To look at bartenders nowadays—with their homemade bitters, barrel-aged spirits, and drinks built with more ingredients than a bouillabaise—it would be easy to think that there’s no way you can make a decent cocktail at home without a degree in chemistry. But there’s really no need to be afraid to grab a shaker and get to mixing on your own. Some of the most famous and delicious cocktails require no greater skill than being able to measure in ounces and squeeze the juice out of a lime. With the right booze in hand, you’re all set to tackle these 10 classics in the comfort of your home bar or kitchen. And you don’t even need to wear an arm garter or grow a beard (that is, unless you want to).
Here are 10 cocktails you should be making at home.