I can still buy Fowler's apple cider (from NY, probably will end mid-Feb) at Central Market down here, so I like mixing Bourbon (I mostly buy Buffalo Trace since it's become available here) with real cider.
As a cocktail, I mostly order a scotch with a slight splash of water (usually Dewars). At home, I will usually keep some Famous Grouse Gold Reserve, and some Dewars. For single malts, I mostly buy Old Pultaney these days, simply because I think it's the best for the price. I'm not a rich man.
In a bar I will also order a Stoli martini; I like it shaken, up with olives. (I also insist on some Vermouth. Most of the young bartenders don't put in Vermouth, but they always ask if I want it dirty...)
At home, I keep a bottle of Tangueray's Sterling Vodka in the freezer.
Throw in about 1 part Martini & Rossi's vermouth, 3 or 4 parts Sterling, and 3 jalapeno-stuffed olives on a toothpick, and you have a perfect pre-dinner drink.