You probably don't think about it, but every shot you down is about 100 calories. Knowing that, the last thing you should ever do is add sugar to your drink and make it even more fattening. Good thing, then, that many top mixologists have begun swapping lazy syrups and sugar-laden mixers for more interesting, healthy, natural ingredients.

To help you elevate your own cocktail repertoire, we went behind the bar with Carlos Rios, brand ambassador for Stoli vodka. Pick up some pitchers on your way home—you’re gonna need them.