Each year I like to have a 'cocktail of the year' -- something I love that I can order from any competent bartender, which means that it can't be too obscure, but should leave some room for art. Recent titleists have been the sazerac (or old fashioned in the absence of absinthe) and the sidecar.
I usually settle on the official cocktail of the year by about this time, but it hasn't happened yet this time.
So I'm looking for suggestions. I'd love it to be a gin drink, but the martini is a little too simple.
P.S. Vermouth, whether sweet or dry, is generally a deal-killer. I feel they ruin most anything....