Cold Brewed Irish Coffee-tini

Who said St. Patrick’s Day coffee has to be hot? Sure, we don’t mind a stiff Irish Coffee in March; but we also quite like this cold coffee version as well. What’s particularly nice about this recipe is that you can cold brew the coffee ahead of time, which cuts down on the fuss when it’s time to mix and serve.

In terms of bean origin, we’ve tried all the usual suspects—Brazilian, Ethiopian, Colombian, Sumatran. They all work well, but we prefer a blend of Colombian and Sumatran, roasted medium. It seems to hold up to the vodka without overwhelming the tongue.

  • 3 oz cold brewed coffee
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 3 ozCoffeeTini vanilla-flavored vodka
  • 3 oz cream liqueur
  • Splash of vanilla extract
  • Sprig of mint, cinnamon stick and/or cocktail sugar

Pour coffee, vodka, simple syrup, simple syrup and vanilla extract (if using) to a cocktail shaker. Add ice to the shaker to above the level of the liquid and shake for 3 seconds. Strain the mixture into tall glasses containing ice cubes. Garnish with mint or cinnamon stick.

Cold-brewed Coffee Recipe

  1. Place the coffee grounds in a 2-quart pitcher, add the water and stir to combine. Cover with plastic wrap and let steep at room temperature for at least 12 hours and up to 1 day.
  2. Line a fine-mesh strainer with a standard coffee filter and fit it over a medium bowl. Working in batches, slowly pour the coffee into the filter until all of the liquid has passed through the strainer (the coffee will pass through in a slow stream; don’t force it through); stop when you reach the solids at the bottom of the pitcher (don’t pour them in). Discard the grounds and the contents of the strainer.
  3. Wash and dry the pitcher. Transfer the strained coffee into the pitcher. Cover and refrigerate until completely chilled, at least 2 hours or up to 5 days.

 

Healthy Fruit Smoothies for Spring

Moving into spring, your customers are looking for a beverage that is refreshing and health conscious (bathing suit season is coming up), so the time is right to put smoothies back on the menu!

Adding frozen drinks to your menu could increase sales $1000 a year in a single store! Stockton Graham DaVInci Jet SmoothiesAnd you only need to sell two frozen drinks a day for six months to exceed that mark. That’s because the profit margin on frozen drinks is high, and they literally sell themselves without any additional marketing or advertising. (Although Stockton Graham & Co. offers a wide variety of POS materials including counter cards and signage to our customers.)

To further help you increase sales, MONIN is offering $3 off any case of Fruit Smoothie Mix you buy. There is no limit to how much you can redeem! Click here for the rebate form.

There’s also a rebate on Dr. Smoothie’s 100% Crushed Fruit flavors including the new 100% Crushed Fruit flavors: Beetroot & Berries and Tropical Sunshine. Get up to $120 back on all Dr. Smoothie 100% Crushed Fruit and Organics through June 2015.

Or, if your business needs a blender upgrade, receive FREE cases of pour and blend smoothie with the purchase of any blender package.

You can choose smoothies from Big Train, Torani, Monin and DaVinci Gourmet (formally Jet)! If you prefer Dr. Smoothie 100% Crushed Fruit, Classic Smoothie or Cafe Essentials, you can get three FREE cases with a blender purchase over $500 and two FREE cases with a blender purchase under $500. Read all the details on our blender specials.

Jet Smoothies are now sold under the DaVinci name
To start out this smoothie season Jet smoothies have been re-branded to DaVinci Gourmet! With all the classic flavors you have come to love, these smoothies will have no formula changes and no packaging changes. Under the DaVinci brand they offer 3 types of smoothie options:

  1. Natural Smoothies – No artificial flavors or colors, this smoothie is the natural choice for a great tasting, better for you beverage!
  2. Fruit Smoothies – The original pour over and blend smoothie, expect extra fruit flavor in this delicious blended drink!
  3. Non Fat Yogurt Smoothies – An alternative better-for-you smoothie option, this option offers all natural fruit puree & healthy yogurt for twice the health benefits!

Looking for the Green Tea that Jet used to offer in their smoothies? Big Train now offers a Big Train Fruit Tea Blast Smoothie with all the benefits of Green Tea, so Stockton Graham & Co. still has you covered!

