Old Fashioned, Martini, Manhattan, Sidecar, Stinger, Mint Julep, Sazerac, Gin Fizz, Rusty Nail, Gimlet, Daiquiri, White and Black Russian... etc...
All of these are cocktails that would be considered classics and they are making a comeback.
They are classics for a reason. They are a time tested, simple mixtures of what mixology is about. Hell, I'm drinking an Old Fashioned right now. (See Meaning of Words for my definitions)
If enough people go into their local bars and order these drinks bartenders will learn them. Keep asking, they will learn. (See Standard Cocktail Spectrum for what makes a drink standard to serve)
Patron: "Can I have a Sidecar."
Tender: "Sorry, we don't serve that here."
Patron: "Oh, hmmm, okay, I'll just have a Gin and Tonic."
If enough people ask. The trend will change.
You want proof that classics are returning? See this:
Click on this a lot! The more times it gets hit, the more likely the tv networks that control the minds of the masses will air specials like this. (please ignore the segment on on the XYZ bar the girls have NO idea. The Sidecar is a strong drink) Lieberman did a decent job, but Tony Abou-Ganim did a better job of a VERY similar special that ran on the Fine Living Network called "Raising the Bar."
Email the Fine Living Network or the Food Network on this topic. The classics are coming back and the cocktail is the first American culinary adventure. Talk about it...
Reference: FLBAR-SP01 - Tony's show.
You can also email the Food Network at:
Be sure to reference: http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/show_et/?gotoweek=2&gotoepisode=4
Cheers and have a great weekend!