St. Patrick’s Day Coffees

There are few better ways to prepare your St. Patrick’s Day menu than sitting down with a freshly prepared Classic Irish Coffee. Whiskey-doused beverages like Irish Coffee, or even modern twists like this sexy Cold Brewed Coffee-Tini, are always good choices for your March menu.St. Patrick's Day Menu Stockton Graham & Co. Coffee Roaster

But if you don’t have a liquor license or prefer to keep your store more family friendly, a great option is coffee that is flavored to taste like your favorite St. Patrick’s Day liqueur. Here are a few of Stockton Graham & Co.’s favorite St. Patrick’s Day-inspired options straight from our Raleigh, North Carolina coffee roaster:

Flavored Coffee

Highlander Cream
“The essence of the Highlands” is what we call this creamy, dreamy coffee. It is based on a popular liqueur made with high-end Scotch whisky, double cream and a secret blend of wild and puckish herbs. Your customers will find Highlander Cream notable for its light spice and remarkably smooth flavor.

Irish Cream
Everyone knows Irish Cream. It is a liqueur made from cream and Irish whiskey that became the go-to after-dinner cordial in the mid-1970s. This straight-forward version is great as a standalone drink with a splash of fresh cream or blended with Irish Cream syrup for an indulgent St. Patrick’s Day pick-me-up.

Irish Mint
This is Irish Cream coffee laced with the cool, refreshing flavor of Crème de Menthe. As an after-dinner option, it’s the closest thing you’ll get to a good luck charm, unless you have a four-leaf-clover handy.

Luck of the Irish
Everyone should feel a little nutty for St. Patrick’s Day. Our Luck of the Irish flavor complements the rich, sweet taste of Irish Cream with caramel and nuts. It is a creamy and light with coffee with luxurious, silky undertones.

Peppermint Paddy
Bold dark chocolate coats refreshing, glacial mint nuances in this peppermint patty-inspired coffee. Most customers comment on its sensational, refreshing mouth feel and rich chocolate aftertaste.

Scottish Grog
Another option inspired by the highlands of Scotland, this coffee has creamy, sweet caramel notes in a full, creamy body. A splash of honey-tinged bourbon flows across the palate like the boisterous sound of bagpipes rolling down a lush, green Scottish hillside.

White Chocolate Chunk
It’s not a traditional St. Patrick’s Day flavor; yet we find it pairs well with many Irish desserts like Tea Cake and Soda Bread Cookies. That’s because white chocolate isn’t as forward as dark chocolate and milk chocolate, so customers get a hint of indulgent flavor without overwhelming the palate.

Non-Coffee Options

Organic Assam Breakfast Tea
Irish Breakfast Tea is really a mix of several black teas, most of them Assam. These big, black organic tea leaves are the real thing, grown in Assam, India, where hot days and cool nights bring out the rich, full flavor.

Green Tea Smoothie
Smoothies made with authentic Japanese green tea are a healthful way to get in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit. We offer several brands of including Dragonfly Green Tea Powder and Matcha Green Tea Smoothie Base from Big Train.

Green Tea Chai
We love David Rio Tortoise Green Tea Chai mix for its rich and creamy mixture of green tea and exotic spices. What’s better, it can be served hot or blended with ice for a cool drink of green.

Leprechaun-endorsed LTOs

As always, the taste experts at Stockton Graham & Co. have put together a wide variety of St. Patrick’s Day LTO ideas for your business. Click here for a few ideas. Most can be crafted with the products you already use. Feel free to call us at 800 835 5943 if you need to refresh your stock or are looking for something else.

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.

Pass Along the Luck of the Irish with Torani

Need a signature drink for St. Patrick’s Day? Torani has you covered!

Dublin Ditty

1/2 oz. Torani Vanilla syrup
1/2 oz. Torani Irish Cream syrup
8 oz. milk
2 shots Espresso Midnight Lotus

Add steamed milk to cup with syrups and espresso. Garnish with whipped cream and green and white sprinkles.

Shamrock Mocha

1 oz. Torani Chocolate sauce
1/2 oz. Torani Irish Cream syrup
1/4 oz. Torani Crème de Menthe syrup
8 oz. milk
2 shots Espresso Milano

Add steamed milk to cup with syrups and espresso. Garnish with whipped cream and green and white sprinkles.

Irish Cream Hot Chocolate

1/2 oz. Torani Chocolate sauce
1/2 oz. Torani Irish Cream syrup
8 oz. milk

Steam milk and add to cup with syrup and sauce. Stir gently.

Cheers,

Mike Adams
Stockton Graham & Co.

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day-Check out these recipes!

Here are a few recipes to bring the luck of the Irish to you and your customers from Stockton Graham & Co. Order the DaVinci Gourmet, Monin and Torani products mentioned in the recipes below by calling 800-835-5943. Look for upcoming posts with more recipes for upcoming holidays! As always, adding your favorite SGC espresso always makes for a great specialty beverage.

Emerald Isle Cocoa
1 oz Monin White Chocolate Sauce
¾ oz Monin Green Mint Syrup
Steamed milk

Directions:  Combine Monin White Chocolate Sauce  and Monin Green Mint Syrup in cup.  Stir while filling with steamed milk.  Garnish with whipped cream and a drizzle of Green Mint Syrup.

St. Paddy’s Steamer
Tbsp. Torani Irish Cream syrup
1 Tbsp. Torani Vanilla syrup
1 cup milk

Steam milk and Torani syrup together. Pour into glass and stir gently.

Irish Cream Steamer Au Natural
¾ oz DaVinci Gourment Irish Cream All Natural Syrup
Steamed milk

Directions:  Combine ingredients in cup.  Mix well.