Festive Holiday Cocktails to Warm You Up this Season

It’s holiday time again! Time to break out the ugly sweaters, apply chains to the tires, and endure the madness of holiday shopping. This is also the time of year to take a detour from your standard cocktail, and make something that will warm your body and make you forget that there’s snow on the ground! Here are some festive cocktail recipes that are traditionally served warm.

Photo credit: rpavich via / CC BY

Photo credit: rpavich via / CC BY

Wassail: If you’ve never “gone a’wassailing,” now’s your chance with this traditional punch.

Honey Bourbon Toddy: This recipe is great for head colds and sore throats!

Warm Cider and Rum Punch: Kick up traditional apple cider with a healthy dose of dark rum. It’s a good thing.

Hot Buttered Rum: I made this recently for my girlfriend and myself (we were browsing through my “Joy of Cooking” book), and we were fans! The flavor reminds me a lot of egg nog, but that could be the rum talking…

Tom and Jerry: Speaking of eggs…the Tom and Jerry (not the delightful cat and mouse team) is a warm cocktail made using a “batter” made from eggs, rum, cinnamon and allspice. It sounds odd, but it tastes great!

Mulled Wine: It’s also known as glögg or glühwein, but mulled wine is a centuries-old staple combining wine with spices and heating it up. Easy to make, and great for parties!

Bar Supplies

And if you need anything to make these great libations, Central is here to help! Check out our wide selection of bar accessories, glassware and more. Call 800-215-9293 to speak with one of our helpful Product Consultants.

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Central Restaurant Products Teams Up With Vulcan

Central Restaurant Products dropped their latest master catalog on Monday, January 13 with an exclusive Vulcan promotion.

Exclusive Vulcan Promotion

For the third year in a row, Central has teamed up with Vulcan – one of the world’s largest commercial cooking equipment manufacturers. Vulcan equipment will be at their lowest prices and qualifies for free shipping. Central customers will enjoy the benefits of top Vulcan equipment being in stock and ready to ship the same day if ordered by 5:00 p.m. EST.

Central gives customers an advantage in the foodservice industry by stocking a large number of Vulcan’s top products, and customers are able to see how much inventory is available online.

Shop Vulcan

Shop Vulcan’s full line of commercial cooking equipment at Don’t hesitate to contact a Product Consultant at 800-215-9293 with any questions. Product Consultants are available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Don’t forget to request your free copy of our newest catalog!

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Tip of the Day Tuesday: Value Series Products

Opening a restaurant is a very exciting milestone, but there is no doubt that it is also very expensive. As an owner, you want quality products that will prepare and display your food properly and eloquently without breaking the bank. Central Restaurant Products has a specific line of products just for this purpose!

Here at Central, we feel you shouldn’t have to sacrifice quality while trying to stay within a692-088 budget—and for this very reason, we have established our Value Series products.

Carefully selected in a wide range of food service categories, our Value Series products will help you grow your business without putting a huge dent in your budget. In order to meet this requirement and receive the Value Series designation, all products must meet the following standards:

  • Affordable pricing
  • Quality grade materials and construction
  • Efficient performance
  • Reliability and durability

Browse all of the value series categories today and contact a product consultant with any questions at 800.215.9293!



Foodservice Industry Week in Brief: December 2, 2016

The holiday season is officially upon us! Time to deck the halls and catch up on industry happenings, Central blogs, and promotions for the week of November 27 – December 3.

Industry News

  1. NPR: Kale is about to have an identity crisis
  2. Huffington Post: 9 gifts the cook in your life actually wants and needs
  3. Nation’s Restaurant News: 10 innovations that transformed restaurants
  4. Eater: Everything you need to know about vegan wine
  5. Nation’s Restaurant News: Chuck E. Cheese’s phases out tokens
  6. Huffington Post: The food trends you’ll probably be seeing a lot of in 2017
  7. Delish: The best new holiday treats you can buy right now
  8. NPR: The Czech pastry that took Texas by storm, and keeps gaining strength
  9. Eater: Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is stepping down
  10. Huffington Post: Holy cow, people do weird stuff with mayo in other countries 

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Warm Up with the Perfect Cup of Coffee from These Local Coffee Shops

Coffee Shops

What’s better than the perfect cup of hot coffee to help you get through a cool day? Even if you’re not living in a 90’s sitcom, local coffee shops have the best vibe and service. If you are traveling this fall, be sure to keep these coffee shops on your agenda.

