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New App Mixes New Drinks With What You Have

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the I'll-have-a-squashed-strawberry-alley-cat dept.

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Pickens writes "The magic of a new app called 'Top Shelf' is that if you want to mix a new drink, the app thinks the way most of us do — instead of going out to buy the ingredients, it shows you how to build a new drink with the ingredients you have available. Feeling indecisive? Let Top Shelf pick a random recipe for you. You can get a random drink from the entire database, a specific category, your favorites, search results, or the liquor cabinet."

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what if (1)

alphatel (1450715) | more than 3 years ago | (#34714588)

All I have is my wife and a bottle of bourbon?

Re:what if (5, Funny)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 3 years ago | (#34714596)

Drink bourbon until she looks good.

Re:what if (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34714666)

And people thought text adventures were lame...

Re:what if (1)

aliquis (678370) | more than 3 years ago | (#34714986)

"Pretty women make us buy beer. ugly women make us drink beer."

I'm not saying I agree.

I drink beer because I would had wanted to meet the pretty women. The ugly I don't need, with or without beer.

Lucky you (1)

mangu (126918) | more than 3 years ago | (#34715222)

All I have is my wife and a bottle of bourbon?

All *I* have is tap water and no wife

Re:Lucky you (1)

rainmouse (1784278) | more than 3 years ago | (#34715892)

All I have is my wife and a bottle of bourbon?

All *I* have is tap water and no wife

You got rid of your wife for the staggeringly cheap price of 1 bottle of bourbon? Bargain!

Re:what if (1)

CAIMLAS (41445) | more than 3 years ago | (#34717440)

Drink the bourbon, stir your wife.

Alternatively, you can mix the two to get:
* Dirty Mother
* Slippery Nipple
* Bald Beaver
* Wet Sucker
* Sex on the Beach

And so on.

Not a new app (4, Informative)

Mean Variance (913229) | more than 3 years ago | (#34714598)

I have been using Top Shelf for at least 3 years. It's one of the first apps I ever installed on my 1st gen iPod Touch.

Re:Not a new app (5, Informative)

afidel (530433) | more than 3 years ago | (#34714870)

And back in the ancient days of the web I used a website call webtender [webtender.com] , according to the copyright line it's been around since 95 =)

Re:Not a new app (5, Insightful)

MachDelta (704883) | more than 3 years ago | (#34715096)

My girlfriend has an app called Mixologist that does the same damn thing. List of ingredients in, list of possible drinks out. Big deal.

I don't mind slashvertisments when they're something new or innovative, but this one is neither. Bleh.

Re:Not a new app (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34716358)

yes, but does that app create NEW drinks?

Re:Not a new app (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34715332)

Very cool, thank you.

Re:Not a new app (1)

Rob the Bold (788862) | more than 3 years ago | (#34715398)

And back in the ancient days of the web I used a website call webtender [webtender.com] , according to the copyright line it's been around since 95 =)

I'm pretty sure I had a DOS app for this that not only came up with drinks you could mix with what you had on hand but also more general recipes, too. It sounded really good until I started to try to keep a kitchen inventory on my PC -- I abandoned that after about a week.

Re:Not a new app (1)

Khyber (864651) | more than 3 years ago | (#34717466)

The program was called Recipes International. I still have two or three copies lying around somewhere, on floppy.

Re:Not a new app (1)

Lord Byron II (671689) | more than 3 years ago | (#34715562)

Yeah, but this is an app and it's on the iPhone. That makes it at least two orders of magnitude cooler than any Web v1.0 website. Looking at Webtender, they're using cgi-bin scripts. OMG! That's not Ajax, or Ruby on Rails, or anything cool. That's like a Netscape-type of website.

Re:Not a new app (1)

afidel (530433) | more than 3 years ago | (#34715672)

And yet a 15 year old design still works on any device today but newer 'better' designs often fail on my smartphone (mostly due to flash but also due to too cute javascript).

Re:Not a new app (1)

vaxjo (1164417) | more than 3 years ago | (#34716704)

The problem with Webtender (and the other, very similar, drinks-making sites I've seen) suffer from the problem that every combination of liquids, however repulsive, has been given a whimsical name and logged as a permissible "mixed drink". So if you tell it that your liquor cabinet holds a half-empty bottle of dry vermouth, a dusty bottle of Peychaud's bitters and a jar of cocktail onions; it's going to give you a list of nine different "drinks" you can make.

