Patriotic Recipes for Independence Day

Is there a better reason to celebrate than America’s birthday? Between the sun, fun and fireworks, customers will be dropping by your store for some refreshment (or maybe just some air conditioning) over the long Independence Day weekend.Independence Day Recipes

If your store’s #1 priority is coffee, there are several “independent”-themed coffee concepts to help you and your customer’s celebrate. And if you serve a wider variety of beverages, there are a host of patriotic ideas to try.

Either way, remember to get all your orders in early next week because there will be no freight movement and no product deliveries from Friday (July 3) through Monday (July 6). This includes both traditional overnight shippers like FedEx and larger pallet haulers like LPL. So orders placed next week on Thursday, July 2 that require shipping may not arrive to your shop before Wednesday, July 8.

If you pick up locally, we want to remind you that Stockton Graham & Co. will also be closed on July 3. Orders placed next week after 5pm on Wednesday, July 1 will not be filled until Monday.

So plan ahead to keep the celebration going with these patriotic drinks:

COFFEE-BASED IDEAS

Iced Caffe AmericanoIced Caffè Americano
2 oz Stockton Graham espresso
6 oz cold water
8 oz ice

Directions: Extract espresso into a cup as if you were making a double. Fill a 12-16 oz glass with ice. Pour water onto ice. Follow with espresso. Stir gently to maintain some crema.

Blueberry Strudel Coffee (Clever Drip)
24 grams of Stockton Graham dark roast coffee of your choice
400 grams of water heated to 195F
1.5 oz Torani Blueberry Syrup

Directions: Wet filter with hot water and discard it. Grind coffee to medium, and add it to filter. Dampen grounds with hot water and allow to bloom for 30 seconds. Carefully pour remaining hot water over grounds for 4 minutes. After coffee is extracted, swirl it gently and pour it over Torani syrup in serving cup. Enjoy.

Freedom FreddoFreedom Freddo
2 lungo shots of Stockton Graham espresso
4 oz cold milk
4 oz ice

Directions: Pour freshly extracted espresso over milk and ice in a blender.  Blend until ice is integrated into beverage. Consistency will be a thick iced coffee. Pour into short cold glass. Garnish with straw flag, if desired.

COFFEE-FREE IDEAS 

Patriotic LemonadeAll-American Lemonade
3/4 oz Monin Wild Raspberry Syrup
3 oz cranberry juice
4 oz lemonade
ice

Directions: Fill serving glass with ice. Add remaining ingredients. Cap and shake vigorously, or toss it between glasses. Garnish and serve.

Sparkling Summer Spritzer
2 oz DaVinci Gourmet Blue Caracoa Syrup
8 oz ice
6 oz soda water
(1 oz cream optional)

Directions: Combine ingredients in order, allowing to layer. Top with cherry flavored whipped cream.

Top with cherry-flavored whipped cream, if desired.
1 oz DaVinci Gourmet Cherry Syrup
7 oz of heavy whipping cream

Directions: Whip cream until it holds its shape but is not dry. Gently fold syrup into cream.

Torani Popsicles4th of July Pops
Recipe is for 1 pop. Multiply as needed. 
1 oz Torani Blue Raspberry Syrup
1 oz Torani Coconut Syrup
1 oz Torani Cherry Lime Syrup
¾ cups of water, divided in three

Directions: Combine Blue Raspberry Syrup in ¼ c of water and freeze in popsicle mold. Add Coconut Syrup to ¼ c of water and pour over frozen layer. Freeze. Add Cherry Lime Syrup to Cherry Lime Syrup and pour over frozen layers. Freeze and serve.

Strawberry Lemonade
3 oz water
3 oz Dr. Smoothie Lemon-ADE Concentrate
15 oz cup of ice

Swirl: 2 oz Dr. Smoothie Strawberry Concentrate

Directions: Mix first three ingredients, in the order listed above, and blend. Pour into a tall glass. Pour 2 oz of Dr. Smoothie Strawberry Concentrate on top and use a spoon to gently swirl the strawberry into the lemonade mixture.

