Beer Battered Fish Tacos Recipe

Nothing says summer like refreshing citrus, and our fish taco recipe is bursting with strong tangerine flavor. By seasoning our fish with tangerine zest, the citrus blends with the savory and spicy batter to create a nice depth of flavor. We also added Stone Tangerine Express IPA to our batter because the carbonation makes the batter light, and the tangerine in the beer complements our slaw. Additionally, the jalapeno and cayenne pepper give these fish tacos a spicy kick that cuts through the bitterness of the hoppy IPA. This recipe is quick and simple to make, and the hardest part is not drinking all of the Stone Tangerine Express IPA before you add it to the batter.

How to Make Beer Battered Fish Tacos with Stone Tangerine Express IPA


Ingredients for Slaw

  • 4 cups of red and green cabbage
  • ½ cup chopped pineapple
  • 1 seeded and minced jalapeno
  • 3 tbsp. red onion
  • 2 tbsp. mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp. fresh cilantro
  • 1 tbsp. lime juice
  • 1 tbsp. agave nectar
  • 1 tsp. tangerine zest

Ingredients for Fish Tacos

  • 4 corn tortillas
  • 2 lb. mild white fish cut into chunks
  • 2 cups of Stone Tangerine Express IPA
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1 tbsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. cilantro (garnish)
  • Avocado slices
  • Pico de gallo
  • Lime wedges

Directions

  1. Combine the slaw ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly until the contents are coated and set aside.
  2. For the batter, combine all-purpose and rice flours, cayenne pepper, kosher salt, and Stone Tangerine Express IPA in a bowl and whisk to combine.
  3. Season your fish with salt, pepper, and tangerine zest. Dip your seasoned fish into the batter to coat.
  4. Fry your fish until it turns golden brown and crispy. Remove your fish to a cooling rack with parchment paper beneath to catch any excess oil.
  5. Heat the tortillas in a pan until they are soft.
  6. Place the tortillas on your plate and add the fried fish, avocado, and slaw. Garnish with cilantro.
  7. Serve your fish tacos with pico de gallo and lime wedges, if desired.


While our beer battered fish tacos are inspired by summer, they are great all year round. The sweet flavor from the tangerine and the bitterness of the hops in the Stone Tangerine Express IPA help to set this recipe apart from other fish tacos. This recipe is simple to make and pairs well with any citrus-y IPA, making it a great addition to your bar or restaurant menu.

Posted in: Recipes | Bars & Breweries | By Richard Traylor

How to Host a St. Patrick's Day Bar Crawl

Although it began as a 24-hour break from Lenten dietary restrictions, Americans are responsible for turning St. Patrick's Day into a drinking holiday. If you're planning to hold a St. Patrick's Day celebration at your pub this March 17th, hosting a local bar crawl can be a great way to increase business. Establishments located in downtown areas of cities are ideal candidates for bar crawls, as potential patrons will be traveling on foot and stopping at pubs as they pass them. Keep reading for simple tips that will help you plan a fun bar crawl this St. Paddy's Day.

1. Partner Up with Other Local Bars

Your job is to make your bar stand out from the crowd, but the best way to ensure plenty of business on St. Patrick's is to partner with the competition. You can’t have a bar crawl without other bars, so give your neighbors a call and see if they’d like to collaborate for a night of St. Paddy's Day drinking that customers won’t be able to stop talking about. The benefit of partnering up is that patrons will spend time in each of your bars, rather than giving their business to only one bar for the night.

2. Make Your Bar Crawl Official

When you’ve figured out who you’ll be partnering with, publicize your pub crawl. Consider registering your crawl with pubcrawls.com so that customers can find your event and buy tickets online. Build hype by creating an event and promoting it on Facebook. Discuss a set price for the evening, which will include discounts on drinks in each participating bar as well as any fun freebies you wish to give out at the start of the crawl. Depending on what you want to offer, a price between $15 and $30 is standard.

