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!

Add Spice To The Season With Oregon Chai Spicy!

Oregon Chai logo Guy (2)Chai is a unique drink; Black Tea, Cardamom, Cinnamon, and other spices are blended together to create a unique taste unlike anything else. This versatile beverage can be prepared in a variety of different ways to bring out the different flavor profiles chai enthusiasts have come to love. Most coffee shops nowadays make chai lattes using a concentrate or powder.

Using liquid Chai concentrate is simple in your shop. With a 1:1 ratio of milk (or milk substitute) and liquid chai, you just steam and go. Or you can pour over ice and shake if you want an iced Chai. You can take it up a few notches to really make your chai stand out with the recipes included below. Most of these recipes can altered for hot, iced, or frozen.

If you want a balanced drink of spices and honey with a full body, Oregon Chai Spicy is the chai for you. This chai won’t be overwhelming for new tea latte drinkers, but will still be enjoyable for die-hard fans. Chai is a great option to warm up the colder winter months and is a popular specialty drink that is easy to make and enjoy.

Call us at Stockton Graham & Co. at 800 835 5943 to place your order today!

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1 oz of Ghirardelli Chocolate Sauce
7 oz of Liquid Chai
8 oz of Steamed Milk
Stir together and add whip cream and chocolate drizzle and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

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Taking the basic idea of a London Fog and adding Chai to it.
1 Black Tea Bag
5 oz of hot Water
8 oz of Liquid Chai
3 oz of steamed milk
Steep your tea bag for 3 minutes. Add the chai and steamed milk. I like to get a bit of foam on the top. Perfect for grey days full of reading your favorite book.

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2 oz. Torani Honey Vanilla
7 oz of Liquid Chai
7 oz of Steamed Milk

Mix together and top with whip cream, and honey drizzle.

Our Top Pumpkin Picks

pumpkinTraditionally, autumn marks the transition from summer into winter. For coffee shop owners, the change to cooler weather means one thing; pumpkin flavored everything. The pumpkin craze starts taking hold of customers around mid-August and reaches a frenzy that peaks around mid-November. While we are approaching pumpkin season with a bit of humor, the potential for serious profits is no joke. Pumpkin products will practically sell themselves when the pumpkin enthusiasts catch wind that you have it in stock (although we do have FREE posters & materials available).

Find your favorite pumpkin specialty beverage products below:

 Torani-Wide

Pumpkin Spice Syrup (750 mL), Pumpkin Pie Syrup (750 mL), SF Pumpkin Pie Syrup (750 mL) and Pumpkin Sauce (64 oz.)

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Pumpkin Spice Syrup (750 mL)

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Pumpkin Pie Syrup (750 mL), Pumpkin Pie Sauce (64 oz.)

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Pumpkin Pie Chai, Pumpkin Spice blended iced coffee

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Pumpkin Spice, Pumpkin Cheesecake, Pumpkin Cream (available in 5 lb. bulk packaging and 12oz or 16 oz retail pop bags)

Call 800 835 5943 for details. 

Christmas in July

Christmas in July Promotion Ideas and RecipesThe summer heat can be unbearable. The sun is beating down, heat is rising from the asphalt and you’re sweltering and dripping sweat. When the temperature peaks and the heat wave feels like it will never end, people start yearning for snow, ice and all of the lovely things winter brings. This includes holiday cheer, cold winter nights and the Christmas Season. While you can’t make December come any quicker, you can have Christmas in July! This fun celebration brings the feelings of the winter season to the scorching summer months. Lots of families are celebrating the holiday in the summer with long distance relatives and friends, who can’t travel during the inclement winter weather. Also, people enjoy giving holiday presents during the summer, when the sales are good. Having Christmas in July in your store can be a fun way to get your customers through the summer and look forward to the months ahead. Find inspiration and recipes to bring the celebration to your store below:

Recipes:

peppermint_bark_drink_0Peppermint Bark Frosted Frappé

  • 1 oz. Peppermint Bark Sauce
  • 5 oz. Cream Frappe Base
  • Ice
  1. Combine ingredients, except ice, in blender.
  2. Fill serving glass with ice and pour into blender.
  3. Blend until smooth.
  4. Pour blended beverage into serving glass.
  5. Garnish.

Santa’s Surfboard Shake

  • 1/4 oz. Coconut Syrup
  • 3/4 oz. Banana Syrup
  • 4 oz. milk
  • Ice

1. Combine ingredients, except ice, in blender.
2. Fill serving glass with ice and pour into blender.
3. Blend until smooth.
4. Pour blended beverage into serving glass.
5. Garnish.

Maple Christmas Cookie Latte

  • 2 oz. Espresso
  • 1 oz. Maple Spice Syrup
  • 1/2 oz. White Chocolate Sauce
  • 12 oz. Milk
  • Ice

1. Pull the shots directly into a cup containing the sauce and syrup.
2. Stir gently.
3. Add milk!
4. Garnish with whipped cream if desired!

