Frequently-asked questions

About Kindred Cocktails

What is Kindred Cocktails?
Kindred Cocktails is a shared database of cocktail recipes. After you sign up, you can build a Cocktail Book composed of your own recipes and/or those that others have shared. Casual users may search for and use recipes without creating an account.

What makes Kindred Cocktails different?
With Kindred Cocktails, the recipes are yours, not someone else's. You can enter new cocktail. You can rate, categorize, and take notes on cocktails. And, Kindred Cocktails focuses on craft and high-quality cocktails.

Is Kindred Cocktails for me?
If you share our love of craft cocktails and you ...

  • are exploring the craft cocktail world and are looking for high-quality cocktail recipes,
  • are a cocktail enthusiast with an existing collection of cocktails, or
  • are a cocktail professional looking for inspiration and a strong organizational tool ...

Kindred Cocktails makes collecting and using recipes a joy.

Is it free?
Yes. At some point there may be a premium account with advanced features, but a basic account will remain free.

How does Kindred Cocktails make money?
Sponsors and advertisers pay to place their advertisements before you. Because Kindred Cocktails knows what the ingredients are, it can do a good job of placing advertisements that are likely to be interesting. In the future, there may be some paid premium services for user and retailers.

Sign up

I signed up, but I can't add a cocktail. What's wrong? Sign up is a two step process.

  1. First you sign up and pick a user name and password, and let us know your e-mail address.
    You will then receive a confirmation e-mail at the address you provided. You may need to check your spam folder.
  2. Follow the directions in the e-mail to log in and verify your account.

Why? Because otherwise automated spam can pollute Kindred Cocktails. I already have a mortgage, thank you.

I verified my account, but I still can't log in or add cocktails. Kindred Cocktails requires cookies to know that you have logged in. If cookies are disabled in your browser, enable them and try again.

My account and profile

I forgot my password. How do I get another one?
Click "Request new password" from the sidebar on the right of the home page.

What's in my profile?
Your profile contains an overview of yourself and your cocktails. You can edit your password, e-mail address, picture, and other information. You can also share information about yourself, such as your role in cocktails, where you work, and so forth.

What part of my profile is public?
Other users can see your user name, picture, and the personal information that you've shared (if any). They cannot see your e-mail address. They can also see how long you've been a member, how many cocktails you've added and are in your cocktail book, and the cocktails that you've posted.

Finding cocktails

How do I search for cocktails free-form?
Use the search box in the tool bar. Enter any word that appears in the cocktail — cocktail name, ingredient, notes, creator, whatever. Then click the search button. If you have just added or updated a cocktail, it may take up to an hour for the search engine to be updated with your additions.

How do I search for just the cocktail(s) I want?
The COCKTAILS menu contains a filter which is much, much more powerful than the search box in the tool bar. You can find cocktails by name, ingredients, ratings, comments, and so forth. The name is a partial match. You can use the pop-up list to enter a broad category of ingredient. If you search for Whiskey, you'll match all types of whiskey, even those that don't contain "whiskey" in the name, such as bourbon or rye.

When I choose COCKTAILS, some of the search/filter options are missing?
Many of the filter options on the Cocktails search page use your Cocktail Book. If you aren't logged in, then Kindred Cocktails can't find your Cocktail Book. Simply log in and try again.

I found a cocktail, but it's wrong, has an error, or isn't appropriate. What can I do?
If you entered the cocktail, then you can simply fix the problem. Everyone will appreciate it. If it is a substantial change, feel free to add a comment to the cocktail describing the improvement. If you didn't enter the cocktail, a curator will need to look at it and correct it.

  1. Visit the cocktail's detail page.
  2. Below the cocktail under the "Like/dislike" header, click "Request curation". Type a description of exactly what you think is wrong, and quick Request curation.
    A cocktail curator will examine the cocktail.

Requesting curation is a key to keeping the shared Kindred Cocktail database in good condition, without duplicate recipes, errors, and junk cocktails.

Adding cocktails

How do I add an existing cocktail to my Cocktail Book?
Visit the cocktail's detail page. Below the cocktail, under the heading "Author tools", click Add. The cocktail will be added to your Cocktail Book. If you wish to edit the Cocktail Book entry (to enter a rating, perhaps), click Edit. (The Edit list will be where the Add link was.) Since you didn't enter this cocktail (i.e. it isn't your cocktail), you can't edit the cocktail recipe itself.

