Statue of Liberty

Well it’s summer and you know what that means. Beaches, Vacations, and 4th of July. Speaking of vacations and 4th of July, why don’t we highlight another vacation destination in this month’s Destination Spotlight. This month let’s talk the Statue of Liberty. Now whether you are visiting New York for the big city lights, or the great shows on Broadway, we highly recommend that you mark an afternoon to take a visit out to Ellis Island. Visiting the Statue of Liberty is more than one might think. From the museum to a trip into the crown of Lady Liberty herself. There is lots on offer here. While there is no problem taking a guided tour, or a trip to the Museum, at any time. We recommend that you call ahead and schedule an appointment take a trip INTO the statue itself. Calling ahead to the Ellis Island National Park will allow you to schedule an appointment to get a tour inside the statue and truly see what this national monument is all about.

Here are some tips for putting together your visit.

  1.  Buy your tickets ahead of time. This includes making any appointments for the inner tours of Ellis Island. If you want to take advantage of this tours, it will save you a lot of headache by pre-purchasing ahead of time.
  2. Prepare yourself. Taking a trip to the top of Lady Liberty is no easy task. There are 354 steps up to the top of her crown. So if you feel unable to tackle that task, perhaps book other tours instead. Or challenge yourself and wear good shoes.
  3. Pack Lunch, the concession stands on Ellis Island are crowded and expensive. Packing your own little picnic will save yourself some money and a lot of headache.
  4. Use the lockers. There are lockers available for rent where you can store extra bags you don’t need to take with you. You will be doing a lot of walking and bags can get heavy. Pack light, and if you can’t, use the lockers to keep things you don’t need all the time safe. And don’t forget the most important thing to do, visit the gift shop! We aren’t ones to brag, but Americaware’s custom Statue of Liberty mugs have been the best selling mugs at Ellis Island for over ten years in a row.

 

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The Perfect Moscow Mule

The Moscow Mule is a very unique drink. While there are more adult drinks than you can name, from Margaritas to Tahiti Tidal Waves. No drink has created its own exclusive cup like the Moscow Mule. The origin story of how a humble immigrant named Sophie Berezinski came to the States with an unusual burden (2,000 copper mugs!), and used that burden and being in the right place at the right time to create a marvelous drink. Thus was the beginnings of a now iconic drink. We wont go into the full story here, but we do recommend you give it a read as it is extremely interesting.

You can find that story here: https://moscowcopper.com/pages/our-story

We at Americaware love a good Moscow Mule. There are many slight variations of the recipe and what exact mix to use, but only one mix seemed to hit the right combination of tangy, spicy, sweet to us.

Moscow Mule Recipe:

Ingredients:

2oz. of vodka

1oz. of fresh lime juice

5oz. ginger beer

Ice

Directions:

Fill a copper mug with ice

Pour in your vodka

Add the lime juice and ginger beer

Stir lightly

Finally garnish with a spring of mint and a lime slice.

 

Now a funny thing about that recipe, would you believe that recipe creates a Moscow Mule that perfectly fits Americaware’s new Copper mugs!? Believe it or not but that is the perfect drink for our new 100% Copper Mugs, just like the drink was originally created over 75-years ago.

And if the classic Mule isn’t your thing, check out http://www.msn.com/en-us/foodanddrink/cocktails/how-to-make-a-moscow-mule-and-8-twists-on-this-classic-drink/ss-AA91Wzq?fullscreen=true#image=11 for some fruity twists on this coppery classic.

Maybe get yourself a high quality Americaware Copper Mug, and try yourself our beautiful Moscow Mule recipe. But only if you’re over 21! Cheers.

