Your Complete Guide to Summer Drinks.

Having a summer menu is a must for most restaurants and cafes. The hot weather means people are looking for new refreshing drinks. Additionally, having a few awesome seasonal menu items will drive up the value of your establishment.


Iced Coffee & Cold Brew

Firstly, having a cold-coffee option is a good idea because it gives those looking for their daily caffeine fix – something easy for them to try in replacement for their regular coffee. Having an option like Cold Brew definitely, elevates your prestige, and can give you a better profit margin than iced coffee or iced lattes because of the extended brew time.


Iced Tea

Along the lines of coffee – if you’ve been serving tea during the winter, having an iced tea recipe is an awesome way to keep your winter customers tuned into your location over the summer months. We’d recommend keeping this one simple, try one of Torani’s iced tea flavours, like the raspberry iced tea. Mix in a couple fresh berries to give your tea another level of flavour and texture – this also goes a long way in elevating the quality level of your drink.

Black teas mixed with mango flavour or peach seem to be a big hit.


Signature Summer Drink.

Having a signature summer drink will create an experience for your customer that can keep them coming back. Try something different here, and encourage your front-line staff to suggest this drink to indecisive customers.

Here’s an idea – we recently included Torani’s Lavender syrup in our lineup because of the growing popularity for floral flavours in Western Canada.

Lavender Vanilla Milk Tea
  • 1 tbsp Torani Lavender syrup
  • 1 tbsp Torani Vanilla syrup
  • 4 tbsp Evaporated Milk
  • 16 tbsp chilled Black Tea

Combine ingredients in a 16oz. glass filled with ice. Stir gently.


Frozen and Milky.

Another popular summer drink is the frappe. You can make these easily by combining a powder base with ice in a blender. Then serve as-is or customize freely, there are so many recipes out there for neat frappe drinks. Check out our line of Café Essentials frappe bases for some inspiration.

Our sales team is also armed with some other suggestions for your summer drinks, so contact your local representative for their suggestions. Or, connect with us on Facebook for some other unique ideas.