I didn't see a dedicated cocktails thread here, so, well, here we go. I can't be the only person who has gotten intrigued by learning how to play around with making cocktails and (I hate this term) mixology. I went from somebody who couldn't stand cocktails just because it was an endless series of glasses of flavored corn syrup mixed with crappy vodka I'd had in college, and never wanted to bother. The wife fell in love with Aviations and Negronis a few years ago, and that started me occasionally experimenting, and now I've kind of gotten to the point where I feel like I'm getting pretty good at making, even though I still haven't really gotten into creating.
GIVE ME YOUR COCKTAILS.
One of my personal favorites, The Boulevardier:
1.5 oz Bourbon (I've tried 7-8 bourbons, and the lightness of Maker's Mark works best)
.75 oz Campari (one of the best liquids on the planet)
.75 oz Sweet Vermouth (better vermouth makes a HUGE difference)
Put in a mixing glass or shaker with ice, and stir 30+ times; the mixing vessel should be very, very cold. Strain and pour over a chilled rocks glass with a large cube, and garnish with an orange twist. Spectacularly good.