Energy-boosting, fruit-based drinks from Dr. Smoothie and Smartfruit

Customers want a lot from their beverages these days: delicious and indulgent flavor that is also health conscious. Still others want a caffeine boost without the coffee. Smartfruit and Dr. Smoothie have you covered on all fronts.

Dr. Smoothie Refreshers are bursting with real fruit juice flavor, and also have the added boost of green coffee extract.

Smartfruit Refreshers are made from real fruit juice and coconut water to boost hydration, and infused with energy-boosting green coffee extract.

These iced drink recipes require only Refreshers plus sparkling/still water, coconut milk, or juice for a delicious and refreshing drink. You can even use refreshers as a topper for hot teas.

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Topics: Recipes, Teas & Chai, Blended Drinks, Fruit Smoothies

Change Up Your Chai

A good cup of chai is essential to your menu, whether the weather is cold or hot. Its warm spiciness is so popular in fact, that you might consider changing it up and creating a signature chai cocktail, an extra-spicy chai, or even adding chai essence to hot cider. Check out these recipes for inspiration.

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Topics: Recipes, Teas & Chai, Cocktails & Mocktails

Easy Tea-Infused Cocktails & Mocktails

These tea cocktails and mocktails are fun and elegant at the same time—and delicious, of course. We've also included a hot-chocolate option to round out the list. 

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Topics: Recipes, Teas & Chai, Cocktails & Mocktails

Routin Mixes It Up With Lotus and Rishi

Routin Syrups are versatile, aromatic and intense. For more than 130 years, 1883 has prided itself on superior quality and authenticity.

Check out these hot and cold drink recipes for any season that also creatively feature Lotus Energy Concentrate and Rishi Tea.

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Topics: Recipes, Teas & Chai, Sauces & Syrups, Energy Drinks

Coffee and Tea Suppliers That Give Back

More than ever, consumers vote with their dollar—buying from businesses that support sustainability, fair labor practices, and environmental stewardship. This is particularly true for Millennials and Gen Zers, i.e. 20- and 30-somethings who enjoy hot and iced drinks very much, thank you. 

Highlighted here are some of our coffee and tea partners that have made social and environmental responsibility part of their business models.  


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Topics: Coffee & Espresso, Teas & Chai, Alternative Milks

Sparkling tea cocktail & mocktail recipes for any season

Rishi Sparkling Botanicals are the perfect base for mixed drinks 

Rishi elevates sparkling botanical tea with rare ingredients sourced directly from artisan growers. Light, refreshing and formulated for flavor and function, they make effervescent cocktails an easy ask. 

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Topics: Recipes, Teas & Chai, Cocktails & Mocktails

Choosing the Right Chai For Your Coffeeshop

Let's talk chai, shall we? And let's start at the very beginning, with a question a lot of people ask.

What is chai?

Traditionally, chai is a combination of black tea, honey and spices -- a combination that comes with a long and storied history. While it originated in India thousands of years ago, it has also been a well-loved drink in American coffee shops and restaurants for a long time.

Its ubiquity on beverage menus across the nation means that customers have specific expectations for what chai should taste like -- and that those expectations can vary dramatically because there are so many variations on that standard combination of black tea, honey and spices. While there are infinite twists on the ingredients, ratios and preparation methods for chai, choosing the right chai drink for your drink is about meeting your customers expectations and offering them a consistent experience. Here’s how you can do that.

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Topics: Teas & Chai