Need cocktails that are easy to prepare at home? Take a look at this app
Last year, that all changed. my boyfriend, who love a craft cocktail, and I’ve been on a road trip for most of 2021. Our “thing” was to go for a drink at the local watering hole we were closest to. I stared at the menu as he focused confidently on his perfect order – usually something with lemon and brandy, whatever. I struggled against my misordered cocktail as if it were a poisoned chalice, a spectator to my boyfriend’s blissful sip. Until one night I thought – as someone who had recently learned to snowboard, regularly surfed big waves and once stood on the tips of a fish deadly and lived to tell the tale– the only thing that kept me from consuming alcohol was my own insecurity.
Shortly after our trip, I found my cocktail teacher in the form of an app: imbibed, which was designed for bartenders, restaurants, and drink lovers, but features a very simple and beginner-friendly user interface and 450 recipes for cocktails and ingredients like syrup. Like the digital version of your mom’s old recipe folder, the “library” offers an alphabetical list of cocktails. When you click on one, the page displays the ingredients and quantities, along with a series of cute illustrations that quickly suggest whether your drink should be shaken or stirred, served over ice or neat, in a glass martini or highball, and a few optional toppings. A small info section also outlines the history of each drink, and a batch calculator helps you boost recipes for a crowd. I had to go for some cocktail lingo (double strain?), but Imbiblia definitely teaches a man to fish.
After crossing And just like that…– which a colleague aptly said she “lovingly hated” – I binged everything sex and the city. Hence the inspiration for my first experience: the cosmopolitans. Once I mastered the Imbiblia recipe, I tried swapping the vodka (a spirit I’m going to quit in college) for a floral gin, and the cranberry for pomegranate juice (much better! ). I learned that I like the citrusy Cointreau, though he passed out on the dance floor after doing four hits in a row at school and hasn’t touched it since. So I tried a White Lady next: two parts gin to equal parts lemon juice and Cointreau, shaken with ice, filtered twice and served neat in a coupe. Super easy to make but chic enough to feel accomplished. When I wasn’t sure how I felt next, I chose the cocktails with the cute names: Swizzle! Sparkle! And the Bicicletta, a spritz which is also the Italian word for bicycle. Sip by sip, I learned.
Imbiblia’s Canadian developer, Jean-Marc Dykes, designed the app during his own existential crisis: after more than a decade working behind bar counters, he was laid off in March 2020. So he moved into an inflated van. , borrowed friends wifi and decided to learn to code while working on the project he had always dreamed of.