Cocktail Cost Calculator
December 28, 2009 11:45 AM   Subscribe

Cocktail Cost Calculator
In the style of the "Sandwich Calculator" on Cockeyed, this tool helps you to analyse and view the costs of cocktails at home or parties. Choose from 54 ingredients, such as 1 ounce Gin, half-ounce Frangelico and four ounces of grapefruit juice, and see the costs of each portion totalled and displayed on the next page.

Select pre-made drinks or specify "top shelf" ingredients if desired.
posted by cockeyed (17 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

The layout was a bit confusing.

Also the currency is only US dollars?
posted by gomichild at 7:07 PM on December 28, 2009

So I guess I'm suggesting a better name might be U.S. Cocktail Cost Calculator.
posted by gomichild at 7:12 PM on December 28, 2009

I like this!

U S A! U S A!
posted by Greg Nog at 1:40 PM on December 29, 2009

Whcih other currencies are considered to be the main currencies?
posted by cockeyed at 2:55 PM on December 29, 2009

Maybe this is a better angle: Top ten drinking countries
posted by gomichild at 10:33 PM on December 29, 2009

I'd at least add the euro and the pound.
posted by kylej at 3:45 PM on December 30, 2009

Difficult layout and interface. You should use a
posted by parhamr at 4:07 PM on December 31, 2009

Oops, you should use a <label> for each form element.
posted by parhamr at 4:07 PM on December 31, 2009

U.S. Cocktail Cost Calculator

indeed and measures only in ounces. The world uses metric.
posted by mattoxic at 12:18 AM on January 1, 2010

I think you need to rethink the UI a bit. That page is kind of crazy.
posted by chunking express at 8:54 AM on January 4, 2010

Suggestions for a new UI?

Should I eliminate some options to make it simpler?

Every drink recipe I've seen uses ounces. I live in California.

posted by cockeyed at 9:35 AM on January 4, 2010

Wikipedia lists IBA cocktails with measurements in metric.

Also, what constitutes "regular liquor"? If I choose something from the list, the price is going to vary quite a bit based on what brand I buy.
posted by Hypocrite_Lecteur at 11:54 AM on January 4, 2010

This tool is designed to estimate the cost of cocktails. Of course the price of each ingredient can be more or less than my estimate, but I felt that including a low-cost well and 25 top shelf liquors would cover most inquiries.

If you click through those IBA recipes, you'll see they are mostly translated from the ounces, e.g., Kamakaza is 3 cl vodka, 3 cl lime juice, 3 cl triple sec.

Probably just my North American bias...
posted by cockeyed at 1:54 PM on January 4, 2010

Well, one easy shift would be letting people submit after just clicking one of the pre-mixed up top. But to make it through the whole thing, that's a lot of scrolling.
posted by klangklangston at 9:32 AM on January 5, 2010

You could also do text input that you parse to assemble the ingredients. Having all those drop down boxes, which don't even fit on the page, is a bit much.
posted by chunking express at 11:54 AM on January 5, 2010

Hey Klangklangston! That is a good idea! I can easily do two submit buttons!
posted by cockeyed at 4:19 PM on January 5, 2010

I attempted to check the price of a cable car, typically at Bellagio for $12 I think?

So first of all, I couldn't do the exact measurements:

1 1/4 oz Captain Morgan's Rum
3/4 oz Orange Curacao
1 1/4 oz Sweet and sour

Also Orange Curacao was missing.

Is there a way to link this to do a lookup as some drink mixer web site so I could just type "cable car" and it would find it?
posted by thilmony at 7:19 PM on January 5, 2010

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