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

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The Presenters

The dynamic individuals who will make your experience unforgettable

Elizabeth Pearce


Elizabeth Pearce, founder and owner of Drink & Learn, is a Louisiana native and drinks historian who tells the story of New Orleans through its iconic beverages. She is a regular convention speaker on this topic. She is the Education Specialist for the Sazerac Liquor Company’s historic brands and the Drinks Curator of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum. Prior to creating Drink & Learn, Pearce was the founding Senior Curator of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum.

She is the author of Drink Dat New Orleans: A Guide to the Best Cocktail Bars, Neighborhood Pubs and All Night Dives, and a co-author of The French Quarter Drinking Companion, a guidebook to the many bars of the French Quarter. She has contributed to Saveur, Gastronomica, and other national publications and appears on local New Orleans station, WGNO, in recurring drinks history segments. She keeps her desk messy and whiskey neat.


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 and cultural 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
Tiki drink author and Owner, Latitude 29

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

While many presentations do a great job of educating about drink history, Elizabeth Pearce really steals the show by injecting the passion and showmanship you’d expect from a true New Orleanian. She brings to life the finer aspects of cocktail culture that appeal to so many of us.

Steven Yamada
President, United States Bartender's Guild New Orleans Chapter

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
Owner, Eventualizers event services consultation

…so what are you waiting for?

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Drink Dat New Orleans

A Guide to the Best Cocktail Bars, Neighborhood Pubs, and All-Night Dives

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, Drink Dat New Orleans: A Guide to the Best Cocktail Bars, Neighborhood Pubs, and All-Night Dives. A series of short narratives disguised as a guidebook, this book meanders through the entire Crescent City; from historic establishments to celebrated neighborhood joints to late-night dives, it’s all here. Get your copy today!

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Buy Drink Dat from your local book store

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Our Partners

The wonderful organizations that make the experiences possible

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