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Old favorites get Technicolor makeovers as spirits brands jazz up drinks from decades past.

Basil Hayden’s Irish Julep
Forget women in big hats and horse racing, long the domain of the distinguished mint julep. Instead, think of a smooth, easy bourbon like Basil Hayden’s, where the mash is made with more rye than other bourbons to give it a deeper, spicier flavor. And think of drinking it in a dimly lit bar where the customers are dressed like characters in a Graham Greene novel, and where their discussions may well concern the fall of empires.

2 parts Basil Hayden’s Bourbon, ½ part DeKuyper Crème de Menthe Green, 1 part half and half; shake all ingredients well with ice. Strain over crushed ice into a glass. Garnish with a mint sprig.

Don Julio Reposado Bloody Maria
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A mere Bloody Mary may not thrill you at all, but you’ll get a kick out of the Bloody Maria, starting with the glass that’s rimmed with lemon juice and dipped in black pepper. Don Julio Reposado — yes, tequila instead of vodka — is aged for eight months in American oak, giving the tequila a warmer, almost caramel-like flavor that complements the cocktail’s spiciness in a way that vodka does not.

1 ½ oz. Tequila Don Julio Reposado, 6 drops of Tabasco sauce, 8 drops of Worcestershire sauce, 1 pinch of celery salt, 1 pinch of ground black pepper, 1 tsp. ground horseradish, 2 tsp. fresh lime juice, 8 oz. tomato juice, ice, and celery and cherry tomatoes to garnish. Rim a glass with lemon juice and dip in black pepper. Add all ingredients but garnish; stir with bar spoon. Garnish with strips of celery and cherry tomatoes.