Comparing Web 2.0 Cocktail Applications: CocktailDB, DrinksMixer, ExtraTasty, and Cocktail Builder
This week we did our homework for New Years – online drink recipe applications. If you would like to a primer on the subject, there is our post, Taking In The New Year: Web 2.0 Cocktail Recipe Applications. We’ll talk more about CocktailDB, DrinksMixer, ExtraTasty, and cocktail builder after the chart, but we should begin with saying that all the applications this week allow you to search cocktails by ingredient and by name.
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The most basic functionality of a cocktail application is to provide a result for your search, though it should be said that some applications return more information than others. The most informative application this week was CocktailDB, which supplemented recipes with an extensive database of ingredients, both active and extinct. DrinksMixer and cocktail builder followed with large databases of recipes, but CocktailDB covered the most ground with their search.
Of the applications CocktailDB’s suggestion engine was the most nuanced, allowing users to search by time of day, cocktail strength, and type. DrinksMixer’s advanced search also offers options to search by alcohol rating and user rating, but had no recommendations. ExtraTasty makes a point of suggesting three cocktails per liquor on the homepage, and cocktail builder offers a random selection. All of the applications posted random recipes to promote discovery.
The most visually appealing application of the group would be a tie between ExtraTasty and CocktailDB; ExtraTasty has a clean, playful graphic style that is easy to use, and CocktailDB makes a point of including photos of the ingredients (generated for each recipe). Cocktail builder is the simplest – each link opens to the main page – and DrinksMixer was cluttered with ads.
Social users will want to visit ExtraTasty, which has options to share recipes and make friends inside the application. None of the other applications had social features like ExtraTasty, though all but CocktailDB allow you to share recipes with friends via email. CocktailDB is also the only application that does not allow users to save recipes to their own page, and it and cocktail builder do not have sign-ins, so it if the user cleans their cache, then they will not be able to save recipes in cocktail builder as well.
All of the applications could improve with the amount of information they give within the recipes, including adding crosslinks (an explanation of how to zest a lemon comes to mind) and history about the drink. At the time of this review CocktailDB’s navigation was poor and we feel that features such as the Mixilator (the suggestion engine) could be integrated into other pages.
We should also mention the cocktail application Webtender, which also allows users to search drinks by recipe and type. Omitted because of its crude design and weak navigation, Webtender is nonetheless another application for alcoholic and non-alcoholic drink seekers. Also worth investigating are the video tutorials available at the Small Video Network, which will appeal to dedicated cocktailers.
To find this application or related applications, there is the Listio search: drinks.
Previously in this series: CocktailDB: Web 2.0 And Cocktails At Your Fingertips
Listio Profile: http://www.listio.com/web20/app/cocktail-builder/
Listio Profile: http://www.listio.com/web20/app/Drinksmixer/
Listio Profile: http://www.listio.com/web20/app/ExtraTasty/
Listio Profile: http://www.listio.com/web20/app/CocktailDB/
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