In college, making cocktails is hardly about impressing dinner guests and schmoozing the neighbors. No – college cocktails are made with purpose  – and here are the top 4 cocktails all college students should know. Surely, these recipes will help you pin down that degree.

Manhattan: A classic Saturday evening classic – if you can master the Manhattan, you’ll be among the best bartenders on campus. Ingredients: 2 ounces bourbon, 1 oubce sweet vermouth, 2 dashes bitters, 1 maraschino cherry for garnish if funds allow. This is a simple add and stir recipe – don’t worry about layering or shaking.

A Hole in One: A Hole in One is a classic for get-togethers among college sports players and fans – and a little classier than your average can of beer. Ingredients: 1 ½ ounces of scotch whiskey, 1 tablespoon honey, 3 oz unsweetened tea (you can buy this pre made at the store or brew and refrigerate your own earlier in the day), 1 lemon wedge – for appeal. To make: stir together liquids and balance the lemon wedge on the edge of the glass.

The Headless Barman: Does the word “Jagerbomb” make you cringe? Then it’s time to take energy drink cocktails to the next level. Enter – the Headless Barman, a drink approved by both genders. Ingredients: 1 ounce sour raspberry pucker, 1 1.2 ounces vodka, squeeze of lemon, ½ a can of Redbull, ½ can of Mountain Dew (or just double the recipe so there is no waste – it will be drunken), 2 ounces of pineapple juice. To make: Stir everything but the  Redbull and Mountain Dew – pour both those over the mixed drink.

The Bloody Mary: If you wake up with a hangover making you mutter bloody hell than it’s time to call on your good friend Mary for a little hair of the dog. This one will take a few extra ingredients compared to other drinks, so maybe go shopping the first day of school so you know you have everything on hand. Here’s the recipe – ¾ cup tomato juice, 1 ounce of vodka, squeeze of lemon juice, teaspoon of horseradish, ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, and handful of ice and a stalk of celery for stirring.