July 4th is a holiday that involves a lot of time spent outdoors in the warm summer air. Whether watching fireworks or a parade, spending the day by the water or just grilling, your customers will need to be refreshed this Independence Day. We have gotten together, some of our favorite July 4th recipes to serve in your specialty beverage shop, easily at a cookout or other celebration. Berries are really popular around Independence Day because most of them are in season in the summer, July is even “National Blueberry Month”. Whether it is frozen and blended, caffeine filled or sugar filled, satisfy your customers this Independence Day with some fun specialty drinks!
As mentioned in our 4th of July Promotions Blog, Iced Americanos are a fun drink to focus on for July 4th, the day we celebrate American Independence. To make a “Berry Americano”, use ¾ oz. of your berry of choice (blueberry, raspberry, strawberry…) syrup, and add to a glass of 2 shots of chilled espresso, ¾ a cup cold water, a ¼ a cup of half & half and ice. The half and half really makes the flavor show up more with creamy goodness.
You can make a “Red, White & True Latte” for your coffee lovers as well . For a 16 oz. drink, fill a glass with ice, add 6 oz. of milk, 2 shots of espresso, 0.75 oz. of raspberry syrup, 0.75 oz. of peach syrup and stir.
To cool your customers off, you can serve a “Blueberry Cream Soda”. Fill your 16 oz. glass with ice and add 1 oz. of blueberry syrup, ½ oz. of French vanilla syrup and 7 oz. of sparkling water. This tasty and bubbly drink will satisfy anyone looking for a caffeine free drink option in your shop.
For smoothies you can whip up a “Red, White and Blueberry Smoothie”. If you use powdered mixes, make your standard smoothie drink with a ¼ a cup of fresh or frozen strawberries and blueberries. Drizzle white chocolate on your cup to decorate, or on top of the smoothie. If you prefer pour over smoothies, just choose your mix that contains strawberries and blueberries and decorate the cup with white chocolate.
Lemonades are full of nostalgia for the summers past, so you can’t have a 4th of July celebration without this classic! We have DaVinci Gourmet Fruit Innovations that make a great classic lemonade with just a few pumps, water and ice! Add another flavor for a fun and fruity drink. Another Lemonade twist is Frozen Flavored Lemonades.DaVinci Gourmet and Jet are offering an Arctic Lemonade promotion right now with blood orange, raspberry and strawberry Fruit Innovations. Adding 3 pumps of these syrups to the lemonade mix, gives this classic refreshing beverage something new and delicious!
If Tea is your customers choice for a refreshing beverage, it is very easy to add syrups to make a special drink, with an up charge and little cost to you. A shot of any flavor can bring life to a regular tea. Try a “Raspberry Tea Sparkler” this Independence Day. To 7 oz. of tea, add 1 oz. of raspberry syrup and 2 oz. of sparkling water or soda water. This gives the tea a carbonated and flavorful kick. Flavored teas are one of the fastest growing specialty beverages in the US, so if you already serve tea, flavored tea is an easy way to add more variety and profits.
If you use pour over smoothies, create a “Firework Smoothie” for this 4th! Use Strawberry Banana smoothie mix (about 6 to 7 oz. depending on brand) and mix in some vanilla cream base powder (this also depends on brand, but about 1 tablespoon). Blend the mixes with 16 oz. of ice and 2 strawberries for texture. Top with whipped cream and sprinkles!
Creating signature drinks for your shop every holiday is a fun way to get customers to try new products! Most customers love variety and getting them to try new recipes is an easy way to introduce them to what could be their new favorite drink. Call our Customer Care Associates today at 800.835.5943 to find more fun recipes or to order some of our great specialty beverage products today!
Spring is rapidly approaching, so it’s time to liven up that menu with some cool and refreshing beverages to prepare for warmer weather!
Lemonade is a perfect seasonal drink and a profitable seller to add to your menu for spring! You can liven it up by adding a shot of flavored syrup, and also charge a little more while doing so. Add flavors like raspberry, strawberry, blackberry or blueberry to create a specialty lemonade with higher profit margins. Add a fruit garnish to really showcase the drink and draw more attention from customers. For a 16oz modified lemonade add 4 pumps of the flavored syrup of your choice and mix with lemonade and ice!
