Patrons if you want to increase your chance of getting the drink you want.
Ask for [name of drink], [rocks or up], [stirred or shaken], [other options]. For example Manhattan straight up stirred and you shouldn't be disappointed.
In a previous post, drink variations, I said that everyone should be speaking the same language with drink orders for classic cocktails. Well it would be this way in a perfect world, but that is not where we live.
Bartenders can't read your mind and if you know what you want... tell them.