Lara Vella from today’s show downs a blue cocktail as she speaks to fans for State of Origin

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It’s five o’clock somewhere! Today host Lara Vella drinks cocktails live on air at 6:30am as she speaks to rowdy NSW fans ahead of the State of Origin opener

The stage is set for Wednesday night’s State of Origin clash between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons.

And it seems no one is more excited for kick-off than Today show reporter Lara Vella downing a cocktail live at 6:30 a.m.

The 34-year-old journalist toasts the Origin opener by sipping a large blue cocktail while interviewing the manager of a 24-hour bar at The Star Sydney.

It’s five o’clock somewhere! Today, at 6:30 am, reporter Lara Vella sipped a blue cocktail live while speaking to rowdy NSW fans at a Sydney bar ahead of the State of Origin opener

“I want to introduce you to John. He is the location manager and he came up with something special for us. It’s a Blues-themed cocktail,” she said.

Lara was surrounded by a crowd of rowdy NSW fans, while a group of cheerleaders performed a routine in the background.

“I’ll take a sip of this,” the reporter declared, taking a sip from the straw.

Get the party started!  Lara was surrounded by a crowd of NSW supporters as a group of cheerleaders performed a routine in the background

Get the party started! Lara was surrounded by a crowd of NSW supporters as a group of cheerleaders performed a routine in the background

She immediately grimaced after tasting the alcoholic drink and said afterwards, “That’s rocket fuel, yes!”

Lara’s on-air antics have made headlines over the years, the most memorable being in September 2019 when she abruptly walked away from the set during a weather broadcast.

Forced to cut her report card to catch a flight, she dramatically threw her script up in the air, and rushed off the set to get to the airport on time.

You get hair on your chest!  She immediately grimaced after tasting the alcoholic drink and said to the camera,

You get hair on your chest! She immediately grimaced after tasting the alcoholic drink and said to the camera, “That’s rocket fuel, yes!”

“Guys, that’s it for me, because I have to go to the airport and we’re going to Bowen, and this week you’ll see everything from redheads, snags, mangoes…that’s all I have to say!” announced Lara.

“I’ll let you read the rest of the weather. I’m out of here, guys. That’s a good tease,” she added.

Lara’s colleagues, Deborah Knight, Georgie Gardner, and Tom Steinfort, were amazed at her sudden departure.

“I thought you were here for the day. God damn it, clocked out? At least you work. Thank you, Lara!’ said Deborah, laughing.

Despite her co-hosts being surprised, Lara’s farewell seems to have been a light-hearted joke for its entertainment value.

“I’m outta here!” Lara’s playful on-air antics have made headlines over the years, the most memorable being in September 2019 when she abruptly walked away from the set during a weather broadcast (pictured)

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