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Recipe: Make Me Blush

One of the best things about the holidays is having your pals over and serving up fun and exciting cocktails for their experimental delight. For us it is, anyway. Here’s a new member of our repertoire, featuring the ever-sumptuous pomegranate syrup — a deep, rich red that’s perfect for this time of year. Bottoms up!



Shake ingredients well & strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lime for a little extra holiday spirit.

Recipe: Peppermint Stick Mocha

Who doesn’t love the refreshingly sweet combination of chocolate and mint? Crazy people, that’s who! Here’s one of our favorite recipes with this delicious duo — perfect for this time of year.



Combine sauce and syrup in a cup and then pull shot directly into it. Incorporate and then add steamed milk to taste. Garnish with any combination of  whipped cream, dark chocolate syrup and a peppermint stick, as desired.

Recipe: Butter Cream Steam

If you’re into butterscotch, you’ll love this sweet and silky steamed milk concoction — perfect for the holidays!


Mix the syrup and the sauce together in a cup. Add a bit of the steamed milk and stir together to incorporate. Fill with the rest of the milk and garnish with whipped cream and toffee bits, if desired.

Recipe: Frosted Gingerbread Latte

It’s not quite the holiday season yet, but we don’t think it’s ever too early to break out the ginger! This yummy latte also incorporates chai tea to make a spicy little number.



Fill glass with ice. Add Chai Tea Concentrate and Gingerbread syrup. Fill with milk and shake or stir to mix. Top with the freshly pulled shots of espresso — and some whipped cream and cinnamon powder, if you’re feeling it.

Recipe: Huckleberries n’ Cream Cocoa

We’re not ready to give up the huckleberry game quite yet, so we’ve been making some drinks to satisfy our need even though the season just hit the bricks. This creamy concoction is caffeine-free and is a great way to wind down in the evening.



  1. Combine milk and huckleberry syrup together in a steaming pitcher
  2. Steam the milk until it’s nice and frothy
  3. Put the white chocolate into the bottom of the cup, pour a little bit of the steamed/frothed milk into the bottom and mix together
  4. Pour the rest of the steamed/frothed milk into the cup, swirling around to make sure it’s incorporated with the white chocolate
  5. Drizzle with the dark chocolate sauce to taste; should fancy strike (ouch!), make a pretty design

Recipe: Lime Caipiroska

While it may not feature the frothy sweetness of the Brandy Alexander that inspired John Lennon’s famous 4-month long Lost Weekend, we’re pretty sure this tasty little number could function quite admirably under a similar strain.



  1. Muddle lime wedges in a 12 oz. rocks glass
  2. Fill glass with ice, then add Monin Lime and vodka
  3. Cap and shake vigorously for 10 seconds
  4. Serve as desired — up in a martini glass or on the rocks — and garnish with a lime wedge

Crew Review: Monin Natural Fruit Purees

In the halcyon days of our much-storied youth, we spent a cool 8 months slinging fresh juice from behind the mighty wheatgrass wall of a juice joint. Strawberry lemonades, mango-banana smoothies and peach coolers were all on the menu — three drinks you can now very easily create at home using Monin’s Natural Fruit Purees.

These luscious little numbers are very concentrated and highly potent; the strawberry almost seems like a smoothed jam and the banana reminds us of slipping a fresh one off of a Costa Rican tree. We’ve tossed these into smoothies and mocha shakes and look forward to experimenting with them in desserts and cooking.

Monin says these are shelf-stable, but we’re always a little bit terrified of products that claim that, so we’ve been keeping our open bottles in the fridge. It definitely impacts their consistency, making them a bit thicker to pour, which can be good or bad depending on your application. We’re imagining combining the strawberry with our Meyer lemon-infused vodka for a delicious summer cocktail treat! Care to join us?

Global Coffee Habit

From the creamy depths of a French Cafe au Lait to the sugary tar of a Cuban Coffee, the little brown bean is reinterpreted time and again all over the world. If you’ve ever wondered what coffee is like beyond your neck of the woods, this cool little synopsis by Sebastian Rotella for the LA Times is a great primer on what you’ll find from Buenos Aires to Baghdad.

What’s your favorite coffee preparation? We have been digging on a long shot mixed with Monin’s incredibly delicious Cinnamon Syrup — it’s an awesome little afternoon pick-me-up that gives us a sense of the exotic.

Recipe: Poolside Sangria

We don’t know about you, but after months of on-and-off snow storms and icy winds belting our neck of the woods, we’re more than ready for a little faux-summer. What better way to channel the warm summer months than into your wine glass?

1/4 oz. Strawberry Monin Syrup
1 oz. Coconut Monin Syrup
4 oz. White Zinfandel wine
3/4 oz. Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice
1 oz. Sweet & Sour Mix
Lemon-Lime Soda to taste
Fresh Strawberry (optional garnish)

Pour white zinfandel, Monin Coconut, Monin Strawberry, ruby red grapefruit juice and sweet & sour mix into a mixing tin. Spindle mix for a two count. Pour over ice. Top with lemon-lime soda and garnish with a strawberry.

Recipe: Chocolate Raspberry Cappuccino

Oh, my.

Drink your dessert first with the delicious Chocolate Raspberry Cappuccino! This delightful cuppa joe is sumptuous, sweet and seriously stimulating.

Featuring two kinds of chocolate sauce, raspberry syrup, espresso and your favorite frothy milk, this cappuccino turns an afternoon pick-me-up into a celebration.



  1. Combine sauces, syrup and espresso in 12oz mug. Stir until well combined.
  2. Pour steamed milk into mug; stir to combine.
  3. Top with froth from steamed milk.
  4. Garnish with Monin Dark Chocolate Sauce.