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How to Choose the Best Cocktail App For You

Finding the right cocktail app makes mixing the perfect cocktail a breeze for any occasion.

You may not be a professional bartender, but that doesn’t mean you can’t mix like one at home. Knowing how to make a good cocktail is easier than ever, thanks to these top 10 cocktail recipe apps available on your smartphone. But what makes a good cocktail app?

Ingredients

One of the most important things that you need to get out of a cocktail app is a solid layout of the ingredients. Most of us know already which types of liquor we prefer and which we would like to stay away from. Being able to search by liquor and other ingredients can help you know if you can use any ingredients you already have to pull off a drink, as well as what you should buy to make what you would like to drink. Mixology and Lush Cocktails offer the option to search by ingredients, helping you add or eliminate ingredients to find the perfect cocktail recipe for your needs. Highball is also another simple app to use that lays out the ingredients clearly. Highball also states that it takes into consideration the weight of any ingredient, giving you a completely balanced and perfect cocktail.

Directions

Not only should you know how much of what ingredient you need to make a drink, but a good cocktail app is going to give you step-by-step instructions on the order the ingredients should be added in, preparation of ingredients, and whether the ingredients are to be mixed, shaken, or left layered in the cocktail. My Cocktail Bar and Cocktail Flow offer easy-to-follow directions on how exactly you should be mixing your drink so it turns out the way that it was supposed to. Simplicity is key when it comes to instructions and both apps pull it off.

Skill Level

Something that is often taken for granted when it comes to mixing cocktails is that they are not all created equal. Some recipes for cocktails are more challenging to get right than others. Whether you are a novice or an expert, your cocktail app should be able to tell you how complicated it is. The Liquor Cabinet is one of the most helpful apps in this regard, letting you know what you are getting yourself into before committing to the drink. The best mixology app for honing your skills, however, just might be Perfect Drink. This app works in tandem with a scale which you plug into your phone and use to measure the weight, ingredient ratios, and proportions of your own cocktail.  

Desired Flavors

Perhaps you are not sure about the cocktail that you would like to make and need some inspiration. Cocktail apps can help you find recipes to please your crowd and reach the flavor that you are looking for. Whether you are looking for a fun and fruity cocktail, or something a little harder, you should be able to tell the type of cocktail it is before you taste it and find out that you are mistaken. Cocktail Flow and Mixology are both apps that will help you determine the flavor that you are hoping to achieve by mixing your cockta