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Shaken, Not Sweet: Five Approaches to Savory Cocktails

Is this the year consumers finally start saying no to sugar? We’re learning that sugar hooks our brains; pummels our livers; swells our bellies; and accelerates aging, among other effects. Ugh.

Unsurprisingly, interest in low-sugar cocktails has been rising. Mixologists are turning away from fruity syrups and sweet juices and instead experimenting with savory flavors. During a recent visit to Longoven, the celebrated restaurant in Richmond, Virginia, sweet cocktails were notably absent from the menu. In their place were drinks flavored with ingredients like smoked ice, juniper, Chinese shawo fruit (which is actually a radish), coconut oil and coconut water, kombucha and prickly pear.  

Is your mouth watering yet? We take a look at some savory alcoholic drinks that don’t need sugar to be delicious.

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Topics: savory cocktails, low-sugar cocktails, alcoholic drinks without sugar, umami cocktails

How Upgrading Restaurant Equipment Can Help With Employee Retention

Restaurant operators in the United States have one thing on their minds: Labor. Low unemployment rates, immigration restrictions, changes to overtime pay and rising minimum wages have made it hard to hire great staff. 

Retaining good employees is the biggest challenge for 80% of operators, according to Technomic’s May 2019 Foodservice State of the Industry report. Recruitment’s a close second, with 76% naming it as a problem.

One solution to this persistent challenge is investing in equipment upgrades — not to replace the staff you don’t have, but to assist the staff you do have.

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Topics: High Performance Blenders, foodservice equipment, restaurant equipment, kitchen equipment

Recap - Top 6 Most-Read HBC Blog Posts for January 2020

In case you missed it, here are the Top 6 most-read posts from our four blogs for January 2020.

Why "Top 6" you ask? Kahlua Colada continues to be up there for views...so now we are including a "Top 6" to allow for a little more variety.

Read on. If you see content you like, be sure to join the HBC Community for regular updates, whether it's Beverage, Food, Hospitality or Recipes.

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Topics: Recap

Shake It Up: Operators Find Success By Adding Milkshakes to the Menu

Healthy milkshake? It sounds like an oxymoron. But that’s exactly what Subway offered in summer 2019 with an exclusive partnership with Halo Top Creamery: a line of hand-spun milkshakes that customers could feel good about ordering. The shakes, each with 350 calories or less, contain at least 20 grams of protein and a hefty helping of calcium.

The Halo Top milkshakes were a limited-time offering, tested in just 1,000 stores. The jury’s still out on whether the chain will make them a permanent addition to the menu — but in the meantime, we’re seeing a growing interest in milkshakes among fast-casual and QSR restaurant operators. They’re a high-dollar menu item with universal appeal, both as a meal add-on and a snack for the in-between dayparts.

Hamilton Beach Commercial dives deep into global milkshake trends: novel flavors, vegan shakes, fresh presentations and alcoholic kicks.

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Topics: Boozy Milkshakes, Featured, vegan milkshake, Halo Top milkshake

ICYMI - Top 6 Most-Read HBC Blog Posts for December 2019

In case you missed it, here are the Top 6 most-read posts from our four blogs for December 2019.

Why "Top 6" you ask? Kahlua Colada continues to be up there for views...so now we are including a "Top 6" to allow for a little more variety.

Read on. If you see content you like, be sure to join the HBC Community for regular updates, whether it's Beverage, Food, Hospitality or Recipes.

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Topics: Recap

2019 Recap: Top 6 from HBC: Beverage, Food, Hospitality, & Recipes

Happy New Year! As we take a moment to pause and reflect on the year that's passed, let's take a look back at the posts that pulled in the most views in 2019 across all four of the Hamilton Beach® Commercial blogs. We've expanded this list to the "Top 6" because Kahlua Colada keeps on taking up a spot. 

Read on...and if you see content you like, be sure to join the HBC Community for regular updates.

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Year-End Recap: Top 5 Posts for 2019 from the HBC Beverage Blog

As we roll into the end of the year, we're pulling together our top blog posts from our Beverage blog for 2019. Here is our most popular content for the year. See any surprises? 

Read on...and if you see content you like, be sure to join the HBC Community for regular updates, whether it's Beverage, Food, Hospitality or Recipes.

 

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Topics: Smoothies, Milkshakes

Don’t Stop the Juicing: Trends in 2020 and Beyond

The fresh-juice market never stops evolving. What was popular five years ago (detox cleanses, charcoal) has become less so. Customers chase ever more novel flavors: pomelo and yuzu, hyssop and beetroot. Around the world, trends flare and either catch fire or fade. 

But one thing’s for sure: Customers are still thirsty for fresh juice. Here's a look at three major juicing trends that will shape the market in 2020 and beyond.

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Topics: Featured, Juicing, commercial juicer, hamilton beach commercial juicer

Recap - Top 6 Most-Read HBC Blog Posts for November 2019

In case you missed it, here are the Top 6 most-read posts from our four blogs for November 2019.

Why "Top 6" you ask? Kahlua Colada continues to be up there for views...so now we are including a "Top 6" to allow for a little more variety.

Read on. If you see content you like, be sure to join the HBC Community for regular updates, whether it's Beverage, Food, Hospitality or Recipes.

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Topics: Recap

What 2019 Bartending Competition Winners Reveal About Cocktail Trends

Bartending competitions are incredibly fun to watch, as the most creative mixologists working today execute drinks with poise and flair. But they’re not just entertainment; for bar operators, they’re educational. That’s because the competitors are on the  forefront of global cocktail trends.

We examined the winners of a few competitions to see what we could learn about up-and-coming drinks. And if you have a winning cocktail of your own, why not compete next year? There are dozens of notable competitions all over the world – we’ll tell you about a few.

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Topics: High Performance Blenders, cocktail trends, 2020 cocktail trends, bartending competitions

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