Slideshow: Ask a Bartender: What's The First Drink You Ever Had?

Keg, Parade, Dump Truck
Keg, Parade, Dump Truck
"The first drink I can remember having was when I was 8 or 10 years old, during the St Patrick's Day parade in Atlanta's Buckhead (a parade that no longer exists)… on the back of a 1940's-era dump truck. It was the kids' job to work the keg of Killian's Irish Red. We needed to make sure that the beer flowed smoothly, without too much foam, and that the adults always had a full beverage. We kids used our empty Coke cans for our beers.... quality control?" —John McCarthy (Whitehall, Highlands)
I'll Finish That For You...
I'll Finish That For You...
"I don’t actually remember the very first drink I had but it’s not (only) because I ended up drunk… I was approximately 5 years old and my parents told me that once they invited some guests for dinner in our house and they started by serving champagne in the living room. As they moved to the dining room, they left their half empty champagne glasses in the living room. Next thing you know, my parents found me sleeping on the sofa surrounded by completely empty glasses of champagne…" —Antoine Lecas (Juvia)
Peach Schnapps and a Ditch
Peach Schnapps and a Ditch
"Well, let's just say it involved a bottle of Peach Schnapps and a ditch. I've never had Peach Schnapps since. A curse on my teenage years!" —John Cummins (The Dawson Lounge)
A Few Sneaky Sips
A Few Sneaky Sips
"I don't want to play into the Irish stereotype – although as an Irish bartender in New York I guess I already am – but my first drink was stealing sips from my dad's beer when he wasn't looking. I also occupied my time as a young kid in the local football clubs bar by collecting glasses and helping the bar man out... there might have been a few sneaky sips taken there too." —Phil Macnamara (Pork Slope)
Mom's Rum
Mom's Rum
"My mom used to drink cokes and when I was a kid, I would run in from outside, grab her glass without asking, and take a huge gulp. She constantly warned me to not do that. One particularly hot day, I ran in, grabbed her glass and, as she yelled to put that drink down, took a large swig that I immediately spit out. Turns out, she had laced her coke with rum that day. It was incredibly unpleasant." — Elizabeth Powell (ArtBar)
Long Islands and Fuzzy Memories
Long Islands and Fuzzy Memories
"My first mixed drink made by a bartender was a Long Island Iced Tea. Embarrassing, but when your friend's father is getting them from the bar at a wedding, and you are one measly year away form drinking age, you know that are already making bad choices. Let's just say, I don't remember a lot of the reception." — Kristin Almy (Grand Café)
Midori Margs (and Skinny Dipping)
Midori Margs (and Skinny Dipping)
"First drink I ever remember having was Midori margaritas on a date in high school. It worked out very well. She and I ended up skinny-dipping in the ocean that same night. Oh, those glory days…" —Billy "Bonefish" Fannemel (Couloir Restaurant, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort)
Just Like Grandpa
Just Like Grandpa
"A sip of my grandfather's Narragansett while he was mowing the grass one summer afternoon. I think I was about 5? Really young. The experience is one that sticks with me to this day. I always idolized my grandfather and on that day I was able to pretend I was him. To this day I still enjoy a cold beer on a hot day and think about my grandfather." — Robert Ortenzio (Yardbird Southern Table & Bar)