Mixing a Nick

Pour an ounce of sweetness in the bottom of a tall fluted glass. Drop a hard candy shell on top of that.
Float dropwise on the back of a spoon, in order:

1/2 oz. self-consciousness

1 oz. empathy and concern

1/2 oz. starry-eyed idealism

1 oz. cynicism

2 oz. snarky eloquence

With the layers constructed, pour a shot of brazen ego. When presenting the drink to a new person, add the shot on top, and light it on fire.

To drink, first put out the fire, then sip carefully. You’ll get the flavors in the reverse of the order that they were added, but to get all the way to the bottom you’ll have to crack the shell.