PDT Cocktails is the authoritative archive of the famed New York City bar, replete with both house creations and numerous fine-tuned classics that have graced PDT’s menu since the bar’s opening in 2007. Beyond that, it is the most comprehensive digital reference for contemporary cocktails available today with such features as: - 400 meticulously tested cocktail recipes - 69 recipes for PDT’s house-made ingredients - Ingredient profiles that include photos and concise reference material - Photographs of every cocktail and every ingredient—over 1000 in total, each taken at PDT PDT Cocktails can be used independently or as a companion to The PDT Cocktail Book, which the app augments with new PDT creations, newly relevant historic recipes, and revisions to existing recipes based on available products and continued testing by PDT’s expert mixologists. PDT Cocktails allows bartenders of all skill-levels to: - Search recipes by base spirit, cocktail-type, creator, and date of creation - Display measurements in ounces, centiliters, milliliters, or gills - Check off the ingredients you’ve got and this app will show you which drinks you can make - Filter the recipes on multiple criteria with just a few taps - Flag recipes and tag favorites; create custom lists of recipes - Annotate recipes with comments and cumulative likes and dislikes and build up a chronological history of your explorations - Ingredient definitions included - Sync your ingredient inventory, favorites and flagged, custom lists and journal entries across our entire suite of apps and over as many iOS devices as you like, using our free sync service - Universal app, works nearly identically on both platforms
I have purchase most of these apps at this point. Rating this one, but they are all good. I’ve discovered a bunch of new cocktails I really like. The ingredient inventory feature is what makes these apps so useful. It syncs across all the apps making it even better. I use the “Increase Your Options” list at the liquor store all the time. One suggestion, it would be great if the “Increase Your Options” list synced across all the apps you own. I find myself toggling between apps when I’m shopping to figure out everything I need. Favorites and Flags sync, this should too. I think I also found a bug on created lists. I have a list I created called “Want to Try”. I add recipes to it across all the apps to collect things to try next. I’ve noticed that when I remove something from the list after I’ve tried it the drink ends up coming back. I’m guessing it’s resyncing from the other apps, but that’s just a guess. This doesn’t happen with Favorites or Flagged list items. Overall, I recommend these apps to anyone looking to up their cocktail game. I’ve recommended them to all of my friends.
Why this app is not #1 in category is a failure of either word of mouth or the app store’s optimization. First of all, the PDT Book is exceptional due to quality of recipes, insights into building cocktails, and perhaps most importantly - a complete index - allowing you to quickly and and efficiently search your favorite liquors from your cabinet and discover new and inventive cocktails to make with those liquors. This app takes the book to the next level, using the powers of computer memory and cataloging capabilities to open up 1000+ cocktails that you can potentially make. Most useful is the inventory feature - which creates a digital catalog of your liquor cabinet and then a list of all the cocktails you can make out of your cabinet. The app features substitution recommendations when you might be missing an ingredient and a potentially very expensive “increase your options” features which prioritizes bottles to add to your collection based on the number of new recipes a particular bottle might open up to you. Notes and favorites features allow you to make the app all your own and collect your favorite recipes in a single list. I recommend this book to anyone from the amateur mixologist to bar tending pro. It is well worth the price I promise.
Total ripoff. The app gave me 10 basic recipes I could make with my 50 plus ingredients for which I don’t need a recipe. I know 20 more I can make with what I have that aren’t listed and for which it would actually be helpful to have the recipes. Then, I discovered their gimmick. You have to buy apps for 5 or 6 more books to get anything comprehensive. Don’t waste your money.
I had been in a cocktail rut, just making the same things because I couldn’t find new ways to combine what I had and I couldn’t go by every bottle in the store. These apps opened up my cabinet to literally—yes, literally—hundreds of new possibilities. The interface is as brilliant and elegant and classy as a Vieux Carré. Do it. You’ll love it.
Great app, worth the money. The list of ingredients is amazing. Only 4 stars though because there is no option to add custom cocktails or missing classics.
