I want to create my own signature cocktail and I'm looking for suggestions/tips/advice for how to go about it...
So as part of my bucket list
I want to 'Create my own signature cocktail'. My mouth is watering at the very thought and I really look forward to trying my various concoctions on myself and my friends.
However, I am not a bartender with access to every liqueur under the sun - assume that I'll be starting from scratch and buying every bottle of liquor I try. What would you do if you were in my shoes and didn't want to totally break the bank? Is there any kind of process I should be aware of? Are there any general taste combinations to avoid (before I spend tons of money on expensive liqueurs that it turns out I don't like)?
If it matters, I like drinks on the sweeter side (don't hate me) though I prefer a little bit of a tart kick with it. I don't care much for distinctly-flavored alcohols like whisky, scotch or gin, but I love rum, vodka and tequila. My favorite drink is a caipirinha - if I can't get that I'll usually default to a cosmo, or, failing that, a margarita or a mai tai. I prefer on the rocks to frozen drinks.
Flavors I particularly like: lemonade, black currant, lime, cranberry (w/ a sweetener), coffee/kahlua and caramel.
I'm not looking for recipe suggestions (the whole idea is to make my own) - but do you have any general tips for methodology? Any recommendations for particular liqueurs to try based on the above flavors? Any standard ratios/basic mixing tips/general rules of thumb I should know? Any tools that would be particularly helpful in creating The Widdershins(TM)?