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Buyer Beware When It Comes To Custom Promotional Products

When looking to source custom promotional products, most savvy buyers look to the internet as their yellow pages of suppliers. Not only is it a more efficient use of their time, it also opens up the search to custom manufacturers from all around the world. It offers them a chance to immediately source goods and items from the global marketplace without traveling to the factory or speaking the language. This convenience has offered a tremendous savings in buyers’ valuable time and has increased their productivity exponentially.

There is only one caveat: buyer beware. Most factories overseas don’t have a website or even a sales force. They rely on trading companies or global sourcing websites to promote their manufacturing capabilities. Many of these trading companies are no more than a broker operating out of an offshore office and fielding requests via email. Quality control is difficult to manage and payment needs to be made before the merchandise ships from the factory. The CEO of one of the leading websites recently stepped down as a result of fraudulent accusations against his company:

For this reason, it is extraordinarily important that you work with seasoned professionals. RP & Associates has been designing and sourcing custom promotional items and goods for over 20 years from our corporate office in Hermosa Beach, CA. We have direct relationships with the actual factories, and have boots on the ground to inspect shipments before they leave the port. In short, you feel secure and can trust that your business is in good hands. Our global sourcing company has a USA office and knowledgeable staff that will stand behind every one of the promotional products we produce. Additionally, we are available to speak with our clients at every step of the process.

How to Make a Kentucky Mule

classic mug

The Moscow Mule is all the rage right now, but have you heard of its equally-refreshing cousin, the Kentucky Mule?

Rather than using vodka or gin like you would for a Moscow Mule, the Kentucky Mule goes to the dark side with bourbon. Best of all, you don’t even have to surrender you copper mug to give it a try!

How to Make a Kentucky Mule



  1. Add 2oz bourbon and ½ oz lime juice to mug
  2. Fill the mug with ice
  3. Fill with ginger beer
  4. Garnish with mint sprigs

To see a preparation video, click here!

5 Promotional Products

Spring is officially here, and Summer is just around the corner! When considering which promotional products to go with for the beach and pool season, you want to look for products that are practical, unique, and fun. Here are our top 5 picks for great promotional items this Spring and Summer (in no particular order):

1. Party Ball

The Party Ball is perfect for pools, resorts, casinos, golf courses, and any brands looking for a unique product that customers love. It's a self-contained and covered drinking cup with straw included.

  • Capacity: 24oz
  • Material: Plastic
  • Net Price: As low as $0.99 with 1-color logo


2. Moscow Mule Mugs

We've said it many times before, and we'll say it again, Copper Moscow Mule Mugs are arguably the hottest item for this Summer. We have 5 styles stocked domestically, with the fastest turnaround time in the industry.

  • Capacity: 14-16oz
  • Material: Stainless steel (copper coated), or aluminum (copper coated)
  • Net Price: As low as $3 with 1-color logo


3. Plastic Mason Jar

Made with our crystal clear plastic, these jars look almost identical to glass, but without the danger of them breaking. Comes with a lid and straw!

  • Capacity: 16oz
  • Material: Plastic
  • Net Price: As low as $0.99 with 1-color logo


4. Double Wall Acrylic Tumblers

These tumblers have an inner and outer wall that helps keep drinks cold and eliminate sweating. They also come with a lid and straw.

  • Capacity: 16oz
  • Material: Plastic (acrylic)
  • Net Price: As low as $1.99


5. Keep Cold Cup

Our Keep Cold Cup is a new staple for drinking on a hot day. It houses a compartment built up into the body of the cup that allows for ice to be inserted and kept separate from the beverage. Ice is placed into the bottom of the chamber and secured by a twist-on bottom so your drink stays cold and doesn’t water down.