Re:Not a new app (1)

Lehk228 (705449) | more than 3 years ago | (#34717054)

IIRC webtender even lets you specify to list hits with 0 or some number of missing ingredients, so you can get results with only one or two missing ingredients

Re:Not a new app (1)

drpimp (900837) | more than 3 years ago | (#34715232)

And then there is idrink.com [idrink.com] (see my recipes) which used a few times back circa 2003-2004 ... yet I am not sure what is currently going on with their website. It looks horrible.

Re:Not a new app (1)

Kizeh (71312) | more than 3 years ago | (#34715300)

Eh? There was an Symbian app like that well over half a decade ago on my Nokia. How's this news?

Re:Not a new app (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34715704)

I've been using getdrunker.com (http and iphone) myself. full disclosure: I wrote the app and site

Re:Not a new app (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34716274)

everyone seems to be missing the point of this app... it creates NEW drinks, not pre-existing drinks..

Doesn't everyone? (1)

TheL0ser (1955440) | more than 3 years ago | (#34714602)

Doesn't everyone just throw whatever they have in a glass to see if it's good? Why stick to established recipes?

Re:Doesn't everyone? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34714726)

No, some of us actually know how to mix drinks.

Re:Doesn't everyone? (1)

Midnight Thunder (17205) | more than 3 years ago | (#34714850)

Doesn't everyone just throw whatever they have in a glass to see if it's good? Why stick to established recipes?

What sort of heretic statement is that?

On the lighter side of things vodka and maple syrup work well together. We tried the maple syrup with whiskey and it didn't work out so well.

Re:Doesn't everyone? (1)

InlawBiker (1124825) | more than 3 years ago | (#34714916)

Many generations of our elders had no Internet, TV or radio. Consequently, they spent a lot of time socializing and discovering delicious liquor combinations. No reason we can't leverage some of that good info.

Re:Doesn't everyone? (4, Insightful)

Delusion_ (56114) | more than 3 years ago | (#34715352)

First off, would it really kill an editor (or god forbid, a submitter) to google something first to see if it really is a new idea? The College Bar database has been doing this for years, and I know it's not the first.

Which brings me to why I replied to this post - no. There are certain ingredients that play off each other well, and those which don't.

The biggest problem with the default College Bar database was that it was full of garbage just like you're proposing - "hey, put this in and this in and this in and give it a funny name" that someone submitted after they "invented it" in their dorm room. Many of these so-called drinks were useless crap you'd never want to drink, and had the gimmick of weird ingredients, easy ingredients, many ingredients, a stupid name, and/or some "stunt" involved.

While you are certainly welcome to mix Midori, Limoncello, Pepto Bismol, Jagermeister, Faygo Red Pop and Bailey's into a glass and call it a drink, the fact is that nobody over 25 or with any taste whatsoever gives a shit about your nasty frat boy drink. There's a reason why only 20-something girls who are desperate for attention consume drinks with "sexy" names like Blowjobs, Sex on the Beach, or a Slippery Bald Beaver. These are drinks for little whores, not adults.

This isn't to say people have to agree about what constitutes a good drink - I prefer a martini shaken, not stirred, but if it has anything other than gin, vermouth, and some sort of garnish in it (and possibly a bit of bitters if you're trying to re-invent the wheel), don't call it a martini. Note I didn't say don't drink it, I'm just sick of "martini" drinks like choclatetini and appletini which are the exact opposite of what a martini actually is, sweet versus dry, syrupy instead of thin, etc. I also want no part of anything with Kahluah in it, but other reasonable people may thoroughly enjoy a White Russian.

The first thing I had to do was delete all the frat, gimmick, and whore drinks from the College Bar. Eventually, I just populated College Bar with my own database from a well-loved cocktail book that I had lying around. It was useful when you wanted to try something you hadn't had before, hadn't considered the possibilities of a particular ingredient, but didn't want to resort to awful crap you get when college kids make "drinks" whose primary goal is to taste like Coca Cola, fruit juice, or the sort of get-drunk-immediately swill created by people who consider Bacardi shots an actual drink instead of a stunt.

