these four walls have seen a lot of booze go down in the past. Well, my four walls, I've seen a lot of booze go down, but nothing as quite as luxurious. Are like celebrity field as that. It's just me and Netflix, not loot. Hey, we do what we can do this here. That's what I say of twenty two money. It's like you get by, how you get by, whether Netflix chill and beer or just netflix chill and inedible Hey, I've had all night. I love that slogan. Two Thousand and twenty get by now. Entertainment, though, has been a big part of your life. You performed and off Broadway. You also performed with Broadway bears for quite a number of years. What about working in the theater...

...world kind of has helped you developed your red carpet and celebrity interaction skills. What? What? What aspects from theater really really aid you in that? Yes, so I spent so much of my childhood, in my s as a performer doing commercial off Broadway, doing stuff like that. So the first rule when you're improving is to always say yes, and so that really prepared me to go do live TV, interview celebrities live to, you know, do the segments that we're doing at home, because you never know a question you're going to get from a journalist, say if you're doing KTLA morning news. They could throw you a curveball and you have to be ready. So those years of Improv classes, those years of, you know, doing musical theater, doing acting and all that really is prepared me to just be a roll with the punches type of guy when it comes to doing on air segments or stufat or rooms celebrities. As you know, it can go a little left the time. It can go so many different ways and just never know. Okay, so I'll but all of those naked bodies in Broadway bears with the hottest actors of the stage. Are there any SHENANIGAN's backstage? There are definitely Shenanigan's backstage. So there are two. There were two shows, so there was an earlier show and then there was a later show. So in the t two shows, Jerry Mitchell, who's the choreographer, would have everybody gather around and there would be a ceremonial shot. So once the booze enters after the first show, in the second show, sometimes the girls PECs don't stay on. People get a little loops yours truly included, so there might be some makeout sessions. I went up to Cindy lauper and was like trying to give her a hug but I was covered in literally like touch me, but you look cute. So you know, it's just chaos and in it was at Roseland Ball Room then, which is now turned into, you know, apartment buildings in New York City. Once, like every other nightclub and situation in New York, there's a ton of energy in the room, a ton of energy in between between shows and with such a great creative energy. And it was all to raise money for Broadway care's equity fights eight, which...

...is one of my favorite charities. So you're saying people should check out the second show. Of the day. Then I say to both it's charity. You're doing charity work people, so go to both into a shot of Tequila, you know, at a bar next or and then all the sun show. Why not? Yeah, you know, to tell me twice. You're also an entertainment news reporter for Bravo TV. With everyone under lockdown, how do you find celebrity news and goings on during this time, I mean, what's trending celebrity wise during covid well, I recently again. Publications, much like bars and restaurants, are really having to pivot. So, like last week, I work with Ellie Cooponen magazine and I interviewed Kayley Quoco. So we did an ig live where, you know, fans of Kayley's and fans of the magazine could jump on and ask questions. For those of you who don't know, Kaylee has a really great be a mat show right now called the flight attendant, which everybody has to check out. She's so great and she's exactly to produced it. So we just hopped on that IG live. I made a little lilay sprits and we stip to drink and Kayley gave me all the tea on what it was like producing this show. You know, shooting during covid stopping to shoot and then having to start overshooting, traveling the world during two thousand and twenty. So you know, occations are really shifting and pivoting during this time to the way that we're meeting celebrities, in the way that we're chatting Alex, you know, you know you're you're the king of Zoom, you're the queen of Zoom, you're the queen of sky, the king site whatever. You know, it's just your role with the punches, you get the little tidbit and you move on. You know, I love Kaylee and the fight attendant is is it's everybody's favorite new show. I just haven't forgiven her yet for ruining charmed hmm m waits in a charmed. She was the last. He's a charmed anyway. But it's fine. So on this serious note, you know, representation with the LGBTQ community in terms of hosting has gotten so good on all these different networks. You know,...

