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.

All-American Frozen Strawberry Lemonade Recipes

McDonald’s has recently introduced a frozen strawberry lemonade to their menu, and now you too can offer delicious frozen strawberry lemonade and stay one step ahead of your competitors. Strawberry Lemonade is an All-American, delicious and refreshing drink sure to please your customers!

Check out these great recipes for Strawberry Lemonade using Torani Real Fruit Smoothies and Dr. Smoothie Concentrates:

TORANI REAL FRUIT STRAWBERRY LEMONADE SMOOTHIE
Ingredients:
Torani Real Fruit Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie Mix
Ice
Directions: Fill cup with ice and fill with Torani Real Fruit Smoothie Mix. Pour contents into blender pitcher, and blend until smooth.

DR. SMOOTHIE STRAWBERRY LEMONADE
Ingredients:
3 oz. water
3 oz. Dr. Smoothie Lemon-ADE Concentrate
2 oz. Dr. Smoothie Strawberry Concentrate
15 oz cup of ice
Directions: Add the ingredients in the order listed and blend. Yield: 16 oz. finished beverage
Taste profile: Lemonade with strawberry background, very well-balanced.
Options: Add 1 tbsp. Cafe Essentials Vanilla Cream. Garnish with a lemon or strawberry.