Lively Libations - In Love With Giving Back (February 2020)

Saturday February 1, 2020 // By Multiple Authors

February Lively Libations 2020

This month we are showcasing brands that are spreading the love & giving back to causes that are close to their hearts. From donating time to their communities to sponsoring endangered animals, you can feel good about promoting these brands that are doing their part to make the world a better place.

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J Street Biscuit Co. RezDawg CookieHere at Barista Pro Shop, we have decided to also do our part in giving back to our community. This month, our Colorado based bakery, J Street Biscuit Co., will be offering a “Puppy Love Sprinkle Cookie” and will donate part of the proceeds to RezDawg Rescue in order to aid in Animal Rescue.

Enjoy this cookie a bit more knowing that you are supporting our efforts to Give Back to a local animal welfare non-profit, RezDawg Rescue, every time you buy one! Your purchase would help aid raising funds for a donation to help RezDawg save furry friends by providing critical medical care, foster programs, & adoption events to find their FUR-ever homes. 

RezDawg Rescue works with rescues in CO, AZ and NM to relocate cats or dogs by providing resources to foster and adopt these lovable companions searching for shelter. Since March of 2012, they have transported thousands of at-risk dogs and cats to safety, solely on generous donations from caring individuals like you who see how dire the need is in and around the Navajo reservation. In 2018 alone, RezDawg saved 1,6254 total rescues!

(This cookie is only available to J Street Biscuit Co. customers who are in local delivery range.) 

Kyla's Bananas Foster SmoothieKyla’s Bananas Foster Smoothie

A breakfast worthy version of the popular dessert with a healthy twist!

Smartfruit strongly believes that success, and giving back go hand in hand. Smartfruit mixes are a healthy choice to feed your body, Smartfruit decided they should be a healthy force in feeding the world. They have partnered with Feed the Children. 

Feed the Children was founded 35 years ago with the vision of creating a world where no child goes to bed hungry. Smartfruit is proud to be a partner with Feed the Children in making that vision a reality. If you are interested in partnering with Smartfruit, and Feed the Children, to become an instrument of change, please visit:

Along with other ways of giving back, Torani is a certified B Corporation. They believe businesses can be an every day force for good, and when like-minded companies join together, they can make a greater change. That’s why they’ve become a Certified B Corporation. They are proud to stand with for-profit conscious companies to advocate for opportunity for all.

Read More: Smartfruit Give Back | Torani's Story

Yield: 1, 20 oz. Drink

Kyla's Bananas Foster Smoothie + KINDIngredients:
• 6 oz. of Smartfruit Sunny Banana +Oat Power
 3 oz. of  Pacific Natural Foods Barista Series Oat Original
• 1½ oz. of Frozen Bean Caramel Base Beverage Mix
• ½ oz. of Torani Butter Rum Syrup
• ½ oz. of Torani Brown Sugar Cinnamon Syrup
• 8½ oz. of Ice

Optional Garnish: Butter Rum flavored Whipped Cream, Caramel Drizzle & Banana Chips

Pair With: KIND Dark Chocolate Banana Whole Fruit Bar (Kind Foundation)

Directions: Get a blender: add smoothie mix, oat milk, syrups, powder base then ice. BLEND. Garnish with butter rum flavored whipped cream, caramel drizzle, and a banana chip!



Tia's Hibiscus FrappeTia’s Hibiscus Frappe

A combination of luscious red hibiscus with Indian sarsaparilla, ginger, pink rose petals, and elderflowers steeped, then chilled then blended with ice a hint of honey and White chocolate.  

At Smith Teamaker, one of their company goals is to give back in a meaningful way to the people harvesting their carefully selected teas. Since 2012, they have partnered with Mercy Corps to provide free academic coaching via community-sourced teachers to disadvantaged secondary school students through the School Education Retention Program (SERP). This additional attention provides the students with the tools they need to pass exams and continue to college, for which scholarships are available. 

Hollander Chocolate gives a portion of proceeds to at-risk communities in cacao producing regions. It’s their way of saying ‘thank you’, and giving back to the people that make their work possible.  

Read More: Smith Teamaker Community Involvement & Hollander Chocolate Giveback Program

Yield: 1, 12 oz. Drink

• 2 bags of Smith Teamaker Big Hibiscus Tea
• 6 oz. of Hot Water 
• ½ tsp. of Hollander White Chocolate Frappe Powder
• ½ tsp. of Madhava Organic Honey 
• 6 oz. of Ice  

Optional Garnish: A Fresh Rose

Directions: In a mug, steep tea in hot water for 5 mins then chill in the refrigerator. In a blender, add the chilled tea, honey, white chocolate powder and then iceblend until smooth.

Elyse's Exotic White Rose + Bobo's

Elyse’s Exotic White Rose

This smooth and subtly sweet drink is perfect for a nice evening in.  