...we have everywhere from Ross Matthews to people on e entertainment news and on the morning show. What has been your experience? Have you ever experienced homophobia, because when you first hit the scene it wasn't quite as acceptable or even just out there as it is now. Yeah, I mean it's been an interesting ride. I mean I've been in the show business world now for, you know, close to twenty years, so things have really changed and shifted. As a host, you know, I've had some talent managers that were sort of like, Oh, you know, can you butcher it up for this audition for a hosting Gig, or can you, you know, like be a little bit more from boring for this? They're looking for that. So a challenge for me is that I'm just me and this is who I am and this is who I present. So I can read a teleprompter or I can write copy, I can do everything a host can do. I can produce. So people need a word to shift or change or do something, it typically doesn't work well for me because then I feel like it's forced. So I'm sure I missed out on jobs and stuff like that. But I what's so important to me is being true to myself, and it was being my joyful self and and I think it has changed and there is a lot of representation on television now that's so great. So I think things are going to be changing even more as like we go into next year and everything like that. So, yeah, well, and being true to yourself. We talked about this in the magazine article. We talked about body image. You know, during Covid we're all kind of gaining our covid quarantine car pounds, but you're continually still on camera. You're appearing on morning shows and all types of shows and you're doing these celebrity tasting so body image is still very, you know, part of your job, so to speak. And we know, coming from the LGBTQ community, we have our own body issues and body pressures going on. Even though there's this kind of message of body positivity, at the end of the day, I still don't think we're quite there. How have you dealt with that kind of playing with body image, being a gay man, being on camera all the time, but also being stuck at...

...home next to refrigerator? Well, yeah, next to my refrigerator. Well, for me things have changed a lot because when I was in my s, I was doing, you know, shows like Broadway. There as I was in the donkey show, which was an Offroa show that we were literally like a pair of Panties and I worked for to exists as a model. So there was so much more pressure on me and my s to stay on top of you know how I looked the barely I boes on. But now that I'm not in my twenties and my last agent was like, you don't need to, you don't need to worry about your body anymore because you're not going to be disrobing. To say host the American musical words preach I with Candy Birth. So I do think that there's a lot of pressure for the way that people look, whether you're on camera or just say, a gay man. So during quarantine and during two thousand and twenty, my whole thought is like you do what you can do. If you gain a few pounds because your comfort eating a little because we're trapped in our homes, give yourself a break, like, don't beat yourself up. I mean if you're having, you know, that milkshake at night to make yourself a little comfortable, that's fine. You can only do so much in a time like two thousand and twenty. So I think it's all about your mental health too. So if you can get outside, I've been doing walks every day to beverly hills. It's like a soccer mom walk. I but get the arm felling gives me that momentum and I'm like, I did a forty five minute walk today. I'm like, I said, of the year old woman, but I'm like I did something, I got out removed. So I think we have to like cut ourselves a little flack, especially in two thousand and twenty, with like body image and stuff like that, because we're so limited, especially here in yea, southern California, where Jim's have really opens in March. Yeah, and that that is very true. And of course we're in socal so every postmates driver looks like a model, by the way. So if you need to call postmates just for a little just for a little glimpse of beauty, that's also part of it too. Okay, I want to talk about my favorite subject, which isn't, course, cocktails. Okay, now, I love a well crafted cocktail with ingredients and garnishes at a bar,...

...but at home, if there's like more than three ingredients or all these steps, I'm just not going to do it because I just don't have that patient same thing with any kind of food recipe, but what are some of the quickest ways to spruce up a drink at home using our everyday home ingredients that are just very simple, that that even I can do. Okay, so first up, coffee cocktails are having a resurgence right now. So I have a really great riff on a classic cocktail and it involves a little diy elements. So what you do is you take some coffee grinds that you've used and you take a little bit of like rum that you have laying around, or you can do this with a butt. We're going to do is you're going to infuse the vodka or rum with the coffee grinds to really get the most out of those coffee grinds for like three or four days, and then what you're going to do is you're going to make a fun little revolver cocktails. So it's like two ounces of that coffee and huse Bourbon and then just one ounce of a coffee liqueur, like Mr Black, which is a great coffee Laqueur. So what you do is you just put those with them both some ice, you shake it and then you put it over a nice fresh rock and Nice, you know, ice cube and it's a great stared forward Zipper for this time of year, because we are in socal but for those of you watching and it sort of pull their climates, this is a great like fireplace going a nice throw around you, a furry throw. It's like the perfect winter cocktail. So it's really about using stuff that you have at home and elevate. Another great idea is putting cocktails into Mason Jars and then dropping them at your friends houses so you can hop off home together, because, you know all we're all a little fatigued, you know we're from doing all these zooms, but this is a great way that you can do that. So take that cocktail, put it in a Mason Jar, don't put the ice in, drop it at their door and then you can chat through people, chat through with people how to be an at home mixology as a cocktail revolver. I really like that idea and plus, you know it, you can make it, as you're, a Christmas card or your Christmas gift.