Interested in learning more about this new smoothie option? Want to discuss which pour over smoothie best fits your customers’ needs? Call 800.835.5943 and talk to your Customer Care Associate about healthier beverage options today!

Classic Irish Coffee Recipe

STG510-Four-leaf-clover--2Classic Irish Coffee Recipe for St. Patrick’s Day

  • 6 oz. freshly brewed hot coffee
  • 1 tsp. brown sugar
  • 1 jigger Irish whiskey (1 1/2 oz or 3 tbsp)
  • 3 tbsp heavy cream, slightly whipped

Fill footed mug or a mug with hot water to preheat it, then empty. Pour piping hot coffee into warmed glass until it is about 3/4 full. Add the brown sugar and stir until completely dissolved. Blend in Irish whiskey. Top with a collar of the whipped heavy cream by pouring gently over back of spoon. Serve hot.

Show Your Customers Some Love this Valentine’s Day!

Valentines day-imageThis year Valentine’s Day falls on Saturday, February 14, so your shop should have V-Day themed events and specials all week! Show your customers how much you care by giving them “Valentines”. Keep a few Valentines (aka coupons for discounted drinks) by the register to give out to regular and loyal customers all week.

Be sure to promote your Valentine’s day specials on your Social Media accounts, website and newsletters. You should also have posters, flyers, table toppers and chalk boards promoting any specials in your store. Make sure, as with any special event, your store is decorated to subtly remind your customers of the holiday and the specials they could take advantage of.

On Valentine’s Day, share the love by offering a special discounted  beverage all day! Or, have a small “treat” ready to show your appreciation like a small chocolate for each customer or a free flavor shot! You might also encourage those who have significant others to make visiting your shop part of their date night by offering a buy-one-get-one deal on drinks later in the evening!

Here are a few love-inspired drinks to try on this special holiday:

White Chocolate Raspberry Mocha
Ingredients:

  • 1 Pump white chocolate sauce
  • 2 Pumps raspberry syrup
  • 2 shots espresso
  • Steamed milk

Pull the shots directly into a cup containing the sauce and syrup, stir gently and add the steamed milk!

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie
 Ingredients:
  • 5 oz. water
  • 3 oz. Dr. Smoothie Strawberry Concentrate
  • 3/4 (70cc) scoop of Chocolate frappe or iced hot chocolate mix
  • 16 oz. cup of ice
Add the ingredients in the order listed above and blend. Optional: Top with whipped cream, shaved chocolate pieces and a small strawberry.
Hot Cinnamon Twist White Mocha
Ingredients:
  • 3/4 oz. Monin Spicy Red Cinnamon Syrup
  • 1 oz.  White Chocolate Sauce
  • 2 shots of Espresso
  • 8 oz. milk
Tips: Garnish with a cinnamon stick and whipped cream.

Contact our Customer Care Department by calling 800.835.5943 for access to samples, POS Materials and more fun ideas.

See Past Valentine’s Day Blogs:
Roses are Red, Violets are Blue…
Valentine’s Day / Mardi Gras Coffee Drink Recipes!
Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras Promotions for your Coffee Shop!

Wishing You A HEALTHY New Year

SGC-specialty-beverage One of the top New Year’s resolutions, year after year, is to lose weight and be more healthy. Give your customers’ health kick a boost by providing them healthy options from Dr. Smoothie! This line of purees is the perfect solution to the yearly health craze, and each whole fruit or veggie smoothie includes a full FIVE servings of fruit in a 20 oz. beverage. Free of gluten, dairy, preservatives and artificial flavors, Dr. Smoothie purees are sure to satisfy most diets your customers are trying to stick to through the New Year.

Order the Dr. Smoothie products mentioned in the recipes below by calling 800 835 5943. 

cherry_gone_wildCherries Gone Wild
2 oz. water
3 oz. Dr. Smoothie Wild Cherry Cranberry Concentrate
3 oz. Dr. Smoothie Acai Plus Concentrate
16 oz. Cup of ice
Add the ingredients in the order listed above and blend.

 

caramel_appleCaramel Apple
2 oz. water
3 oz. Dr. Smoothie Northwest Red Apple Orchard Concentrate
2 oz. – 3 oz. caramel sauce
15 oz. cup of ice
Add the ingredients in the order listed above and blend.

