OK, so I'm looking for suggestions for cocktails that are (a) something different or unusual but (b) could be ordered at just about any reasonably well-stocked bar with a decent bartender.
From time to time I come across great cocktail recipes but am never sure if I can expect your average bartender to know what it is or pull it off if they did. I'd like to branch out in my cocktail orders (and not just order from a special cocktail menu provided by the bar) - so am looking for some good ideas that you think most bars (say, at a decent restaurant) would be able to pull off.
I'm talking way beyond your caipirinhas and mojitos, your old fashioneds and your sazeracs. Anything interesting, odd, oldie-but-goodie, almost forgotten but still old standbys, up and coming?
And say you have the perfect cocktail suggestion - but I get a blank look when I ask for it at my local. How do folks feel about telling a bartender how to make a drink that YOU know the recipe for but they don't?