Using a distribution as site core via Drush Make

By now most of us have used a Drupal distribution. takes a distribution’s drush make file, fetches Drupal core, contributed modules, themes, libraries, adds custom modules, and provides an archive that’s ready to use and install.

While distributions provide a great base for a site, we always need additional pieces (modules, libraries) in order to satisfy our use case.
So, how do we use a distribution as a starting point, and add our modules on top?

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