3. Work Out the Details of Your Crawl

Ensure that your patrons have all of the information they need to get the most out of your bar crawl by providing them with a map of the participating bars. Be sure to mark bus stops and schedules on the map as well as the phone numbers of local cab services. Customers want to have a carefree night of partying, and part of that is knowing that they have a safe ride home. At the starting line, give crawlers green wrist bands (after checking their IDs) so that bartenders immediately know who is participating in the event, and send them on their way.

4. Play Up the St. Paddy's Day Theme

When your pub crawl is official, it’s time to start to plan the festivities. Perhaps you’ll want to create a special T-shirt to hand out to participants, or have them dress in their best leprechaun costume. At the starting point, have crawlers enter their name in a raffle for a gift card giveaway that gives the lucky winners an excuse to come back to participating bars. Consider playing authentic Irish music or even hiring a band for some live traditional music. Also, make sure your establishment is stocked with green beverage napkins and green plastic cups to keep the theme alive as customers filter through your door.

5. Keep Your Bar Crawl Fun

Coordinate with your partners and make sure there’s something exciting at every stop in the crawl. Try hosting St. Patrick’s Day themed games with prizes, such as green beads or free beer, or build excitement with something unique like offering St. Paddy's themed face painting to keep customers from getting bored at your stop. They’ll enjoy their time in your establishment, and their excitement will build as they wonder what will be going on at the next bar.

Here are a few examples of fun bar crawl games you can offer your patrons:

  • A scavenger hunt that spans the bar crawl route
  • Shuffleboard, darts, and pool tournaments
  • Various drinking games
  • Trivia
  • Cornhole (weather permitting)

6. Serve Guests Their Favorite Drinks

Beer, cider, and cocktails are essential to a successful St. Patrick's Day bar crawl. In addition to Irish beer standards, we've come up with a list of craft beers and creative cocktails to consider serving on March 17th:

Classic Irish Beers and Ciders:

  • Guinness Draught (4.2%)
  • Smithwick's Premium Irish Ale (4.5%)
  • Murphy's Irish Red (5%)
  • Harp Lager (5%)
  • Magner's Irish Cider (4.5%)

Irish-Inspired Craft Beers:

  • Flying Dog Brewery's Lucky S.O.B. Irish Red (5.5%)
  • Victory Brewing Company's Donnybrook Stout (3.7%)
  • Harpoon Brewery's Celtic Ale (5.4%)
  • Goose Island Beer Company's Bourbon County Brand Stout (13.8%)
  • Thomas Creek Brewery's River Falls Red Ale (5.65%)

St. Paddy's Day Themed Cocktails:

  • Irish Car Bomb (shots of Bailey's and Jameson dropped into a glass of Guinness)
  • Irish Coffee (coffee with Jameson and Irish cream)
  • Irish Flag (creme de menthe, Licor 43, and Irish cream)
  • Grasshopper (creme de menthe and creme de cacao)
  • Irish Julep (bourbon, creme de menthe, half and half, and mint)

7. Stock Up on St. Patrick's Day Bar Supplies

Here are some St. Patrick's Day barware essentials that you'll definitely want to purchase for your restaurant, bar, or nightclub:

8. Prepare Delicious St. Paddy's Day Foods

While green beer and St. Paddy's themed cocktails are the focus of the day, crawlers need to keep food in their systems. Your customers will thank you for keeping their stomachs full as they continue their crawl. Here are a few ideas of appetizers, entrees, and desserts you can serve at your business:

St. Paddy's Day Appetizers:

  • Corned beef dip
  • Mini shepherd's pies
  • Irish brown bread
  • Potato soup

St. Paddy's Day Entrees:

  • Bangers and mash
  • Shepherd's pie
  • Corned beef and cabbage
  • Irish stew

St. Paddy's Day Desserts:

  • Irish cream chocolate mousse cake
  • Irish coffee
  • Brioche bread and butter pudding
  • Irish shortbread

Although healthy competition among local bars is necessary, try working together this St. Patrick’s Day to have a profitable evening for every pub in the community. With drink discounts, fun games and raffles, and delicious Irish fare, crawlers won’t soon forget this St. Paddy's Day.

