First Drink for a 21-Year-Old?

My 21st birthday is coming up, and I may be the only college junior in America to have never had an alcoholic beverage before. My lifetime experience with alcohol consists of a few sips from my parents' wine at special events (they never drank at home).

I have a rather immature palate and tend to gravitate toward sweeter flavors, but I'm always interested in trying something new. My biggest problem is that I don't like fizzy drinks, so anything that ends with "and soda" sounds unappealing.

My friends are more the typical college students in that they enjoy drinking, mostly cheap beer and vodka. We're going out for dinner & drinks for my birthday, and needless to say, I'm not really sure where to begin. Help!

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