Re:Doesn't everyone? (1)

socsoc (1116769) | more than 3 years ago | (#34716520)

choclatetini and appletini

The tini refers to the style of stemware. You won't often find those drinks served in a highball glass...

Oh my (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34714610)

Hell of a slashvertisement, here.

old idea... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34714614)

but a good one. I used to have a Palm os app that did the same thing.

Mix drinks? (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 3 years ago | (#34714616)

Put booze in glass, drink.

Do you really need a recipe for that?

Re:Mix drinks? (1)

jcoy42 (412359) | more than 3 years ago | (#34714816)

No, you don't need a recipe for that. You need a recipe for when a female who isn't a full time drunk comes over.

Congradulations! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34714624)

You've recreated Webtender!

Have a cookie.

Thanks! (2)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 3 years ago | (#34714716)

Now, what website does this for food? I'd probably even be willing to scan stuff if it would help. I don't have any secrets in my pantry.

Re:Thanks! (4, Informative)

afidel (530433) | more than 3 years ago | (#34714902)

Supercook [supercook.com]

Re:Thanks! (1)

harrytuttle777 (1720146) | more than 3 years ago | (#34715100)

Just curious, but why do I need the soap?

Re:Thanks! (1)

boskone (234014) | more than 3 years ago | (#34715790)

Just curious, but why do I need the soap?

assuming you're being sincere, he means the following:

soap box: stand on and orate
ballot box: vote
jury box: nullify
ammo: you do the math

Re:Thanks! (1)

harrytuttle777 (1720146) | more than 3 years ago | (#34716796)

Ohh. I thought he meant you have to wear Axe personal bodywash or a similar brand of soap. Sorry I am just stupid. I will pay closer attention before posting.

Thanks

Re:Thanks! (1)

Pokey.Clyde (1322667) | more than 3 years ago | (#34715094)

Google. No really, I use it often when I know what I have but not what I want to make. Just search ingredient A + ingredient B recipe, and see what looks good.

No Android Version (1)

Liquidretro (1590189) | more than 3 years ago | (#34714646)

There is no Android version! This is Slashdot after all, we like to have customization on our mobile devices, not just one man's way.

Spam! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34714648)

Come on now, this is news worthy? Really?

i voted for cowboynealeonidas (3, Funny)

spazdor (902907) | more than 3 years ago | (#34714866)

Newsworthy!?? THIS... IS... http://idle.slashdot.oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooorg !!!!!

Mixed drink: (2)

John Hasler (414242) | more than 3 years ago | (#34714676)

Two or more fluids in a cocktail glass, at least one of them alcoholic. Brake fluid and Everclear, for example. Or single-malt and drain cleaner.

Re:Mixed drink: (1)

M8e (1008767) | more than 3 years ago | (#34715304)

Two or more fluids? Not two or more liquids?

Re:Mixed drink: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34715498)

Be nice, perhaps there are languages that doesn't have a distinction between the two and thus the concept of a difference can be hard to grasp for those who speak those languages natively.

Re:Mixed drink: (1)

O-Deka-K (1520371) | more than 3 years ago | (#34715954)

Looking it up...

Brake fluid + Everclear = "Stop, Drop and Puke"
Single-malt + drain cleaner (or carpet cleaner for a more "authentic" taste) = "Scotchgard"

Wow, this app is amazing!

Re:Mixed drink: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34716364)

Welcome to the "do not fly" list.

Re:Mixed drink: (1)

Abstrackt (609015) | more than 3 years ago | (#34718056)

Two or more fluids in a cocktail glass, at least one of them alcoholic. Brake fluid and Everclear, for example. Or single-malt and drain cleaner.

If someone makes that brake fluid and Everclear drink I propose we name it the Screeching Halt.

"App" is not a synonym for "iPhone application" (2)

MaggieL (10193) | more than 3 years ago | (#34714688)

Be nice to mention what platform it's for.

Re:"App" is not a synonym for "iPhone application" (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34714778)

"App" is not a synonym for "iPhone appliction"

It is now. Words get appropriated, language changes. Deal with it. Or try to reclaim back the word "gay" and see how far you get.

