It's easy to fall into the same old thing at the bar: a bad order'll make you look plain silly, and it's super tough to find new drinks served in a coconut. Safely experiment, with the cocktail element at SALT.
Just launched at the warm, brick-walled, local/sustainable eatery, the element's based around an ingeniously simple bar-side laminate that breaks down drinks by component and pictorially-groups what goes with what, all flow-charted by a beverage director who was inspired by watching adventurous Starbucks customers and reading The Joy of Mixology, a book that slots tidily between its cooking and sex counterparts. Start by choosing a size (4oz for $4 or 8oz for $8) and base (tequila, bourbon, scotch, vodka, gin, rum), then flavor by selecting from spices/fruits which've been pre-paired with said base, including lavender or blackberry for gin, ginger, vanilla bean, or cardamom & honey for bourbon, and for tequila: cilantro or chipotle, though attempting to sneak avocado into the mix will run you $2 extra. Finally, finish off the concoction in one of six general styles, which range from the "sweet as well as sour" Daisy (base + flavor + lemon juice + pomegranate), to the "slightly softened", lime + soda water Fizz -- after a couple, should a fellow drinker note you're not as fresh as the former, just tell him to mind his own fizz-ness.
They're also soon dropping an iPhone app, meaning no matter where you are, you'll have the resources to make sure your drink makes the 'nut.