Windows Phone App of the Day: Mixology

Happy Thirsty Thursday! I’m noticing a trend in my posts recently, like I’m having too much fun. Oh, well. This review is really inspired by my having to explain what “Franzia” is to head-honcho Dave Cogen yesterday. Boss, this one’s for you.

I’ve actually been using this App for iOS regularly for the last year and on my Windows Phone 7 since it launched in January, so I thought I’d share it before the weekend. Mixology for Windows Phone 7 is the ultimate source for drink recipes that can make even Franzia-drinking Frat boys look like professional bartenders. (OK-Dave is not a Frat boy.) With over 4,000 superior quality recipes, Mixology will keep even the experienced drinkers entertained for the long haul.

Pros

  • Free trial!
  • Over 4,000 drink recipes
  • Well designed, sleek, user friendly interface
  • “Browse By Ingredient” feature allows searches for single or multiple ingredients
  • “Browse By Category” lets you browse for drinks such as “martinis,” “daiquiris,” “cocktails,” etc.
  • Provides exact measurements
  • “Liquor Cabinet” feature allows you to add ingredients you already have at home and see what drinks can be made
  • The “Bartending Guide” teaches tricks of the trade
  • Rate drink recipes with 1 to 5 stars and view the average ratings for each drink from users across all platforms
  • List of top rated drinks refreshed every thirty minutes
  • Find a random drink recipe, and let Mixology decide your fate
  • Add your own drink recipe
  • Find a liquor store or bar close by and get directions using Bing maps

Cons

  • Full version is $0.99 (But who can really put a price on a good time?)
  • Occasionally self-quits

How It Works

  • Download Mixology from the Lifestyle / Food + Dining category of your Marketplace
  • Open Mixology from your App list
  • From your home screen, select “Browse All Drinks” to view all 4,000 + recipes alphabetically
  • Select “Browse By Category” from your home screen to select from the 10 pre-loaded categories, including: Cocktails, Hot Drinks, Jello Shots (yeah?!), Non-Alcoholic, Shooters, and more; Drinks are then listed automatically
  • Additional options on the Home Screen include: “Browse by Ingredient (s),” “Top Rated Drinks,” “Favorites,” “Custom Drinks,” “Find Liquor Stores & Bars,” and “Extras”
  • Select your drink of choice to view the recipe, average user rating, and an image
  • Select the “Share” buttons at the bottom of your screen to share the recipe by Email, SMS, or on your social networks

Conclusion

I have a lot of fun using this App–enough that I downloaded the paid version on both of my cell phones. While it occasionally self-quits, especially when you are not connected to WiFi, the UI is attractive, straightforward, and extremely user-friendly. For anyone that loves to entertain, throw theme parties, or enjoys a seriously good cocktail, I’d definitely recommend this App. Different versions of the most popular drinks are also available, which is a great way for even experienced bartenders to learn some new tricks. As a former bartender, I give this App two thumbs way up.

Almost always the biggest dork in the room, Taylor is an airplane-flying, yoga-doing, new media exploring, movie-quoting mess. Always hunting for her next big adventure, she enjoys prowling the web, traveling, and finding new ways to get in trouble. When not searching for the next great app, you can find Taylor cuddling with a book and a bottle of wine or hula hooping in her “Room of Requirement.”