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When you were younger and had stomach cramps, you might remember your parents making you drink a glass of ginger ale to help relieve some of the pain. Ginger, after all, has been known to contain natural medicinal properties that aid in common digestive problems such as diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.  

As you got older, though, you started to realize that ginger is not just perfect for tummy troubles, it’s also a great ingredient for a different kind of stress reliever­­––mixing cocktails.

But aside from both drinks being made of ginger as their main ingredient, are they really the same? Is one really better than the other in terms of taste and health benefits?

Does ginger ale have alcoholic components?

Perhaps you’ve been wondering after all these years of being forced to drink ginger ale for stomach problems if it has any alcoholic content at all. The answer is no. Ginger ale is simply ginger-flavored, artificially carbonated water.

What is the difference between Ginger Ale and Ginger Beer?

If ginger ale is a non-alcoholic drink, then ginger beer must be alcoholic, right? Why else, will it be called beer for no reason? Although ginger beer is naturally fermented and brewed, it is still classified as non-alcoholic because it’s alcohol content is only less than 0.5% as per FDA requirements.

Another difference between ginger ale and ginger beer is its taste and aroma. While Ginger ale is mellow and smells sweet, ginger beer has a spicy whiff and gingery taste.

Is ginger ale a good substitute for ginger beer when making a Moscow Mule cocktail?

A true-blue Moscow Mule lover knows that what gives the drink its splendid taste and refreshing aroma is ginger beer. The question is, does ginger ale have the same, if not better effect on the cocktail in terms of taste and feel?

You can try both but the verdict, ultimately, depends on the drinker.

For those who fancy a sweeter, bubblier, and less fuzzy drinking experience, then ginger ale may be a suitable alternative to Ginger beer. If, however, you prefer your mix to have more intense, citrusy flavours then only ginger beer will do for your Moscow Mule experience.

Ginger (beer) all the Way

What does Ginger beer really taste like? For one thing, ginger beer is what ginger ale isn’t. Ginger beer has a more intense flavor that gives Moscow Mule its distinct ginger and spice buzz.

You can bring out the wonderful flavors of ginger beer to your Moscow Mule mix with this beautifully handcrafted copper mug. And you’re looking for a delicious bottle of ginger beer but with fewer calories and natural fruit sugar, we’ve got the perfect one for you.

This naturally light ginger beer is made from all natural ingredients and is perfect for your cocktail mixes or on its own.

Not a fan of pre-bottled drinks? Then try this recipe and create your own ginger beer concoction right in the comfort of your own home.

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Whether you are looking to entertain a few friends on a weekend night or having someone special come over for a romantic dinner for two, you will never go wrong with these five must-haves for your home bar.

Glassware

A true cocktail lover knows that finding the right glass for your drinks is part of what makes drinking a truly enjoyable experience. If not properly served in their appropriate glasses, cocktail drinks would not only lose its appeal, its taste and temperature would be badly affected as well. To know more about cocktails and their specific glasses, you can read our previous blog post here.

Bartending Kit


A fully functioning home bar wouldn’t be complete without a bartending kit.  A basic kit contains a shaker set, muddler, mixing spoon, and a set of jiggers. With our Elite Bartender Kit, you’ll get a stainless-steel martini mixer, muddler, mixing spoon, jigger, 2 pourers, velvet bag for storage, and even a recipe booklet. The best part the tools included in our kit is rust-proof and dishwasher safe.

Mix and Muddle

Whether you’re mixing Margaritas or milkshakes, a long and slender cocktail spoon is perfect for reaching into the bottom of tall cocktail glasses and pitchers.

Another great tool to have at home is a copper-plated muddler, especially when you can’t get enough of fruity cocktail recipes. because it can make the most ordinary cocktails ooze with fruity flavors for the ultimate drinking experience.

Lemon Squeezer

Citrus fruits such as lemon or lime make for a zesty and refreshing cocktail ingredient. And the best way to squeeze the invigorating flavours out is by investing in a high quality citrus squeezer like Advanced Mixology’s manual citrus press juicer.

Our squeezer is ergonomically engineered for easy grip and use. It also comes with a 2-in-1 sturdy metal bowl so you can effortlessly press and juice small limes and oranges to large lemons. This squeezer is made from aluminium with lead-free coating, making it durable and dishwasher-safe

Ice-Mold

Put an interesting twist to your favorite “on the rocks” cocktail drinks by giving them an upgrade. How? Swap the usual square type ice mold with this silicone ice-ball mold.