This app includes all of the recipes of the PDT book, plus more, and continues to receive periodic updates from time to time, so at $9.99 this app is really a great deal compared to the book version. In addition to the sheer number of recipes available, you get all of the unmatched functionality and features of the MixologyTech suite of apps. The most important functionality is the inventory feature, which lets you enter your inventory on hand in the app. It then shows you which recipes you can make with your ingredients. With each ingredient an explanation is given of what it is, and all ingredients are provided as links so you can pick an ingredient in a recipe for example and then see which other recipes call for that ingredient. Substitutions are recommended for like ingredients when you are missing a specific ingredient but have a good alternative on hand. That's a particularly important feature in this app since recipes call for specific brands of spirits, and if you don't have that brand on hand another will be recommended as a substitute. A sync feature that takes about 30 seconds to set up will sync all of your ingredients across all seven MixologyTech apps and across multiple devices. This is particularly handy if you use the app both on an iPhone and iPad. It also means that any time you delete and reinstall one of the apps you can just set up the sync again and all of your ingredients are repopulated immediately. Favorites and flags make it easy to find your stand by drinks and drinks you've been meaning to try. You can make custom lists of recipes and journal notes on each recipe, which is helpful if you want to make a drink again but it was just a little too sweet, not sweet enough, too strong, etc. Recipes can be searched and filtered by various criteria including base spirit, method of preparation, drink type, provenance, and more. Another great feature, if like me you're always looking to expand the inventory and possibilities of your home bar, is the recommendation of ingredients to acquire. Near the bottom of the home screen you'll see a count of your ingredients, and what percentage of recipes you can make from the app. It then recommends the next ingredients that would most increase the number of drinks you'd be able to make if you added them to your inventory. This app provides a great all around group of cocktail recipes made to the high standards of one of the top cocktail bars in the world. For something a little more geared towards beginners I'd recommend the Shaken & Stirred app, and for the more serious cocktail übernerd I'd recommend Martin's Index of Cocktails which includes an exhaustive list of recipes from the mid nineteenth through mid twentieth century.
A digital cocktail guide with the care to tell you when you have an appropriate substitue for a specific property on hand, or are missing only one or two ingredients. Perfect for planning, and perfect for plotting that next expansion bottle.
Every cocktail lover should have the PDT book (aka the Bible), but they should only pull it out to read or flip through while relaxing on the couch (hopefully with a perfectly balanced cocktail). For all other occasions, just pull out the app and find exactly what you're looking for much faster. The design of this suite of apps is perfectly suited to the at-home cocktail enthusiast. Input your ingredients once, sync to all other apps (easily authenticating via 1Password support), flag recipes, and drink lovely cocktails. I'm a particular fan of flagging recipes I want to try because the list of flagged recipes shows you results from all installed apps in the suite. Very easy to find a good one to try (likewise with favorites).
When I was in college I had a dream to make my friends any drink they wanted and drive a flying car. This was a fantasy, not the least of reasons because organizing a bar is difficult, and because flying cars do not exist. However, this app has allowed me to realize the dream in the most convenient way imaginable. This app makes the connections behind the recipes for you, helps you pick most useful things to buy, manage your inventory. Simply log your bar inventory. It then knows what you can make, what you cannot make, and helps you figure out 'spirits of opportunity' to discover what to buy next to optimize the number of drinks you can make. It shows you which you are one or two ingredients away from making. Did I mention it does all that while featuring an incredible collection of well-curated recipes? It does that. I have not mixed a drink I did not enjoy. The developer supports the app like no other. I have never found such a kind, considerate, communicative developer who was so truly interested in understanding and assisting in supporting the app, despite the fact that I was running an older release of iOS. Some reviewers complain about the price. They are fools. For twice the price considering the curation, more efficient ingredient purchases because of the app's analytics, and the curation, this app is a bargain. The money I save in purcahses alone because the app optimizes those ingredients with which I can make the most drinks (I can discern and choose based on my individual taste from the sample it recommends). Then consider the curation: you are getting an almost mechanically intelligent version of a book that costs with shipping approximately $20. To this, add that you get great support and you carry the information everywhere because the developer has made it an app.
Every time I think this app can't get any better, you go and make it better. The *only* thing this app was missing was a way to take notes on drinks I've made. Now it has that. Love the creative recipes, love the inventory features. Favorite cocktail app.