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.
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend well until smooth and frothy!
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!
- 1/2 oz. Monin Guava syrup
- 1/2 oz. Monin Mojito Mix syrup
- 1/2 oz. Monin Lime syrup
- 1 1/4 oz. rum
- 2 oz. fresh strawberries
- 2 mint leaves
- 1 1/2 cups of ice
Combine everything into the blender and blend well. Enjoy!
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.
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!
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!
- 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
- 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!
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!
- 1 cup chopped kale
- 1 frozen banana
- 2 tablespoons walnuts
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt
- 1 cup plain, unsweetened almond milk
- 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
- 6 ice cubes
- 2 shots of espresso
- 1 oz Monin Sugar Free Dark Chocolate sauce
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend well until fully incorporated. Enjoy!
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.
- 1 oz Monin Coconut syrup
- 1 oz Irish cream liqueur
- 2 shots of espresso
- 2 cups of ice
- 12 oz of milk
Add all the ingredients to the blender and blend it on up! Makes enough to share with someone you love.
There’s sweet … then there’s very sweet … then there’s Brandi!
This lovely latte features the delicious flavors of Monin’s Raspberry and White Chocolate, which Brandi whips up with ease using the Nespresso Gran Maestria’s Aero 4 milk frother.
- 1/2 oz Monin Raspberry syrup
- 1/2 oz Monin White Chocolate sauce
- 2 shots espresso
- 6 oz steamed / frothed milk
Combine syrup, sauce and milk together; froth well to fully incorporate. Pour over two shots of espresso and garnish with whipped cream + fresh raspberry!
Chocolate and hazelnut is a combination that no one (in their right mind) can deny! Watch Brandi make us this delicious drink on the Saeco Xelsis.
Combine syrup and sauce together, mix well. Add espresso and then top with steamed milk. Enjoy!
After a couple of weeks of tame, kid-friendly fare, Brandi could hold back no longer! She whipped up a delicious smoothie with the help of her recipe bible, Never Cook Sober.
- 1 oz espresso
- 1 oz coffee liqueur
- 1 oz Irish cream liqueur
- 1 oz vodka
- 2 cups ice
- 1/2 cup half & half
- Monin Dark Chocolate sauce (to taste)
Combine all the ingredients except for the chocolate sauce in a blender. Blend for about 20 – 30 seconds. In your serving glass, drizzle dark chocolate sauce for decoration. Pour in smoothie and get ready to rock!
This recipe has all the sweetness and light we need right about now. The Pacific Northwest is fighting summer tooth and nail, so while we huddle up next to the fireplace and scurry through rain showers (yes, in June!), we’ll nod to the summer weather no doubt happening elsewhere in the northern hemisphere with Brandi’s delicious concoction.
Combine all the ingredients together, mix and then pour over ice.