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Top Shelf Drinks

By Affogato LLC

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"The magic of Top Shelf is that it thinks the way most of us do."

"Top Shelf should win a prize for the most refined cocktail application for the iPhone and iPod touch."


If you like to mix cocktails (or you want to order something more interesting than a gin and tonic), you just found yourself one fine reference tool. Top Shelf features thousands of amazingly high quality drink recipes. Whether you're a professional bartender or amateur mixologist, you'll find everything you need in one lightning-fast, super-polished app.



Top Shelf includes thousands of carefully selected and edited recipes, ranging from classic cocktails to popular contemporary shooters. There are no filler recipes that you'd never want to drink.

All of the recipes have been organized into handy categories. Feeling nostalgic? Top Shelf has all the classics. On a mission? Top Shelf has hundreds of shots and shooters. There are even several flaming drinks for the daredevils.

This innovative feature allows you to maintain a list of spirits (and mixers) you have and shows you what you can make with them.

All of the included recipes are completely editable, and you can add all of your own concoctions. If you just want to leave yourself a note, there's a place for that too.

Find any drink by name, either within a specific category or across the whole database. Browse combinations of ingredients using a fun and intuitive drill-down interface.

When you find a recipe you like, mark it as a favorite for easy future access or email it to your friends.

Feeling indecisive? Let Top Shelf pick a random recipe for you. You can get a random drink from the entire database, a specific category, your favorites, search results, or the liquor cabinet.

Top Shelf will try to auto-detect whether you pour in ounces or centiliters, but you can always specify your preference in the iPhone Settings application.

Top Shelf is designed from top to bottom to be beautiful, usable, and snappy. Since the recipes are stored on your device, you don't have to wait for anything to download from the Internet, and there are no ads to get in your way.

What's New in Version 2.4.1

Streamlined adding and removing of Liquor Cabinet ingredients - you can now add many ingredients at the same time.

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Customer Reviews

Near perfect

Great tool. Well done. Thanks a lot. Best buck I've spent on a reference app since Webster's dictionary . Top shelf is the go to app for mixing knowledge. A great way for novice AND veteran bartenders to learn new drinks, keep sharp, or even to find a drink which a regular customer of yours might enjoy based on their liquor of choice. Throwing out the suggestion of a new, perhaps exotic drink or shot can liven up any group and put cash in the tip jar.

Drink ingredients are clearly spelled out with guidelines for proper mixing. A mixologists dream. Despite some posts saying you can't search for drinks using this app, that's not true! The problem is that some folk have difficulty using technology. Simply touch the "drinks" icon at the bottom of the screen. Tap any category on the next page and the search bar is right there. Easy.

Put the iPad over a register at a bar and you can look up a drink fast and easy without looking like an idiot that asks the customer what's in his/her drink.

Get it. It's a buck well spent.

Developers have abandoned us!

This has the potential to be a great app, particularly because of its capacity for editing drinks and adding your own.


The developers have stopped updating this app, content to merely sit back and collect checks from unwitting newbies.

If they ever decided to return and improve the app, I will change my rating.

It would be dramatically improved if:

1.) You could delete recipes (as it is now, once you've saved a recipe, it's in the app FOREVER - a strangely obvious oversight on the developers part).

2.) There was a version for iPad.

That's it, really. With these changes and the return of customer support and updates, this would be a 5-star app.

...but until that day, NEW BUYERS STAY AWAY!

The Final Say

In drink apps. The app is not maxed out on potential but compared to alternatives, far outpaces the competition. The ability to edit recipes makes a mockery of Mixologist and the cabinet feature with the option of filtering for recipes that you have ever ingredient for is a tremendous time saver. Dont wait, give this a try today!

Top Shelf Drinks
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  • $0.99
  • Category: Food & Drink
  • Updated: Sep 30, 2011
  • Version: 2.4.1
  • Size: 2.3 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Affogato LLC
You must be at least 17 years old to download this app.
  • Frequent/Intense Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
  • Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes

Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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