These are but a few incredible places to grab that sought-after cup of joe. We would love to hear about your favorite local coffee spot. Tell us about it in the comments!

Durango Joe’s Coffee

Colorado, New Mexico | Website

Durango Joe’s coffee shop is a welcoming coffee shop that cares about people! They love to work and serve people, from the coffee farmers to their customers. They explain they directly partner with their coffee farmers across the globe and share the same goal. Their menu has a wide variety of delicious coffees from their Mosaic Blend and Columbia to the Red Mountain Blend and coffee from Costa Rica. You can also enjoy espresso drinks and delicious signature drinks. Why not a Vanilla Latte made upside down with caramel sauce laced on top? They have you covered! You can also choose other cool drinks and teas, from chai tea lattes to iced pomegranate green tea. Plus, every morning you can enjoy delicious fresh pastries, breakfast burritos and sandwiches.

Durango Joe’s has been serving local communities since 2004. Their website explains it began with owner Joe Lloyd’s grandfather Doctor Leo Lloyd who served the Colorado’s Durango community for over 40 years. Joe and his wife LeAnna have continued the tradition of serving others through their coffee shops. Joe is active within his community and loves everyone that walks into the doors at each of their seven locations. So if you’re looking for a great cup of coffee and great people, stop by!


Hampton Coffee Company

New York | Website

If you find yourself in The Hampton’s this fall, you must stop by one of Hampton Coffee Company’s six locations. This independently-owned and family operated coffee shop opened its doors in 1994 as a small espresso bar and coffee micro-roastery. The business grew and today they are now known as Long Island’s largest independent coffee roaster retailer! In addition to their stores, you can also find their brews in many of the restaurants in The Hamptons.

The Hampton Coffee Company also does everything they can to help the environment! Some examples include UPS Carbon Neutral mail orders, Energy Star-rated equipment, solar panels and eco-friendly cups. In addition, they do everything they can to make sure you have the best and freshest cup of coffee available! They avoid using vacuum-packed bags or warehouse their coffee. They always deliver and serve it fresh. In fact, you can visit their Coffee Roastery and Coffee Experience Store to learn more about how it is all done!


Paramour Artisan Coffee

Wamego, KS | Website

When you visit a website and the first thing you see is “Best java around,” you know you’re going to get a great cup o’ Joe! This Midwest coffee shop has been serving their local community for 25 years. It all began when Owner Jim Hovind worked under Sal Bonavita and Alfred Peet—the founder of the famous Peet’s Coffee. Paramour explains the shop was inspired by these two coffee legends, and in in tribute to Peet who has since passed. Their mission? To serve great coffee.

Their location in downtown Wamego, Kansas not only has a wide variety of fresh daily brews, but also delicious pastries! Be sure to grab a peach cobbler muffin or bacon-maple scone with your coffee. If you will not be in the Wamego area, you can still get Paramour’s coffee! You can buy their brews on their website, with most orders shipping within two days. If you’re a business owner looking for a great coffee blend to add to your shop, they handle wholesale inquiries too! It’s a great addition to your coffee shop, restaurant or retail operation.



Tip of the Day Tuesday: Fryer Oil Longevity

If your restaurant uses a deep fryer, then you know that oil can get fryer2pretty pricey after awhile. If you’re looking to extend the life of your oil, there are several things you can do. The first thing you should do is make sure you’re buying proper oil for deep frying. Oils with more saturated fat, such as peanut oil, shortening or lard, are ideal for frying, as they have a higher smoke point.

The most important thing you can do to extend your oil’s life is to filter often. If you don’t have a fryer filter, it is a good idea to invest in one! You should filter at least once a day, or after each service. This removes any food particles that are left behind, which can discolor the oil and leave behind some of the old flavors from that food.

Outside of that, you should use your best judgement. If the oil starts to have an off smell, or food fried in the oil starts to taste funny, it’s time to change it. No matter how well you filter and keep it clean, oil will start to degrade over time. But taking care of your oil will save you thousands of dollars over the long run, as you will get more use out of the oil, and not have to restock so often.

Have questions? Looking to order a new fryer or fryer filter? Browse our wide selection online or give one of our helpful product consultants a call at 800.215.9293!