Skill Review: Mixologist



VOGO Voice RATING                                4.2/5

Voice First                                                                  4/5
Display Friendly                                                        3/5
Performance/Ease of Use                                       5/5
Accuracy/Data Quality                                             5/5
Value Proposition                                                     4/5


‘Mixologist’ by Luis Sala is a true-to-style bartending skill that equips the cocktail-loving community to step into the shoes of a bartender in the comfort of their homes. Mastering the art of mixology is not something everyone can get their hands at. It demands talent and precision to mix the right amount of ingredients and whip up the cocktail concoction of your choice. The skill keeps justice to its name by relaying detailed recipes of more than a thousand fine cocktails, thereby helping users become pro-mixologists to fix a palate-pleasing drink.

The voice app when kicked off jumps right into action showcasing its core functionality without much of an introduction. It gives straightforward directions on what the users can ask for. Having an exhaustive database of cocktails, the skill enables you to filter recipes by their names or specific ingredients. This comes in handy for drinkers looking to sip a cocktail with a preferred base spirit, be it rum, vodka, or gin. Likewise, if wanting to put a cocktail together quickly with the available ingredients, just mention them and the skill is at your service. Every recipe is comprehensive with the ingredients, measurements, and step-by-step instructions on how to mix your drink. Extending its utility is the “Surprise me” feature where the skill recommends a random cocktail recipe. This is beneficial, especially for beginners who are not well-versed with the names of cocktails. If you miss out on the interactive instructions, Alexa can repeat them. At the same time, the skill sends a home card of the complete recipe with the list of ingredients to your Alexa app. Thus catering to both amateurs and expert drinkers, the skill facilitates multimodal filtering of recipes and provides hand-holding to get the cocktail combination right.

On the downside, the basic repeat command works only for the recipe instructions and not anywhere else within the skill. Also, the Echo Show users can get disappointed due to the lack of engaging visuals or illustrations. The display is unappealing with just the ingredients and instructions presented in the default font. Another setback is that when opting to not repeat the recipe the skill shuts down and the user needs to relaunch it to procure any other cocktail profile.

The VOGO Voice team scores this skill 4.2 out of 5 stars based on our rating system. ‘Mixologist’ is an indispensable tool for at-home bartenders looking for a no-fuss way to make flavorful cocktails by getting the ratios of ingredients right. So why not try this skill and kick things up a notch by improving your cocktail mixing skills in your own kitchen.

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