We’re the first to admit we’re not master mixologists, and anyone in the same camp will want to be privy to this cocktail hack. We visited Hangar 1‘s brand-new distillery and tasting room outside San Francisco and caught up with lead distiller Caley Shoemaker for some insider tips and tricks to supercharging boozy beverages. Our favorite takeaway? Infusing vodka with various herbs and botanicals, which is not only a surprisingly fun and creative outlet, it’s also very easy and the results are delicious (especially for those who aren’t partial to the alcohol’s flavor straight). Here, Caley breaks down the need-to-know basics, key ingredients to use and cocktail ideas to make the most of your creation. With the holiday party circuit right around the corner, there’s no better time give it a try.