Our BPA-free and flexible ice mold can make four large ice balls. Its premium silicone material allows easy use and cleaning. Hate diluted cocktails? Large ice balls melt slower than small ice cubes.

Final Thoughts

A well-stocked home bar is your key to hosting the perfect parties.  Make sure to choose only the best and most durable cocktail making tools that will impress your visitors and make them want for more.

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If you love food and drinks, chances are you probably already know the best places to dine in your area or where you can order your favorite drinks.

But have you ever wondered how your favorite cocktail mix ranks across other bar drinks in the country? Or if you are drinking what everyone else is drinking?

Thanks to the internet, there is a gold mine of data regarding consumer preferences. And with just one click, you can bet there will be surveys and studies of every kind from the best pizza in New York to the coolest coffee houses in Washington D.C.

A study done by Versus, a popular consumer review blog on the internet, gives us a very interesting view of cocktail preferences across the United States. The research is based on the most widely searched cocktails on Google in the last 12 months in each state.

Top Three

Classics never go out of style, they say. And if the Versus study is any indication, this is true even for cocktail drinks. In fact, the top three cocktails on the list are classic mixes such as Whiskey Sour and Long Island Iced Tea followed closely by the Moscow Mule.

Classics

Versus’ research reveals that out of 51 states, six preferred Whiskey Sour as their cocktail of choice. Served “on the rocks”, Whiskey Sour is made up of whiskey, lemon juice, sugar, and sometimes egg white.

Long Island Iced Tea, tying with Whiskey Sour as a top cocktail choice for Americans, is a combination of vodka, tequila, rum, triple sec, gin and a splash of cola.

Whiskey Sour and Long Island iced tea belong to a classic range of cocktail drinks which are popular not only in the US but in many parts of the world as well.

Read this article if you wish to try out another classic mix, an Old-Fashioned cocktail.

Cocktail in Copper

Coming in a close third on the list is the Moscow Mule which is preferred by five states in the US. Like the Long Island Iced Tea, Moscow Mule is mixed with vodka but combined with other ingredients such as spicy ginger beer and lemon juice. Moscow Mule is prepared in a special copper mug which helps in maintain its ice-cold temperature.  

Looking for other ways to enjoy your ice-cold Moscow Mule? Mix them with fruits for a different kind of cocktail kick.

More Cocktails, More Love

Other cocktail mixes that appeared on the study are the citrus flavoured drinks Tequila Sunrise and Mimosa. These are followed by Tom Collins, a sparkling lemonade mixed with gin; Paloma, a tequila and grapefruit cocktail concoction; and the party favorite Mojito.

Fruity concoctions like Sex on the Beach and Piña Colada are also preferred in most states, as well as the bourbon-mixed cocktail Mint Julep.

With help from the internet, you don’t need to wonder anymore whether someone from Kansas loves Margaritas as much as you do.

The answer is just a Google search away.   

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A true cocktail connoisseur knows full well that drinking from the right cup is just as important as the mix itself. And as any Moscow Mule lover would tell you, the perfect vessel to keep your precious concoction on is in a good quality copper mug.

Unfortunately, we all know that no matter how expensive or durable copper is, it tarnishes over time.  However, keeping your copper mug looking new shouldn’t stress you out. Cleaning it is easy and safe, all you need is to find the right cleaning solution and you will be back to using it in no time.

Go Natural

If you prefer all-natural home ingredients when cleaning your copper mug, here are some of the most common types of natural cleaning solutions that you can use. Rub your preferred solution over your copper mug and let stand for a few minutes before rinsing.

  • Salt and vinegar – are a superb cleaning combination for copperware. The acid from vinegar can wipe the tarnish clean and the salt will scrape away any of the irritating build-up.
  • Ketchup – Not many people know this but ketchup works surprisingly well as a natural cleaning agent for copper.

Because ketchup is made up of both vinegar and salt. The tomato paste in ketchup has natural acidic properties as well which helps in the cleaning process.

Special Cleaning Cream

In some cases, you may find that natural ingredients will not be as effective in cleaning your copper mug as you hoped it would be. Fortunately, there are specialized cleaning solutions for copper that will help do the trick.

Wright’s Copper Cream is the perfect solution to clean and restore the natural gloss and shine of your precious copperware. It erases even the toughest and most stubborn copper build-up caused by natural and prolonged use.

