Posts by Mike Gley
What is ice wine? The answer might be more complicated than you might imagine. The article entails the processes of how to make ice wine, how to store ice wine, and the many different foods it can be paired with to give you just the right experience when it comes to this delectable dessert wine.Read more
A cocktail is more than just a drink that’s made by blending spirits with different flavors and non-alcoholic ingredients - it is an experience. This experience can be greatly enhanced by the kind of glassware the drink is served in. Cocktail glasses can add to the patron’s enjoyment of the drink by keeping the drink at its desired temperature, magnifying the aroma of the ingredients and making the presentation look enticing. There are various types of cocktail glasses for specialty cocktails and they all serve the same purpose - to raise the cocktail from just another drink to something memorable.Read more
A smoothie business can give high-profit margins, requires minimum prepping, has low startup costs, and no prior experience is required to begin with. In this article, we discuss the definition of a smoothie bar, how to start a smoothie business, and tips to make a delicious smoothie.Read more
Adding fresh juice to your establishment can help attract a whole new customer segment to your business. Different fruits yield different quantities of juice. It can be difficult to measure the amount of fruit you need to serve a single cup of fruit juice. In this article, we discuss how many of the most common fruits are necessary to make a cup of their juice. We share insights and real-time data about juicing, tips for commercial kitchens, and how to deliver the tastiest glass of juice.Read more
Gourmet ice is a great way to provide an upgrade for your guests and add some extra pizzazz to your drinks. But not all gourmet ice machines are created equal, making it difficult to know what the best ice maker is for you.Read more
Coffee is a staple for many people, but what if you're trying to avoid milk? There are so many options these days! As a restaurant owner or food service manager, you understand how essential non-dairy milk alternatives are for some coffee drinkers. You are also aware of how critical it is you offer milk substitutes for coffee that taste good.Read more
We live in the wonderful age of modern ice machines. Unlike our forefathers, who had to either ship it or harvest it from mountains and frozen ponds, all you need to do is press a button and get loads of perfect ice cubes for your customers’ summer cocktails. But how do commercial ice makers work? We break down the process to help you understand the magic of ice makers.Read more
Nothing is as invigorating as a chilled glass of sangria on a hot afternoon. A sip of this summer staple instantly refreshes and cools you.
But how long does sangria last? Can it be refrigerated? If you’ve made more sangria than you need and want to find out what to do with it, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s some information on this famous cocktail and tips on how to store that extra sangria.
A sophisticated and elegant wine service for guests is critical to the success of any restaurant or bar.
Learning how to serve champagne conveys attention to detail and care for guests’ requirements. Tips on champagne serving not only benefits your business and improves revenue, but will also help servers earn better tips.Read more
Commercial ice machine cleaning unsurprisingly calls for more attention to detail than, say, a homeowner cleaning out the ice bowl before hosting a party. Despite the difference, commercial ice machine cleaning can be quite straightforward if you know what you are doing.Read more
Have you thought about what it would take to open a juice bar? Well, it is easier than you think! Take a moment to learn some of the ins and outs of the juice bar industry.Read more
While size, flavors, obscure ingredients, etc. vary, thickness is a standard component of the smoothie-making process. You do not want your smoothie to turn out like icy juice. A smoothie should have a thick texture. To ensure you achieve your desired consistency, check out the tips and suggestions below on how to make a smoothie thicker.Read more
Today, two major trends dominate the soft drink and milk drink sectors: Beverages should be 100 percent from natural ingredients and should not contain added sugar.
It’s against this background that malt beverages provide plenty of promise. This is because these drinks are in line with both trends.
As more and more customers request malt beverages, it’s important to know what they bring to the table. Plus, it helps to settle the malt beverage vs. beer debate once and for all.Read more
Finding the right soda machine for your restaurant is important. It can increase your profit margins, make your customers stay longer (and possibly order more food), easily dispense drinks, and give you different flavor choices. Here, you'll learn how soda machines work and the reason fountain sodas taste so good.Read more
As warmer weather approaches, you can’t help but crave a nice iced latte or iced coffee. With your favorite iced caffeinated beverage in hand, it almost feels like summer. All you have to decide is whether to order an iced latte versus iced coffee.
Restaurant owners study beverage trends to know what flavor of iced latte and iced coffee will be trendy for the season. If your establishment offers more than just plain black coffee, you will need to know the difference between these fancy coffee drinks.Read more
Bubble tea goes by several different names, including boba tea and pearl milk tea. This unique beverage originated in Taichung, Taiwan, in the early 1980s. The little chewy tapioca pearls have, however, been used as dessert toppings long before their use in bubble tea.
Since the first bubble tea business took off, thousands of shops have started popping up across the globe. This is thanks to the tea’s immense popularity among consumers, with the gross bubble tea business profit margins averaging between 75% and 80%.
Are you debating whether or not investing in a bubble tea business is worth it? Then you’re in the right place! Here’s what you need to know about getting started with your own bubble tea business.Read more
As a food service business owner, shrink costs are always a concern. Opened but unfinished bottles of wine contribute to that stress.
It’s important to have fresh wine available for your guests at all times, but do you know how to reseal a wine bottle?
Along with other beverage trends, it’s usual to offer various wines to your guests and expect them to enjoy the experience. That requires the wine to be fresh, preferably uncorked. Since the latter isn’t always possible, you may have to get creative to keep opened wine from spoiling.Read more
Most consumers have a signature milkshake they crave during the warmer months. However, have you ever entered an establishment offering malted shake instead of the typical milkshake? While the two terms may seem interchangeable, they are very different beverages.
So, in the great shake vs. malt debate, what sets one apart from the other?Read more
Food delivery businesses have been garnering more attention than ever before due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With restaurants unable to welcome in-house diners, they had to find ways to remain active within their community. While some started up their own restaurant delivery services, others decided to partner up with the food delivery businesses in their community.Read more
Like many other industries, the food and beverage industry took quite the hit in 2020 during the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic. With global shutdowns affecting the production and supply chain of beverages and stores being unable to sell their product, the beverage industry had to reevaluate how they did business. Not only that, but they were also forced to take a closer look at beverage trends to see what it was the public wanted the most to encourage them to actively purchase while being forced to stay home.Read more
When you're at home enjoying your favorite beverage or at dinner asking for a chilled cup of water to sip on during your meal, your glass is likely filled to some degree with ice. You probably never give a second thought as to what type of ice is chilling your beverage. Whether half dice ice cubes or crushed ice, various shapes of ice are used throughout the hospitality industry and the food and beverage industry, and each one serves a different purpose.Read more