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The Sipping Point With all great spirits, age matters. And the wiser you get about tequila, the older it gets. Once you move past silver, gold and reposado (or rested), there is añejo, which is aged in oak barrels from one to three years. And as its name implies, extra-añejo is aged for more than three years and meant to be savored—and it’s well worth the wait.

Man of-War 1 dash aromatic bitters (Angostura or Bitter Truth) 1 teaspoon Demerara sugar syrup .5 oz. dry curaçao 1.5 oz. Earl Grey Teainfused añejo tequila Stir all ingredients in a pint glass or large glass mixing vessel with ice. Using a julep strainer, pour the drink over fresh ice into an Old-Fashioned glass. Express the oils of an orange twist and then discard the twist.

FROM LEFT: CASA NOBLE ALTA BELLEZA ($1,200), PASOTE AÑEJO ($69), DON JULIO REAL ($350), CÓDIGO 1530 AÑEJO ($120), TEQUILA EL MAYOR EXTRA AÑEJO ($120). DÉCOR COLLECTION WALL COVERING BY STARK. WOOD SURFACE COURTESY OF THE HUDSON COMPANY.

Cognac to the Future O r i gi n al Sin 1.5 oz. Cognac .75 lemon juice .5 oz. honey syrup (1 part water, 1 part honey) Mix all ingredients together in a cocktail shaker, fine strain into a Champagne flute, top with Champagne and serve.

FROM LEFT: HENNESSY MASTER BLENDER’S SELECTION NO. 1 ($80), MARTELL BLUE SWIFT ($50), D’USSÉ VSOP COGNAC ($50), L’ESSENCE DE COURVOISIER ($3,500). SENSATIONAL SKINS WALL COVERING BY STARK. WOOD SURFACE COURTESY OF THE HUDSON COMPANY. 52 | FORBES DECEMBER 30, 2016

As a new generation discovers the world’s most famous brandy, Cognac has been enjoying a makeover. Granted, you can still appreciate bottles of rare eaux-de-vie that sell for thousands of dollars, but Cognac was once the people’s drink—and it’s the original foundation for some classic cocktails, including the mint julep. The new expressions of Cognac still evoke old-world grandeur, but they’re aimed at those who enjoy a good bourbon or whisky. Call it the spirit of modernity.

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