Newspaper article International New York Times

Cocktail Recipes: Scroll, Tap and Pour

Newspaper article International New York Times

Cocktail Recipes: Scroll, Tap and Pour

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Making a good cocktail can be tricky, but many apps can help you become an expert mixologist.

On a warm summer evening, there's no better way to unwind than sipping a nice cold cocktail, made with the help of an app.

A great one to start with is 8,500+ Drink & Cocktail Recipes, which, as its name suggests, offers so many choices that you're bound to find many you like.

This app isn't high-tech: It is basically a list of cocktails that you can browse or search. There are no fancy photos or detailed instructions. But the app lets you search for recipes by category or ingredients, which is especially helpful if you want to stick to spirits you already have on hand. You can also mark favorite recipes to make it easier to find them again later.

The instructions are clear and easy to follow. The app is free for iOS and Android, though you may find the pop-up advertisements bothersome.

Modern Classics of the Cocktail Renaissance is more interesting, with a small but carefully curated list of drinks that have been popular in recent decades.

The recipes are straightforward and include fascinating snippets of the drinks' histories, as well as insights into some of their ingredients.

You can ask for suggestions based on what ingredients you have available. And you can get advice on other ingredients you might want to buy to expand the range of cocktails you can make. The app looks elegant, feels professional and could be a handy tool to impress guests at your next party. It is available only for iOS, costs $10 and contains about 100 recipes.

If your tastes are more old-fashioned, Martin's Index of Cocktails comes from the same app maker as Modern Classics but reaches farther back in history. This app contains more than 2,400 recipes dating as far back as the 1850s, offering interesting alternatives to the kinds of cocktails that are familiar today. This app also costs $10 and is for iOS only.

Cocktails -- Virtual Drink Mixer and Recipes is distinguished by a clever trick: It uses the camera on your device to look at the glass you've chosen to drink from. …

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