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KIDS Making Cocktails?

By Jackie Burrell
Friday, March 5th, 2010 at 9:37 am in Parenting Issues.

Champagne Cocktail (Photo by Tammy Ljungblad/Kansas City Star/MCT) If you’re a foodie, an avid restaurant-goer or simply looking for fun Oscar party cocktail ideas, chances are you’ve run across Chowhound.com, the San Francisco-based, irreverent, social networky, foodie web site. (Although if it’s Oscar party ideas you’re after, you should check this out too.)

So, I was browsing Chowhound when I ran across this post by Table Manners’ columnist Helena Echlin, who attended a dinner party where – well, here I’ll let her tell it.

The other night I went to a friend’s house for dinner. Sidecars were served beforehand, and they were delicious. This was particularly impressive since a five-year-old made them (with his dad’s help and supervision). The kid also had a ‘cocktail’ of his own: water with a sugar lump in it.”

Echlin goes on to weigh the ethics of having kids make cocktails or serve wine at adult parties. It’s a thoughtful read, and well worth the time. But here’s my question. I’m betting a martini-making kindergartner is a rarity, but what about teens tending bar at a parent party? Or kids helping hand out beers at a Super Bowl shindig? Take the poll below and tell us, what have you seen? (You can hit multiple choices, by the way.) Then hit “comments” and share your thoughts…

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