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Liquid Comfort

Stir up nostalgia with specialty drinks made with comforting flavors

Comfort comes in many forms. Restaurant operators know that one of the easiest ways to jump on the nostalgia bandwagon is to stir up a specialty beverage featuring favorite ingredients and familiar flavors. We dug into The Recipe Box and discovered many varieties of comfort in a glass. Whether you seek versatility to serve around the clock, recipes that appeal to a targeted group of diners or selections to set your menu apart, check out these delicious options:

Fan Favorite: Floating Coca-Cola®
The float is an old-fashioned favorite known for its sublime simplicity. The most basic recipe calls for only two ingredients —Coca-Cola® and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Add cherry syrup to make this an even more memorable treat. This drink is perfect for fast food settings, as well as establishments that cater to families with kids.

Winter Treat: Warm Winter Cider
When diners bundle up to ward off the nip of frigid weather, the soothing warmth of hot cider offers cozy appeal. Our special formula features a refreshing surprise by starting with Coca-Cola®! Combine with apple juice, brown sugar, whole cloves and nutmeg, and garnish with a cinnamon stick. Warm Winter Cider takes away the chill from the inside out.

Marvelous Mocktail: Bloody Mary Remix
Here's a non-alcoholic mixture that puts a true twist on an old standard by adding Minute Maid® Limeade to tomato juice. Dashes of Worcestershire sauce, horseradish and hot sauce contribute a powerful punch, and the drink is perfectly complemented by a slim celery stalk. When made as directed, Bloody Mary Remix weighs in at 89 calories, a perfect option for adults at family oriented restaurants or establishments seeking to enhance their mocktail selections.

Silky Sweetness Round-the-Clock: Cinnamon Bun Smoothie
Seeking a recipe to span multiple dayparts? This one's a winner that can be served at breakfast, snack time or as a decadent late night dessert. Minute Maid® Smoothies Vanilla Non-Fat Yogurt comprises the base, which is blended with a combination of cinnamon and caramel syrups, plus ice. Top this delicious concoction with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon, and watch guests turn it bottoms up.

Holiday Tradition: Gingerbread Shake
Take an iconic holiday symbol, offer seasonal flavor and stir up a beverage that gives your menu noteworthy flair. Gingerbread Shake is an enticing family snack that creates smiles and fills tummies. The recipe calls for Minute Maid® Smoothies Vanilla Non-Fat Yogurt blended with gingerbread syrup and ice. The garnish is the real scene stealer: whipped cream and a cherry with a gingerbread man cookie on the side.

Morning Refreshment: Sprite® Orange Bubbly
Add sparkle to your morning menu by combining three selections from The Coca-Cola Company. Minute Maid® Orange Juice, Sprite® and Seagram's® Club Soda over ice. Pour into a fun glass and perch an orange wheel on the rim. Easy to prepare, this time-saver appeals to adults, youth and families with kids. When made as directed, the beverage adds up to only 91 calories.

Published: November 25, 2012