Show Your Customers Some Love this Valentine’s Day!

Valentines day-imageThis year Valentine’s Day falls on Saturday, February 14, so your shop should have V-Day themed events and specials all week! Show your customers how much you care by giving them “Valentines”. Keep a few Valentines (aka coupons for discounted drinks) by the register to give out to regular and loyal customers all week.

Be sure to promote your Valentine’s day specials on your Social Media accounts, website and newsletters. You should also have posters, flyers, table toppers and chalk boards promoting any specials in your store. Make sure, as with any special event, your store is decorated to subtly remind your customers of the holiday and the specials they could take advantage of.

On Valentine’s Day, share the love by offering a special discounted  beverage all day! Or, have a small “treat” ready to show your appreciation like a small chocolate for each customer or a free flavor shot! You might also encourage those who have significant others to make visiting your shop part of their date night by offering a buy-one-get-one deal on drinks later in the evening!

Here are a few love-inspired drinks to try on this special holiday:

White Chocolate Raspberry Mocha
Ingredients:

  • 1 Pump white chocolate sauce
  • 2 Pumps raspberry syrup
  • 2 shots espresso
  • Steamed milk

Pull the shots directly into a cup containing the sauce and syrup, stir gently and add the steamed milk!

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie
 Ingredients:
  • 5 oz. water
  • 3 oz. Dr. Smoothie Strawberry Concentrate
  • 3/4 (70cc) scoop of Chocolate frappe or iced hot chocolate mix
  • 16 oz. cup of ice
Add the ingredients in the order listed above and blend. Optional: Top with whipped cream, shaved chocolate pieces and a small strawberry.
Hot Cinnamon Twist White Mocha
Ingredients:
  • 3/4 oz. Monin Spicy Red Cinnamon Syrup
  • 1 oz.  White Chocolate Sauce
  • 2 shots of Espresso
  • 8 oz. milk
Tips: Garnish with a cinnamon stick and whipped cream.

Contact our Customer Care Department by calling 800.835.5943 for access to samples, POS Materials and more fun ideas.

See Past Valentine’s Day Blogs:
Roses are Red, Violets are Blue…
Valentine’s Day / Mardi Gras Coffee Drink Recipes!
Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras Promotions for your Coffee Shop!

Go BANANAS this spring with
these fun banana recipes!

The tropical breezes are blowing, and it’s time to celebrate spring! Bring the tastes of the islands to your menu with these delicious banana recipes. Have a luau in your store with a refreshingly smooth Jamaican Me Crazy Smoothie or a majorly mouthwatering Monkey Mocha! Your customers will appreciate the new fun options and come back for more all season.

Banana RecipesJamaican Me Crazy Smoothie
7 oz Pina Colada Smoothie
1 oz Banana Syrup
Ice

Fill cup with ice, add syrup, fill with smoothie.
Pour contents into blender pitcher, blend until smooth.

Banana RecipesMonkey Mocha
½ oz Banana Syrup
1 oz Chocolate Sauce
2 oz espresso
8 oz milk

Combine sauce and syrup in cup. Steam milk.
Then add espresso and steamed milk to cup. Garnish with whipped cream.

Banana RecipesStrawberry & Banana Italian Soda
½ oz Banana Syrup
½ oz Strawberry Syrup
8 oz sparkling water
Ice

Pour sparkling water over ice. Add syrup and stir.

Banana RecipesBanana Pudding Cream Soda
½ oz Banana Syrup
½ oz Vanilla Syrup
8 oz sparkling water
1 oz cream, float on top ice

Pour sparkling water over ice. Add syrup and stir.
Add cream.

Place your order today by calling 800.835.5943.

NEW Torani Sweet Heat Syrup Will Heat Up Your Mocha!

Torani Sweet Heat SyrupIntroducing Torani Sweet Heat!

Ghost peppers are small, but pack an incredible punch. These exotic peppers originate from India, and bring spicy heat to all types of cuisine around the world. Torani combined fiery heat with sweet pure cane sugar to ignite the world of beverages. The distinctive intensity of Torani Sweet Heat Syrup will radiate on your palate. When added to beverages, you get a pure kick of heat while maintaining the drink’s original flavor. Enliven your favorite beverages, including mochas, cocktails, lemonades, smoothies and so much more.

Torani Spicy Mocha Recipe
1 oz. Torani Dark Chocolate Sauce
½ oz. Torani Sweet heat Syrup
8 oz. steamed milk
2 shots espresso

Pour espresso into a cup. Steam milk and Torani together. Add steamed milk to cup.

Call 800.835.5943 today to place your order for this new HOT product!

Matcha Mint Recipes From Dr. Smoothie Just in Time For St. Paddy’s Day!

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Looking for some fun new green drinks to introduce this St. Paddy’s Day? Serve up some Cafe Essentials Matcha Mint Chip from Dr. Smoothie as a frappe, iced drink, or hot drink. This rich dairy-creamy mint chip taste leaves wonderful little surprises at the bottom of the cup – give your customers the luck of the Irish with nice pieces of chocolate to enjoy as a final reward! Place your order today by calling 800.835.5943.

MATCHA MINT CHIP FRAPPÉ
Yield – 16 oz finished beverage

  • 6 oz water
  • 2 (48cc) scoops Cafe Essentials® Matcha Mint Chip
  • 16 oz – 18 oz cup of ice

Add the ingredients in the order listed above and blend.
Taste Profile – Creamy mint with little bits of chocolate chips.
Option – For more of a milkshake profile, use milk instead of water.

