The International Bartenders Association (IBA) cocktails in csv and json format

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I find it fascinating that the International Bartenders Association (IBA) keeps a list of “official” cocktails. Like, it’s not like the World Association of Chefs’ Societies keeps a list of official dishes. But yet the IBA keeps a list of official cocktails and keeps this up to date (!), as well. For example, I have sad news for all you vodka and orange juice fans out there: As of 2020 the Screwdriver is not an official cocktail anymore.

While a list of official cocktails is a bit silly, it’s also a nice dataset that I’ve now scraped and put into an iba-cocktails repo. This includes all the International Bartenders Association (IBA) Official Cocktails in CSV and JSON format as of 2023, from two different sources: The IBA website and Wikipedia’s list of IBA cocktails. My take on the difference between these sources is that the IBA website is more “official” (it’s their list, after all), but the Wikipedia recipes are easier to follow.

Here are files scraped from The IBA website that you’ll find in the iba-web folder:

  • iba-cocktails-web.csv: A CSV file with one row per cocktail. This means the ingredients are all smushed into a single column as a comma-separated list.
  • iba-cocktails-ingredients-web.csv: A CSV file with one row per cocktail ingredient. For example, there are three rows for the Margarita’s (1) tequila, (2) triple sec, and (3) lime juice. Here each ingredient description has also been lightly parsed into its quantity, unit, and ingredient. For example, 15 ml Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice has quantity: 15, unit: ml, and ingredient: Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice.
  • iba-cocktails-web.json: A JSON list with one dictionary/object per cocktail. This JSON includes the combined information from iba-cocktails-web.csv and iba-cocktails-ingredients-web.csv.

Here are the files scraped from Wikipedia’s list of IBA cocktails that you’ll find in the wikipedia folder:

Included in the iba-cocktails repo are also the R scripts I used to scrape this data. These scripts are guaranteed to work on my computer, on the 5th of Match 2023, at least once. Alas, as both the data on the IBA website and on Wikipedia was messier than I first anticipated, these scripts are correspondingly messy.

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