December 4, 2013

Specialty Beverage Ideas & Recipes

In the last issue of Café Culture Magazine, we discussed Specialty Beverage Menu Development and its role in your business.
As mentioned, introducing flavours into your beverage menu is not a sin, but should be viewed as an expansion tool to increase your bottom line profits which, if undertaken correctly and thoughtfully, can significantly raise revenue and profit in your business while increasing customer satisfaction.
In this article I will follow up with a few recipes which, with the correct amendments to your current menu, can offer your clientele an improved beverage offering which will service all times of the day effectively, while not isolating any of your particular customers with dietary limitations.
Remember: simple but indulgent should be the key to your choices.
The first range to look at is the basic frappe offering. For this range I have chosen to use the DaVinci Gourmet Coffee Shots for ease of use and consistency, in conjunction with the current chocolate product available in your outlet.
The DaVinci Gourmet Frappe Choice is an excellent addition to your beverage menu arsenal, as you can create any frappe you want. This is because it is shelf stable, comes with a designated pump for easier and more consistent dosing and is a non-dairy formula.
By using a powdered frappe mix you run the risk of the product hardening once in contact with air for a period of time; the amount of product used is dependent on the specific staff member making the beverage which effects your costs, and it is almost always made up of a dairy based formula, which is not suitable for lacto-intolerant consumers. Using the DaVinci Gourmet Frappe Choice option means beverages can be mixed with soy milk, low fat milk, full fat milk or water, making it one of the most versatile options available.

DaVinci Gourmet Basic Frappe
Espresso Frappe
1 cup cubed ice
120 ml cold water, milk or soy
15 ml DaVinci Gourmet Coffee Shots
30 ml DaVinci Liquid Frappease
1.    Fill the appropriate serving cup with ice.
2.    Float the ice with requested liquid additive and add contents to the blender.
3.    Apply 1 pump (15 ml) of the DaVinci Gourmet Coffee Shot Syrup to the blender.
4.    Apply 1 pump (30 ml) of the DaVinci Gourmet Frappe Choice Syrup to the blender.
5.    Fasten the lid and blend for 30 seconds on high.
6.    Empty the contents of the blender jug into a beverage glass and serve immediately.

To make this Iced Coffee Frappe we can stay with some of the traditional products found in most cafes and just change up the flavour.  DaVinci Gourmet Mint Syrup, Caramel Syrup and Macadamia Syrup are the flavours we have experimented with, however your options are only limited by your imagination.
By adding these flavours we now have a range which can be added to your beverage menu and provide a link to your food menu.

DaVinci Gourmet Iced Coffee Frappe
Choc Bomb
1 cup ice
120 ml milk
7.5 ml DaVinci Gourmet Peppermint Syrup
30 ml DaVinci Gourmet Chocolate Sauce
7.5 ml DaVinci Gourmet Espresso Coffee Shots
30 ml DaVinci Liquid Frappe Choice
1.    Fill the appropriate serving cup with ice.
2.    Float the ice with milk and add contents to the blender.
3.    Apply 1 pump (30 ml) of the DaVinci Gourmet Chocolate Sauce to the blender.
4.    Apply 1 pump (7.5 ml) of both the DaVinci Gourmet Peppermint Syrup and the DaVinci Gourmet Espresso Coffee Shots to the blender.
5.    Apply 1 pump (30 ml) of the DaVinci Gourmet Frappe Choice Syrup to the blender.
6.    Fasten the lid and blend for 30 seconds on high.
7.    Empty the contents of the blender jug into a beverage glass and serve immediately.
Another opportunity to build sales in your business is to maximise seasonal opportunities or special event opportunities. “Strawberries & Cream” during Wimbledon or around Mother’s Day is a great opportunity beverage. The Lemon & Lime “Splice of Life” is a great spring beverage leading into summer and the “Liquid Bounty” is an open opportunity which provides a great flavour which can be easily added at any time with its identifiable flavour.

DaVinci Gourmet Seasonal Frappe
Strawberries & Cream
1 cup Ice
120 mL Milk
30 mL DaVinci Gourmet White Chocolate Sauce
60 mL DaVinci Gourmet Strawberry Syrup
30 mL DaVinci Liquid Frappe Choice
1.    Fill the appropriate serving cup with Ice.
2.    Float the ice with milk and add contents to the blender.
3.    Apply 1 pump (30 mL) of the DaVinci Gourmet White Chocolate Sauce to the blender.
4.    Apply 2 pumps (15 mL) of the DaVinci Gourmet Strawberry Syrup to the blender.
5.    Apply 1 pump (30 mL) of the DaVinci Gourmet Frappe Choice Syrup to the blender.
6.    Fasten the lid & blend for 30 seconds on high.
7.    Empty the contents of the blender jug into a beverage glass and serve immediately.
So lets now recap on our little adventure down the Specialty Beverage road.
In issue 32 we discussed “What Specialty Beverage is” to give us direction; In issue 33 we looked into “Menu Development” to avoid operational issues associated with serving drinks in this range; and now we have come up with some basic recipes to allow you to meet the previously mentioned guidelines as well as to meet your customers’ expectations.
Remember, Specialty Beverages are not time-consuming to prepare. They are viable and should have a make-up cost of less than 25% of the sell price; there are not too many new products required and they are simple but indulgent.
If you follow these simple ideas and look at the diversifying your offering  not only will Specialty Beverages assist with differentiating your outlet from your neighbours, but they can also provide you with the opportunity to connect with a broader range of customers whether they are the health-conscious patrons or the Gen Y patrons looking to push boundaries.

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