Cozy up to Branded Drinkware

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From winter wonderlands to dreamy skyscapes, there’s a design background to welcome your customers’ brands into the holiday season—and every season thereafter. There are more than 100 SimpliColor® design backgrounds that can be applied to more than 50 products, including the ceramic mugs featured below.

*Distributor Tip: Researchers found drinkware to be the No. 3 top influential promotional product, according to a 2016 study.1

With an impressive imprint area, and seasonal and vertical market design backgrounds available, mugs make for an excellent promotional product to showcase a customer’s brand year around. In the meantime, here are two recipes to warm your favorite (branded!) mug this season.

Decadent Gingerbread Mocha 


  • 2 cups freshly brewed coffee
  • 2/3 cups milk of choice
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate chips
  • 1/8 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • Dash of salt
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon
  • Sugar to taste
  • Whipped cream


Pour the freshly brewed coffee into a warm saucepan to dissolve the unsweetened sugar, ginger, and cloves. Remove from heat and gradually stir in milk and heavy cream. Add chocolate chips and a dash of salt to your favorite (branded!) mug, and gently pour in the warm mocha to melt the chocolate. Top with whipped cream, a dash of cinnamon—and enjoy!

Makes 2 servings.

S’Mores Hot Cocoa 


  • 1 ½ cups milk of choice
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 ounces roughly chopped milk or dark chocolate
  • Dash of salt
  • 6 large marshmallows
  • 2 tablespoons crushed graham crackers


Starting with a cool saucepan, slowly warm milk and heavy cream. Whisk in sugar, cocoa powder, and chopped chocolate. Once all ingredients are incorporated, remove from heat. Add a dash of salt to your favorite (branded!) mug, and pour in the hot cocoa. Top with 2-3 large marshmallows and set the mugs of hot cocoa on a cookie sheet. Place the cookie sheet under a warm broiler for ~30 seconds until marshmallows turn light brown. Remove from oven and top with crushed graham crackers before enjoying.

Makes 2 servings.

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Ceramic mugs in 11 oz. (item #MUG) and 15 oz. (item #MUH) capacities.

Reference: 1. ASI Global Advertising Impressions Survey, 2016.

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