Independence Day Recipes for Your Coffee Shop!

4th-of-JulyJuly 4th is a holiday that involves a lot of time spent outdoors in the warm summer air. Whether watching fireworks  or a parade, spending the day by the water or just grilling, your customers will need to be refreshed this Independence Day. We have gotten together, some of our favorite July 4th recipes to serve in your specialty beverage shop, easily at a cookout or other celebration. Berries are really popular around Independence Day because most of them are in season in the summer, July is even “National Blueberry Month”. Whether it is frozen and blended, caffeine filled or sugar filled, satisfy your customers this Independence Day with some fun specialty drinks!

As mentioned in our 4th of July Promotions Blog, Iced Americanos are a fun drink to focus on for July 4th, the day we celebrate American Independence. To make a “Berry Americano”, use ¾ oz. of your berry of choice (blueberry, raspberry, strawberry…) syrup, and add to a glass of 2 shots of chilled espresso, ¾ a cup cold water, a ¼ a cup of half & half and ice. The half and half really makes the flavor show up more with creamy goodness.

You can make a “Red, White & True Latte” for your coffee lovers as well . For a 16 oz. drink, fill a glass with ice, add 6 oz. of milk, 2 shots of espresso, 0.75 oz. of raspberry syrup, 0.75 oz. of peach syrup and stir.

To cool your customers off, you can serve a “Blueberry Cream Soda”.  Fill your 16 oz. glass with ice and add 1 oz. of blueberry syrup, ½ oz. of French vanilla syrup and 7 oz. of sparkling water.  This tasty and bubbly drink will satisfy anyone looking for a caffeine free drink option in your shop.

For smoothies you can whip up a “Red, White and Blueberry Smoothie”. If you use powdered mixes, make your standard smoothie drink with a ¼ a cup of fresh or frozen strawberries and blueberries. Drizzle white chocolate on your cup to decorate, or on top of the smoothie. If you prefer pour over smoothies, just choose your mix that contains strawberries and blueberries and decorate the cup with white chocolate.

Lemonades are full of nostalgia for the summers past, so you can’t have a 4th of July celebration without this classic! We have DaVinci Gourmet Fruit Innovations that make a great classic lemonade with just a few pumps, water and ice! Add another flavor for a fun and fruity drink. Another Lemonade twist is Frozen Flavored Lemonades. DaVinci Gourmet and Jet are offering an Arctic Lemonade promotion right now with blood orange, raspberry and strawberry Fruit Innovations. Adding 3 pumps of these syrups to the lemonade mix, gives this classic refreshing beverage something new and delicious!

If Tea is your customers choice for a refreshing beverage, it is very easy to add syrups to make a special drink, with an up charge and little cost to you. A shot of any flavor can bring life to a regular tea. Try a “Raspberry Tea Sparkler” this Independence Day. To 7 oz. of tea, add 1 oz. of raspberry syrup and 2 oz. of sparkling water or soda water. This gives the tea a carbonated and flavorful kick. Flavored teas are one of the fastest growing specialty beverages in the US, so if you already serve tea, flavored tea is an easy way to add more variety and profits.

If you use pour over smoothies, create a “Firework Smoothie” for this 4th! Use Strawberry Banana smoothie mix (about 6 to 7 oz. depending on brand) and mix in some vanilla cream base powder (this also depends on brand, but about 1 tablespoon). Blend the mixes with 16 oz. of ice and 2 strawberries for texture. Top with whipped cream and sprinkles!

Creating signature drinks for your shop every holiday is a fun way to get customers to try new products! Most customers love variety and getting them to try new recipes is an easy way to introduce them to what could be their new favorite drink. Call our Customer Care Associates today at 800.835.5943 to find more fun recipes or to order some of our great specialty beverage products today!

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

Jump into Spring with this Jet Arctic Lemonade Promotion!

artic-lemonadeStockton Graham & Co. and Kerry foodservice are teaming up to offer our customers a great flavored lemonade promotion! If you buy 1 case of Jet Arctic Lemonade you will receive 1 bottle of DaVinci Gourmet Fruit Innovation Raspberry Syrup, 1 Bottle of DaVinci Gourmet Fruit Innovation Strawberry Syrup, 1 Bottle of DaVinci Gourmet Fruit Innovation Blackberry Blood Orange Syrup, 1 DaVinci Gourmet Bottle Rack (holds 3 bottles) and 3 DaVinci Gourmet Syrup Pumps for FREE. This great promotion is a limited time deal, while supplies last, so be sure to take advantage of it today!