Copper Mug Holder

So, what’s the next best thing to owning a brand-new copper mug set? A matching mug holder, of course!

If you store your copper mug in a closed and warm environment like a cupboard, it could tarnish the vessel. Good thing you can put them in this matching cooper mug holder.

This Advanced Mixology Mug Holder is the perfect accessory to match your beloved copper mugs. It can hold up to six mugs and has a built-in tilt-up feature that will ensure your copper mugs stays securely in place. 

It is multi-purpose as well which means it’s also great for organizing small jewelry items such as necklaces and bracelets.

Keep it Fresh 

Feeling tired and desperately in need for an instant pick me up drink? Check out this cool and refreshing cocktail concoction for a fresh start to the week.

Prepare this recipe on a picture-perfect Advance Mixology copper mug for a fantastic Moscow mule cocktail that will guarantee to take the Monday blues away.  

What’s more, these elegant high-quality mugs are a perfect gift for your loved-one or even yourself. 

 

 

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Do you wish you can travel to a tropical island, basking in the summer sun while drinking tasty and fruity tropical cocktails? Just a sip of our Sail Away cocktail recipe, and you’ll be transported to your own beach getaway – even if it is just at your backyard.

The first thing you need to is go to your nearest market and buy a pineapple. Then, turn it into a cocktail vessel. Don't know how? You can read our how to make a pineapple cocktail glass blog.

Add 2 sprigs of mint and 4 pineapple chunks into glass. You can use the chunks that you've removed from the pineapple. Pour 1 oz of lime juice and 5 oz of honey syrup. Then, muddle.

Add 1.5 oz light rum and ice. Then, shake.


Add crushed ice to the pineapple cocktail glass. Strain the cocktail to the pineapple cocktail glass.

Top with 5 oz of spiced rum.


Garnish.

 

 

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Whipping up a tasty fruity cocktail is more exciting when you have a matching vessel to put it in. Take for instance this pineapple cup.

Not only it adds a creative and beautiful touch to your drink, it can also enhance the flavor, especially when the cocktail mixes with pineapple's sweet and tasty interior walls.

Here's how you can make a pineapple cup at home.

1. Cut pineapple in half 

2. Cut circle 1/2" from skin. Then, cut an X through the core


3. Scoop out center

4. Pour your favorite cocktail or you can try our Sail Away recipe

The result: 

...and there you have it, a pineapple cocktail vessel you can make at home. 
Watch the full video here: 

How to Make a Pineapple Cocktail Glass - YouTube

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The word "sangria" means blood in Latin, thanks to its reddish color, a result of its red wine ingredient. However, this refreshing fruit and wine mix is no longer limited to red wine. Interestingly, you can swap it with your favorite dry white wine.

Unlike traditional sangria, it's harder to find the right white wine and fruit combination because white wines showcase a fuller and fruitier taste. If you pair a citrusy white wine with lemon or lime, the overall taste and citrusness could be too overwhelming. Henceforth, just like red wine sangria recipes, it's important to choose simple white wines, and avoid full-bodied wines like an oaked Chardonnay.

Here's our light, fruity and refreshing white wine sangria recipe for any occassion.

Ingredients
1 bottle dry white wine
1 bottle prosecco
1 cup vodka
2 cups blueberries
2 cups of strawberries
2 cups blackberries
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar

Preparation

1. Combine lemon juice, vodka and sugar in pitcher. Stir until sugar dissolves.

2. Add berries and white wine.

[Pro tip: do the steps above an hour before guests arrive and put it in the fridge for the flavors to meld and develop]


3. Pour into a large wine glass, top with prosecco and garnish with a skewer of berries.


 

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Why are cocktails served in so many different types of glasses?  Why are some spirits served in a rocks glass and others in flute ones?  How do bartenders know which glasses to pour a specific cocktail in?

According to experts, however, there is a simple explanation behind this.

Cocktails are served in different glasses to heighten the two major factors responsible for making us enjoy our drinks, our sense of smell and taste.

Simply put, the shape and size of the glassware strongly affect our drinking experience. Though it may look like certain glasses are designed for aesthetic purposes, the truth is, they are the way they are for more logical reasons.

