Vegan Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes and Motivational Quotes. LIVE SMART, BE WISE, THINK FRESH.

Tag: Cocktails Page 1 of 8

Which Cocktails to Show?

All right, we’re trying to show the user what they can make from what they got in the bar. Cool.

We know what they got in the bar (see previous post); now, we better show them some useful cocktail recipes, or they’ll sue the hell out of poor me for false advertising :-). And hey, I gotta pay for hosting, no dollars to waste on legal fees, sorry.

[Side note: is currently hosted on my home server, an ancient Linux box – PIII 500MHz. 40KB/s upload rate. $ 30/month for cable internet with Millennium Digital Media – btw, wonderful ISP.]

All right, jokes aside. We need some alcohol here.

I (my second self), the semi drunk college student Jane, am holding a party. I go to San Jose State, so I managed to sneak out some lemons out of my auntie’s back yard, so these lemons end up on my ingredient list. Now back to cb, the poor site owner that’s about to be sued; he’s thinking whether to show 1940s blue blazer, a cocktail that involves lemon peel, to our tipsy Jane. One more piece of data: CB doesn’t know that Jane is so drunk that she wouldn’t be able to peel the lemon without converting the lemon into lemon juice.

So: do we show a cocktail that has lemon peel to a user that has lemons in the ingredient list?

Before you answer, let me ask you a different question. A cocktail called Purple Passion calls for Absolut vodka, but the user has Stoli. Do we show the cocktail?

Another one: a cocktail calls for a raspberry vodka, but the user has an orange-flavored vodka. Do we show the cocktail? What if the user has just “vodka”, and they didn’t specify the type of vodka they have?

Yeah. It gets complicated, doesn’t it.

For the first two questions (lemon peel vs lemon, Absolut vs Stoli), I’m guessing you answered “yes”, show the cocktail, let ‘em have some booze. For the last one (raspberry vodka vs orange vodka), you probably said “no, it will taste different”.

Crap. And I had such a good theory here. Now I’m totally gonna get sued, cause I don’t know how to build this 🙂

Fine-fine, no more theatre, let’s talk about solutions.

Option 1: Define “homogeneous groups”: all cocktails that contain any light rum will show up if the user has any other light rum. That is, all members of the group are considered “synonyms” for cocktail-making purposes.

Option 2: Define a hierarchy of ingredients that looks something like the following:

If we let the user enter any one of the LEAF nodes as one of their ingredients (i.e. Stoli Orange, but not Orange Vodka), cocktail matches will become relatively simple. If a user holds a particular node, show all cocktails that include that node’s siblings or ancestors. For example, if the user has Stoli Orange, we’ll show recipes that include the following highlighted nodes:

However, this may become a bit constraining:

1) Users can’t just type in that they have some vodka in the bar. They gotta say exactly what kind it is. Make users suffer (i.e. stand up from their computer), and they will leave.
2) What do you do with recipes that call for stuff that doesn’t quite fit in one category, for example, what if a recipe says “use raspberry or orange vodka” (bear with me, I can’t imagine what the consequences of this substitution would be)? Our hierarchy would then have to become sort-of unclean, involving “virtual” nodes; these virtual nodes break the lovely tree structure, converting the whole thing into a directed graph:

Uhh, decisions, decisions… What’s your take?

Cocktail Builder: JavaScript Alcoholic

New Build: 90 new cocktails, 110 new ingredients

The title says it all. It’s the first time I’m doing a “release announcement” like this, so I think I’ll share the new things I added to the database this time around.

