Yesterday evening (July 16th), Louisiana Office of Tourism held a Libations & Lagniappe Virtual Happy Hour, where the tourism board's very own mixologist demonstrated some Louisiana inspired cocktails.
Joanne Scalamogna, LOT's Canadian representative, hosted the event along with her Louisiana colleagues.
As a thank you, the first 25 individuals to register for the event received a special surprise in the mail from Louisiana Tourism, including a Louisiana Feed Your Soul face mask, branded drinking cups, drink mixes, jigger, bottle opener and other goodies.
Louisiana loves Canada
Louisiana’s Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser joined the Zoom session with a heartfelt message to Canadians.
"I have a long history there (in Canada). I have a lot of friends and lot of love for Canada," Nungesser said. "I want to welcome you all back when we’re all able to travel again. We’re going to keep the gumbo hot and beer cold, so when you’re ready to travel, come see us here in Louisiana. Thanks for being great ambassadors for Louisiana. Our doors are always open, we love Canada.”
The Lt. Gov. also shared that on July 1st, to celebrate Canada Day, the government lit up the Governor’s house and the Louisiana Superdome in red and white.
Currently, Louisiana Tourism's branded “Feed Your Soul” face masks are also being handed out at the welcome centres, state parks and museums. For those who like to come in their campers, if coming for three nights, the fourth night will be provided for free at the state parks with all kinds of other giveaways available.
Try a taste of Louisiana
Jennifer Berthelot, director of communications at Louisiana Office of Tourism joined mixologist, Tin Le, on screen from Baton Rouge’s The Estuary at The Water Campus.
With the Mississippi River visible in the background, Le created a series of special cocktails, including America’s first cocktail, the iconic Sazerac, prepared and infused with the state’s finest local ingredients.
Tin Le is a Vietnamese-American, born and raised in New Orleans. He currently mixes at the Pontchartrain Hotel in both the Hot Tin and Bayou Bar, as well as the Vintage Rock Club.
Berthelot also shared that The Sazerac House, located on Canal Street on the edge of the historic French Quarter, reopened to the public on July 1st, with social distancing and other restrictions in place.
This interactive and state-of-the-art museum dedicated to the famous Sazerac cocktail opened in fall 2019 to take visitors through the history of cocktail culture in New Orleans. Visitors will have an immersive experience learning the methods of distilling whiskey, tasting bitters and even make their own Sazerac cocktail.
While the state is known for its Cajun and Creole cuisine, it also offers its fair share of Libation trails with opportunities for visitors to explore numerous craft breweries, wineries and distilleries. For anyone planning on visiting Louisiana, Berthelot recommends planning your route well before arriving.
As the evening went on, Berthelot invited all attendees to grab their glasses and raise a toast.
"We're going to raise a glass to you, to Louisiana, and to Canada, and everything that our partnership means together," Berthelot said.
“We look forward to welcoming back our Canadian visitors when it’s time to travel again," concluded Scalamogna.
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