Now, we know when it’s game time making dynamite craft cocktails can really slow down your bartenders and bottleneck your operation during high-volume business hours. One of the latest trends that is becoming a full-proof solution to avoid any extended ticket times at the bar, as well as enabling bartenders to spend more time with their guests is cocktails on tap.
Our friends at Perlick (with the help of famed flare bartender, Tobin Ellis) are setting the bar with the Tobin Ellis Signature Draft Cocktail System. Saving you money on pour costs, extended shelf lives and consistency are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the benefits this system can bring to your operation. And the greatest thing about it? It’s 100% compatible with the Tobin Ellis Signature Cocktail Station! Wow, if that isn’t the most efficient super-machine right there, then what is?
From coffee trend to trendy cocktail
If you’ve stepped inside a coffee shop recently - whether it’s a corporate giant like Starbucks or your local corner beanery - there’s a very high chance some form of cold brew has found its way onto the menu and into the hearts of many. It’s the absolute hottest thing in cold coffee right now (whatever you call an oxymoron of a pun intended) with new twists and variations starting to take shape. Who would’ve thought that mixing some coffee grounds in water and letting it sit for 12+ hours would produce something so deliciously uber-caffeinated?
But, wait. Things get better. Out of the cold brew coffee craze blossomed this wonderful creation they call nitro cold brew - coffee infused with nitrogen gas. Very similar to the frothiness of a Guinness stout, this infusion produces an extra smooth, silky glass of cold brew. Local coffee shops everywhere are beginning to keg their own substance of this creamy, stout-like nectar, and they’re serving it on tap! That’s right - nitro cold brew on tap. Hello, profits! Our Kansas City office has it flowing from our Perlick draft system all day, everyday.
Now that the ground is laid, let’s take this a little bit further touching back on the cocktail program - spicing up your drink menu with nitro cold brew cocktails. The Monarch Bar, an upscale cocktail lounge in Kansas City’s Country Club Plaza neighborhood has been slinging exquisite cocktails and good vibes since last fall. One concoction stood out amidst a substantial book of libations (characteristically following the different migration paths of the monarch butterfly): the Pick-Me-Down. Among the ingredients in this heady, yet balanced gift from the gods, knocking knees with bourbon and vanilla, was a nitro cold brew from a local coffee shop. Simple, yet amazing. From new takes on classics, like White Russians and Old-Fashioned’s, nitro cold brew cocktails are shaking up the bar game.
Taking a turn in the beverage mobile onto the Health-Conscious Highway, let’s talk about the major health initiative sweeping nationwide. This health wave is spreading from clean-eats shops to K-12 & university dining programs around the country. We are seeing raw vegetable plates replacing a basket of french fries and trail mixes being offered after school for students hanging around during extra curricular and sports to avoid the not-so-healthy vending machines. The health movement is taking over and a hot trend that we see making its way from health markets and juice bars and into the classroom is smoothies!
Giving students a quick, on-the-go option full of the vitamins and nutrients that few meals are actually giving kids these days can be a huge benefit to your school’s dining program. To many students, an apple, banana or any fruit for that matter isn’t exactly their first go-to snack option. But, when you blend in some oranges, strawberries and kiwi you have a delicious and nutritious snack!
KitchenAid Commercial has just released their new, high-powered Beverage Blender, and man, is this thing incredible when it comes to churning out some perfectly blended fruit smoothies. We were able to grab one of their wonderful product specialists at this year’s NRA Show to take us through what makes this piece of equipment a force to reckon as she whipped us up a fruit smoothie that knocked our socks off! Watch how the new KitchenAid blender can take your health smoothie dreams and turn them into a reality.