Selecting ingredients for your Bartendro January 05 2014, 1 Comment

Allow me to introduce myself. I'm Aleta, Rob's partner, and have been a silent supporter of this project for quite some time. I decided it was time to step up my involvement and share some of the insights I've gained while helping demo Bartendro at various events. You'll see more blog posts from me as well as activity in the forums. When reviewing the forums today, I noticed that a few people have mentioned having difficulty with the process of selecting ingredients to load in the bot. I've noticed that the number of drinks on the menu will vary greatly depending on the combination of ingredients I load into the bot, and at times it will offer a surprisingly small number of drink options. With each drink requiring between 2-6 ingredients, it can be difficult to select the right combination to create a menu that is both well-populated and diverse. For this reason, I'm posting a few combinations for Bartendro 7 that we've had success with at various events at the bottom of this entry. Notice that the total number of menu options that the combinations below produce is still just slightly greater than the number of pumps on the bot. While intuitively it seems like a good idea to offer as many options as possible, we have found that as the list of menu options gets longer, people are more likely to be overwhelmed by the sheer number of choices. They often don't want to read a long list and contemplate their options carefully; they just want a tasty drink quickly so they can return to the party. At Roboexotica in Vienna, Austria I helped serve drinks from the B15 four nights in a row, and many people took a glance at the menu and then asked me (or one of the other human slaves operators) for a drink recommendation rather than reading the entire list. When we're serving a large group, the amount of time it takes to read the list of options and decide can make a big difference in the length of the line waiting for a drink. Once I've selected the ingredients, I tweak the menu further. To increase the diversity of options, I may choose to hide beverages that are nearly identical, and add a few new recipes to the database using the ingredients at hand to add a fun twist. If I am planning on serving drinks to the same group again, I will check the pour totals at the end of the night from the "What's Popular Now?" list to determine which drinks were most popular and cull (hide) some of the drinks that are not popular. Moving forward, we're considering adding a button to pour the most popular drink of the event to help those who get dizzy in the face of so many options. We also have a more sophisticated tool in the works that will create a more personalized experience for admins to help you select ingredients, but that will take more time before it's ready. In the meantime, I hope these tips and the combinations below are helpful to you as you prepare for your next event. Have you found a good ingredient combination for B7 or B15?  Share it in the comments.

Bartendro 7 (B7) drink selection suggestions, ingredients, and menus:

Sweet and Creamy Drinks (16 options)

Baileys, Tequila, Kahlua, Orange Juice, Vodka, Milk, Amaretto

  • Mudslide: Baileys, Vodka, Kahlua
  • Iguana: Vodka, Tequila, Kahlua
  • 2nd Period: Kahlua, Milk, Baileys
  • Screwdriver: Orange Juice, Vodka
  • Baileys & Amaretto: Baileys, Amaretto
  • Black Russian: Kahlua, Vodka
  • Screaming Orgasm: Vodka, Baileys, Kahlua
  • Tequila Screwdriver: Tequila, Orange Juice
  • Brown Cow: Milk, Kahlua
  • Baby Guinness: Kahlua, Baileys
  • Girl Scout Cookie: Baileys, Kahlua
  • Mistofoles: Kahlua, Vodka, Milk
  • White Russian: Vodka, Kahlua, Milk
  • Pure Ecstasy: Vodka, Baileys, Kahlua
  • Blenheim: Vodka, Kahlua, Orange Juice
  • Toasted Almond: Amaretto, Kahlua, Milk

 

Fruity and Tropical Drinks (10 options)

Dark Rum, Grenadine, Tequila, Coconut Milk, Light Rum, Orange Juice, Pineapple Juice

  • Saoco: Light Rum, Coconut Milk
  • Tequila Sunrise: Tequila, Orange Juice, Grenadine
  • Rum Screwdriver: Light Rum, Orange Juice
  • Beach Bum: Dark Rum, Pineapple Juice
  • Tequila Screwdriver: Tequila, Orange Juice
  • Pain Killer: Dark Rum, Pineapple Juice, Coconut Milk, Orange Juice
  • Calypso Baby: Pineapple Juice, Light Rum, Grenadine
  • Piña Colada: Coconut Milk, Pineapple Juice, Light Rum
  • Florida Sunshine: Tequila, Orange Juice, Pineapple Juice, Grenadine
  • Bahama Mama: Light Rum, Dark Rum, Grenadine, Orange Juice, Pineapple Juice

 

A mix of things (14 options)

Baileys, Vodka, Kahlua, Milk, Tequila, Orange Juice, Vodka

  • Mudslide: Baileys, Vodka, Kahlua
  • Black Russian: Kahlua, Vodka
  • Iguana: Vodka, Tequila, Kahlua
  • 2nd Period: Kahlua, Milk, Baileys
  • Tequila Screwdriver: Tequila, Orange Juice
  • Screwdriver: Orange Juice, Vodka
  • Screaming Orgasm: Vodka, Baileys, Kahlua
  • Blenheim: Vodka, Kahlua, Orange Juice
  • Baby Guinness: Kahlua, Baileys
  • Girl Scout Cookie: Baileys, Kahlua
  • Brown Cow: Milk, Kahlua
  • Mistofoles: Kahlua, Vodka, Milk
  • Pure Ecstasy: Vodka, Baileys, Kahlua
  • White Russian: Vodka, Kahlua, Milk

 

Orange-juice centric menu (8 options)

Vodka, Tequila, Orange Juice, Pineapple Juice, Dark Rum, Grenadine, Light Rum

  • Calypso Baby: Pineapple Juice, Light Rum, Grenadine
  • Florida Sunshine: Tequila, Orange Juice, Pineapple Juice, Grenadine
  • Bahama Mama: Light Rum, Dark Rum, Grenadine, Orange Juice, Pineapple Juice
  • Tequila Sunrise: Tequila, Orange Juice, Grenadine
  • Screwdriver: Orange Juice, Vodka
  • Rum Screwdriver: Light Rum, Orange Juice
  • Beach Bum: Dark Rum, Pineapple Juice
  • Tequila Screwdriver: Tequila, Orange Juice