Knowing how to make a cocktail is as important a skill as fighting off a bear or changing a tire (and if your idea of the great outdoors is a rooftop bar, it’s far more important). Anyone can crack a beer, open a bottle of wine with a sword, 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; the know-how comes from somewhere else. In this case, it’s us! Below, you’ll find what we consider essential cocktail recipes and videos, so you can see how they’re made and practice while you watch. Happy drinking!