Of course, adding sugar isn’t the only way to make beverages attractive to your customers. You can also boost colour (more intense colours are associated with sweetness)1, add herbs or spices to create intriguing scents and flavours, or create interesting contrasts by accenting with tart and bitter tastes or different textures like crushed ice and soft berries. Enjoy!
- Aromatic spices such as vanilla, cardamom, cloves, tonka beans, cinnamon, or star anise
Place spices in a pan with milk.
Slowly heat milk to 65 degrees Celsius for hot beverages, or 75 degrees Celsius for cold beverages.
Remove the spices and allow milk to cool.
If needed, add a small amount of sugar, brown sugar, or honey to sweeten to taste.
Substitute for regular milk in any beverage, including hot or cold coffee, tea, cocoa, or smoothies.
- Muddled fruit, chopped lemon grass, a strip of citrus peel (not pith!), herbs and spices, or a teaspoon of loose tea leaves
- Place the flavouring ingredient in a jug.
- Add hot water.
- Allow to infuse for a few minutes.
- Strain the water into another container and add it to your beverage.
- If needed, add a little honey for taste.
Substitute for regular water in any beverage, including hot or cold coffee, tea, or lemonade.
- Johnson and Clydesdale, 1982