Imagine coming home after a long day of work and wanting to make yourself a cocktail, but all you have is bourbon, 7-Up, vodka and one swig of orange juice left from the morning. What the heck can you make out of that mess? If only there was someone around to help make an amazing cocktail with your bare bones ingredients. Well, a newly released app will do just that.
The PDT Cocktails app became available for purchase in Apple’s App Store today. It contains more than 400 cocktail recipes to help users find the perfect drink to mix at a moment’s notice. Simply enter the ingredients you’ve got, and the app will provide drink suggestions and recipes. So the days of blindly combining random liquids found in your home have come to an end.
The app was developed by Jim Meehan, owner of the popular bar PDT in New York, and Martin Doudoroff, who’s helped developed several other cocktail apps and websites. In his career, Meehan’s won several awards including American Bartender of the Year and the inaugural Outstanding Bar Program from the James Beard Foundation. His book, The PDT Cocktail Book, allowed readers to find cocktails based on their preferred ingredients, such as gin-based or egg drinks. Now cocktail fans can do that digitally.
The app’s also able to suggest substitutions that can be used if an ingredient’s missing for a particular cocktail and recommend products for customers to purchase to increase their cocktail knowledge. Users can bookmark drinks for quick access to their favorite libations. It’s like having your very own bartender on call at all times, and you don’t have to worry about them getting mad if you’re a stingy tipper.
The PDT Cocktails app is available for purchase in the Apple App Store for $9.99, which is probably the same price you’d pay for one drink at your swanky local bar. And you don’t have to worry about the app ever watering down your drinks either.
Joseph Misulonas is an editorial assistant for Playboy.com. He’s interested to know if he can make a cocktail using Powerade and Svedka. He can be found on Twitter at @jmisulonas.