Jet Arctic Lemonade is the ultimate balance of fruit-innovationssweet and tart, and creates some of the finest frozen lemonade around. Add some syrup to create one of the hottest specialty beverage trends this summer, flavored lemonade! Blend this delicious beverage into your menu and jump into spring with more sales!

Flavored Arctic Lemonade is so easy to make. For a 16oz. drink put 7oz. of Jet Arctic Lemonade Frozen, 4 pumps of a DaVinci Gourmet Fruit Innovation syrup of your choice and 1 cupful of ice into your blender, blend and serve!

See other blender promotions and product promotions for your summer menu on our Blending Equipment & Rebates page.

If you would like more information, recipes or have any questions, call 800.835.5943 to discuss more details with our Customer Care Associates.

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.

Save up to $18 a case on Jet Arctic Lemonade, Margarita and DaVinci Single Origin Naturals Syrup!

Temperatures are still up, and we’re offering some great specials to cool your customers down with frozen drinks featuring Jet Frozen Beverage Mixes and DaVinci Gourmet Single Origin Naturals Syrups! We suggest mixing Jet Arctic Lemonade with the DaVinci Pacific Northwest Raspberry Syrup. Just add 3 pumps of syrup prior to blending to make a 12 oz drink. With the Raspberry syrup, the drink becomes a sweet and sour combination to rival any strawberry/lemonade frozen drink. Also add the raspberry syrup to Jet Margarita for a refreshing summer drink!  Give your customers something new and interesting to keep them coming back!

Save on Jet’s Arctic Lemonade and Margarita Frozen Drink Mix Flavors with Stockton Graham & Co.  We are offering this great special to end out the summer season:

$12 off a case or $2 off a 64oz carton after mail in rebate.
$6 instant savings a case!

 That’s up to $18 dollars off a case of this summer staple!

Don’t forget to add syrups to your frozen drinks! DaVinci Gourmet Single Origin Naturals has a promotion as well!

$12 off a case or $1 dollar off a bottle after mail in rebate.
$6 instant savings a case!

Offers expire: Mail in rebates 12/31/2012, Instant savings 9/30/2012.
Don’t miss out on these savings, call us at 800.835.5943 today to place your order!

Jet Arctic Lemonade Rebate, Jet Margarita Rebate, DaVinci Naturals Syrup Rebate

 

ENERGIZE Your Sales with Torani Infused Red Bull

SITUATION
Your customers are looking beyond coffee to meet their energy needs.

-Energy drink sales are up 9% and are projected to almost double in size over the next 5 years
-Adults 18-34 are the biggest consumers of energy drinks and they are looking for a refreshing, non-coffee energy pick-me-up change of pace
-These young adults most often visit convenience stores to get energy drinks

SOLUTION
Offer the infused Torani and Red Bull Energy Drink program to drive increased visits and profits.

-It’s an innovative drink option that commands a premium menu price
-Offers something truly different to the consumer that they can’t get anywhere else
-Appeals to non-coffee drinkers and younger consumers

HOW IT WORKS
Torani and Red Bull Energy Drink Infusions are easy to make and profitable to serve.

-Two innovative ways to serve, over ice or frozen.

TOP FLAVORS
-Strawberry, Raspberry, Cherry, Watermelon
-Get creative with: Green Apple, Cherry Lime and Pomegranate
-For consumers looking for a lighter option, use Torani Sugar Free syrup and Red Bull Sugarfree

BENEFITS TO YOUR CUSTOMERS
-Something new and delicious they can’t find anywhere else
-Lets them customize their Red Bull Energy Drink a new way every day
-Gives non-coffee drinkers a reason to come back later in the day

BENEFITS TO YOUR CAFE
-Highly profitable
-Easy to execute
-Builds your afternoon business

NEXT STEPS
-Order the Torani flavors you need from Stockton Graham & Co.
-Contact your customer care associate at (800) 835-5943 to find out how you can receive your FREE merchandising kit from Red Bull

We’ll be posting recipes next week!