I know what you may be thinking, “I’m not a bartender, I've never even worked in service, how could I possibly attempt to tackle the vast and exclusive science of mixology?" To this absurd notion I respond, why the hell not? You’re capable, why shouldn’t you be able to make yourself a libation fit for the astute brass rail? How often are you hanging out at home with friends, lovers, or on our own and find yourself sipping on a bottle of beer or a glass of wine? The next time you’re at the packy skip the refrigerated wall and take a gander at the booze behind the counter. Avoid the usual Jack Daniels or Captain Morgan instincts and try something new. Go for some medium shelf bourbon or gin, whatever poison is speaking to you at that moment and next pick out a cordial or liquor that pairs well with your hooch. A bottle of vermouth or triple sec will add to your growing liquor cabinet and also save the day when it’s past closing time and you need a night cap. Start with the classics and what you like, martinis, manhattans, margaritas, the list is long and there’s plenty to try. Before you know it, you’ll have an impressive selection of alcohols and a homemade menu of favorites. Keep crafting until they’re perfect and you'll know exactly why. Repeat the process until you, my friend, are your favorite bartender in town. It's a nice thing to know what you like and why you like it, and it doesn't hurt that it looks good too. Still buy beers.