Finally, I also want to applaud the bartenders out there who know how to make a great cocktail because it's common that the average bartender has little idea what good quality cocktails are about. If you do find a talented bartender who knows the real deal, that person is special and deserves high regard.
I agree, one such person is Dale DeGroff "King Cocktail:
I've had the opportunity try a few of his cocktails when he resided in Honolulu and was the director of beverage arts for Halekulani Hotel in Waikiki and Mixologist for Lewers Lounge also at the Halekulani. Dale's approach was all the ingredients he used in his cocktails from syrups, juices, or herbs were made from scratch or grown and picked fresh. He's against the use of a soda gun and you would never see one at the bar where he creates his cocktails. Dale's cocktails are awesome, pleasing to the eye and palette and you could taste the freshness of the ingredients used in some of his cocktails. Watching him create cocktail drinks is like watching an artist in action, sadly he's no longer at the Halekulani and has moved on bigger and better things.