Campfire Frappe

  • 1 oz. Espresso
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Smoothie Powder
  • 1 oz. Dark Chocolate Sauce
  • 3/4 oz. Toasted Marshmallow Syrup
  • 4 oz. milk
  • Ice

1. Combine ingredients, except ice, in blender.
2. Fill serving glass with ice and pour into blender.
3. Blend until smooth.
4. Pour blended beverage into serving glass.
5. Garnish.

 

Torani Peppermint Bark Sauce

peppermint_bark_drink_0It wouldn’t be winter without a little indulgence… Torani Peppermint Bark Sauce is BACK!

The sweet, rich flavor of white chocolate, dark chocolate and peppermint will add holiday sparkle to your menu.  This flavor is available in 64 oz. bottles, 4 per case only for a few weeks. It will be gone until next holiday season,  so call 800.835.5943 to order today!

Torani Peppermint Bark Sauce is a way to create richly decadent mochas, chais and frozen frosted frappes that even Jack Frost will love!  Torani has created a line of signature recipes and garnish ideas to get you started, but let your holiday creativity and flair take over to develop your own unique drink masterpieces with individualized garnishes to delight your guests.

To help promote in-store marketing, Torani has a seasonal recipe and garnish idea guide and point of sales materials (table tents and posters). Click here to download more info about Torani Peppermint Bark Sauce

Call 800.835.5943 to speak with a Stockton Graham & Co. sales associate about adding this great new product to your next order before it’s gone!

Torani Real Cream Frappé Base Now Available for your Café!

web3We are offering $5 off a case of Torani Frappe through April 30, 2013. For our first two orders of a case or more of Torani Real Cream Frappé, Stockton Graham & Co. is giving away two “get real” T-shirts in Large and Extra-Large!

Stockton Graham & Co. is proud to be one of the first distributors to offer Torani’s Real Cream Frappé  Base! This real cream liquid base, along with your espresso will create delicious blended drinks. We think it really enhances Stockton Graham Coffees espresso and we have also experimented with adding certain syrups, particularly Torani’s signature line, for even more creative drink options.

Torani-FrapsThe frappé mix is available in Real Cream, Dark Chocolate, Vanilla and Coffee flavors. The Real Cream offers maximum versatility, because you can make any flavor you desire with your syrups or sauces! The Dark Chocolate just needs ice and espresso to deliver a rich and decadent frappe. The Vanilla is clean and creamy, and flavored with real vanilla extract that can balance well with espresso. The Coffee flavor already has 100% Arabica coffee in it, making it more convenient to pour, blend and serve!

Frappés sales are up in the past 3 years, and customers are looking for a delicious coffee blended drink to indulge in. Torani Real Cream Frappés drinks have 45% fewer calories than leading powders. With only 300 to 380 calories in a 16oz. drink, customers can enjoy a decadent sweet coffee beverage without as much guilt.

Torani Real Cream Frappé posters, table FRAPPE_GROUPFRAPPE_HEROtents and window decals are also available to promote this delicious product in your store. Call our Customer Care Associates at 800.835.5943 to learn more about this new product and order today!

Apple Harvest Time!

Apple flavored inspired drinks are just the thing to get your seasonal menu started!  These recipes will surely get your customers ready for the transition and have them looking forward to more seasonal drinks!

Adding apple syrup to your black tea can provide your menu with a nice seasonal variation on a beverage that is popular year-round!  Simply add 2 pumps of apple to your 12oz hot or iced black tea and enjoy!  Another great option is to add 2 pumps of apple to a 12oz cup and add ½ black tea, ½ lemonade and ice for a truly phenomenal beverage experience!

Another easy seasonal beverage that is also kid-friendly is the apple Italian soda!  All this tasty beverage requires is 2 pumps and apple syrup combined with a 12 oz cup of soda water and ice!

For those cool fall evenings there are a few hot apple-infused drinks that will definitely keep you warm!  The caramel apple latte is a popular festive fall drink, with two shots of espresso, 1 pump of caramel syrup, 1 pump apple syrup, and steamed milk in a 12 oz cup!  For a great taste infusion try steaming with the milk with syrups already incorporated!

The apple pie steamer is also a warm sweet treat that even kids will love!  Just add 2 pumps of apple syrup and 1 pump of cinnamon syrup to steamed milk, garnish with whipped cream and cinnamon, and enjoy this perfectly crafted 12 oz fall beverage!

Last but not least, another fall favorite is always what we like to call, “chaider”:  the perfect combination of apple cider and chai tea!  Based on the type of chai and cider you serve this recipe could vary a bit, but the goal is to have half chai and half cider – adding 1 to 2 pumps of apple syrup for that extra flavor punch – and steaming!