How do I type in a new cocktail?

  1. Check to make sure that the cocktail isn't already in the database.
  2. From the Add menu, click Add Cocktail.
  3. Type in the name, ingredients, notes and so forth. This information is shared with other users. If you wish, you may upload a photograph of the cocktail and/or its ingredients.
  4. In the Cocktail Book section (yellow background), enter additional information for your personal use (ratings, comments, etc.).
  5. Optionally, click Preview to see how the cocktail will look.
  6. Click Save when you are satisfied with your entry.

I have a cocktail from a blog / forum / e-mail. How can I add it easily?

  1. In the blog, forum, e-mail or whatever, select the cocktail as text. At a minimum, include the cocktail's name and ingredients. Optionally include instructions and notes.
  2. Copy the cocktail to the clipboard (command-c).
  3. Hover over the ADD menu and choose PASTE COCKTAIL.
  4. A free-form text box will be displayed, labeled "Paste cocktail data here". Paste the cocktail into the text box (command-v).
  5. Help Kindred Cocktails understand the format by editing the text as needed so that the information is in the following order, with exactly one blank line between each section:
    1. Cocktail name
    2. Ingredients
    3. Instructions (optional)
    4. Notes (optional)
  6. Click Preview to see how Kindred Cocktails does trying to understand all the parts of the cocktail, including the ingredients. Edit the cocktail and click Preview until it is close to what you want.
  7. Click Next. Kindred Cocktails will place your cocktail information into separate fields. Edit the cocktail as desired.
  8. Click Save to save the cocktail.

Can I quickly add a group of "starter" cocktails?
From the GOODIES menu, choose QUICKSTART COCKTAILS. Peruse the sets of cocktails and add any that you find interesting. You can also suggest them to yourself so that you can have a chance to try them before adding them to your cocktail book.

How should I name a cocktail variations? What's the best format for entering a cocktail?
See our comprehensive Style Guidelines

Oops. I misspelled a new ingredient. How do I fix it?
Send us an e-mail and we'll fix it for you.

Kindred Cocktails keeps changing my ingredient to something else. Why?
When you enter cocktail ingredients, ...

  • Kindred Cocktails uses a list of synonyms so that the ingredient is spelled consistently. For example, you might enter "agave" and Kindred Cocktails substitutes "Agave syrup".
  • Kindred Cocktails may move what you typed to the "preferred brand" location. For example, you might enter "St Germain" and get Elderflower liqueur as the ingredient and St. Germain as the preferred brand.

If Kindred Cocktails insists on making an inappropriate changes, send us an e-mail and we'll find a solution.

Sharing cocktails

How can I suggest a cocktail to another Kindred Cocktails user?

  1. Visit the cocktail's detail page.
  2. Below the cocktail under the "Share" heading, click "Suggest to ...". 
  3. Enter the user's name, and click Suggest.

This cocktail will be added to the user's list of suggested cocktails.

How to I send an cocktail to a friend via e-mail?

  1. Visit the cocktail's detail page.
  2. Below the cocktail under the "Share" heading, click Send.
  3. Enter the friend's email address and a brief message, then click "Send e-mail".

Your friend will receive the cocktail with your message by e-mail.

How can I get a plain text version of a cocktail for posting on a forum (or other use)?

  1. Visit the cocktail's detail page.
  2. Below the cocktail under the "Format" header, click "Copy as..." and Kindred Cocktails will display the basics of the ingredient in plain text.

How do you integrate with Twitter?
Every new cocktail is posted on Twitter.* The tweet contains:

  • the hash tag #cocktail,
  • a mention (@yourtwittername) of the user who posted the cocktail,
  • the title,
  • the ingredients, and
  • a link back to the cocktail.

In order to have your Twitter account mentioned, simply enter your Twitter user name under MY PROFILE / EDIT / COCKTAIL OPTIONS. We are kindredcocktail (no "s") on Twitter. Follow us!

How do you integrate with Facebook?
Recent cocktails are posted onto the Kindred cocktails Facebook wall by the Zapier app using the Recent Cocktails RSS feed. You can post your own cocktails using the same Facebook app and your personal RSS cocktail feed, found on MY PROFILE.

