Okay RHU, here's my story. I'm one of those sheltered people who had never had an alcoholic beverage throughout my youth. Well, minus a sip or two of Budweiser from Grandpa's can that served as a very good deterrent to trying alcohol before I was legal. Blech! *gags*
So of course a friend of mine decided to drag me of to a bar after my 21st to introduce me to this so-called wonderful beverage. Well, as many people would attest, alcohol is an acquired taste, and I had not acquired it. She plunked me down and told me to order something.
Ch'yeah... order WHAT exactly? The bartender had no advice, and obviously she couldn't coddle me or walk me through leaving my alcoholic virginity behind since this was an active bar. So my friend decided to have me order something called a Chocolate Cake. That was a failure. Apparently it had Vodka in it, and the bartender likened it to tossing me behind the wheel at 40 mph and telling me to start driving. But she still didn't have any advice for me. Ultimately my bar visit ended with me stone cold sober, listening with a wry expression to a 60 year old boozed up man ramble drunkenly to me about... something.
P.S. Holy shit don't ever get stuck next to a man boozed up on Brandy. The aerosolized Brandy on his breath made little sparkles flash behind my eyes, and I wondered if "Contact Sloshed" was even a thing.
By now I've discovered that I like liqueurs, so at least I can look at the menu and know what to look for to try out... still pretty new to it even at 32. Mostly I put a shot of Bailey's in hot chocolate before bed, and since I'm usually driving, I don't drink during dinners out or anything.
RHU Bartenders, have you ever found yourself with a newbie to alcohol? Were any of you able to help them get started?