Posted in: Holidays | Bars & Breweries | By Nora Fulmer

Brown Sugar Cinnamon Bread Pudding Recipe

Whether you run a casual restaurant, trendy cafe, or upscale bistro, chances are you've had bread pudding on your menu at some point in time. All of the ingredients in bread pudding are affordable and easy to find, so adding this dish to your lineup will also help raise your establishment's profits. To take your dessert menu to the next level, make brown sugar cinnamon bread pudding using delicious Torani flavored syrups for a tasty treat that guests will love.

How to Make Brown Sugar Cinnamon Bread Pudding

Wondering how to make bread pudding? If you'd like to add this delicious dessert item to your menu, check out the recipe and video below:



Ingredients

  • 8 slices of 1/2" cubed brioche
  • 4 oz. melted unsalted butter
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup Torani flavoring syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. salt

Directions

  1. Toss the bread crumbs in melted butter and bake them on a sheet tray for 5 minutes. Transfer them to a shallow dish.
  2. Combine the milk, cream, and 1/2 cup of the sugar in a saucepan. Bring the mix to a boil and then turn your burner off.
  3. Whisk the eggs, egg yolks, vanilla, salt, Torani syrup, and remaining 1/2 cup of sugar together.
  4. Gradually temper the heated cream mixture into the egg mixture, whisking as you go.
  5. Strain this liquid and pour it over the bread crumbs.
  6. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  7. Scoop the mixture into ramekins until they're 3/4 of the way full.
  8. Bake using a water bath at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for around 1 hour.

Cost Breakdown of Brown Sugar Cinnamon Bread Pudding

  • Sold on Menu - $4
  • Food Cost per Serving - $.93
  • Profit Margin per Serving - $3.07
  • What is Bread Pudding?

    This dessert is made of stale bread, butter, milk, and eggs, and is often sweetened with sugar, flavoring syrups, honey, and other sweet spices. Stale bread should always be used, as it absorbs the liquid ingredients more easily than fresh bread and helps create a soft and delicate finished product.

    We chose to use Torani Brown Sugar Cinnamon flavoring syrup in our bread pudding. This luscious yet not-too-sweet product is perfect for everything from desserts to hot specialty beverages.

    History of Bread Pudding

    Bread pudding has a centuries-old history and has long been prevalent in a variety of cultures. Ancient Egyptians made a type of bread pudding called Om Ali, which contained bread, milk or cream, raisins, and almonds, while early Middle Eastern cultures enjoyed Eish es Serny, a dish made with bread, sugar, honey syrup, rosewater, and caramel.

    In India, a popular dessert called Shahi Tudka is made from bread, ghee, saffron, sugar, rosewater, and almonds. First- and second-century Romans also made bread pudding, but they used eggs rather than custard, which wasn't invented until the Middle Ages.

    Europeans first began eating bread pudding in the early 11th century, as it allowed money-conscious cooks to use up stale bread, rather than letting it go to waste. In 13th century England, bread pudding was referred to as "poor man's pudding" because it was popular with the lower classes. Bread pudding was also beloved among 18th century American colonists and was even included in Thomas Jefferson's collection of recipes.

    Why is Bread Pudding Popular?

    Bread pudding is a quintessential comfort food, which has helped this dish make its way onto menus at both casual and upscale establishments. This dessert is also popular because it allows chefs to get creative in terms of ingredients. In addition to traditional sweet breads like challah, sourdough, and brioche, cooks can use leftover coffee cakes, danishes, muffins, donuts, and croissants as a base.

    All of the ingredients used to make bread pudding are also affordable, and your chefs will appreciate the opportunity to use up old or leftover bread. This dessert can also be made using anything from an oven or crock pot to a microwave or stovetop, so you'll have no trouble preparing it in any type of large or small kitchen.

    In addition to the United States, bread pudding is popular in countries around the world, including the United Kingdom, Brazil, France, the Philippines, and Mexico. All of these nations also put their own unique spin on bread pudding by incorporating fresh, local ingredients.


