I'm planning on creating a cocktail bar-quality menu for my home bar. I think it will be a good way to introduce the unaware to how good cocktails can be and allow the more experienced drinkers to explore new ones. It will also be an excellent exercise in case I ever decide to start up my own bar.
Given the wide audience, I'd like to have a mix of historical and contemporary, strong and light, complex and simple, and I'd like to give roughly equal attention to all spirits. I believe a healthy dose of everything best showcases the world of drink.
In your opinion, what cocktails need to be featured? Right now, these are the ones I'm considering:
Daiquiri or Floridita or Hemingway Daiquiri or Papa Doble (if anyone can definitively distinguish those last three for me, please do)
Corn N Oil
Boulevardier or Old Pal
Last Word or Final Ward
Wolf's Bite (Clyde Commons)
Cesar's Rum Punch
Ramos Gin Fizz