10 Best Drink Apps Slideshow

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For the Wine Aficionado: Hello Vino (OS and Android)
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For the Wine Aficionado: Hello Vino (OS and Android)
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Perfect for the recreational wine lover. This app helps you pick the right wine according to occasion, taste preference, country, or even meal. Added bonus: Snap a pic of a bottle label and the app gives you the wine’s full rundown. Snootier imbibers should check out Wine Notes, which lets you record every nuance of a wine tasting experience.

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For Wannabe Bartenders: Drinks Master (OS and Android)
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For Wannabe Bartenders: Drinks Master (OS and Android)
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This free app boasts more than 12,000 drink recipes, including ingredients, prep steps, and info on how to serve cocktails. Users can even search the app by ingredient for a list of recipes.

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For the Serious Whiskey Drinker: WhiskeyCast (OS and Android)
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For the Serious Whiskey Drinker: WhiskeyCast (OS and Android)
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You don't need to be a whiskey snob to enjoy WhiskeyCast. This free app features tasting notes for 600 whiskeys, fun podcasts, and a global database of whiskey-tasting events. Die-hard aficionados, however, should consider iWhiskey. At $11, it features an incredible database and reviews from whiskey expert F. Paul Pacult.

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For Help Pairing Food and Wine: Pair It! (OS and Android)
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For Help Pairing Food and Wine: Pair It! (OS and Android)
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Never fumble a food pairing again. Just pick the food you plan to serve, and this app's comprehensive database tells you which wines would most enhance the meal. Or, to make a dinner party even easier, pick one of the app's “Quick Pair” recommendations before you even start cooking.

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For Happy Hour Hunting: Drink Owl (OS and Android)
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For Happy Hour Hunting: Drink Owl (OS and Android)
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Thanks to Drink Owl, it only takes a few clicks to find out where the party's at. The app uses GPS to give you up-to-date info on happy hour specials at bars in your vicinity. Users can also narrow their searches and look for specials on beer, cocktails, shots, or food.

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For When You Need to Stock Up: Liquor Run Mobile (OS and Android)
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For When You Need to Stock Up: Liquor Run Mobile (OS and Android)
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Perfect for those Sunday nights when you're not sure if any nearby liquor stores are still open. With a database of more than 40,000 stores, Liquor Run Mobile serves up a proximity-based list of alcohol outlets in a user's 10-mile vicinity, including their opening and closing hours and specialty products.

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For Cocktail Inspiration: Liquor Cabinet (OS)
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For Cocktail Inspiration: Liquor Cabinet (OS)
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There are more comprehensive apps for cocktail recipes, but Liquor Cabinet is the best option for those who want to mix up their at-home routine. Spend 10 minutes adding the contents of your kitchen and pantry, and the sleek, '50s-style app will offer a database of drink recipes — and tell you which ones are merely an ingredient away.

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For Those Scouring for Shots: Shots! (OS)
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For Those Scouring for Shots: Shots! (OS)
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For those hard-partying nights, this app has only one specialty — shots, and lots of them. Search by category (bachelor party, birthday, happy hour), browse alphabetically, or shake the app for a random pick. Classy bonus that's sure to make mom wring her hands: The app can post the shots you do to Facebook.

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For the Homebrewer: iBrewMaster (OS and Android)
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For the Homebrewer: iBrewMaster (OS and Android)
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This app acts as a comprehensive hub for the novice at-home beer-maker — it stores your brewing activities and recipes, as well as offers step-by-step instructions on brewing your own pints. Plus, the app offers tried-and-tested beer recipes, complete with alcohol and caloric content and tasting notes.

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For the Beer Geek: BeerCloud (OS and Android)
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For the Beer Geek: BeerCloud (OS and Android)
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It has all the basics, including a searchable database of more than 2,800 brews. But BeerCloud also has some standout features: Scan a beer's barcode for detailed intel, or use the app's GPS to find nearby bars serving your favorite pint. If craft beers are your thing, check out Gallagher's Beer Guide instead — it's a robust resource for rare beer appreciation.

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