Specific Glasses Serve Different Purposes

Scotch, for example, is served on lowball glasses called “rocks” because the shape of this type of glass can contain big chunks of ice. Another reason why spirits such as brandy and whisky are served in rocks glasses is because its big opening allows plenty of room for mixing and stirring.

Champagne flutes, on the other hand, are often used for happy occasions and celebrations.  The bead at the bottom of a flute enables bubbles to form on the glass and make them last longer.    

Moreover, Martini glasses are designed with an inverted cone bowl and long stem to maintain the temperature of the drinks.  

Why Copper?

For chilled cocktails like a Moscow Mule, however, using copper mugs is the only way to go. How does drinking from a copper mug affect the whole Moscow mule experience?

Here are two reasons why copper is essential to the enjoyment of drinking a Moscow mule cocktail:

  • It affects temperature

True Moscow mule lovers know that an icy cool temperature is the most important and pleasurable aspect of the drink. The design of the copper mug is ideal for maintaining the drink’s temperature. Its insulating properties, on the other hand, keeps the drink cool even during hot weather.

  • It enhances taste

Drinking from a copper vessel heightens not only the aroma but the flavor of the Moscow Mule. This is because of the oxidation process that happens when copper comes in contact with the ingredients that make up the cocktail. Cold copper mugs also add a delicious fizz to the drink making the entire drinking experience even more enjoyable.

How you enjoy your drinks says a lot about who you are. A true cocktail aficionado knows that drinking is an art form that requires appropriate vessels for a truly authentic drinking experience.

So, next time you’re at a bar and see drinks being prepared on certain glasses, keep in mind that specific glasses serve different purposes and that there is a reason why some drinks are served in the glass they came in.

 

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If you’re a wine lover like me, you’ve probably asked yourself these questions while sitting at the bar enjoying a glass of martini.

Why are cocktails served in so many different types of glasses?  Why are some spirits served in a rocks glass and others in flute ones?  How do bartenders know which glasses to pour a specific cocktail in?

According to experts, however, there is a simple explanation behind this.

Cocktails are served in different glasses to heighten the two major factors responsible for making us enjoy our drinks, our sense of smell and taste.

Simply put, the shape and size of the glassware strongly affect our drinking experience. Though it may look like certain glasses are designed for aesthetic purposes, the truth is, they are the way they are for more logical reasons.

Specific Glasses Serve Different Purposes

Scotch, for example, is served on lowball glasses called “rocks” because the shape of this type of glass can contain big chunks of ice. Another reason why spirits such as brandy and whisky are served in rocks glasses is because its big opening allows plenty of room for mixing and stirring.

Champagne flutes, on the other hand, are often used for happy occasions and celebrations.  The bead at the bottom of a flute enables bubbles to form on the glass and make them last longer.    

Moreover, Martini glasses are designed with an inverted cone bowl and long stem to maintain the temperature of the drinks.  

Why Copper?

For chilled cocktails like a Moscow Mule, however, using copper mugs is the only way to go. How does drinking from a copper mug affect the whole Moscow mule experience?

Here are two reasons why copper is essential to the enjoyment of drinking a Moscow mule cocktail:

  • It affects temperature

True Moscow mule lovers know that an icy cool temperature is the most important and pleasurable aspect of the drink. The design of the copper mug is ideal for maintaining the drink’s temperature. Its insulating properties, on the other hand, keeps the drink cool even during hot weather.

  • It enhances taste

Drinking from a copper vessel heightens not only the aroma but the flavor of the Moscow Mule. This is because of the oxidation process that happens when copper comes in contact with the ingredients that make up the cocktail. Cold copper mugs also add a delicious fizz to the drink making the entire drinking experience even more enjoyable.

How you enjoy your drinks says a lot about who you are. A true cocktail aficionado knows that drinking is an art form that requires appropriate vessels for a truly authentic drinking experience.

So, next time you’re at a bar and see drinks being prepared on certain glasses, keep in mind that specific glasses serve different purposes and that there is a reason why some drinks are served in the glass they came in.

 

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With its simple mixture of gin, Campari and sweet vermouth, Negroni is another classic drink that you can enjoy right at the comfort of your own home.

It all starts with getting a large mixing glass. Then, combine all the liquid ingredients. Start off with gin, followed by Campari and sweet vermouth. 

 

Add ice and stir. 

 

 
Last step is to strain over large ice cube and garnish with orange peel.

 

 
....and there you have it! A perfect glass of Negroni. 

 

 

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