Summer is a great time for having parties. Invite people over for a nice time and maybe some drinks. Mix up your cocktail, wine and beer game with these five free apps. Some of them give advice on which wine to buy, while others offer recipes and advice on how to stock a bar. All five will make sure you have a killer party and impress your friends with a cold drink on a hot day.
1. Mixology Drink Recipes
Mixology will make you the ultimate bar tender. You will never need to leave your house for a drink again. Search through recipes by what ingredients you have on hand, a certain kind of alcohol or browse through the new drinks the app has added. If your liquor cabinet is looking low, the app will let you know where the closest liquor store is as well as its hours. One of the best features is the Random Drink generator. Simply put in your favorite kind of alcohol, shake the phone and the app will give you a drink suggestion. This is great for someone that doesn’t know a lot about mixing drinks or is just out of ideas.
Wine is a classy gift to bring to any party, but there is so much out there it’s hard to know which is a good brand and even which will go best with a certain meal. Begin using the app before you get to the store. Look up certain brands or even a type a wine. When you find a wine you’re interested in, the app will bring up reviews, food pairing suggestions and stores that sell that wine. If you find yourself at the store staring at shelves full of wine bottles with no idea what to do, just take a photo of the label with your phone and you’ll see a profile complete with user reviews and even the area the grapes are from. never go into the wine aisle unprepared again.
Not sure what kind of drink to make? Use Mr. Bartender for inspiration. Browse through drinks by name, category or ingredient. Each drink comes with a photo, ingredient list and instructions on how to make it. From here you can share it with a friend using email, text or social media. Plug in the things you have on hand and the app will come up with all the drinks you can make using those. You can even upload your own recipes and contribute to the library of cocktails. Don’t worry about getting into a drink rut again.
Untapped makes drinking and finding beer social. Make a profile, connect with friends and discover new beer to try. Upload photos and reviews of beer you like and don’t like, and the app will begin to get to know your tastes and make suggestions. Browse through your friends’ profiles and see what they’re drinking and liking. It can be a bummer to move to a different city where you can’t get your favorite microbrew, but the app helps you try to find that brand somewhere near you. If you see a bottle you’ve been looking for, update your profile so other people can get to it too. Make friends and drink beer.
Cocktail Flow is a beautiful and easy to use. It lets you search for drinks by the normal things like ingredients and name but it also has search options by mood, color and holiday. You’ll find a drink to fit any party or celebration. The app is laid out like recipe cards and you can search through a particular deck to find the one you want. There’s no way you won’t come away from the app without some sort of inspiration. The app has even added “mocktails,” smoothies and other nonalcoholic options so everyone can feel included and have a nice beverage.