 

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Road Trip – Tips & Tricks

As you might be aware, we are all about travel at Americaware….well, travel AND big coffee mugs. Whether it’s by plane, train, or automobile, we travel all the time and we’ve learn some things that might be useful to those of you who don’t travel often. Today we thought it might be fun to talk about some tips and tricks for taking the family on a long road trip. While it might not be the fastest or easiest way to get to your vacation spot, there is a nice old time feel to taking a road trip that simply isn’t matched when traveling any other way. First and foremost is make sure your car, truck, van, or motor home is updated on all needed maintenance. The last thing you want to do is have your vehicle broken down in the middle of an out of state highway. So check your oil, your brakes, air filter, all basic upkeep on most vehicles to make sure you are ready to go. This also includes making sure you have some tools in the trunk and a good spare tire ready to go, just in case something does happen.

Now onto the fun stuff. This is probably the biggest piece of advice and that’s, take your time. If you wanted to rush to your destination you should have just flown. Take advantage of the special opportunities a road trip offers you. Make stops, plan your trip to hit some of the major sites along the way. This not only will allow you to take advantage of your travel, but also help alleviate the boredom that can come from extremely long trips in a car. Don’t hesitate to be spontaneous as well. You will see billboards for any number of attractions as you drive through the country. Happen to be driving by a local museum? Check it out. Maybe you’ll be passing through Iowa during the state fair. Why not go?

 

Of course there are a bunch of little things you can do to make the trip easier as well. Games for the kids, extra batteries and charge cables for electronic devices, are obvious things to keep the kids from getting too restless in the back seat. But did you know that packing can have a drastic effect on your trip? Many people over pack for a vacation, and on a road trip this can be an even bigger problem as digging through many suitcases and bags to find that one item you need, or god forbid you have a problem on the road and have to remove twenty bags from the trunk to get your tools and spare. Keep your packing light. Most hotels have a laundry service that can keep a minimal set of clothes clean throughout the trip. Learn how to pack only the most basic items you need, and as few sets of clothes you can manage and you’ll make life much easier on the road. For more Tips and Tricks check out some of these other articles that are sure to make your trip a breeze.

http://www.travelchannel.com/interests/road-trips/articles/family-road-trip-travel-planner

http://www.instructables.com/id/Tips-and-tricks-for-a-perfect-road-trip/

Photography Day

In honor of Photography Day Americaware is showcasing several of our favorite photographs that are featured on the graphics of our popular 18oz Color Relief Mugs.

  • feautured on BOSTON COLOR RELIEF MUG
  • feautured on CALIFORNIA TALL RELIEF MUG
  • feautured on HAWAII COLOR RELIEF MUG
  • feautured on KAUAI COLOR RELIEF MUG
  • feautured on MAINE COLOR RELIEF MUG
  • feautured on MISSISSIPPI COLOR RELIEF MUG
  • feautured on NEW MEXICO COLOR RELIEF MUG
  • feautured on NEW YORK COLOR RELIEF MUG
  • feautured on OREGON COLOR RELIEF MUG
  • feautured on ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK COLOR RELIEF MUG
  • feautured on SAN FRANCISCO COLOR RELIEF MUG
  • feautured on TENNESSEE COLOR RELIEF MUG
  • feautured on ST. LOUIS COLOR RELIEF MUG
  • feautured on TEXAS COLOR RELIEF MUG
  • feautured on WISCONSIN COLOR RELIEF MUG

Father’s Day DIY Gift Idea

It comes every year, Father’s Day. We all love our Dad’s but if you are like me, you struggle to get a gift for Dad every year. If your Father is anything like mine, he never says he wants anything. So you end up having to guess, and of course you don’t want to be cliché right? You want to be creative and unique. Something that will really put a smirk on his face. Well how about a large coffee mug from Americaware? Okay yeah that sounds like a sales pitch, but hear me out. Our mugs feature great artwork from cities and states all over the country. What’s your Dad’s favorite place to visit? Where was he born? Not a travel fan? What kind of pet does he have? Our pet mugs come in over 28 different dog breeds and styles.

