2-Year-Old Celebrates Birthday With a Shot of Whiskey -- What?!

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whiskyIt's not like 2-year-old Sonny Rees is the first toddler to be served an alcoholic beverage at a restaurant (believe it or not, this is getting to be fairly commonplace). But usually these stories involve a bartender accidentally filling a kid's sippy cup with some kind of sweet concoction. Like when Applebee's gave that 15-month-old a margarita. Yum! Of course the little guy got hammered! Who wouldn't suck that drink down?

But when his family took him out to celebrate his 2nd birthday, Sonny Rees didn't get a pina colada or a daquiri or anything else worthy of a little umbrella -- Sonny Rees got a whiskey. Straight. They even made it a double.

And Sonny Rees pounded that bad boy like a pro.

Did I mention this incident occurred at Frankie and Benny's restaurant in Swansea, Wales? Wales, as in, the original birthplace of Jack Daniel's legendary "American" whiskey? That's right. So of course when Sonny drank the whiskey, his parents just patted their little Welshman on the head, beaming with pride, and then the whole pub broke into song:

Musha rin du-rum do du-rum da, Whack for my daddy-o,
Whack for my daddy-o, There's whiskey in the jar.

Okay, fine, the last part didn't really happen. And anyway, that's an Irish song (guess they would've been stuck singing Tom Jones). Here's what really happened: Once they figured out their 2-year-old was wasted, Sonny's parents complained to the waitstaff and took him to the emergency room, where doctors pronounced him drunk (but fine).

So, all's well that ends well (and with an apology from the restaurant). I still can't help but marvel at this little boy's ... er, precocious taste, shall we say. Again, it's not like the waitress brought him a fuzzy navel or a mudslide or a jello shot! Can't you just imagine him sitting in that very same pub on his 21st birthday? Drank my first shot of whiskey right here ... yeah, I was 2. What of it?

Are you surprised that this little boy actually drank the whiskey?


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Rhond... RhondaVeggie

He's British, plenty of British tots get the hard stuff. You ask any Brit when they first tasted alcohol and almost all of them will say sometime before they started school.


When I saw the title my first thought was maybe it happened somewhere in the UK.So no,can't say I'm surprised.

KAV1970 KAV1970

I know I shouldn't laugh, but that's funny! I can't even stand the smell of whiskey much less the thought of drinking it! And I'm above age! LOL

kelti... kelticmom

He will be fine. When my son was three months old, he had a terrible cold. So congested and coughing. Poor thing couldn't sleep bc he would cough himself awake. And of course there is no cold medicine for infants. So I dipped his paci in Jameson twice, he slept like a rock for four hours and woke up so much happier. Sometimes you just have to go with what moms have done for hundreds of years.

nonmember avatar d

i just found this story funny. Only because my daughter is celebrating her 2nd birthday today (but no, she is not celebrating with a shot of whiskey or any other alcohol for that matter). It just gave me a laugh.

nonmember avatar Jessi

I wonder what the child's reaction was.

Three years ago, my brother, sister-in-law and I were doing shots of vodka celebrating something or another. One of the shot glasses had broken so we improvised using an old children's medicinal measuring cup. I'm not one for shots so the three of us bickered over the shot that sat on the counter before us, my brother and SIL urging me to drink it. My confused 2 year old nephew comes over, listens quietly before pushing past us and before anyone could stop him declared "I'll drink it!" and down it went. He turned bright red and started to cry complaining of the burning sensation in his chest upon swallowing. He was fine of course just a bit tipsy. Never again did he drink anything out of anyone's cup without first asking permission.

bubba258 bubba258

Why didn't the parents check what is was first??? My kids don't eat or drink anything without Dad or Mum checking it, unless we've prepared it ourselves. Those parents are bloody idiots.

wamom223 wamom223

Okay let me get this straight.  I can barely stand the smell of the hard stuff and this two year old was drinking it like a pro.  Wow.  That is so crazy.

Todd Vrancic

Wisky is an acquired taste, some just acquire very quickly.  I would certainly want to keep a closer eye on what my kid is eating and drinking after that.

RavenV91 RavenV91

That's funny, coz I look at the things on the stir and I'm never suprised they happen in America....

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