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Fully Utilize Your Ice Machine: Try These 7 Delicious Drinks

Autumn is the perfect time to try new and exciting drinks. The days are longer– people are looking for drinks that are cool, refreshing, and fun.

Whether you’re a restaurateur, caterer, or bar owner, utilizing your ice machine to make fabulous new drinks and cocktails is a great way to have some fun, entice your customers to keep coming back, and to make some extra money this summer.

The Best Way to Utilize Your Ice Machine

During the warm days, your ice machine is going to be your best friend. Your customers are going to be coming to you for drinks that are super cold and totally refreshing.

This time of year is the perfect opportunity to introduce fun new cocktails on your menu. Mixing things up a bit periodically can actually keep your customers interested and, ultimately, improve your bottom line.

Just imagine what it would be like to be considered one of the best restaurant or bars in town, simply because your cocktail menu rocks!

Add in some delectable food items and you’ll be sure to make a healthy profit.

The Top 7 Drinks of Autumn 2017

The fact that you’re in the food industry shows a certain level of creative flair, so there’s no doubt that you can come up with your own fun, delicious cocktails for the summer.

But if you need a little assistance (and who doesn’t sometimes?), try these interesting and super tasty cocktails. These interesting drinks are a great way for you and your customers to enjoy while staying nice and cool.

And don’t forget to add fresh ice from your ice machine!

1. Blueberry-Ginger Mojito Pitchers (Tyler Florence)

This delectable and slightly spicy drink will attract the eye of your customers. Blueberries give this drink a beautiful bluish-purple color that will intrigue customers and make them want to give it a try. The mint, ginger, lime, and blueberries blend well with the vodka. And the club soda gives the Blueberry-Ginger Mojito a nice bit of bubble. 

2. The Bachelor Pad

According to Business Insider, the Bachelor Pad takes the White Lady Cocktail to a new, tasty level. Developed by The Dead Rabbit – recently named the “Best Bar in the World” – this drink is comprised of Scottish gin, lemon juice, poppy-seed syrup, pink grapefruit liquor, and cream sherry. It’s shaken to mix the ingredients, which you’ll find are a perfect combination.

3. The White Lady Cocktail

Besides the gin and lemon juice, The White Lady Cocktail and the Bachelor Pad have nothing else in common. The White Lady also consists of Cointreau (which is an orange-flavored liquor) and fresh egg white. Shake, then strain into a glass.

4. Watermelon Tequila Cocktails (Bobby Flay)

Tequila is a fun cocktail alcohol – tequila shooters and marguerites are both popular choices. But you can switch things up a bit by adding another favorite – watermelon. Bobby Flay’s Watermelon Tequila Cocktails add mint, simple syrup, and blueberries into the mix, too. Add some ice from your ice machine and this drink will soon be a customer favorite!

5. Grilled Citrus and Grape Sangria (Michael Chiarello)

Michael Chiarello has created a totally unique drink by grilling his fruit first. He grills, oranges, grapes, and lemons. This ends up giving the Grilled Citrus and Grape Sangria a nice smoky flavor. Add some rose, brandy, simple syrup, and ice from your ice machine to complete this one-of-a-kind sangria.

6. The Silver Monk

The Silver Monk is a nice twist on the classic margarita. As per the average margarita recipe, this recipe calls for tequila and lime juice. In addition, you’ll need to add Yellow Chartreuse, salt, simple syrup, mint, and some cucumber slices. Shake with some ice from your ice machine, and then strain into a margarita glass. Garnish with a cucumber spear. This is a great combination for customers who like sweet, salty, and tangy flavors.

7. Sour Cherry-Yuzu Bellinis (Jean-Georges Vongerichten)

The Sour Cherry-Yuzu Bellini is a truly unique cocktail. The drink utilizes the yuzu, which is a fruit from the Orient, particularly Korea, and Japan, though a small supply is being grown now in California. The yuzu fruit looks like a deformed lemon and is incredibly zesty, tart, and sour. This drink tones down the tartness with sugar, champagne, and of course, ice from your ice machine.

Create the Perfect Meal Compliment This Autumn with These Autumn Drinks

These drinks are the perfect autumn compliment. Whether they’re consumed with or without a meal, they’re sure to refresh your customers and delight their taste buds.

Fun, interesting, refreshing drinks are a great way to entice customers into your restaurant or bar. And if you mix them just right (follow the recipe and make sure not to water down the alcohol!), these delicious drinks will keep your customers coming back for more.

Make sure to fully utilize your ice machine to make these and other amazing drinks. Doing so will keep your customers happy and improve your bottom line.