After reading this thread, I went out and tried a gimlet along with a Manhattan. Maybe she didn't make it right or maybe that's just the way it is, but the Manhattan was DAMN strong - almost like whiskey on the rocks! I was thouroughly impressed by the gimlet. It was smooth and had the just the right touch of lemon. After one Manhattan and 3 gimlets, I was feeling very nice.
Next time, I'll be sure to try and Old Fashioned and a Mint Julep.