At Numi they want to get clean and safe water to all their sourcing partners (Numi Foundation: Together For H2ope)

At Pacific Natural Foods they believe that every student should be able to eat a protein packed meal. Pacific Foods Community

Yield: 1, 8 oz. Drink

• 1 sachet of Numi White Rose - Velvet Garden White Tea
• 8 oz. of Pacific Natural Foods Barista Series Almond Milk

Optional Garnish: A Dash of Cardamom and Dried Rose Petals

Pair With: Bobo's Oat Bars Lemon Poppyseed Bar (Bobo’s Causes)

Directions: Steam the almond milk to desired temperature and pour over your tea bag. Steep for the packages recommended amount of time. Sprinkle some cardamom and crushed dried rose petals on top and enjoy. 

Kristen's Chocolate Margarita

Chocolate Margaritas

Tequila for two. Chocolate and tequila may seem like an odd pair, but the two work well together bringing you a sweet treat that is out of the box and poured into a glass.

Read More: Ghirardelli | DaVinci Blossom to Beverage

Yield: 2, 6 oz. Cocktails

• 4 oz. of Tequila
• 3 oz. of Heavy Cream
• 2 oz. of Cointreau
• 1 oz. of DaVinci Coffee Liqueur Syrup
• 2 oz. of Ghirardelli Chocolate Sauce

Optional Garnish: Chocolate Decoration & a Dash of Cinnamon

Directions: In a shaker, combine chocolate sauce, tequila, heavy cream, Cointreau & coffee liqueur syrup. Whisk to combine, taste and adjust if needed. Chill and serve cold. Garnish as desired!

Kristen's Chocolate CakeKristen's Heart Filled Cupcakes

The traditional snack cake reinvented. Made with Ghirardelli chocolate and baked fresh, these hand held desserts will not disappoint.

Read About: Ghirardelli's Give Back Programs


Yield: 12 Heart Shaped Cupcakes

Cake Ingredients:
• ½ cup of Hot, Brewed Coffee
• ¾ cup of All-Purpose Flour
• ½ cup of Ghirardelli Majestic Dutch Processed Cocoa 
• 1 cup of Sugar
• ¼ tsp. of Baking Powder
• ¾ tsp. of Baking Soda
• ¼ tsp. of Salt
• 1 Egg
• ¼ cup of Vegetable Oil
• ½ cup of Buttermilk
• ½ tsp. of Vanilla

Ganache Ingredients:
• 5 oz. of Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Chocolate Chips
• ½ cup of Half n Half 

Chocolate Snack CakesCream Filling Ingredients
• ½ cup (1 stick or 1/4 lb.) of Butter
•  cup of Evaporated Milk
• ½ cup of Shortening
• 2 tsp. of Vanilla
• 1 cup of Sugar

Optional Garnish: Ghirardelli Barista Classic White Chips (Cupcake Topper)


Cake: Start by preheating oven to 350 degrees. Place cocoa in a medium bowl and pour the coffee over the mixture. Let sit, covered, for 5 minutes, then whisk the mixture gently until smooth.

In another medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Whisk the oil, eggs, buttermilk and vanilla extract into the cooled chocolate mixture until smooth. Add the flour mixture to the chocolate mixture and whisk until smooth.

Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups. Bake cupcakes until set and just firm to the touch (15 to 20 minutes). Let the cupcakes cool in the tin on a wire rack until cool enough to handle (about 10 minutes). Remove each cupcake from the tin, set on the wire rack, and let cool completely before filling and frosting, (about 1 hour). (Unfrosted cupcakes can be stored at room temperature for up to 1 day.)

For the filling: Mix all ingredients in a bowl and beat with an electric mixer without stopping for 30 minutes.  With a pastry bag, and a long pastry tip, poke a hole in the center of each cupcake and fill.

Finish by dipping each cupcake in ganache to cover the filling . Let cool until firm, then top with your choice of decoration. Enjoy!!

Mikenna's Grapefruit & Elderflower SpritzMikenna’s Grapefruit & Elderflower Spritz

This bright, sparkling refresher is almost as great as the brands used to create it:

From their commitment to organizations such as ‘CORE’ (Children of Restaurant Employees) & ‘Step Up For Students’ to supporting bee colonies & “EPA WasteWise”, Monin helps not only people in their community, but also professionals in their industry. 

Similarly, since 2007, iSi has put its faith in employees from the industry and trade group REiNTEGRA, a charitable organization based in Vienna that aims to reintegrate mentally ill people back into working life.

Read More: Monin Social Responsibility | iSi Social Responsibility In Action | HumanKind

Yield: 4, 8 oz. Drink

• 2 oz. of Monin Ruby Red Grapefruit Syrup
• ½ oz. of Monin Elderflower Syrup
• 1 iSi Soda Siphon
• 1 iSi CO2 Soda Charger
• 27 oz. of HumanKind Water

Optional Garnish: A Wedge of Grapefruit & Fresh Flowers

Directions: Mix the syrups with water in an iSi Soda Siphon (quart capacity). After firmly attaching the lid and loading a charger, give it a good shake (see the iSi Stainless Steel Soda Siphon Usage Guide & Safety Brochure). Chill to make the drink more bubbly. Fill your glass with flavored soda water & garnish as desired!

