Choosing a summer tipple has become easier with the invention of a new iPhone application designed by Wellingtonians John O’Reilly, Kim Lumsden and Greg Harding.
The application, called What Cocktail? recommends cocktails based on the time of day, the season and a drinker’s mood.
Mr Lumsden said users just needed to select their mood – from six options – and shake their iPhone, and a cocktail choice would appear on screen.
‘‘ It’s really simple. All the classics are there and you can flip the phone to show the bartender or to find out more about the drink,’’ he said.
Mr Lumsden would not say how many cocktail choices were available, ‘‘ but it should keep you busy for a couple of weeks’’.
In a bid to be socially responsible, the team also made sure the application could recommend water and coffee. ‘‘ So, if it’s really late at night water will pop up frequently,’’ said Mr Lumsden.
Mr Lumsden is interested in cocktails and said friends often asked him to recommend drinks. With that in mind he approached Mr O’Reilly and Mr Harding about creating What Cocktail?
All three work for interactive design company Flightless and have a background in web design.
‘‘ We did do our research,’’ said Mr O’Reilly. ‘‘ There was a solid day of trying cocktails, though I did have to stay sober to take notes.
‘‘ And there was a concerted effort to produce everything ourselves, even the graphics. We didn’t want to use stock footage.
‘‘We have access to a global market and competition is tough, so we wanted quality design, which meant doing it ourselves.’’
What Cocktail? is the top-selling application in the lifestyle section of the New Zealand iTunes store, displacing Jamie Oliver’s and Gordon Ramsay’s meal suggestions.
Mr Lumsden said the $2.59 application was also gaining interest in Canada and the Netherlands.
‘‘It featured on the blog Beautiful Pixels.
‘‘They found it somehow and gushed about it, and suddenly we were watching the number of downloads spike.’’
Cheers: From the front, John O’Reilly, Greg Harding and Kim Lumsden show off their iPhone application, which recommends cocktails.