    Brown sugar cinnamon bread pudding made with Torani syrups is the perfect addition to any foodservice business's menu. This dessert is light enough to be enjoyed after a large dinner but filling enough to complement a light meal or stand on its own. Best of all, its profit margin per serving will help your establishment save money and increase your revenue.

    Posted in: Foodservice Trends | By Nora Fulmer

    Impress Your Guests With This Valentine's Day Menu Special

    This Valentine's Day weekend, restaurants will be full of couples wanting to share a delicious meal with their loved one. Whether you're making a romantic dinner for two people or for one hundred people, this meal and drink combination is easy to prepare and fancy enough to please a crowd on the holiday of love.

    To resize this recipe to suit your serving needs, enter the quantities into our recipe resizer and make it for as many people as you like.

    Easy Valentine's Day Entree

    Couples are typically looking for something special when they dine out on Valentine's Day, and this meal is just that. Not to mention, it's easy to prepare, either in small batches or in bulk. Below, you'll learn how to make delicious seared scallops with a carrot puree, plus a side salad with warm bacon vinaigrette:


    How to Make Carrot Puree

    Tools used: Mercer Millenia 8" chef knife, 24" x 24" maple cutting board, and Waring Xtreme MX1200XTX blender

    Ingredients

    • 1 1/2 lbs. carrots, trimmed, peeled, and cut into 2" pieces
    • 1 cup boiling water
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • Optional: butter

    Directions

    1. Puree the carrots, hot water, salt, and pepper, starting on a low setting and gradually working to a higher setting.

    2. Follow manufacturer instructions when adding hot liquids to your blender.

    3. Add a dollop of butter and puree again (optional).

    4. Transfer the puree to an oven-safe container and keep it warm in an oven on low heat until the scallops are done.

    How to Make Seared Scallops

    Tools used: Lodge 10" carbon steel French pan, Mercer M33183 Hell's Handle fish spatula

    Ingredients

    • 6 dry diver scallops
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • 2 tbsp. butter

    Directions

    1. Preheat pan on medium to medium-high heat.

    2. Season both sides of the scallops with salt and pepper to taste.

    3. Add a small amount of vegetable oil to the pan, and add the scallops.

    4. Add butter to the center of the pan, and cook the scallops for 1-2 minutes per side while basting with butter.

    5. Once the scallops are golden brown on both sides, keep them warm in the oven on a plate or tray while making the vinaigrette.

    How to Make Frisee Salad with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette

    Tools used: Wire whip

    Ingredients

    • 4 oz. bacon, diced
    • 4 oz. apple cider vinegar
    • 2 tbsp. shallots, minced
    • 2 tbsp. mustard
    • 1 tbsp. butter
    • 1 small head frisee

    Directions

    1. Fry and render the diced bacon on medium-high heat and remove it from the pan when crispy.

    2. Turn the heat to low, and mix the apple cider vinegar with the bacon grease, then add minced shallots, and simmer.

    3. Add mustard and whisk the ingredients together in pan.

    4. Turn heat off and add butter.

    5. Pour the dressing over your frisee salad and garnish with bacon.

    Strawberry Champagne Cocktail Recipe

    Tools used: Cardinal H2090 6.25 oz. sheer rim flute glass

    This strawberry champagne cocktail is the perfect compliment to the scallops and salad. By adding this to your menu as a special Valentine's Day option, you'll give your customers the impression that they're getting something indulgent for their holiday celebration. Learn how to make it below:

    Ingredients

    Directions

    1. Pour the strawberry nectar into a small glass.

    2. Stir in the vodka until mixed and pour into a champagne flute.

    3. Add champagne slowly to fill the rest of the glass.

    4. Garnish with a strawberry slice.


    Now that you have an easy recipe to wow your guests on Valentine's Day, make sure that you're stocked up on essential products. Luckily, we've got the last minute Valentine's Day supplies you need here:

    Posted in: Holidays | Menu Tips | By Sabrina Bomberger
    Webstaurant TVProduct demonstrations, how-to's, & descriptions ArticlesIn-depth information and tips for running a successful restaurant Buying GuidesTools to help you find the perfect product for your business