Steven's The LumberjackSteven’s The Lumberjack

This burly drink isn’t for the faint of heart...but it is for the thrill-seeking coffee nut! Earth, fire, air, and water all come together in this drink to create a taste and aroma that can’t be matched - even by Paul Bunyon himself. A smoky glass, cold brew given new life through nitro technology, and a sweet maple finish. What more could you ask for?

Two Leaves and a Bud is inspired by organizations that have taken strides to ensure a higher quality of living, so they support their valuable and effective missions because they want to have a positive impact on the world. Protect Our Winters was founded by professional snowboarder Jeremy Jones to build awareness and community-based action around climate change. POW mobilizes athletes and winter-enthusiasts who are concerned about the effects of climate change. One percent of sales from the Purpose-Filled Teas is donated to POW.

Yield: 4, 8 oz. Drinks

Steven's The Lumberjack + Field Trip

• 13 oz. of Toddy Cold Brew
• 13 oz. of Water
• 1 iSi Nitro Whip
• 1 iSi N2 Nitro Charger
• 1 tbsp. Two Leaves and a Bud Mountain High Chai
• 6 oz. of Monin Maple Spice Syrup

Optional Garnish: Cold Foam

Pair With: Field Trip Maple BBQ Pork Jerky

Directions: Start by smoking loose leaf Mountain High Chai and placing the glass over the smoke to prime the glass. Next, mix equal parts cold brew concentrate and water with maple spice syrup in an iSi Nitro Whip container. Firmly attach the lid, load a N2 Nitro Charger and give it a good shake. Dispense the nitro’d cold brew over a glass of ice & top with cold foam if desired.


Bill's Howard Red LemonadeBill’s Howard Red Lemonade

In an age of sodas, lemonades, teas, bubblies, and build your own drinks, what sounds better than a nice refreshing glass of lemonade? Who doesn’t like something sweet, and refreshingly sour that also benefits other people?

DaVinci cares wholeheartedly about this industry. Their future plans and reinvigorated brand are proof of their passion and devotion. And this goes far beyond operations and product creation; they care about everything from the source through to the final perfect serve – from ‘Blossom to Beverage’. They fund projects from The Café Femenino Foundation to sponsoring and supporting the Speciality Coffee Association and World Coffee Events.

Torie & Howard donates a portion of their proceeds to a worthwhile cause that is close to their hearts: Autism Speaks.

Read More: DaVinci Blossom to Beverage | Torie & Howard Give Back

Yield: 1, 12 oz. Drink

• 1 oz. of Island Rose Premium Lemonade Concentrate
• 5 oz. of Water
• 1 tbsp. of Big Train Vanilla Bean Blended Crème
¼ oz. (1 Pump) of DaVinci Gourmet Raspberry Syrup
• ¾ oz. (3 Pumps) of DaVinci Gourmet Strawberry Syrup
• 5 oz. of Ice

Optional Garnish: Rim the Glass with Crushed Torie & Howard Hard Candies and top with Fresh Lemons & Strawberries.

Directions: Combine all of your ingredients into your blender and blend to combine. Dip cup in Torie and Howard garnish so it adheres to the rim of the glass. Pour drink over ice and garnish as desired!

Tobi's Tara Jane Chai + Munk PackTobi’s Tara Jane Chai

Simple. Refreshing. Bursting with fruity flavor & a sweet after bite, this chai is made for sipping on a lazy Sunday. Inspired by one of the most generous people I know for this season of giving back. 

With this deep commitment to animal welfare, David Rio donates annually to the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)’s elephant and tiger programs. These donations contribute to IFAW's global initiatives, such as protecting endangered tigers and elephants around the world.  David Rio has also supported the San Francisco Bay Area’s Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA since 2002, as well as partnered with Cat Tales Zoological Park in Mead, Washington since 1999, where the company adopted a Bengal Tiger, Atlas.

Read More: David Rio Animal Welfare | Pacific Natural Foods Community Support

Yield: 1, 16 oz. Drink

2 tbsp. of David Rio Elephant Vanilla Chai
• 7 oz. of Pacific Natural Foods Barista Series Almond Milk
• ½ oz. of 1883 Blueberry Syrup
• 7 oz. of Ice

Optional Garnish: Frozen Blueberries & Whipped Cream

Pair With: Munk Pack Snickerdoodle Protein Cookie (Munk Pack Give Back)

Directions: Add all of the ingredients into your desired serving glass and mix well to combine. Garnish as desired, enjoy and share!


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