That's a really great idea. Now let's talk about happy hour's dooms. When we first went under lockdown, everybody was doing happy hour zooms every day. I mean I was doing it and then I kind of hit a wall and I'm just like it got kind of boring and then you didn't really know what to say. What are some of your tips for hosting a Great Zoom Happy Hour? And I think starting off by dropping off drinks to friends it's great. But during during the happy hour, Zuom, what kind of tips do you have for being a good houst? Absolutely absolutely so. Tip One is I really like them up with them. So obviously it's the holiday time, so that's a great theme, all things holiday. But over the summer I was like, how can we get a little bit more creative, and so I came up with like a tropical theme. So what I did was I pocked off some ma saw tails with some it was again some Ram. There's some pineapple juice in there. So I did little tikey cocktails that I dropped at people's houses, and you could also stick with that theme throughout the entire sort of new situation. And the number two tip is you want to appoint a host, because you don't want everybody talking over each other. You want to have somebody really leading it and that host will sort of go through a guided schedule for everything and my first tip is why not bring in an expert? We all know some expert in some capacity in our lives, whether it's a meditation coach, whether it's a yoga instructor a psychic. And if you're doing, say, a tropical theme, right know somebody that's a Hula Dancer or somebody that can do, you know, something fun like within the tropical realm, so you can be transported to Hawaii for like a little Luau situation. So you bring in that expert to sort of do what there fur teas is really switch things up so it's not just everybody sitting talking to each other. And the last tip is come up with the fun game. There are so many fun games that you can do, whether it's pictionary. I took some paper like this and I literally just tasted it up behind me when I was doing one and we played a fun game of Pictionary. Again, stuff you're laying around the house. Super Easy and Super Fun and budget friendly, because we're all on a budget. I really, really love those ideas. Of course, like Strip Trivia is not good on zoom because they'll shut you...

...down. I learned that the hard Oh Gol yes, now still anything now. Well, what is your drink of choice? I mean you you work with so many different alcohol types, but what is your goat to just every day drink? I have been recently obsessed with Espresso Martinis again, coffee cocktails, and it's super easy and it's a good pick me up. So it's one part espresso, one part coffee, look or like Mr Black Hawk war, and then one part vodka. So you just shake those up poured into a Martini. You know, after a long day you might want to drink, but you also want a little bit of that, you know, pick me up with the caffeine. So it's a super easy drinking I think making one together at some point soon now, like so you stand by Fbuleus, and I love the coffee element because then you know if you want to have it in the morning, it's okay, exactly. Breakfast, the breakfast situation, breakfast of champions. All right, Paul, are you ready to play a little rapid fire? Yes, okay. What cocktail would you serve at Joe Biden's inauguration party? Oh, I would do like a fun champagne Lele a sprints. Okay, yeah, yeah, I love that. What would the name of your own vodka be? It would be Paul Vodka. That's a very exciting well, I would never start my own liquor line. I would buy it, though. I would definitely buy it. Okay, okay, Anyway, Best I drank too much story, Oh God, my best, one of my best I drank too much stories was the time that I got Adele, who was underage, drunk during an out one hundred events in New York City before she was famous. So she just wanted liquor, liquor, liquor, and I just kept giving her liquor and that I was she's like you drink with me, and then we ended up getting schinnock heard at the end, by the end of the event, and then I realized that her album was nineteen and she was nineteen, which is not legal drinking age...

...in the United States. So I mean, I think that I wasn't arrested. That's a great story. What what is your worst celebrity red carpet moment? Probably Jeremy Piven. Jeremy Piven was pretty intolerable when I use him for entourage the movie. He I made one flow of saying that the movie was going to be released on demand, and he's like no, it's not, and then he turned to his managers, like is this going to be Baba bad? He's like no, and then he just walked off mide interview. So you know, that was probably one of my least favorite encounters with the celebrity. But Um, yeah, well, a lot of people have bad piven stories. I mean yeah, yeah, even as bank teller, his grocer, his mother, everybody is a bad pipers coast takes driver. Probably, yes, it's like no, God, it's pivot again. Right. Who's your celebrity crush? Michael Liberty, crossed is Ricky Martin? Oh, he gets better with age. He's like an Espresso Martini. He's like a little refine with a little kick, MMM, a little growing up. Yes, I love you to loca. Okay, Paul, tell everybody where you want them to find you and follow you. Everybody. Follow me on Instagram, at Paul's on twitter, I cam Paul's on and Paul's oncom and feel free to dm you with questions about cocktails, events, diy, everything like that. And Cheers to two thousand and twenty and double cheers to two thousand and twenty one everyone. I I love that. Thank you so much Paul. This has been my chat with Paul's on and you can read my in depth interview with him in the current issue, our holiday issue of Metro source on newstance nationally or go to Metro sourcecom. And that's our episode. I'm your host, lead writer for Metro source, Alexander Rodriguez. You can find me on instagram at Alexanders on air. Until next time, stay true and do you boom? That has been another metro source mini like share, subscribe on your favorite podcast player and check out the latest issue of Metro source magazine...

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