Now if Las Vegas can get over their stupidity of only serving Macallan, I'll be satisfied.
I went to a SF Giants Baseball game and I ordered up a glass of Jack Daniels (it was the only whiskey in the place that I wanted). She said that she had to add at least a single piece of ice (which I could take out - she whispered) to make it a 'mixed' drink. I had my friend order up one as well. She put one cube in each. As we walked away I took the cube out of mine, I poured the beverage from the other 'cup' into mine as well, tossed out the empty cup with the ice and I was then happy. I treated it as if the melted ice was just like adding a small splash of cool water.
I don't mind rules, but it doesn't mean you have to follow them to the letter.