True Blue CosmoTrue Blue Cosmo
2 oz citrus vodka
3/4 oz Monin Blue Curacao Syrup
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
1 1/2 oz white cranberry juice

Directions: Combine ingredients in shaker in the order listed. Cap and shake vigorously. Strain into chilled serving glass. Garnish with lemon or blueberries. Serve immediately.

Strawberry Lemonade
3 oz water
3 oz Dr. Smoothie Lemon-ADE Concentrate
15 oz cup of ice
2 oz Dr. Smoothie Strawberry Concentrate

Directions: Mix first three ingredients in the order listed above and blend. Pour into a tall glass. Pour 2 oz of Dr. Smoothie Strawberry Concentrate on top and use a spoon to gently swirl the strawberry into the lemonade mixture. Serve immediately.

berry berry smoothieBerryBerry Smoothie
3 oz Dr Smoothie Berry Berry Blend
2 oz Dr Smoothie Strawberry
3 oz water
14 oz water
Blueberries, strawberries and raspberries as garnish

Directions: Blend all ingredients until smooth. Pour into tall glass and garnish with berries.

To order coffee, syrups, lemonade or smoothie mix, call our Customer Care Associates at 800 835 5943.

Independence Day is Nearly Here

The 1996 movie Independence Day from Roland Emmerich has over 180 filming mistakes, including our favorite:

When the huge alien ship settles over the White House, there is an exterior wide shot with tons of tourists milling about outside the property’s big iron gates. Not one person—adult or child—has any sort of reaction to the city-size alien ship that’s hovering above.Independence Day Shipping

Folks may not care about an alien invasion at your store this Independence Day, but they will care if your store runs out of coffee, syrups or smoothie mix you use to create their morning (or afternoon) fix.

Our Raleigh, NC coffee roasting facility will be closed from July 3-July 5.

So be sure to get your orders in early next week—Monday June 29 is ideal. Both Stockton Graham and FedEx will be closed on July 3-July 5 (click here for downloadable FedEx schedule).

Please note that neither FedEx nor our other shipping companies will move freight from July 3 – July 5. If you receive product via either of these methods, be sure to place your order by noon on Monday, June 29. If you pick up at our Raleigh headquarters, please place your order by noon on Wednesday July 1. 

All local pickups must be made before 3pm on Thursday, July 2.

Call a Customer Care Associate at 800 835 5943 to place your orders.

The American

IMG_0698Happy 4th of July weekend from all of us at Stockton Graham & Co.! As a reminder, we will be closed Friday, July 4th 2014. To celebrate, we have created a fun new recipe using Dr. Smoothie Classic Real Fruit Smoothie Concentrate and Dr. Smoothie 100% Crushed Fruit Smoothie Concentrate. We hope you have a fun and safe holiday weekend!

The American
2 oz Dr. Smoothie Strawberry
2 oz Dr. Smoothie Blueberry Banana
2 oz Dr. Smoothie Lemonade
Blend 2 oz. of mix separately with 1 oz of water and 4 oz of ice
Layer smoothie in cup using a spoon
Enjoy!

Summertime Celebrations: 4th of July Recipes!

lemonade-smoothieIndependence Day celebrations are by far the most anticipated events of the summer. Pool parties, cookouts and cul-de-sac bashes are all traditional American 4th of July celebrations and nothing pairs with watching fireworks under the stars with family and friends quite like a thirst-quenching, ice-cold lemonade. Sweet and tangy 4th of July iced lemonades are a perfect feature for this summer’s parties! Try some of our favorite recipes to kick off the your celebration:

STRAWBERRY LEMONADE

3 oz. Water
3 oz. Lemonade Concentrate
2 oz. Strawberry Concentrate
Ice
Add the ingredients in the order listed above and blend.

BERRY BERRY LEMONADE 

3 oz. Water
3 oz. Lemonade Concentrate
2 oz. Mixed Berry Concentrate
Ice
Add the ingredients in the order listed above and blend.

More summer recipes here: Summer Recipes

For point-of-sale material and additional recipes, contact your Customer Care Associate at (800) 835-5943.

