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 SauceIt wouldn’t be winter without a little indulgence… Torani Peppermint Bark Sauce offers the sweet, rich flavor of white chocolate, dark chocolate and peppermint perfect for the Valentine season. We have a very limited supply, so place your order today by calling 800.835.5943.

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1oz. 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

Cupid’s 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

 

Blended Frozen Drink Recipes for Summer!

smoothie-frappe-drinkAs discussed in our Summer Promotions and Building Business with Frozen Blended Drinks blogs, blended drinks such as frappés and smoothies are big sellers for Cafés in warmer summer months. To help you create some great menu items, the Stockton Graham & Co. team have chosen a few recipes to share. Our variety of allied products help create all these quick and easy drinks, so be sure to discuss all your options when talking to your Customer Care Associate.

According to the StudyLogic 2012 review, sales for frozen coffee beverages reached $4.3 billion, in the U.S. alone, in 2012. This is a huge and delicious market that you can easily take advantage of with a few products. It’s been reported* that the top 5 frappé flavors are: mocha, caramel, coffee, vanilla and chocolate. Offering at least one of these top 5 is a must, but explore more flavorings for a specialized option.

Torani has released their Real Cream Frappé Base for the summer of 2013, that makes a real easy and quick variety of frappé drinks. All you need to create a 16 oz. drink is 2 cups of ice, 5 oz. of Torani’s Real Cream Base, 1 shot of chilled espresso and 1 oz. of any syrup or sauce. Blend it well and you have a delicious and savory frozen coffee drink. We suggest Raspberry syrup with the Vanilla Real Cream Base. This creates a creamy raspberry milkshake flavor with the hint of espresso.

If your choice of frappé mix is powders, we have a variety of options there as well, from Caffe D’Amore, Big Train and Café Essentials. Consider making a “Peanut Butter Bliss” with 3 oz. of a vanilla frappe powder, 5 oz. of milk, 2 oz. peanut butter syrup, 1 oz. of caramel sauce and ice. You can adjust this recipe with a shot of chilled espresso or 1 oz. of chocolate sauce as well.

Entice customers looking to indulge, with a “Mocha Cookies and Crème Frappe”. Just take 5 oz. of milk, 2 scoops of a Mocha Frappe Powder, 16 oz. of ice, 1 chilled shot of espresso and blend, then add 1 scoop (70cc) of cookie pieces and pulse in until well blended. This rich and creamy mocha concoction will have customers begging for more.

Smoothies are very popular now as meal replacements, protein suppliers, tasty snacks or just a healthy specialty beverage to enjoy. The top 5 smoothie flavors are strawberry, strawberry banana, mango, peach and wildberry, so any of these options will satisfy your customers. Branch out by pouring different flavors into the same cup as a smoothie “mix-n-match”, it’s a 2 for 1 deal for your customers! Stockton Graham & Co. offers a variety of real fruit smoothie options for our customers, from industry leaders Torani, Jet, Big Train, Monin, Teawave and Dr. Smoothie.

Give your customers a taste of the islands with a delicious “Mango Pineapple Smoothie”. Put 3 oz. of Mango smoothie mix, 3 oz. of pineapple juice and 2 cups of ice in a blender and blend till smooth.

Dr. Smoothie has a great recipe called “Indigo Isle” where you mix 2 oz. of water, 3 oz. of strawberry banana concentrate, 2 oz. of blueberry banana concentrate and 16 oz. of ice in a blender. Then pulse in 1 strawberry and 5 blueberries afterwards for a great fruit texture.

Adding supplements or frappe mixes to your smoothie mix can make for a creamier, fruity drink. Blend together 2 oz. of a cream base, 6 oz. of peach smoothie mix and 16 oz. of ice for a delightful “Peaches N’ Crème” drink. Customers will enjoy how sweet and subtle the tart of the fruit is.

To help you get your blended frozen beverage program on the right track or for a minor tune-up, Stockton Graham & Co. has set-up a blender equipment special. If you purchase one of our Blendtec or Vitamix blender options, you can receive FREE cases of assorted product from Jet, Torani, Caffe D’Amore or Dr.Smoothie! Programs for Mocafe and Cappuccine products will be coming soon! We also have promotions going on from Dr. Smoothie (Whey Protein Promotion) and Jet (Flavored Lemonade Promotion) that can get you FREE product with your purchase of blending concentrates, click the links above to learn more.

