5800+ Drink & Cocktail Recipes offers a drink, or 10, for every occasion

Aug 30, 2009

Drunk dialing used to be the most embarrassing thing a person could do with a phone. Then came text messaging, which creates a log of the stupid things you send to old flames after a late night. 

Now, with 5800+ Drink & Cocktail Recipes, you can at least mix clever drinks before you text away your dignity.


5800+ Drink & Cocktail Recipes lives up to its name. I didn’t actually count the available recipes but the archive, indexed similarly to how an iPod lists music, packs more drinks than anyone should consume in a lifetime.

From the common Sex on the Beach to the underappreciated Gilligan’s Island (1 oz vodka, 1 oz peach schnapps, 3 oz orange juice and 3 oz cranberry juice), it would be a challenge to create a drink that isn’t listed here. Each recipe has the required ingredients followed by simple instructions for adding them together.

If you get bored of scrolling through the list, there are three options to look up drinks. The “Category” option groups drinks into simple, if lazy, categories such as “Ordinary Drink” or “Other/Unknown.”

More conveniently, you can search for drink ideas by ingredient. Pick out the ingredients you want and 5800+ Drink & Cocktail Recipes pulls up a list of drinks featuring those ingredients.

The app falters slightly in this option. While you can easily tap the screen to add your first ingredient, adding a second requires a click from the ingredient list and then back into the edit function. It seems like an oversight not to simply add multiple ingredients at a time.

Finally, you can click the random drink button, which picks one drink out of all the available choices. I gave this a whirl and wound up with the surprisingly delicious Wild Wild West, a mix of Jack Daniels, peach schnapps and cranberry juice.

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5800+ Drink & Cocktail Recipes comes in two versions, a free app with ads along the top and a 99-cent option without the ads. I used the free version and found the ads frustrating.

Pay the buck and invite a few friends over to share in the mirth of making the Wile E. Coyote or K-Dawg’s Apple Pie. Just don’t text anybody once you get started. Trust me.

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Dan Kricke

Dan Kricke has been playing with electronics and writing about them for years. He loved his Sega Dreamcast and now the PlayStation 3. On the iPhone, he's a fan of sports apps and anything that offers new music.


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