When it comes to a Dark & Stormy, I like Bundaberg, but that's just because I fell in love with that shit visiting Down Under and no one in my area carried it for about a decade afterwards until about a year ago.The only cocktail I drink routinely is an Old-Fashioned. I've never seen any reason to get more involved with that. And generally, any bourbon worthy of an Old-Fashioned is even more worthy to drink neat.
I have some exceptions. For instance, a pitcher of very, very spicy Bloody Marys is a good way to start a lost weekend, or continue one on the next day. For these, I want the really involved kind with lots of fresh vegetables so it's practically a meal. Not bacon, though. That's Islamic. I don't have anything against Clamato or just a shot or two of clam juice, though some find that disgusting.
I usually don't do buttered rum, but a cold remedy is a nice hot toddy. A very strong black tea, heavy on the assam, like Irish Breakfast Tea, or even Earl Grey, lemon juice, honey, rum of any kind, cinnamon, ginger, whatever, served near boiling. This doesn't actually make a cold go away but you could give a shit about a cold after two or three of these. The rum content generally increases as the number consumed.
And the Dark & Stormy. This is a strong spiced rum like Kraken with a strong ginger beer, I generally prefer a Jamaican. And again, this starts out mellow but ends up mostly rum as the night goes on.
I've always had a heavy preference for whiskey, especially Bourbon, from Jim Beam (and Old Crow when tight on cash) as a teenager out in the sticks, to Maker's and Knob Creek nowadays, though I've found a nice local copper-distilled whiskey that's filling that niche lately.
Brandy comes in at second, I usually get Laird's applejack in summer and Grand Marnier around holidays.
Lately I've been getting into wines, but I'm a filthy casual that likes blackberry merlot, sangria, and blueberry moscato.