"Application" still means application. "App" is no longer a short form of "application," it's a short form of "Iphone / iPad / iPod touch application." It's been that way since the, "there's an app for that" ads. I know, marketing sucks, but it sucks because it works, and this one worked.

Re:"App" is not a synonym for "iPhone application" (1)

brainboyz (114458) | more than 3 years ago | (#34714900)

It might be applicable for smartphone apps, but in no way does it solely imply iDevice applications.

Re:"App" is not a synonym for "iPhone application" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34715024)

Ummm no.

Re:"App" is not a synonym for "iPhone application" (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34715076)

Or try to reclaim back the word "gay" and see how far you get.

Yet another word that's become synonymous with Apple....

Re:"App" is not a synonym for "iPhone application" (1)

slyrat (1143997) | more than 3 years ago | (#34714920)

Be nice to mention what platform it's for.

Yeah, one would hope that slashdot would mention that in the summary. Especially when there is probably a large portion of readers using android only.

Uh...new? (1)

Southpaw018 (793465) | more than 3 years ago | (#34714710)

This app is awesome and extremely handy, but new? This was one of the first apps I downloaded for my iPhone 3G, well over two years ago, when it was free in an "introductory" special and had a different name (which has long escaped me).

And Now Ads? (2)

Gr33nJ3ll0 (1367543) | more than 3 years ago | (#34714722)

Is this really news? I mean even for idle it seems a bit low. FWIW Top Shelf is not the only app that does this, there's at least one other one.

Re:And Now Ads? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34714788)

Yep - this is clearly nothing more than a plug for this iPhone Application.

Top shelf vodka (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34714730)

Can you make top shelf vodka by mixing Everclear which is 95% alcohol, with bottled water until it is about 40% alcohol by volume? And if not, what is the difference?

Re:Top shelf vodka (2)

RJHelms (1554807) | more than 3 years ago | (#34714820)

No, you can't.

As to what is the difference - try it and see for yourself. The key difference is that Everclear and water tastes like watered-down Everclear, and good vodka is delicious.

Re:Top shelf vodka (1)

MBGMorden (803437) | more than 3 years ago | (#34714954)

Vodka, even "good" vodka, is lifeless. Water and ethanol at it's best, where even the best companies' claim to fame is just how many times they've filtered it to get any and all taste out of it.

Try a good whiskey. I prefer bourbon, but any higher tier whiskey will do. I don't see how anyone would drink vodka except as random alcohol to pour into a juice when other spirits are available. If you don't like the whiskey, try a spiced rum instead. Don't like it as much as whiskey, but they're still enjoyable too.

Re:Top shelf vodka (2)

RJHelms (1554807) | more than 3 years ago | (#34715180)

Most of what passes as "good" vodka, at least here in Canada, is pretty bad. It's not supposed to mean filtered a billion times, it's supposed to mean it tastes good. I didn't really get what vodka was about until I was given a bottle of Luksusowa, which is delicious on the rocks or even just as a straight sipping drink.

I'm with you about whiskey though. I have a hard time finding good bourbon (though had the pleasure of drinking some good ones over Christmas) so I mostly stick to scotch. Mmmmmmm....

Re:Top shelf vodka (1)

Macrat (638047) | more than 3 years ago | (#34716340)

Most of what passes as "good" vodka, at least here in Canada, is pretty bad.

Especially if it comes in a skull.

http://crystalheadvodka.com

Re:Top shelf vodka (1)

keeboo (724305) | more than 3 years ago | (#34715266)

Vodka, even "good" vodka, is lifeless.

There's a hint of taste corresponding to what the vodka was made of. But, yeah, most people do not perceive that.

Water and ethanol at it's best, where even the best companies' claim to fame is just how many times they've filtered it to get any and all taste out of it.

Try a good whiskey. I prefer bourbon, but any higher tier whiskey will do. I don't see how anyone would drink vodka except as random alcohol to pour into a juice when other spirits are available. If you don't like the whiskey, try a spiced rum instead. Don't like it as much as whiskey, but they're still enjoyable too.

To me whiskey tastes like alcohol which had a piece of old rotten wood immersed in it for months.

