Boost Your Bartending Game With 4 Killer Apps.
By: Cayla M.
Whether you’re a fresh newcomer, home enthusiast, or seasoned soldier, all levels of cocktail crafting experience can agree– knowledge is power. And with any craft comes layers of recipes, tips, and tricks to get iconic sips just right.
As this classic industry stands the test of time, accessibility to this information has only gotten progressively easier. After you’ve equipped yourself with the essential bar tools and stocked up on basic spirits and mixers, it’s time to actually make the drinks. That’s where bartending apps come in handy. From an anthology of modern classics, to a leftover-booze recipe generator, find the app that works best for you in our curated list.
Cocktails Guru is one of the more well-known mixing apps. It has a lot of the standard features that include a massive list of drink recipes, a list of popular cocktails, and even lists of tools and various ingredients commonly found in bartending for those that are just starting to build their collection. Each recipe has comments from other users, detailing feedback and things that might help improve each recipe.
Additionally, most of the recipes have pictures, so you can see how your cocktail should ideally look when it’s done. This is a great feature for people who are visual learners, and a well-trained bartender knows that a customer will always judge the greatness of a cocktail by how it looks before they explore the taste. This app is great for bartending virgins just getting into the industry and veterans looking to brush up on their skills alike, and is free in the Google Play Store.
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Cocktail Flow features beautifully presented cocktail creations with step-by-step guides and is loaded with features you’ll love whether you’re a fledgling bartender or an adept mixologist. Our favorite feature of the app is the ability to mark the cocktail ingredients you already have at home in the “cabinet page” and see what drinks you can make from them. The cabinet contains a large number of spirits, liquors, and mixers. Browse cocktail recipes by categories, or using the advanced search function.
Drink recipes are categorized by base drink (gin, rum, tequila, vodka, brandy, champagne), type (classical, long drink, tropical, creamy, shooter, non-alcoholic), strength (Light, Medium, Strong) and color (red, blue, green, pink, yellow). You can also mark drink recipes you like as favorites to find them on demand. This free app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.
Cocktail nerds, this is what you’ve been waiting for: Robert Simonson, a drinks writer from the pantheon of mixology greats, has chronicled a conclusive list of what he’s marked “modern classics”– 23 cocktails that have surpassed their origin and are highly regarded in the industry as a whole. Among those treasured concoctions are the Barrel-Aged Negroni (2009) by Jeffrey Morgenthaler at Portland’s Clyde Common, the Penicillin (2005), conceived by Sam Ross at New York’s Milk & Honey, and the Breakfast Martini (1997) by Salvatore Calabrese at London’s famed Library Bar.
Also included on the app, designed by Martin Doudoroff (PDT Cocktails, Index of Punch), are 50 originals which meet at least some of the modern-classic standards. This amazing app is available on the App Store for iOS devices for a measly $9.99; hardly a chunk in the tips you will be receiving after utilizing this app to master your craft.
Bartender Guide app is made and maintained by experts from various places around the world to give you the best drink recipes. It’s friendly and easy to use, for beginners and experts across the board. The cool things about this app is that it contains selected cocktail recipes AND mocktail recipes, because of this, it gives you a better range of options for all client types.
It includes high dining drinks and their ingredients, along with all procedures to make the best-suited drinks for your guests. Search for drinks based on the ingredients and an all-encompassing list of bar materials you’ll need to organize a particular setting. And if you don’t like that list? You can create your personalized shopping list for everything you might need, providing you with an organizational accessory. This app is free in the Google Play Store.
Whether you use an app or commit all your recipes to memory it all comes down to making great drinks. If you have a solid process that works stick with it and always try to improve.