 

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Peach Pumpkin Pie
2 oz. water
4 oz. Dr. Smoothie Peach Pear Apricot Concentrate
1 oz. pumpkin pie filling
2 tbsp. Café Essentials Chai Original
2 tsp. Café Essentials Vanilla Cream
16 oz. cup of 3/4” ice
Add the ingredients in the order listed above and blend.

Add Spice To The Season With Oregon Chai Spicy!

Oregon Chai logo  Guy  (2)Chai is a unique drink; Black Tea, Cardamom, Cinnamon, and other spices are blended together to create a unique taste unlike anything else. This versatile beverage can be prepared in a variety of different ways to bring out the different flavor profiles chai enthusiasts have come to love. Most coffee shops nowadays make chai lattes using a concentrate or powder.

Using liquid Chai concentrate is simple in your shop. With a 1:1 ratio of milk (or milk substitute) and liquid chai, you just steam and go. Or you can pour over ice and shake if you want an iced Chai. You can take it up a few notches to really make your chai stand out with the recipes included below. Most of these recipes can altered for hot, iced, or frozen.

If you want a balanced drink of spices and honey with a full body, Oregon Chai Spicy is the chai for you. This chai won’t be overwhelming for new tea latte drinkers, but will still be enjoyable for die-hard fans. Chai is a great option to warm up the colder winter months and is a popular specialty drink that is easy to make and enjoy.

Call us at Stockton Graham & Co. at 800 835 5943 to place your order today!

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1 oz of Ghirardelli Chocolate Sauce
7 oz of Liquid Chai
8 oz of Steamed Milk
Stir together and add whip cream and chocolate drizzle and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

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Taking the basic idea of a London Fog and adding Chai to it.
1 Black Tea Bag
5 oz of hot Water
8 oz of Liquid Chai
3 oz of steamed milk
Steep your tea bag for 3 minutes. Add the chai and steamed milk. I like to get a bit of foam on the top. Perfect for grey days full of reading your favorite book.

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2 oz. Torani Honey Vanilla
7 oz of Liquid Chai
7 oz of Steamed Milk

Mix together and top with whip cream, and honey drizzle.

Torani Peppermint Bark Sauce Recipes

Torani Peppermint Bark logo and guyThis winter, bring the taste that will inspire the holiday spirit and delight your customers with memories of seasons past. Torani Peppermint Bark Sauce features the timeless medley of decadent white chocolate, dark chocolate and classic candy cane peppermint.

The rich cocoa butter and real milk combined with natural mint flavor create a holiday treat that customers young and old will enjoy. Torani Peppermint Bark Sauce, like all Torani sauces, blends perfectly and consistently with cold, hot and blended beverages.

Call 800 835 5943 to place your order before supplies run out and find your new signature holiday beverage in the recipes below!

frappePeppermint Bark Frosted Frappé
1 oz. Peppermint Bark Sauce
5 oz. Torani Real Cream Frappé Base
Ice

Combine ingredients, except ice, in blender. Fill serving glass with ice and pour into blender. Blend until smooth. Pour blended beverage into serving glass. Garnish and serve.

Jack’s Frost Mocha
½ oz. Torani Dark Chocolate Sauce
½ oz. Torani Peppermint Bark Sauce
8oz. milk
2 shots espresso

Add Torani sauce to milk and steam. Add to espresso. Garnish with whipped cream and sprinkle with red sugar

smoothieBlizzard Brulee Latte
1/2 oz. Torani French Vanilla Syrup
1/2 oz. Torani Pappermint Bark Sauce
8 oz. milk
2 oz. espresso

Add Torani Sauce to milk and steam. Add espresso. Garnish with whipped cream, a caramel drizzle and a sprinkle of raw sugar.

Jingle Spice Chai
1/2 oz. Torani Peppermint Bark Sauce
4 oz. chai concentrate
8 oz. milk

Add Torani Sauce and chai concentrate to steamed milk.

Peppermint Cheesecake Steamer
1/2 oz. Torani Cheesecake Syrup
1/2 oz. Torani Peppermint Bark Sauce
8 oz. milk

Add Torani Sauce to milk and steam. Add to espresso. Garnish with whipped cream.