By the way, you may wonder, how did I prioritize the ingredients to add? There’s been more folks visiting the site in the last few days – just look at the screenshot from Google Analytics below:

So I was able to analyze the things that they were looking for and didn’t find, and added them to the database. Here’s the list of new stuff:  

Cocktails Ingredients

1960s Black Devil
Absecon Fruit Punch
Absinthe Cocktail
Absolute Pineapple Martini
Admiral Nelsons Brew
Adonis Cocktail
Alabama Cocktail
Alaska Cocktail
Angels Kiss
Angels Kiss 2
Angels Wing
Bahama Mama 2
Barracuda Bite
Basil Haydens Mint Julep
Bermuda Triangle
Bo Diddley Shooter
Bourbon Sidecar
Brandy Alexander
Brandy Alexander Classic, 1930
Brandy Strudel
Brisk Blue Blazer
Bronx Cocktail No2 Dry
Candy Apple
Captains French Kiss
Chocolate Chip Cookie
Colorado Prarie Fire
Deach Desire
Dutch Orange
Exterminator Coffee
Green Monster
Irish Flag
Jamaican Me Crazy
Jealous Love
Keoke Coffee
Latino Last Scream
Lauries Favorite
Martini Cocktail, Dry
Martini Cocktail, Sweet
Midori Margarita
Mollys Milk
Mountain Altitude
Mountain Grog
Mountain Madness
Mrs. Greens LMC
Original Bushwacker
Original Manhattan
Pass It On
Perfect Manhattan
Perrier Lemonade
Pineapple Smooch
Piss In The Snow
Pousse Cafe
Santa Monica Splash
Sapphire Sensation
Sex On Mountain
Sex on the Slopes
Sexy Lexy
Sidecar Cocktail
Sidecar Special
Ski Tip Coffee
Stairway To Heaven
Stars And Stripes
Stroll Through The Woods
Sugar and Spice
Sun Burn
Sweet Kisses
Tic Tac
Tokyo Tea
Triple Kiss
Trouble In Paradise
Vitamine Maidas
Wake Me In An Hour
Ward Eight
Westin St. Francis Chocolate Martini
White Christmas
Wicky Wacky Woo
Wooly Mamouth

151 rum
7-UP or Sprite
Angostura bitters
anise liqueur
Applejack Brandy
Bacardi 151
Bacardi 151 rum
Bacardi Breezer Orange
Bacardi white rum
black olive
black tea
Bols Blue Curacao
brut Champagne
burgundy wine
California brandy
cham pagne
Chandon sparkling wine
chilled champagne
chopped strawberries
Coca Cola
coconut creme
coconut liqueur
concentrated simple syrup
creme de banana
creme de bananes
creme de cassis
creme de coconut
creme de monte
creme de yvette
creme yvette
crushed pineapple
DeKuyper Tropical Pineapple Liqueur
dr pepper
dry sherry wine
dry white wine
egg white
French roast vanilla bean coffee
Godiva white chocolate liqueur
green chartreuse
green olive
guava juice
heavy sweet cream
Hennessy Cognac
iced tea
Jack Daniels
Johnny Walker Black Label Scotch
juice from one lemon
Ketel One Vodka
lemon slice
lime cordial
lime zest
Malibu coconut liqueur
margarita mix
margarita mix (non-alcoholic)
Margarita mixture ( lemon lime mix )
Moet Rose NV (Non Vintage/house blend) Champagne
Opal Nera
overproof rum
parfait amour
parfait damour
Pina Colada Mix
pineapple chunks
pink grapfruit juice
pink lemonade
Pisang Ambon
pomace brandy
Que Pentas silver tequila
red dinner wine
Red vodka
rum, 151
Rumple Minze peppermint schnapps
Sauza Tres Generations Tequila
sparkling white wine
Sprite or 7Up
squeezed lime juice
Stolichnaya Gold vodka
Stolichnaya Limonaya
tabasco pepper sauce
Tanqueray gin
Ursus vodka
versinthe absinthe
white dinner wine
worchestershire sauce
yellow chartreuse
Yellow Galliano

My goal is to make a site that’s useful for the community – and the only way to do that is to look into what folks are trying to do with it and failing, and enabling those things.


Cocktail Builder: JavaScript Alcoholic

Page 1 of 8

Powered by WordPress & Theme by Anders Norén