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Pumpkin Spice Season

Today is the first day of fall which means pumpkin spice season is here! From coffee to cocktails and desserts there are many ways to attract new customers with pumpkin spice. Use these recipes from Monin to add pumpkin spice beverages to your menu.

 

Creamy Pumpkin Pie Martini
Yields 6 oz

Martini
Ingredients:
½ oz coffee liqueur
½ oz Irish cream liqueur
1 oz vodka
¾ oz Monin Pumpkin Spice Syrup
ice
¼ oz half & half
pumpkin pie spice for garnish

Directions:

  1. Combine ingredients in shaker in the order listed.
  2. Cap and shake vigorously.
  3. Strain into chilled serving glass.
  4. Garnish.

 

Iced Pumpkin Latte
Yields 12 oz

:Latte
Ingredients:
3 oz. milk
½ oz. Monin Pumpkin Spice Syrup
1 shot espresso
ice
Monin Caramel Sauce, Pumpkin Pie Spice and Whipped Cream for Garnish

Directions:

  1. Combine ingredients in shaker in the order listed.
  2. Cap and shake vigorously.
  3. Pour into serving glass.
  4. Garnish.

 

 

 

 

Warm Weather, Cold Drinks

warm weather cold drinks

Warm weather and cold drinks were made for each other. To maximize profits this summer, ensure that the drinks at your restaurant are as cold and creative as possible. If you are lacking a drink menu, it’s time to create one. If you have a drink menu that is hidden at the back of your food menu, it’s time to separate the two. Having a separate drink menu tells customers that your drinks are anything but ordinary.

When creating your drink menu, follow these 4 quick and easy tips:

1.  Always, always include prices.
Customers do not like to be surprised when they receive their bill. Bill shock can ruin a great dining experience quickly.

2.  List all ingredients.
Food allergies are very common and the last thing you want in your restaurant is an ill customer. Keep your customers informed about what’s in their drink. This will also help to avoid people ordering a drink that they end up not liking.

3.  Educate your staff.
All drink recipes should be memorized (and taste tested) by every staff member. This will allow your servers to easily answer questions and know which drinks to grab from the bar.

4.  Be creative.
Organization and placement are very important. Be sure to incorporate the theme of your restaurant into your drink menu. Remember to use images sparingly and if you use them, make sure they are professional quality. Typography can act as your main element and set the tone for your menu, but make sure it is legible. Lines and boxes serve as great dividers if you have a large variety of drink options.

If you are looking for new drink recipes to add to your menu, check out this list of recipes with images from Monin then order ingredients for your new recipes here.

The Halloween Drink Guide

halloween drink guide
Halloween is on the way, and you’re likely rocking the celebrations all month long. From featuring ghoulish treats and dishes on the menu all month long to running promotions and celebrations, this month leading up to the holiday and festivities can be a chance for creativity in the kitchen. You can try to be a bit creative with your drinks as well, offering limited run, Halloween-themed drinks in your restaurant. What do you need to do to take advantage of alcohol and liquor sales in your restaurant?

Stock up on Fall Seasonal Beers

It’s not just that local Atlanta beers are apparently the only beer in the horror-themed The Walking Dead, with Terrapin, Jailhouse, and SweetWater making appearances in the season four premiere; there’s a host of fall-focused beers that work perfectly for your restaurant (and if you want to do an “As Seen Next To The Shambling Corpses of Zombies On The Walking Dead” promotion, all the better for entertainment sake). Check with your beer distributors to see what pumpkin flavored, fall themed, and hearty drinks you have available to you for the colder months.

Get Creative with Vodka, Whiskey, Rum, Tequila, and More

There’s a special world inside each bottle of vodka you stock, and it’s one that brings out best and brightest flavors of your favorite candies. Serious Eats has a guide to infusing vodka with the flavors (which is a good usage of mason jars you may want to stock up on). The guideline is largely simple and up for experimentation; pour your liquor into a container, toss a few candies that may pair well with it in, and let it sit until the flavors are dissolved into the mixture, adding into it. Once the mass of candy has dissolved, take out the solid remains, filter, and have some Milky Ways-infused rum or Hot Tamales-infused vodka.

Make a Smoldering Cauldron with Dry Ice

Restaurants can get a bit creative with dry ice, giving the illusion of smoke and steam coming off of a fresh bowl of drinks. Making a punch for all ages (or going alcoholic for adult crowds) can be a good start, and safely adding dry ice to the concoction can add a memorable effect for drinkers. Make sure to handle the dry ice carefully, using tongs and gloves; the danger of dry ice comes from the intense cold of the bricks. Still, don’t let anyone ingest dry ice or touch it directly.

Creepy Crawly Surprises

Add some gummy worms to drinks and cocktails; with a bit of worm sticking out of a tumbler, customers can use it both as a swizzle stick and as a little treat at the end of the drink. Frozen gummy candies can also work as substitute ice cubes, with little chance to melt. It’ll put a whole new meaning to “drinking the worm” when it comes to tequila!

Get creative and scary with the holidays, just remember to keep it safe as well.