Absolutely essential, Indispensable even
By El TigroX
Fantastic app that will both instruct and inform as you wade into the wide world of tiki drinks and concoctions.
This app taught me nearly everything I needed to know to prep single drinks, as well as brush up my knowledge and skills for parties with friends.
Absolutely worth the cost, along with some solid bar equipment. Before you know it, you'll be measuring and making like a pro.
Download it, have fun and enjoy it!
Like floating on the trade winds...
A great collection of many of the most classic tiki drinks of the mid century, uncovered and rediscovered by the preeminent tiki cocktail authority, Jeff "Beachbum" Berry. This app includes all of the best recipes from at least four of Berry's books, so at $9.99 this app is really a great deal. In addition to the wealth of tiki drink 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, a particularly useful feature on this app, which can be a little overwhelming if you just start scrolling through the recipes alphabetically. 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. 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 favorite drinks and drinks you've been meaning to try. You can make custom lists of recipes and journal notes on each recipe, which is particularly helpful in this app as some of the vintage recipes will require a bit of tweaking to the modern pallet, and you'll want to notate those changes for future use.
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.
There are some truly magnificent drinks included. My personal favorite is the Jet Pilot from Steve Crane of the Luau in Beverly Hills. Be sure to try that one. It's unique in its complex flavor profile, and always gets the job done.
Links for much further reading on both tiki drinks as well as tiki style are included, as well as sources for barware, bar tools, and many of the specialized tiki drinkware which Beachbum Berry has partnered with Cocktail Kingdom on to bring back to life.
I am having a hard time imagining how this app could be improved upon, unless it could also mix the drink for me, but then where would be the fun in that?
Nice app for tiki cocktail and ingredient recipes from scratch. Great help to be able to plug in the ingredients on hand and identify which recipes you can make!
Vacation at home!
Reliable recipes that make delicious drinks, and the integration with the other apps from Martin Doudoroff is outstanding. I can't recommend his apps highly enough. I would much rather have an app with a well-curated selection of high quality recipes, than an app with thousands of cocktails of questionable quality. Moreover, the app is well thought out, with extremely useful features.
I particularly appreciate that this app has a number of lower-alcohol recipes, and that despite the reputation of most tiki drinks, not all of these recipes are sweet. All of them are complex and well-rounded.
I've even e-mailed Martin a couple of times and immediately received friendly and helpful responses. I've purchased three of his apps and expect to add another 2 or 3 fairly soon. After using these apps, I don't want to use anything else. I know I'm gushing, but they are honestly that good.
Quick hint: a number of these recipes call for "Jamaican dark rum". Yes, you can use Myer's Dark, but it's not ideal. Coruba dark is a bit better, but try mixing 1/3 Smith & Cross Navy Rum with 2/3 Appleton Signature or Reserve rum, if you can. There is a reason the recipes call for Jamaican rum, not just dark rum. Jamaican rum tends to be...funky. Open a bottle of Smith & Cross and you will immediately know what I mean. On its own it can overwhelm recipes, but mixed with a less overpowering Jamaican rum, its perfect.
Great, just great
By Nom de Verre
If you're on the fence, go ahead and purchase it. You won't likely regret it. It's a solid database app that handily tracks your owned ingredients (and both filters "available" recipes and what you could obtain to "unlock" the greatest number of recipes), infused with hundreds of recipes curated by the recognized premier exotic drink expert of our time. The app supports scribbling your notes on recipe pages, as all recipe books ought, as well as adding recipes to built-in like/dislike/flag lists, *and* whatever custom lists you'd like to create. Each drink also comes with a tidbit of history, representative photo, and historic revisions (where applicable and noteworthy). $10 may feel like a lot, but this is really a great deal.
Best Rum Rhapsodie Recipe App!!
Thank you to Jeff Berry for doing the legwork for those of us that love these "tiki" drinks! This app has all the genuine original recipes for most of the worlds best drinks.
Love the fact you can add your own notes. Especially love the option to have separate lists for different occasions/parties/etc...
Thanks again Jeff!!!
Best cocktail app I've seen
By Converted to GTD
One of the most expensive apps I've bought but worth every penny. Has every feature I've wanted, all in a beautiful interface with tons of info. Intelligent ingredient substitutes, categories, photos. A polished app.
This is the best resource bar none for rum and tiki drinks. The extensive collection of Beachbum Berry recipes is fantastic and the ability to flag, favorite, search by ingredient, and list the recipes you can make with your inventory on hand makes the my first go-to when mixing.
The recent update allowing notes on individual recipes made me push this from 4 to 5 stars. Fantastic, thank you!
Easily worth the price
This app is amazing. First, it has all the content of multiple great books on tiki drinks including beautiful photographs and a staggering array of recipes.
Second, the app has a well considered inventory function. You can input your bar inventory and get a clear list of everything you can make, plus guidance on what what to shop for to expand your options. It even cleverly suggests substitutions when needed!
Third, this app is part of a family of apps with a similar focus. The inventory you maintain in one MixologyTech app can sync to others. This was a game changer for me and I have gone on to buy several of these apps. This one is by far the coolest but they are all well done and help compliment each other. I may never buy a cocktail book again.
Tiki bible in an app
$10 is worth it! All of BBB's knowledge in one app. Photos and histories for EVERY drink. You can list your "inventory" and it will list which drinks you can make. Also it will actively sub in what you have, for what you dont. Even more handy, it gives you a "bio" for many of the ingredients and which you should buy and why. Much of the stuff in stores today is fake mass produced stuff without quality. This app will steer you towards the tried and true to stock your bar. Effing brilliant!