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VeeV Acai Spirit and agave nectar with hints of lime and mint is similar to a traditional mojito. (VeeV/MCT)

Lemon peel, for garnish
Shake all ingredients well with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon peel.

While ever-popular Jack & Coke is easy to make -- three parts Coke and one part Jack Daniel's -- the smooth, mellow taste blends well in whiskey cocktails too.

Lynchburg lemonade

1 part Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey
1 part Triple Sec
1 part sour mix

Stir all ingredients with 4 parts lemon-lime soda. Garnish with a lemon slice and cherries.

Hot Tennessee toddy

1 part Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey
Spoonful of honey
Cinnamon stick
Good squeeze of fresh lemon juice
Boiling water

Pour Jack Daniel's into a heavy mug. Add a spoonful of honey, cinnamon stick, and lemon juice. Top with boiling water and stir.

Liqueurs don't get much closer to Mother Earth than Benedictine (www.Benedictine.fr), as it's made with natural teas and 27 different herbs and spices. Dating to 1510 when it was cooked up by Benedictine monks, the French liqueur, reminiscent of warm honey and spice, is celebrating its 500th anniversary this year.

Benedictine has a romantic, sweet nose and palate and is an ideal complement to creamy desserts or simply as an after-dinner drink. Mix it with either coffee or try it premixed with brandy in the classic D.O.M. B&B. If you like cognac and brandy, you'll like Benedictine.

D.O.M. iced tea

25 ml Benedictine
100 ml green tea (cold)

Prepare green tea and let it cool down. Pour Benedictine into a stemmed glass or teacup, fill with cracked/crushed ice, and then pour in the green tea. Garnish with green tea powder and serve with a straw.

Jasmine Benedictine (serves two)

75 ml Benedictine
200 ml hot water
Jasmine flower tea

Prepare jasmine tea with hot water in a toddy mug, and then add Benedictine. Blend and serve.

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Mary Ann Anderson writes On the Rocks for McClatchy-Tribune News Service.

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