Knowing how to make a cocktail is as important skill to know as fighting off a bear or changing a tire (okay, it’s probably a little more important than fighting off a bear if you are an urban dweller whose idea of the great outdoors is a rooftop bar). Anyone can crack a beer, open a bottle of wine, or pour a shot, but understanding the art and craft of a well-made cocktail takes time, dedication, and a little know-how. The time and dedication is all on you, but the know-how usually comes from somewhere. In this case, it’s us! Below, you’ll find what we consider essential cocktail recipes. Better yet, they’re all videos, so you can see how they’re made and practice while you watch.