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.

Christmas Holiday Promotions For Your Coffee Shop!

christmas coffeeWith the Christmas season rapidly approaching it is time to begin preparing your café for holiday festivities! The colder weather, family gatherings and shopping outings should all contribute to increasing business at your shop, yet there are still many things you can do to help increase foot traffic through your doors!

As this is a time of giving, many people will be in the market for gifts they can give to friends and family both locally and across the country. Be sure to create gift baskets that contain your coffee and other small merchandise from your shop. Other items can include mugs, tumblers, shirts, sweaters, gift cards or any other goods you may carry! Keep in mind that some people may be looking for smaller gift packages than others, so a couple of different sized gift baskets ranging in price could be a good idea. What’s a better gift than your delicious coffee beans?

Put on an event such as, “The 12 Beverages of Christmas” in December where you promote a different seasonal specialty beverage every day: gingerbread mocha, peppermint latte, chai-der, eggnog and more! You could also, promote seasonal specialty beverages by picking a day to offer a free seasonal flavor shot with every latte purchase. Be sure to promote the events in your store weeks in advance, as well as using social media networks like Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. This increases specialty drink sales by introducing them to customers at promotional prices early on. Guests will continue to frequent your shop for seasonal treats they can’t get enough of!

Bring in seasonal flavored coffees (such as gingerbread spice, sugar cookie, peppermint mocha, etc.) and offer tastings on specific days. This will open the doors for customers to try flavors they may not have otherwise tasted, which could in turn lead to bulk coffee sales. Retail 12 oz. and 16 oz. flavored coffees make great gifts for the office or family gatherings! Be sure to have the bulk coffee on display in areas where customers can easily see it, accompanied by descriptions to better help them understand the flavor profile!

Get in touch with your local bakery about what kind of specialty items they plan to offer over the holiday season. Baked goods can be a great way to increase sales, especially with Christmas sugar cookies, gingerbread men and other holiday sweets that people will undoubtedly be looking for! Set up a date for customers to pre-order so they have delicious treats for their holiday events!

Planning an event at your shop just to get people in to celebrate (and buy your coffee) is a fun promotion on its own. Set up Christmas movie nights, where you screen the Christmas films in your shop. Plan a tacky Christmas sweater party, offering prizes to the tackiest. Host a Christmas Carol Karaoke night for customers to share their “talents”. Anything you can do to spread the cheer and invite customers in your doors is a great idea! Encourage your staff to pick up the holiday cheer or even dress up in holiday attire! The holiday season should be fun, eventful and fruitful for your café! We at Stockton Graham & Co. wish you happy, and busy, holiday!

September Promotions Reminder

September is the beginning of the years busiest season. In the fourth quarter you will have the highest goals to reach and the biggest turn outs. So keep sales up with new drinks, classic beverages and expected seasonal options. We have a lot of promotions going on here at Stockton Graham & Co. to help your business get the most out of each customer’s visit. To remind you of all we have going on we have created this recap list. Give your Customer Care Associate a call at 1.800.835.5943 to place your order today!

Dr. Smoothie 100% Whole Fruit Smoothie: Blueberry Banana, Strawberry Banana and Northwest Red Apple Orchard
$6 Instant savings off a case, Full Cases only. Expires: 11/1/2012

Big Train Seasonal Flavors: Pumpkin Pie Chai, Gingerbread Chai, Peppermint Mocha Blended Ice Coffee, Pumpkin Spice Blended Ice Coffee and Egg Nog Blended Crème
Up to $10 off a case. Expires: 9/30/2012

Big Train Real Fruit Smoothies
$10 off each case Expires: 9/30/2012

Monin All Natural Fruit Smoothies
Save up to $18 dollars a case:
$6 instantly on your full case of one flavor. Expires: 9/30/2012
$12 back as a rebate direct from Monin on any case you buy. Expires: 12/3/2012
First case of Monin Smoothies Free with rebate. Expires: 12/31/2012

Torani Real Fruit Smoothie Strawberry Lemonade
$6 off a case Expires: 9/30/2012

Jet Artic Lemonade and Margarita Flavors
$6 instant off a case Expires: 9/30/2012
$12 per case or $2 per 64oz carton mail in rebate. Expires: 12/31/2012

DaVinci Gourmet Single Origin Naturals
$6 instant off a case Expires: 9/30/2012
$12 per case or $1 per 64 mail in rebate. Expires: 12/31/2012

David Rio Chai FoodService Products (Promotional Postcard; call for more info)
$10 off each case. Expires: 10/15/2012

July is National Blueberry Month… Celebrate with Recipes!

What better way to celebrate national blueberry month than with some fantastic recipes to incorporate into your summer menu? 

For your coffee lovers, trying mixing blueberry syrup with white chocolate for a decadent, sweet and fruity delight!  The white chocolate blueberry mocha is delicious both hot and iced!  For a 12oz version, simply add one pump of white chocolate sauce, 3 pumps of blueberry syrup to your espresso. Then add milk!  It also works great as a steamer for those not interested in adding coffee to their drinks.

For the cold drink enthusiast, add a little zest to your summer staple of lemonade by including a shot of blueberry syrup! This will create a unique drink sure to have customers coming back for more!

Don’t forget about refreshing Italian sodas during these summer months!  Simply add 1oz of Blueberry syrup to 8oz soda water, combine with ice and enjoy!

Frosted Gingerbread Latte

Stockton Graham & Co. wants to help you have a fantastic and profitable holiday season! We hope our recipes for seasonal specialty beverages will be a great reference to help make the season special for you and your customers.  Order the DaVinci Gourmet, Monin and Torani products by calling 800-835-5943. Look for upcoming posts with more recipes for Christmas & New Years 2012!

Frosted Gingerbread Latte
– Ice
– 1 oz. Monin Chai Tea concentrate
– ½ oz. Monin Gingerbread syrup
– Milk
– 2 shots SGC Espresso Milano

Directions: Fill glass with ice.  Add Monin Chai Tea concentrate and Monin Gingerbread syrup.  Fill with milk and shake to mix.  Garnish with whipped cream and cinnamon powder.

Ghostly Pumpkin Pie Mocha

Ingredients:
1 oz. Torani Pumpkin Pie sauce
1/2 oz. Torani White Chocolate sauce
8 oz. milk
2 shots espresso

Instructions:
Steam together milk and Torani. Pour heated, flavored milk into a tall glass and add brewed espresso. Spoon a thin layer of foamed milk over beverage.

For more information, or to request the ingredients for this recipe, please call 800.835.5943

Iced Black & White Mocha Recipe

Black & White Mocha
Yield: 1 – 12 oz.

1/2 ounce Ghirardelli Sweet Ground Chocolate & Cocoa Flavored Sauce
1 ounce Ghirardelli Classic White Flavored Sauce
2 ounces brewed Midnight Lotus Espresso
8 ounces cold milk

Combine all ingredients and pour over one cup of ice into a 16-oz. glass. Garnish with whipped cream and drizzle with Ghirardelli Sweet Ground Chocolate & Cocoa Flavored Sauce and/or Classic White Flavored Sauce.