Re:Top shelf vodka (1)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 3 years ago | (#34715058)

Not in the US: Vodka'' is neutral spirits so distilled, or so treated after distillation with charcoal or other materials, as to be without distinctive character, aroma, taste, or color. (Code of Federal Regulations, title 27, volume 1)

Re:Top shelf vodka (1)

afidel (530433) | more than 3 years ago | (#34715328)

Taken literally that would mean only Everclear is a 'real' vodka, which is of course ludicrous. Many Vodka's are known for the trace mineral left in them from either the source water or from the distilling process (copper kettles mostly). Anyone who thinks trace minerals don't affect taste is an idiot.

Re:Top shelf vodka (2)

mangu (126918) | more than 3 years ago | (#34715432)

Many Vodka's are known for the trace mineral left in them from either the source water or from the distilling process (copper kettles mostly)

No, the residual taste comes mostly from fusel oils [wikipedia.org]

Re:Top shelf vodka (1)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 3 years ago | (#34717060)

most generic vodkas (plastic jug, cheap price) are essentially watered down everclear. But the people who buy it (students and drunks) aren't buying it for the flavor.

Re:Top shelf vodka (2)

Delusion_ (56114) | more than 3 years ago | (#34715492)

It's also important to note that most (possibly all, but I'm certain of "most") Scandinavian countries have the same laws. Unless it's flavoured vodka, stick to Polish and Russian brands actually manufactured in Poland and Russia. A lot of American vodkas have Russian names, there's a reason why most of them are on the bottom shelf. Stolichnaya's cheap enough that you shouldn't be saving money by buying Kentucky "Kamchatka" or "Crystal Palace" swill.

Re:Top shelf vodka (1)

Pokey.Clyde (1322667) | more than 3 years ago | (#34715136)

If by delicious, you mean as little taste as possible, then you are correct. Good vodka should be pretty much tasteless.

Tomorrow's News Story (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34714752)

Sudden dramatic increase in accidental poisonings.

Slow news day (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34714756)

Guess we should just drink

99 cent iphone app (4, Informative)

will_die (586523) | more than 3 years ago | (#34714802)

FYI, the program cost 99 cents USD from the apple store. In additional it has more bad reviews then good ones.

So you mean its like all the websites (1)

BitZtream (692029) | more than 3 years ago | (#34714860)

that have had the same service for the last 10 years? Or the iPhone apps there were out right after the Apple app store went online that did this.

Did you just get to college or something and not realize these thing exist?

Or ... did you just mount a very effective slashvertising campaign taking advantage of the fact that the editors are completely out of touch with the subject matter they work with?

Could the editors at least do a basic Google search before assuming something is 'new'

An "app"? For what platform? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34715004)

(reads linked site) Oh, for the iPhone.

Are Pickens and samzenpus under the impression that Apple invented the word "app"? My TI-83+ calculator from 1999, and its "apps" menu, would like a word with you two.

disable advertising (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34715030)

As our way of thanking you for your positive contributions to Slashdot, you are eligible to disable advertising.

How please? The check box is enabled, but I still get them in the form of submissions.

Tablespoons, cups and liquid ounces... (1)

titten (792394) | more than 3 years ago | (#34715384)

Are driving me crazy. The drinks turn out good though, I just read it as a squirt of this, two thumbs of that and mouthful of that other stuff. Plant a cocktail berry and an umbrella somewhere in there and drink up.
Luckily, I RTFA and it says they have metric units as well. The first time I've seen a (decent) drink recipe app that has centiliters. Just in time for new year's eve!

Be a man. (1)

wcrowe (94389) | more than 3 years ago | (#34715538)

Drink your liquor straight. If you want to be a little more wimpy you can add some pure rainwater. Don't allow anything to sap and impurify your precious bodily fluids.

We have an app for that (1)

deodiaus2 (980169) | more than 3 years ago | (#34716032)

Call me old fashioned, but this is not a problem. Usually, I just pour whatever I have !
Scotch and water caught on that way!!
Green Creme de Mint and OJ, we tried it at my frat! We could not give it away except the serious alcis

Why? (1)

CAIMLAS (41445) | more than 3 years ago | (#34717388)

Wow.

If you're goign to mix your liquor, why do you need a guide? It's fucking trivial.

* pick something sweet, citrus, or salty
* pick a liquor
* maybe some ice
* liquor ... or you could just drink your liquor straight, like most adults.

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