For several years the pickleback (a shot of whiskey chased by a shot of pickle juice) has dominated the bar world as the one-two punch drink to beat; it’s a strong and savory shortcut to a boozy good time. To elevate this two-act structure to the next level, we tapped bartender Jim Meehan (whose drinks-recipe app PDT Cocktails is available in Apple’s App Store) to create four complex two-shot cocktails worthy of the expert home bartender.

Who says a cocktail needs to be in a single glass? By downing a shot of something strong and then following it with a contrasting set of flavors, you can create a sort of multichapter cocktail that’s greater than the sum of its parts.