Printing and cocktail menus / recipe lists

Can I print a cocktail nicely?

  1. Visit the cocktail's detail page.
  2. Below the cocktail, under the "Format" heading, click "Print" . Kindred Cocktails will display a printer-friendly version of the cocktail. The Print dialog will also be displayed for you automatically.
  3. Choose the number of copies and so forth, then click Print.
  4. When you are done, close the window or tab containing the printer-friendly version of the cocktail.

How can I compose a cocktail menu out of some of the cocktails in my Cocktail Book?
There are three ways to choose which cocktails in your Cocktail Book should be used in your cocktail menu:

  1. Every cocktail in your Cocktail book. This is useful only when you have a small Cocktail Book.
  2. All cocktails that you've marked as "on menu." You can do this when you edit your cocktail book entry, or you can do it in bulk (see Goodies/Mark cocktails).
  3. If you have recently found cocktails from your Cocktail Book using the Cocktails filter page, you can use these cocktails for your menu.

To compose a menu:

  1. From the Goodies menu, choose Menu.
  2. Click your choice of which cocktails to use (1-3 above).
  3. Click "Cocktail Menu". Kindred Cocktails displays the recipe names and ingredient list for each cocktail.
  4. Optionally, click the Print link above the menu to have Kindred Cocktail reformat the menu in a printer-friendly way.

How can I print more than one recipe at a time?
Follow the directions create a cocktail menu (see above), but instead of clicking "Cocktail menu", click:

  • Recipes list for a list of recipes, including your Cocktail Book information, or
  • Bartender sheet for a list of cocktails formatted concisely (3 wide), without your Cocktail Book information.

You may then click Print above the recipes to display a printer-friendly version.

How can I quickly mark the cocktails that I want on my menu?
Kindred Cocktails has a page to mark many cocktails at the same time:

  1. Hover over the Goodies menu and click Mark cocktails.
    Kindred Cocktails will display the cocktails in your Cocktail Book, each with Yes/No for:
    • Approved
    • Bookmarked
    • On menu
    • Hide Comments
  2. Check the checkbox next to each cocktail that you want to mark (or unmark) as "on menu" (or whatever).
  3. Choose the operation you want from the pop-up list (Mark as on menu or Unmark as on menu or whatever).
  4. Click Execute
    Kindred Cocktails will display the cocktails being changed and request confirmation.
  5. Click Confirm.
    Kindred Cocktails will perform the operation.

Copyright and intellectual property

Are cocktails copyrighted?
US copyright law doesn't apply to lists of ingredients. These laws may apply to detailed instructions, particularly if they are novel or detailed. Think molecular mixology. "Stir, strain, straight up, cocktail glass, flamed orange peel." is fine. Sounds tasty. What were we talking about? Oh yeah.

Please don't submit cocktails from creators who don't wish them published. That's not nice.

Similarly, don't expect copyright protection on your cocktails. We believe that the vitality and creativity of the cocktail world is advanced by sharing recipes and attributing them to their creator. If you don't share this view, then you should keep your recipes secret.

Is it ok to post someone else's recipe?
Kindred Cocktails does not want to publish recipes created by people who wish them kept private. As a general rule, if a recipe has never been published elsewhere (blog, website, book, magazine, etc.), you should seek permission first. Most creators are thrilled to have their recipes receive publicity.

You should always attribute the recipe to its creator, whenever known. This includes the year in which it was created, and then the creator, ideally in the form "Person, Bar, City, State, Country (if not U.S.)". Additionally, you should provide a reference to where you found the recipe, such as a link to a website, or the author and title of a book or article.

Is is ok to upload this photograph?
Maybe. You are free to upload a photograph if:

  • You took the photograph yourself and own the copyright,
  • The photograph is in the public domain or
  • The photograph is licensed to you or the public, and that license allows you to upload it.

Be sure to include the attribution (year, copyright information, basis of license). If the photograph is copyrighted, then check the "Add © symbol" checkbox to make sure the copyright symbol is displayed. Uploading a photograph in violation of copyright or other law is a serious issue. Kindred Cocktails will curate the cocktail to remove the image, and may reduce the privileges of the person who uploaded it.