Frozen lemonade is another top pick to add to your menu! As mentioned above, you can add a shot of flavor to create an even tastier specialty beverage. Stockton Graham & Co. is currently promoting a flavored frozen lemonade combo from Jet until March 31,2013. If you buy one case of Jet Arctic Lemonade smoothie mix at $76.80 you will receive 1 bottle each of DaVinci Gourmet Fruit Innovation Raspberry, Strawberry and Blackberry Blood Orange and a 3 tier syrup rack with 3 syrup pumps for no charge! For a 16oz frozen lemonade using these products use 7oz of the Jet Arctic Lemonade, 4 pumps of syrup and blend with a 16oz cup of ice!
Another simple beverage to add to your spring menu is iced tea and flavored iced tea. Tea is always good to offer, especially in warmer weather. Add shots of syrup to be able to charge more and create a drink that is not offered at competing locations! Raspberry and Peach iced tea are a great way to refresh your customers in the upcoming warmer weather! Feel free to experiment with any fruit flavor to build a tea special to your cafe!
With higher temperatures also comes a higher demand for Frappes, so be sure to have a few variations available! These are some Frappe recipes that we recommend to start your spring menu: 16oz Irish Cream Mocha – 1 pump chocolate sauce, 3 pumps Irish cream syrup, 2 shots of espresso, 4oz base, 16oz cup of ice and blend 16oz Brown Sugar Cinnamon – 4 pumps brown sugar cinnamon syrup, 2 shots of espresso, 4oz base, 16oz cup of ice and blend. 16oz Caramel – 2 pumps caramel sauce, 2 shots of espresso, 4oz base, 16oz cup of ice and blend. 16oz White Chocolate – 2 pumps of white chocolate sauce, 2 shots of espresso, 4oz base, 16oz cup of and blend. 16oz Chocolate Covered Cherry – 1 pump chocolate sauce, 3 pumps cherry syrup, 2 shots of espresso, 4oz base, 16oz cup of ice and blend!
Last but not least, don’t forget to have fruit smoothies available! Fruit smoothies offer a nice non-caffeinated and healthy option to your customers. Stockton Graham & Co. carries smoothie mixes from several different vendors so make sure to check out the product catalog on the web or call a Customer Care Associate at 800.835.5943 to find out which product is best for your shop! Don’t be afraid to get adventurous, mix and match flavors or allow customers to request their very own fruit smoothie concoction! We have some rebates on certain smoothies brands that can be found here.
If you are looking for other great drink ideas be sure to give us a call at 800.835.5943 and our Customer Care Associates will be glad to collaborate with you on recipe ideas! Spring is a great time to bring back your frozen beverage menu, and boost your summer sales. Make sure you are offering everything you can, to keep your customers cool in the warm months.
With the summer quickly coming to a close, continue to get the most our of your smoothie program with Stockton Graham & Co.! To help you do that we are offering you a great promotion on Dr. Smoothie 100% Crushed® Whole Fruit Smoothie flavors Blueberry Banana, Strawberry Banana and Northwest Red Apple Orchard.
These 100% fruit and no added sugar smoothies will get $6 Instant savings off a case! This offer runs until November 1st and applies to Full Cases only.
Prepare your customers for fall with the classic taste of a Caramel Apple Smoothie or take advantage of warm weather with the classic Blueberry Banana smoothie. Don’t forget a number one seller with the Strawberry Banana mix!
Dr. Smoothie 100% Crushed® whole fruit smoothie purees are 100% real fruit delivering over 5 servings of fruit per 20 oz. beverage. The purees are fat free, lactose free, shelf stable – feature no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives and are enriched with vitamins and minerals, for your good health.
What better way to celebrate national blueberry month than with some fantastic recipes to incorporate into your summer menu?
For your coffee lovers, trying mixing blueberry syrup with white chocolate for a decadent, sweet and fruity delight! The white chocolate blueberry mocha is delicious both hot and iced! For a 12oz version, simply add one pump of white chocolate sauce, 3 pumps of blueberry syrup to your espresso. Then add milk! It also works great as a steamer for those not interested in adding coffee to their drinks.
For the cold drink enthusiast, add a little zest to your summer staple of lemonade by including a shot of blueberry syrup! This will create a unique drink sure to have customers coming back for more!
Don’t forget about refreshing Italian sodas during these summer months! Simply add 1oz of Blueberry syrup to 8oz soda water, combine with ice and enjoy!