Your friend calls you up and asks if you’re free to kick it for a few hours. You open your fridge and your heart sinks when realize that all you have to offer is a less-than-impressive sixer of Bud Light that you’ve been avoiding for weeks.

Don’t sweat it. The rise of beer-tail recipes will save you from potential disappointment. We’ve put together a list of no-nonsense recipes—from shandies to a beer Old-Fashioned—that can turn a run-of-the-mill beer into something worth getting excited about.

Check out 11 delicious cocktails to make with your everyday six-pack of beer.