July 4th Shipping Alert

CUP-flagStockton Graham & Co. will be closed on Friday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day. Please allow an additional transit day as FedEx will not pick up or deliver on the 4th.

All orders received after 12PM ET on Thursday, July 3rd will not ship until Monday, July 7th. We invite you to head over to FedEx.com to calculate the transit days to your area from our ’27612′ zip code.

FOR LOCAL CUSTOMERS: All pick-ups must be made by 3:00 pm on Thursday, July 3rd. Pick-up orders must be placed by the end of day on Wednesday, July 2nd.

We will resume our normal business schedule on Monday, July 7th.

We wish you all a fun, happy and safe 4th of July!

Fourth of July Promotions to Celebrate With in Your Coffeehouse!

CUP-flag There is no bigger celebration in summer than the annual celebration of America’s independence, July 4th. Fireworks, sparklers, teas, red, white and blue can be found in abundance, during the festivities.  Be sure to celebrate this holiday with your customers by offering some patriotic promotions! Here at Stockton Graham & Co. we have come up with a few ideas to promote your independently owned shop during this Independence Day Holiday!

The 4th of July is not just about remembering the nation’s freedom, but as well as our own. As many of our customers are independent, local businesses, we suggest you use this holiday to shine a little light onto yourself. Remind your customers that by supporting independent shops, they are supporting small business, and the local economy. Have an “Independent Independence Day” celebration, where you not only recognize our country, but one of the things that make it great, local business. Your specialty shop’s independence and freedom is something that makes your business standout, just like America!

Create a specialty beverage just for the week of July 4th. What about an Iced Americano? Traditional Americanos are 1/3 espresso and 2/3 of hot water, so it’s an easy drink to turn iced. Just chill the espresso and use cool water instead of hot! Frozen Lemonade is a great 4th of July beverage, especially if it’s flavored with strawberries or blueberries to make it “red, yellow and blue”.

You can even go so far to have a 4th of July whipped cream to top all your specialty coffee beverages with. Just mix red and blue food color stripes into your whipped cream, or consider flavoring it with berries. All you need is 3oz of strawberry or blueberry syrup, ½ a pint of heavy whipping cream and your whipped cream canister.

Since it’s the 4th you can create special reward cards to hand out, that day alone. 3 drink purchases in the next 2 weeks will get the card holder a free 4th! You can specify which drinks you would like included in this promotion or let them choose from your entire menu, it’s a celebration and great way to award customers!

Flavored lemonade and teas are big hits during the blistering months of summer. Set up a lemonade or tea bar the week of the 4th and let customers create their own flavored drinks. Who knows, maybe someone will create your next menu item! This will also give many customers an introduction into flavored iced drinks, and let them know they can purchase them from your shop.

Consider doing a 2 for $4 promotion on the 4th! You can choose any deal. We suggest 2 medium Americanos for $4, or 2 small smoothies for $4. “$4 Beverages on the 4th” is a fun promotion to get people to share your drinks with their friends or family members, and introduce your shop to more customers! If you sell cookies or other baked items, this is another great time to use this promotion, a baked good with a drip coffee for $4 dollars on the 4th.

If your town has a 4th of July parade, sponsor a float with your baristas riding on it! Make sure your shop’s name is prominent, so you can get the advertising. This is something fun for your employees and the community. Let the crowd know about your great beverages with coupons to hand out, promotional cups, candy and more. Get creative!

Stockton Graham & Co. has several promotions going on this summer to help you with your Independence Day celebrations. Our blender program offers free products when you purchase a Vitamix or Blendtec blender from Stockton Graham & Co. We have $5 off  a case of new brands Mocafe and Cappuccine until the end of June. Explore your blended lemonade options with our Jet Arctic Lemonade Promotion. There are also, new cups and lids to make your shop stand apart and show it’s independence.

July 4th is about independence, freedom and community. Take advantage of these great promotional ideas to get your customers involved more with your shop. Here at Stockton Graham & Co. we are happy to offer more suggestions and ideas specified to you, just call your Customer Care Associate at 800.835.5943 today to learn more!