Mixologist on Duty: The Best Cocktail Recipe Apps

Mixologist on Duty: The Best Cocktail Recipe Apps

Jason Rodway
Dec 12, 2011

For us bigger kids, a cocktail can help kick off merriment while hosting a holiday shindig. But there are literally thousands of different ways to make a drink from an even wider variety of ingredients; this is where a good drink mix app may come in handy as reference while playing Jimmy the Bartender at your party. And a good drink app is handy to have all year round if you're one to enjoy a little spirit here and there, if only to try something new the next time you put your hands in a capable mixologist. Bottoms up!

Left: Drink & Cocktail - Right: Cocktail Catalog: Drink Recipes
iOS Drink & Cocktail This is one of those instances when the lite version is quite capable despite the feature limitations. Drink & Cocktail delivers a catalog of 7,000 drinks, a bartenders guide, bar locater via GPS and a measurement converter. The search options are wonderful for finding drinks based on ingredients. This is useful for finding what drinks are available with what's available rather than thumbing through recipes that aren't possible. The paid version offers 20,000 drinks more if you want an even more encyclopedic resource. Lite: Free - Paid: $1

Cocktail Catalog: Drink Recipes Catalog has 6,200 recipes that are described clearly within a beautiful interface that's easy to use. It goes above and beyond with a library of deep description of 500 ingredients and alcohols, bar tending terminology, drink serving/mixing tips and 60 drinking games. $1

Left: Mixologist - Right: Liquor Run
Android Mixologist If you do have your own bar, Mixologist is great for bringing out the most of what you've got. The liquor cabinet function lets you input all the ingredients you have stocked and shows all the possible drink combinations. Recipes are broken down into several categories; cocktails, martinis, shooters, jello shots, hot drinks, punches and non-alcoholic. What I love about this app is the bartenders guide which gives advice on stocking supplies and information about different types of glassware. Now I know I shouldn't be serving lager in a pilsner glass, thanks to Mixologist. $1.50

Liquor Run
Although it may not have as many recipes as the others mentioned, Liquor Run stands on its own in a unique way. Over 1,000 mixed drink recipes are standard as well as a catalog of nutrition information for hundreds of different beers. The defining feature however is the GPS supported liquor store search should you need (or choose to volunteer) to gather more supplies. In regards to cocktail recipes, Liquor Run has a top ten and shake to shuffle mode which is always fun for "mixing" things up a bit. Free

Left: Cocktail Flow - Right: Cocktail Genie
Windows Phone 7 Cocktail Flow Decorating for the season is fun and what better way to decorate and get people in merry spirit than with green/red jello shots? Cocktail Flow has a fun categorization systemfor its drinks: by color. Laying out a bar full of drinks to match the garlands (or your outfit) makes the evening slightly more enchanting. Aside from that the app is detailed, beautiful to look at and budget friendly offering information on the cost of ingredients. This is one app that is good to have all year round. $3

Cocktail Genie
Sometimes more doesn't necessary make it better. That is the philosophy of Cocktail Genie which offers only the best and most popular drinks. As far as defining features go it stands by the basics such as browsing drinks by glass, base drink or ingredients. We like Cocktail Genie because like a drink straight up, the simplicity makes for a simple to appreciate experience. Free

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