On January 2, 2020, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. I remember sitting in the hospital shortly after being diagnosed, questioning if I’ll ever have a sip of alcohol again. Being diagnosed with T1D at 26 years old brought on new daily challenges. For me, it has meant needles, juice boxes, finger pricking, bruises, lots of blood, ignorant comments, sleepless nights, insurance battles, judgmental stares, doctor appointments, and long runs cut short. There is nothing I could have done to prevent my diagnosis, and there is no cure (yet). Without proper management of my insulin, this disease could cost me my health and my life.
Regardless of the challenges, I’m a big believer in living this life with T1D to the fullest. As it turns out, I didn’t have to give up all the foods I love, and I can still have a drink on the porch with my husband. Of course, like anyone with or without type 1, it’s important to monitor my diet and how much I have to drink.
If you’re someone with a working pancreas (congratulations), you may see me drinking a rum punch and ask, “Can you have that?” or “Should you be drinking that?”. The answer is “yes”! Due to the effect of alcohol on blood sugar, I personally prefer to stick with drinks that have a lower alcohol sugar content. However, this doesn’t mean that I can’t have those sugary drinks – it’s all about what’s right for my body at the time. Once I understand the ingredients in a drink, I adjust my insulin dosage as needed.
Being a T1D, we are so appreciative of businesses that are transparent with their ingredients and flexible if we need any accommodations. During my first experience at Happy Raptor, I decided to go for a low carb drink. The bartender worked with me to create a cocktail from scratch that I knew would be more manageable for my blood sugars. That little bit of understanding and awareness has an impact. At the end of the day, T1D is exhausting and draining. Sitting back and enjoying a cocktail on vacation without having to obsess about managing my insulin – that’s a great moment for me.
-- Alexa Moreland
TASTING ROOM HOURS
Mon-Wed | 12pm-7pm
Thurs-Sat | 12pm-8pm
Sun | 12pm-6pm
TOURS AND TASTINGS
Everyday By Appointment
Credit/Debit is preferred in the tasting room. We do not keep cash on the premises and cannot give change for cash transactions. If necessary, special arrangements can be made in advance of your visit.
1512 Carondelet Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Corner of Martin Luther King, Jr Blvd & Carondelet Street
One block off Saint Charles Ave @ Melpomene streetcar stop
Free street parking is available
Bicyclists receive 10% off
*The address may also appear on your GPS as 1512 Robert C. Blakes Sr. Drive. Never fear - you're in the right place! We are located on a renamed, two-block stretch of Carondelet Street.
Happy Raptor Distilling, LLC is a woman-owned business and a member of the Certified Louisiana network.
According to law, we never sell or promote the sale of alcohol to anyone under the age of 21.
Please drink responsibly.