The Saratoga is one of our oldest cocktails, equal parts brandy, whiskey, and vermouth. Sort of a lush Manhattan for days when you're feeling particularly full of yourself. And the ingredients you use will make or break it.
The Manhattan: rye whiskey, sweet vermouth and bitters.
The Affinity cocktail: Scotch whiskey, sweet vermouth and dry vermouth, with a touch of bitters. One of the few great Scotch cocktails.
The Bourbon Trilby Cocktail: bourbon, sweet vermouth and orange bitters.
The Bourbon Derby: Manhattan-style, with bourbon, Bénédictine, and bitters, or New Orleans sour-style, with bourbon, sweet vermouth, curaçao and lime juice.