Originally Posted by faustian bargain
would you mind elaborating on the ingredients of the drinks you listed (minus the manhattan)? ...as i am too lazy to google them. i'm in a martini rut, and while it'll always be my fallback drink, i'd like to try something different, yet classic.
Sidecar: pour Brandy/Cognac, Cointreau, lemon juice in a 3:2:1 or 4:2:1 ratio, respectively, over ice. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass. As I mentioned, I usually get mine on the rocks instead.
Rob Roy: just a Manhattan with scotch instead of whiskey and a lemon twist garnish instead of a cherry.
Caipirinha: cut a small lime up into pieces, toss them into a glass, and add a few teaspons of sugar. Muddle them (i.e. crush them together with a blunt instrument), toss in some crushed ice and ~2 oz of cachaca (Brazilian sugarcane rum) and either shake and pour the contents into a rocks glass or serve as is without shaking. This is a trendy drink, and since most bars won't stock cachaca, you'll probably have to be at an upscale Latin bar/restaurant to get one. You can substitute vodka to make a caipiroska.
Gimlet: pretty basic. Just mix gin with Rose's lime juice or lime juice + a little powdered sugar. A 1.5:1 ratio of gin:lime juice usually works well.
Tom Collins: gin and either sour mix or lemon juice + powdered sugar topped off with club soda. 2:1 is a good ratio of gin:sour mix/lemon juice
Rusty Nail: scotch and Drambuie; usually a 1.5:1 or 2:1 ratio.
Originally Posted by visionology
When made good Long Island Ice Teas are among my favorites, however I find it quite rare for them to be made well. Often they have to be ordered at an empty bar so that the bartender takes the time to mix the ingredients correctly. A bad LI is abysmal! Probably the best bang for the buck drink out there.
Just from my own bartending experience, one reason you might have this problem is that ordering LIIT's puts you primarily in the company of the younger crowd and people who are just there to get hammered. I try to avoid snobbery over drink preferences, because it's quite annoying, but the places that tend to serve LIIT's most often (e.g. nightclubs and college bars) are going to be high volume places staffed by mediocre bartenders who are only trained for speed. Meanwhile, if you order one at a high-end place, the bartender will likely make the assumption that someone who orders one isn't going to care about or be able to recognize the subtleties of the various liquors involved (which isn't entirely wrong, considering that the point of the drink is pretty much to mask the high alcohol content for people who don't like the taste of straight liquor). Therefore, if the bartender has a big ticket to fill, you can bet he's going to pay more attention towards making that old-fashioned or martini. It may be frustrating, but I'm betting that could be one source of your problem.