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Baijiu getting its moment as makers mix it up

A bartender pours a baijiu-based cocktail at Bar Lumos, which serves 40 different brands of baijiu, in New York. Chinese distillers now want to transform the liquor into "the new tequila" for Americans and Europeans


THE fiery Chinese grain liquor called baijiu has been distilled and quaffed in the homeland pretty much the same way for a millennium. Yet as these brands expand overseas, spirits companies are wondering: How would it taste with 7-Up?

Makers of the 106-proof alcohol that's