7 ways your phone can turn you into a great bartender

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Having someone mix a cocktail for you is part of any bar’s allure. Relaxing at home with an aperitif can be nice as well.

There are many mixology tools out there. Apps and books can be great for learning how to mix a margarita or a Negroni. Now, though, your voice assistant can walk you through recipes as well — a few can even crack into your favorite brand of liquor. Whether you lean towards Alexa or prefer Google Assistant, these seven tools can help you become your own favorite bartender.

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1. The Bartender

The Bartender works for Alexa, Google Assistant and will soon function on Microsoft’s Cortana, too. This tool lets you search for specific recipes or even find a cocktail that you can make with the ingredients that you have handy. Whether you love gin or hate tequila, the app can find drinks, recite recipes and walk you through the mixing. The app keeps instructions simple, though you may need to already know details like what it means to “muddle” a beverage.

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2. Mixologist

Mixologist is an Alexa-only skill that recommends top recipes when you ask for a specific drink. The app can tell you how long it takes to mix the cocktail and even how other users have rated that recipe. You can then push that recipe to your phone or ask for another one.

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3. Drink Recommender

Don’t know what you like? Try Drink Recommender for Amazon Echo devices. Despite Alexa’s insistence to the contrary, the app’s options are not exhaustive, but it’s still a handy tool to have if you’re not sure what to drink. Drink Recommender doesn’t come with recipes, but it is easy to use a recipe app in tandem with this one.

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4. The Johnnie Walker App

We all have that friend who only drinks specific brands of whiskey. Perhaps you are the brand aficionado in your circle of friends. Either way, the Johnnie Walker app has you covered. You can download this app to a smart speaker and have a friend’s favorite whiskey ready to drink by the time they arrive.

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5. Patron Liquor

Patrón Liquor has its own app available for both Alexa and Google Assistant.  The Patrón Liquor Skill favors spicy margaritas — yes, we know those are trendy now — and features 92 heat-packing recipes. Tequila fans should note, though, that GearBrain couldn’t find a single recipe for a frozen margarita. Maybe the app just assumes that you’ll pour the drink into a blender and start adding ice. Therefore, this may not be the skill for you if you need some mixing guidance.

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6. DIY bartender apps

Maybe you think that you can do a better job than these apps — or you’re an aspiring mixologist who is looking to promote your own recipes. User Mathew Sprehn wrote his own Alexa skill for mixing drinks and posted all of the instructions on GitHub. Note that these instructions require some familiarity with building an Alexa Skill. If you know how, though, you can use the skill to grow your own bar tending brand.

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7. Mocktails Mixer

Maybe using an app is too easy and you want a robotic bartender. Google gets you. The company teamed up with Deeplocal to build the open-source Mocktails Mixer, which features how-to instructions on GitHub as well. You need some hardware to pull this setup off — including a Raspberry Pi, USB microphone and an Arduino Micro — but if you do, enjoying a mixed drink is as simple as pressing a button. Let us know if you build one. We’ll bring the olives.

Check out The GearBrain, our smart home compatibility checker, to see other products that are compatible with Google Home, Home Mini and Amazon Alexa-enabled devices.

This article originally appeared on GearBrain and was syndicated by MediaFeed.org.

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