Our large coffee mugs offer more than a mug gift. Put travel shaving cream, razors, or small tools like an Allen Wrench set to create a little gift basket. Fill it with fancy coffee flavors, hot cocoa, teas, or other drink mixes. Customize these ideas for your Dad to give him a gift that really shines. As a special Father’s Day offer. We are offering FREE Fed Ex Ground Home Delivery for all orders over $30. This offer is only for 6/1 – 6/10. This is to help you get your gift in time. So get something for him, get something for you, and get it on time.

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Hairball Awareness

Tabby Cat

If you have cats, chances are you have dealt with some pretty nasty little surprises from your furry friend. April 28th is Nation Hairball Awareness Day and we thought it would be a disservice if we didn’t help our fellow cat owners out with some great tips on dealing with and prevent hairballs.

Some easy and common Home remedies include putting Tuna Fish Oil in your cat’s food to help lubricate their digestive tract. Or giving your cat a bath with Hair Conditioner, strengthening their coat will cause less shedding and thus the cat is less likely to swallow its own fur. See more of these easy tips here:

https://mom.me/pets/18017-12-surprising-home-cures-your-cats-hairballs/

If you aren’t comfortable with the home remedy solution, there are still a couple of tips you can get from Petrx.com that offers another approach to hairball prevention.

https://www.petcarerx.com/article/3-tricks-for-getting-rid-of-hairballs/878

Whatever remedies or preventions you choose for your kitty, surely both you and your cat will enjoy not having to deal with sticky, nasty hair balls.

And should the remedies above not work out, make sure you have a nice cup of coffee in the morning to help you deal with your wet hairy surprises.

Cats Rule Mug

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Hot Chocolate and Peeps

Kauai Mug and Hot Chocolate

As Easter approaches, the weather starts to warm and the time for snuggling up in a warm blanket with a wonderful mug of hot cocoa starts to fade. Well I don’t know about you, but I am not ready to pack in the marshmallows, or stuff the blanket into the cupboard for the next six months. I demand one last cozy evening, maybe around a fire, maybe play some Marvin Gaye, who knows?

Might as well go all out right? Now I may not sound like it, but I am something of a hot chocolate connoisseur. Unfortunately for me, I am also a horrible chef. So rather than coming up with my own hot chocolate recipes, I want to show you some of my favorites from around the internet.

With each of these recipes, make sure you get yourself a big enough Americaware mug so you have enough to savor, and put plenty of marshmallows in. Or Peeps! Peeps are amazing!

Bon Appétit Best Hot Chocolate:

Ingredients-

3 tbs. cocoa power (preferably Dutch-processed), plus more for serving

3 cups whole milk

6 oz. semisweet chocolate (preferably Scharffen Berger), finely chopped

3 tbs. demerara or granulated sugar

Lightly sweetened whipped cream (for serving)

Get directions here: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/bas-best-hot-chocolate

 

Martha Stewart’s Homemade Hot Chocolate:

Ingredients-

3 ½ cups sugar

2 ¼ cups cocoa

1 tbs. table salt

Whole milk for serving

Get directions here: http://www.marthastewart.com/353001/homemade-hot-chocolate

 

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Easter Gift Ideas

Easter Mug Baskets

Americaware Mugs make fantastic gift baskets, and what better way to show off gift basket  ideas than with a little Easter Mug basket. The Easter Mug Basket is an incredibly easy gift to put together. Simply take an Americware mug of choice, there are hundreds of options to choose from,  a favorite city, a favorite color, a favorite pet, take your pick, any mug will do. Gather up some tasty treats, chocolates, jelly beans, Peeps, iconic Easter themed candies in general will fill the mug and what you choose can vary depending on who is getting this nice little gift.

After laying out your candies, simply fill the mug with the delights but be careful to arrange them in such a way that each one grabs your eye. Like a bouquet of treats. Then take a sheet of clear wrap or colored cellophane and wrap up the whole package to keep it together. Top with a bow, or festive ribbon and you’re done.

Candy treats for Easter, in a Mug Basket that can be used for years on end. A great gift for the coffee lover in your life with a bit of a sweet tooth.