Every drinker had to start somewhere. That first favorite cocktail that set them on the long road to boozing. That mixed drink that back then they’d proudly order at those first few bars, but now they may hang their head in embarrassment. But they shouldn’t be ashamed. Back then we started drinking for different reasons, whether to feel grown-up or get wasted.
For me, my first default cocktail was the White Russian. Back in my early days of drinking I was big into coffee, especially those sweet coffee drinks. I’m not embarrassed by it now, as it’s still one of my favorites, especially a well-crafted White Russian!
But what was YOUR first favorite cocktail? I asked some pro drinkers and here are their answers:
Josh Goldman, mixologist for Acabar: “Gin and tonic.”
Randy Clemens, author of The Sriracha Cookbook: “Tom Collins. It was probably the first cocktail I ever had, to be honest. A cute friend of mine was drinking one and offered me a sip. I liked the bitter component and the botanicals, but it was the sweet finish that undoubtedly appealed to me. I later grew up and went on to love martinis, gin gimlets, and of course gin & tonics!”
Krissy Lefebvre aka @FrenchChefWife: “White Russian followed by a melon ball. Oh the headaches.”
Joey Bernardo, Harvard & Stone bartender: “A baby Guinness shot. All. Fucking. Day. Long.”
Matthew Robold, RumDood: “Gin & Tonic. Then rum & coke. Then White Russian. Then I went to St. Lucia and was ruined forever.”
Lacey Murillo, formerly of 1886: “Tom Collins. First one I learned to make for my parents as a wee thing. First one I got sick on. They are still delish.”
Maya Meinert, Shop Eat Sleep blogger: “Jack & Ginger, which usually meant Jack with Coke and Sprite mixed together.”