Sidecar: Brandy, Cointreau, fresh lemon juice, ice (or not)
Good call. My first choice for mixed drinks is a Manhattan (rye, sweet vermouth, Angostura bitters, twist); second is a sidecar. If the bar looks like it hasn't heard of either, then a gin and tonic.
After hanging out at Freeman's in the LES, however, I've been turned onto Perfect Manhattans. Odd place for bartenders who love old(-fashioned) cocktails, but Tim and Louis know their...