ICED MATCHA MINT CHIP
Yield – 16 oz finished beverage

  • 6 oz hot water
  • 2 rounded (48cc) scoops Cafe Essentials® Matcha Mint Chip
  • 4 oz cold milk
  • 16 oz – 18 oz cup of ice

Pour beverage mix into hot water and stir thoroughly. Pour contents over 16 – 18 oz cup full of ice. Pour in cold milk and stir contents until completely chilled.
Taste Profile – Refreshing mint with bits of chocolate.

MINT CHIP MOCHA (HOT)
Yield – 12 oz finished beverage

  • 2 oz espresso
  • 10 oz steamed milk
  • 1 (48cc) scoop Cafe Essentials® Matcha Mint Chip

Combine espresso and steamed milk in a serving cup, creating a latté. Add powdered beverage mix into hot latté base and stir thoroughly.
Taste Profile – Creamy latté, with mint and chocolate tones.
Option – Top beverage with whipped cream and drizzled chocolate syrup, or even chocolate sprinkles.

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

St. Patrick’s Day Recipes!

stpatrick-recipeEveryone likes to feel a little festive on St. Patrick’s day, and what better way to do so than experiencing some Irish influenced drinks! Stockton Graham & Co. has got you covered, with a few St. Paddy’s day concoctions featuring fresh roasted coffee, syrups and sauces from Stockton Graham & Co. to add to your menu this spring.

View all our recipes here or enjoy a sampling of these popular options:

Chocolate Stout Latte (12oz)
• 1 pump dark chocolate syrup
• ½ pump caramel syrup
• ½ pump hazelnut syrup
• 2 shots espresso
• Steamed milk
Pull shots of espresso into a cup with the syrups, add the steamed milk and enjoy!

Emerald Isle Latte (12oz)
• 1 pump white chocolate sauce
• 2 pumps green mint syrup
• 2 shots espresso
• Steamed milk
Pull shots of espresso into a cup with the sauce and syrup, stir gently, add steamed milk and enjoy!

Irish Cream Mocha (12oz)
• 1 pump dark chocolate sauce
• 2 pumps Irish cream syrup
*option: You can also add White chocolate sauce
• 2 shots espresso
• Steamed milk
Pull shots of espresso into a cup with the chocolate sauce and Irish cream syrup, stir gently, add steamed milk and enjoy!

Irish Cream Latte (12oz)
• 2 pumps Irish cream syrup
• 2 shots espresso
• Steamed milk
Pull shots of espresso into a cup with the Irish cream syrup, add steamed milk, and enjoy!

Irish Cream Cheesecake Latte (12oz)
• 1 ½ pumps Irish Cream syrup
• ½ pump cheesecake syrup
• 2 shots espresso
• Steamed milk
Pull shots of espresso into a cup with syrup, add steamed milk and enjoy!

Keep in mind that all of these drinks can be prepared decaffeinated or with sugar free ingredients to appeal to all customers! They can also be made over ice, blended or without espresso so kids can enjoy them. If you serve alcohol, a little toddy can be added to any of these recipes to create an adult beverage.  For an even more festive drink experience, add some green food coloring to your milk or whipped cream! Stockton Graham & Co. is here to help if you have any more questions or would like more information on planning special coffee events… just give us a call at 800 835 5943!

Pair these beverages with some of our suggested St. Patrick’s day promotions. Also, check out some of our other blogs on St. Patrick’s day recipes:
Iced Irish Cream
Torani Luck of the Irish Recipes

Valentine’s Day / Mardi Gras Coffee Drink Recipes!

valentinesdayFebruary is one of the most festive months of the year hosting both Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras! Consider adding these drinks to your seasonal menu to help celebrate these great holidays in your café!

White Chocolate Raspberry Mocha (12oz)
• 1 Pump white chocolate sauce
• 2 Pumps raspberry syrup
• 2 shots espresso
• Steamed milk
Pull the shots directly into a cup containing the sauce and syrup, stir gently and add the steamed milk!

Chocolate Covered Cherry Mocha (12oz)
• 1 Pump chocolate sauce
• 2 Pumps cherry syrup
• 2 shots espresso
• Steamed milk
Pull the shots into the cup containing the sauce and syrup mixture and stir gently before adding the steamed milk! For festive variation, substitute strawberry syrup instead and enjoy a chocolate covered strawberry concoction!

Sweet Strawberry Latte/Cappuccino
• 1 Pump vanilla syrup
• 2 Pumps strawberry syrup
• 2 shots espresso
• Steamed milk
Add the shots to a cup containing the syrup mixture and finish off with steamed milk!
*This beverages can all be made over ice or as a “steamer” that doesn’t contain coffee!

Bananas Foster latte
• ½ pump cinnamon syrup
• ½ pump vanilla syrup
• 2 pumps banana syrup
• 2 shots espresso
• Steamed milk
For a sweeter recipe, use 1 pump of white chocolate sauce, 1 pump cinnamon and 1 pump of banana syrup! Pull the espresso shots directly into syrup/sauce mixture and stir before adding the steamed milk! Top this drink with caramel drizzle and you’ve created a Mardi Gras favorite!
**Torani manufactures a ready-to-use Bananas Foster syrup! Simply add 3 pumps of this syrup to a cup, pull 2 shots of espresso and finally add the steamed milk!

The Big Easy Steamer
• 1 pump Bananas Foster Syrup
• 1 pump Butter Pecan Syrup
• 1 cup milk – steamed
Steam milk and syrup together. Pour into a tall glass and a stir gently.

Be sure to visit our blog on the best ways to promote Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras.