This experiment is the culmination of my intensive research and theoretical work paired with the programming wizardry of Martin Doudoroff. Thanks goes to David Wondrich for inspiring me to this grand scheme.
The aim is to test the theories of David Embury, as set down in his seminal 1948 book The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks , with random ingredient application.
The Embury equation divided cocktail constituents into three use categories with conditional subdivisions. Each category was weighted for comparative proportional volume. Some classes allowed for the utilization of more than one ingredient. Certain ingredients were in more than one group, used differently in each, while others were excluded from a given category as an aspect of the thesis.
The specificity of Embury's maxims made their automated employment practicable through our use of a random number generator. The ingredients were all derived from the most massive drink ingredient list there is, CocktailDB . Categorical divisions were made, earnestly following the Rules of Embury, either directly or theoretically. Where no direction was imparted, I erred based on common mixing practice in 1948. Titles are also randomly generated from interrelating word lists containing, in aggregate, over 23,000 words.
The result applies a plethora of modern ingredients to my digital translation of Embury's construct and creates an entirely random cocktail - but always based on his axioms. The beverage may be odd, awful, bland, good, or excellent - depending entirely on chance and the viability of Mr. Embury's hypotheses! The odds of obtaining potable drinks are, at least, somewhat greater than monkeys typing Shakespeare on typewriters.
-Ted Haigh, aka Dr. Cocktail