Category Archives: Monin

Brewin’ with Brandi: Pina Colada Straight UP

We’re not going to serenade you about how we ‘accidentally’ answered your personal ad in the newspaper, lover, but we will make you one of your favorite drinks! Brandi incorporates Monin’s delicious coconut syrup into this straight-up version of one of our favorite swim-up bar offerings on the planet.

Ingredients

Directions

In a shaker filled with ice, combine all ingredients and shake well to combine. Strain into a martini glass and sip while reminiscing about sunnier days.

Cooking with Kaylie: Caramel Apple Muffins

With autumn slowly creeping up on us, we’ve been a bit sluggish around the office. In my mind, there is really only one option to cure us of our fall funk: Eat as many seasonal foods as possible and stay in a food coma until spring rolls around again!

So, the first stop on our way to winter hibernation is the iconic caramel apple…in muffin form!Caramel Apple Muffin

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped apples
  • Monin Caramel Sauce

Directions

  • Stir flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg together.
  • Beat together butter butter, white sugar, brown sugar and eggs until smooth.
  • Mix in vanilla.
  • Stir in apples, then stir in the flour mixture.
  • Divide mixture between a greased, or lined, 12-cup muffin pan and bake in a 375 degree F oven for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  • Drizzle with caramel syrup immediately before serving.

The greatest thing about this recipe? It’s technically a muffin, so you can guiltlessly eat them for breakfast!

Brewin’ with Brandi: Cafe Banana Split

Looking for a super simple sweet treat? This lovely recipe features a shot of espresso, a little sugar, a little cool frothed milk and some fun! Watch Brandi whip it up using Nespresso’s Gran Maestria capsule espresso machine and included Aero4 automatic frother.

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • Shot of espresso
  • Milk – cold or hot frothed
  • Tea biscuit
  • Banana, diced
  • Monin Caramel Sauce

Directions

Place brown sugar in the bottom of a demitasse. Add espresso and then pour frothed milk on top, leaving a bit of room at the top. Float the tea biscuit and diced banana on top of the milk, then drizzle with caramel sauce.

Brewin’ with Brandi: Gingerbread Cream Cocoa

The leaves are changing, the air is getting a bit more crisp in the mornings and you might find yourself taking a long, serious look at that fleece in the closet. Like everything in life, the seasons must change, so why not welcome the arrival of autumn with a delicious beverage?

Brandi’s newest recipe uses the one-touch simplicity of the Breville Milk Cafe to do all the heavy lifting. Watch her whip up this lovely cocoa.

Ingredients

Directions

Combine syrup, sauce and milk in an automatic frother, then engage to combine them! Alternately, you could steam up or heat your milk separately, then stir sauce and syrup in afterward.

Brewin’ with Brandi: Dulce de Leche Frappe

Queremos los dulcitos!

Brandi is bringin’ on the serious sugar with this blended drink, featuring Monin’s fabulous caramel sauce and butterscotch syrup. If you’re in the market for a cool treat and aren’t counting the calories, this frappe is totally up your alley.

Ingredients

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend well until smooth and frothy!

Brewin’ with Brandi: Strawberry Guava Frozen Mojito

If we leave Brandi alone long enough, she always goes to a place of sweetness and light … and booze! But since we know our way around a mojito — no questions asked — we were very excited by her delicious take on this lovely cocktail. Incorporating a trio of Monin syrups and fresh strawberries, we think you’ll follow suit!

Ingredients

Directions

Combine everything into the blender and blend well. Enjoy!

Brewin’ with Brandi: Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

While the calendar reads summer, the seasons are already threatening to change on us here in the Pacific Northwest! Brandi decided to craft a lovely hot beverage using Bodum’s Hot Chocolate Maker. While using it makes it super easy — and fun! — you could also just heat everything up on the stove together and you’d get similar, albeit less frothy, results.

Ingredients

Directions
Heat milk (on stovetop or microwave – your call), add the sauces and salt, then mix well. Serve with a dangerous dose of whipped cream and enjoy!

Cooking with Kaylie: Glazed Chai Muffins

Muffins: The grab-and-go breakfast of champions! They’re slightly sweet and definitely delicious, with just enough carbs to get your day started but not so many that you fall asleep at your desk.

Now, I love pre-packaged muffin mixes with dehydrated fruit just as much as the next gal (have you ever tried those blueberries before mixing in the other ingredients? Yum!), but sometimes you want something different. Something less doped up with sugar and maybe just a tad more sophisticated, am I right?

Enter Glazed Chai Muffins. Oh yeah, breakfast just got awesome!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 2/3 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup Monin Chai Tea Concentrate
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 tablespoon milk

Directions

  • Cream together the butter, vegetable oil, white sugar, and brown sugar.
  • Add eggs one at a time, beating until smooth.
  • Stir in the baking powder, baking soda, salt, and vanilla. Mix well.
  • In a small bowl, combine the milk with the Monin Chai Concentrate.
  • Alternate stirring the flour and milk/chai into the butter mixture, mixing until fully incorporated.
  • Pour mixture into a lined muffin tin and bake at 425 degrees F for 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • After removing the muffins from the oven, prepare your glaze by combining the melted butter, powdered sugar, and milk. Whisk until smooth.
  • Dip each muffin top into the glaze and place on a wire rack to cool.

Want to get even fancier? Sprinkle some cinnamon on top immediately after glazing.

Pair this with your morning cup of coffee or shot of espresso and you’re sure to get your day off to the right start!

Brewin’ with Brandi: Power Up Smoothie

Looking for ways to pack more power into your coffee’s punch? How about incorporating fruits and veggies rich in anti-oxidants? Yeah, we said it. Watch as she puts everything from chocolate sauce to kale into the Vitamix … then we drink it — and it’s good!

 

Ingredients

  1. 1 cup chopped kale
  2. 1 frozen banana
  3. 2 tablespoons walnuts
  4. 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  5. 1 cup plain, unsweetened almond milk
  6. 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
  7. 6 ice cubes
  8. 2 shots of espresso
  9. 1 oz Monin Sugar Free Dark Chocolate sauce

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend well until fully incorporated. Enjoy!

Brewin’ with Brandi: Coconut Dream

If it’s made by Brandi, it must be luscious, right?! Well, that’s certainly the case for today’s cool concoction. Watch Brandi blend up this lovely drink, featuring Irish cream liqueur and Monin’s Coconut syrup.

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Monin Coconut syrup
  • 1 oz Irish cream liqueur
  • 2 shots of espresso
  • 2 cups of ice
  • 12 oz of milk

Directions

Add all the ingredients to the blender and blend it on up! Makes enough to share with someone you love.