Sip. Savor. Save $3 on Cases of Oregon Chai

Last week, we shared Oregon Chai Spiced Chai Tea Latte on ice with our friends on Twitter and Facebook. Today, we’re sharing $3 off per case with you!

With Cinco de Mayo just around the corner, it’s a great time to pick up a case of spiced chai tea latte. Although chai tea’s exotic spices are traditionally from the Eurasian countries of India, Malaysia, Java, Bengal and Cambodia, beverages from Mexico and other Latin American locales share similar flavor profiles. The spice notes can add a pick-me-up to your specialty beverage menu.Oregon Chai logo Guy (2)

The Spiced Chai Tea Latte flavor from Oregon Chai features more authentic chai spice for deeper chai flavor, but it maintains the same amount of caffeine as the original chai latte concentrate: approximately 30–35 mg of caffeine per servings (same as a lightly brewed cup of black tea). Plus, most Oregon Chai concentrates are over 90% organic and carry the USDA Organic seal.

As you plan your Cinco de Mayo menu, think about a simple “Cha Cha Chai” drink special to serve up iced or hot. Just add 3/4 an ounce of your favorite cinnamon syrup to 6 ounces of Oregon Chai Spiced Chai Tea Latte. Stir well and garnish with a sprinkle of nutmeg or a cinnamon stick.

Or, if your location has a bar, you can try a Spicy Chai Martini. Just mix 2 ounces of vanilla vodka with 1.5 ounces of Oregon Chai Spiced Chai Tea Latte and a pump of your favorite cinnamon syrup over ice in a shaker. Give it a few shakes and pour into a cold martini glass.

Any time of the day or night, you can spice up your espresso by adding 6 ounces of Oregon Chai Spiced Chai Tea Latte to a freshly pulled shot. Add a bit of steamed milk to this Dirty Chai, as this popular drink is now called, for a frothy dirty chai latte experience. We, of course, prefer espresso from Stockton Graham Coffees: the single origin espressos include Seda Dulce and Papua New Guinea and the espresso blends include our ever-popular Midnight Lotus Blend and our San Remo Blend. All coffees are roasted at Stockton Graham & Co. headquarters in Raleigh, NC.

Chai’s Big Flavor is Trending

Chai — traditionally made by mixing black tea, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, vanilla bean, nutmeg and honey over milk — is one of this year’s biggest flavor trends. In fact, it was one of the featured flavors at the 40th Anniversary of the Fancy Food Show in San Francisco. And that wasn’t just in the international section, but all throughout the Moscone Center.

The tea latte category has been quietly growing for quite a while, with chai lattes as the leader. The basic concept of a tea latte is very simple. Instead of espresso, use a concentrated tea mixed with milk. Tea lattes can be made hot, iced or frozen. All forms offer the same health benefits as traditionally brewed tea and are great alternatives to coffee.

Nirvana in a Cup from Oregon Chai

If you don’t know the history of Oregon Chai, pick up a copy of Nirvana in a Cup: The Founding of Oregon Chai by Tedde McMillen. It’s a fabulous story of true-life mother-daughter journey that transformed the ancient tea from a traditional Himalayan cultural and health secret to a multi-million dollar Oregon Chai company.

Nirvana in a cup starts off with the arresting, literally, line “Mom, call the embassy! I’ve been arrested!” The plea from Ms. McMillian’s 20-year-old daughter, Heather, from Zambia at 3am in the morning on Christmas Eve turned out to be a journey of a lifetime for the mom-and-daughter duo.

Although the company has grown over 400% since distributing its launch press release on Halloween day in 1994, the crave-worthy drink is still a favorite among baristas, mixologists and chefs. That’s why Oregon Chai is one of the biggest chai brewers in the U.S. The company, which is still located in Portland, is now owned by Kerry Group Plc.

Order your Oregon Chai Spiced Chai Tea Latte and get $3 off a case of 32oz boxes. Offer ends 5/1/2015. Just call a Customer Care Associate at 800.835.5943 to order.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with these great recipes!

cinco-de-mayo-webCinco de Mayo falls on May 5th every year, and is the celebration of Mexican ancestry and cultural pride. What started as an acknowledgement over an unlikely victory in battle, has become an national holiday where we celebrate all things from our neighbor, Mexico! It’s a great holiday to have promotions in your shop and special menu choices. To help your menu celebrate Cinco de Mayo, the team at Stockton Graham & Co. has chosen a few recipes and products to get your party started!

Whether alcohol friendly or not, Margarita’s are a must on any Cinco de Mayo menu! Stockton Graham & Co. has a Margarita mix from Jet that is delicious and a great base to any flavored Margarita your customer desires. It’s pour over, so to create virgin drinks you only need 8 oz. of Jet Margarita, 16 oz. of ice and blend. If your going to make your drinks with alcohol, substitute 2 oz. of the mix with the alcohol and blend away! Having flavored margaritas is just as easy. You can use only 4 oz. margarita mix and 3 oz. of your favorite fruit smoothie mix over ice and blend! This way strawberry, peach and raspberry margaritas can all be enjoyed at your party. If you run out of fruit smoothie mix, it’s no problem fruity syrups can be used as well! This only takes 7 oz. of Margarita and 1 oz. of the syrup of your choice. This Jet Margarita mix also comes in “Lite” for those looking to watch their figure for summer.

Where coffee is concerned be sure to to offer a “Mexican Coffee”. There are many different recipes for this, but a fun one is to add 2 teaspoons of cinnamon to the grounds of your coffee before brewing (we suggest Stockton Graham Coffees Organic Mexico Chiapas). After it’s brewed pour about 10 oz. of coffee into your cup. Steam milk with 2 pumps of Chocolate sauce , 1pump of Spice Brown Sugar or Cinnamon Brown Sugar syrup, 1 pump of Vanilla syrup and add to your coffee. Top with whipped cream and cinnamon! For more flavor, use Stockton Graham Coffees flavored K’lua & Cream.

Since hot chocolate was believed to have started in Mexico, it definitely deserves a spot on your Cinco de Mayo menu! Big Train, Caffe D’Amore and Cafe Essentials all offer a delicious Mexican Spiced Cocoa. You can serve them hot or cold, and since Cinco de Mayo is normally so warm, we suggest trying them iced. Put 8 oz. of the Cocoa mix into 3 oz. of hot water or steamed milk. Stir well until dissolved and pour over 8 oz. of ice. You can also add espresso to your hot chocolate for a Mexican mocha we call “Mocha de Mayo”!

Create a simple “Cha Cha Chai” to serve up iced or hot by adding 3/4 an oz. of your favorite cinnamon syrup to any chai! It goes well with liquid or powder, just be sure to stir well.

Horchata is another traditional Mexican beverage you can create for the holiday. Big Train and Caffe D’Amore have delicious Horchata Mexican Drink Mix that you can purchase from Stockton Graham & Co. special order! To create this almond and rice based beverage all you need is 2 scoops of mix and 5 oz. of water.

Torani has a Spicy Chocolate Sauce they use to create the “Mayan Mocha”. This calls for 1 oz. of Spicy Chocolate Sauce, 8 oz. milk  and 2 shots espresso. Pull your espresso into a cup, steam the milk and the sauce together and pour over the espresso. You can make this iced or warm. Add an extra 1/4 oz. Torani Brown Sugar Cinnamon Syrup and they call that a “Ring of Fire Mocha”.

Holidays are a fun time to add special menu items. Don’t miss this great opportunity to get your customers to try new products! To find some great promotions for Cinco de Mayo, check out most recent blog on the subject! For more recipes, promotion ideas or to order call our wonderful Customer Care Associates at 800.835.5943.