Don’t forget to decorate your frozen blended drinks. Top them off with whipped cream, pieces of fruit, a drizzle of sauce or nuts to really impress your customers. These sweet and tasty specialty beverages will sell themselves, and have customers coming to your café all summer long. Give us a call at 800.835.5943 today to order some beverage mixes, or to discuss more recipe options with our sales team!

* Mintel , All Segments Report from 2012

Torani Real Cream Frappé Base Now Available for your Café!

web3We are offering $5 off a case of Torani Frappe through April 30, 2013. For our first two orders of a case or more of Torani Real Cream Frappé, Stockton Graham & Co. is giving away two “get real” T-shirts in Large and Extra-Large!

Stockton Graham & Co. is proud to be one of the first distributors to offer Torani’s Real Cream Frappé  Base! This real cream liquid base, along with your espresso will create delicious blended drinks. We think it really enhances Stockton Graham Coffees espresso and we have also experimented with adding certain syrups, particularly Torani’s signature line, for even more creative drink options.

Torani-FrapsThe frappé mix is available in Real Cream, Dark Chocolate, Vanilla and Coffee flavors. The Real Cream offers maximum versatility, because you can make any flavor you desire with your syrups or sauces! The Dark Chocolate just needs ice and espresso to deliver a rich and decadent frappe. The Vanilla is clean and creamy, and flavored with real vanilla extract that can balance well with espresso. The Coffee flavor already has 100% Arabica coffee in it, making it more convenient to pour, blend and serve!

Frappés sales are up in the past 3 years, and customers are looking for a delicious coffee blended drink to indulge in. Torani Real Cream Frappés drinks have 45% fewer calories than leading powders. With only 300 to 380 calories in a 16oz. drink, customers can enjoy a decadent sweet coffee beverage without as much guilt.

Torani Real Cream Frappé posters, table FRAPPE_GROUPFRAPPE_HEROtents and window decals are also available to promote this delicious product in your store. Call our Customer Care Associates at 800.835.5943 to learn more about this new product and order today!

Spring Recipes For Your Cafe’s Menu!

smoothiesSpring 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.

Peppermint Recipes to add “Pep” to your Cafe’s Menu!

peppermin-recipesAs the Holiday season quickly approaches, it will just as quickly pass, and what flavor encompasses all of winter: Peppermint. Peppermint entices memories of candy canes, sweet cookies and snow. With its sensation of chill, a peppermint beverage always conjures thoughts of the coolness of winter. Here at Stockton Graham & Co. we have compiled some peppermint recipes to introduce into your shop this blustery season.

First is the classic, Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha. Just add 1 pump of peppermint syrup and a ½ pump of white chocolate sauce to 1 cup of milk and steam. Add this mixer into a cup with 2 shots of espresso or a ½ cup of strong coffee. Top with whipped cream. Since the New Year brings a lot of resolutions, make sure to offer this delicious beverage with sugar free syrups and sauces for those guests who are watching their calorie intake.

Another twist on the Peppermint Mocha is to add a pump of Caramel. The spiciness of the peppermint is mellowed by the sweetness of the caramel, and creates a surprisingly tasty beverage.

For Children or caffeine free guest, you can easily whip up a Peppermint Hot Cocoa with the same ingredients as the mocha, minus the espresso. Just use dark Chocolate sauce instead of white, and feel free to add a little extra.

Don’t forget your tea drinking customers! Offer them a Chocolaty Peppermint Tea Latte! Many brands offer a peppermint flavor tea bag. Just steep the tea like normal, stir in 1 pump of chocolate sauce and a ½ a cup of milk. This beverage may require more sugar to sweeten it up, depending on the customer!

If peppermint tea isn’t readily available you can easily concoct a Peppermint Mocha Chai. Use your house chai, add 2 pumps of peppermint flavor and 1 pump of chocolate sauce and stir briskly. The cinnamon from the chai will really pull out the spicy notes of the peppermint.

Peppermint is a solid go to this time of year, and if you aren’t offering something in this flavor you will surely disappoint. One or all of these recipes will be a fun addition to your already delicious menu. If you have any other questions, or wish to discuss menu or recipe topics, contact your Stockton Graham & Co. customer care associate at 800 835 5943 for more information.