Your Brain Gets Thirsty, Too

So treat it to the most unique and delicious history class around!

Enjoy the stories of New Orleans while drinking the cocktails that put it on the map.
Enjoy the stories of New Orleans while drinking the cocktails that put it on the map.

Drink & Learn experiences are themed, interactive presentations that uses famous drinks and ingredients to tell the rich history of New Orleans. Join cocktail historian Elizabeth Pearce at unique locations all around town as she regales you with tales of rum, rebellion, whiskey, prohibition and more!

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The Experiences

Sate your curiosity and slake your thirst all at once!

Each Drink & Learn Experience immerses the attendee in the history of New Orleans and the South by way of famous cocktails and their ingredients. Each drink sampled by visitors plays an integral role in telling the story of the city and the region.

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The Cocktail Tour

Experience the French Quarter’s most famous landmarks while you hear about the people who gave the city its rich character and sip on the drinks that carry their stories.

Notable stops along the way include the Pharmacy Museum, Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, and the Port of New Orleans.

This tour does not stop at any bars; however, the price includes several cocktails and punches, so you will never have to pull out your wallet to buy a drink!

Drinks include

  • St. Charles Hotel Punch
  • Sazerac
  • Hurricane
  • Praline Liquor

The New Orleans Experience

Visitors to this indoor Experience will hear the history of New Orleans while sipping on drinks that embody every part of its story. Hear about its French origins, through its halcyon days as an American jewel on the Mississippi. Find out how New Orleanians survived Prohibition and how a notorious Louisiana governor kept his favorite New Orleans bartender on call, even when travelling out of state. The New Orleans Experience takes place in the lavishly renovated Empire Bar of Broussard’s Restaurant.

Drinks include

  • Sazerac
  • Ramos Gin Fizz
  • St. Charles Hotel Punch
  • Master Lemonadier

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The Presenters

The dynamic individuals who will make your experience unforgettable

Elizabeth Pearce

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Elizabeth Pearce is a Louisiana native and culinary historian who tells the story of New Orleans through its food and drink—and the local customs that surround them and is a regular convention speaker on these topics.

She is the co-author of The French Quarter Drinking Companion, a guidebook to the many bars of the French Quarter. Her blog, Open Tab, explores drinking culture across the country.

Testimonials

The word on the streets… of New Orleans

Fantastic New Orleans history through delicious cocktails…I’d do it all over again just for the Sazerac I get to drink while freshening up on my city’s history.

Chris Hannah
Bartender, Arnaud’s French 75

Drink & Learn isn’t just for drinkers: in addition to fascinating New Orleans cocktail lore, Elizabeth provides equally fascinating historical, cultural, and even architectural context that makes the two hours pass like minutes. Her knowledge is encyclopedic and her enthusiasm is infectious. Her drinks are good, too!

Jeff “The Beachbum” Berry
Vintage tiki drink author

Drink & Learn was well informed and highly entertaining. You also get better cocktails than you would in most bars.

T. Cole Newton
Bartender and Owner, Twelve Mile Limit

Elizabeth is one of my favorite people to share a drink with.

Todd Price
Drinks Editor, The Times Picyune

I have always enjoyed the delicious cocktails that New Orleans is famous for, but Elizabeth Pearce’s encyclopedic knowledge of the subject makes me feel more connected to the town and it’s history.

Michael Costantini
Head Chef, Satsuma

Drink & Learn is inspired by brilliant storytelling and fueled by some pretty darn good drinks. Whether you be a bartender, a cocktail nerd, a local, a tourist, or just someone who loves this city and our rich drinking culture, Drink & Learn will prove to be an afternoon well spent.

Steven Yamada
Bartender, Tivoli & Lee

While anyone can stroll through the French Quarter with a drink in hand, Elizabeth Pearce mixes history and folklore with a heap of personality to create an unforgettable experience.

Nick Nevares
Event Experiences Director, Solomon Group

…so what are you waiting for?

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The French Quarter Drinking Companion

A guide to the 100 best spots in America’s most notable neighborhood.

Get ready to drink and learn on the go!
Get ready to drink and learn on the go!

When she’s not creating and giving Drink & Learn Experiences, owner Elizabeth Pearce writes about drinking culture in New Orleans. Be sure to check out her newest book, The French Quarter Drinking Companion: a guide to the 100 best spots in America’s most notable neighborhood.

A series of short narratives disguised as a guidebook, this book meanders through the highs (and lows) of storied drinking establishments throughout this famed neighborhood. Co-authors Elizabeth Pearce, Allison Allsup and Richard Read weave stories that reflect on atmosphere, significance, and tattoo motifs present at each watering hole.

To find more information about the book,as well as where to purchase it, visit The French Quarter Drinking Companion’s website. You can also sign up for Drink & Learn’s email newsletter (below) and receive updates on the upcoming book tour schedule. Cheers!

Our Partners

The wonderful organizations that make the experiences possible

  • Sazerac Whiskey Company
  • Vacherie Restaurant
  • Southern Food and Beverage Museum