  • Capacity: 21oz
  • Material: Plastic (acrylic)
  • Net Price: As low as $1.99

Drinkware/Container Terms

Term Definition
Beer Mug The traditional beer container. Typical Size: 16 oz.
Brandy Snifter The shape of this glass concentrates the alcoholic odors to the top of the glass as your hands warm the brandy. Typical Size: 17.5 oz.
Champagne Flute This tulip shaped glass is designed to show off the waltzing bubbles of the wine as they brush against the side of the glass and spread out into a sparkling mousse. Typical Size: 6 oz.
Cocktail Glass This glass has a triangle-bowl design with a long stem, and is used for a wide range of straight-up (without ice) cocktails, including martinis, manhattans, metropolitans, and gimlets. Also known as a martini glass. Typical Size: 4-12 oz.
Coffee Mug The traditional mug used for hot coffee. Typical Size: 12-16 oz.
Collins Glass Shaped similarly to a highball glass, only taller, the collins glass was originally used for the line of collins gin drinks, and is now also commonly used for soft drinks, alcoholic juice, and tropical/exotic juices such as Mai Tai's. Typical Size: 14 oz.
Cordial Glass Small and stemmed glasses used for serving small portions of your favourite liquors at times such as after a meal. Typical Size: 2 oz.
Highball Glass A straight-sided glass, often an elegant way to serve many types of mixed drinks, like those served on the rocks, shots, and mixer combined liquor drinks (ie. gin and tonic). Typical Size: 8-12 oz
Hurricane Glass A tall, elegantly cut glass named after it's hurricane-lamp-like shape, used for exotic/tropical drinks. Typical Size: 15 oz.
Margarita / Coupette Glass This slightly larger and rounded approach to a cocktail glass has a broad-rim for holding salt, ideal for margarita's. It is also used in daiquiris and other fruit drinks. Typical Size: 12 oz.
Mason Jar These large square containers are effective in keeping their contents sealed in an air tight environment. They're designed for home canning, being used for preserves and jam amongst other things. Typical Size: 16 oz.
Old-Fashioned Glass / Rocks Glass A short, round so called "rocks" glass, suitable for cocktails or liquor served on the rocks, or "with a splash". Typical Size: 8-10 oz.
Parfait Glass This glass has a similar inwards curve to that of a hurricane glass, with a steeper outwards rim and larger, rounded bowl. Often used for drinks containing fruit or ice cream. Typical Size: 12 oz.
Pousse-Cafe Glass A narrow glass essentially used for pousse caf�s and other layered dessert drinks. It's shape increases the ease of layering ingredients.
Typical Size: 6 oz.
Punch Bowl A large demispherical bowl suitable for punches or large mixes. Typical Size: 1-5 gal.
Red Wine Glass

A clear, thin, stemmed glass with a round bowl tapering inward at the rim. Typical Size: 8 oz.

Sherry Glass

The preferred glass for aperitifs, ports, and sherry. The copita, with it's aroma enhancing narrow taper, is a type of sherry glass. Typical Size: 2 oz.

Shot Glass

A small glass suitable for vodka, whiskey and other liquors. Many "shot" mixed drinks also call for shot glasses. Typical Size: 1.5 oz.

Whiskey Sour Glass

Also known as a delmonico glass, this is a stemmed, wide opening glass, alike to a small version of a champagne flute. Typical Size: 5 oz.

White Wine Glass

A clear, thin, stemmed glass with an elongated oval bowl tapering inward at the rim. Typical Size: 12.5 oz.

Bartending Terms

Term Definition
Box Pour into and out of a shaker, usually only once. Gives the drink a quick mixing without shaking.
Call Drink A liquor and mixer, of which the liquor is a defined brand. (ie. Tanqueray and Tonic, Bacardi and Coke)
Cobbler A tall drink of any liquor served in a collins or highball glass with shaved or crushed ice and garnished with fresh fruit and mint sprigs.
Chaser A mixer that is consumed immediately after a straight shot of liquor to create a different taste.
Cocktail Any of various alcoholic beverages consisting usually of brandy, whiskey, vodka, or gin combined with fruit juices or other liquors and often served chilled.
Collins A drink akin to a sour which is served in a tall glass with soda water or seltzer water.
Cooler A drink consisting of ginger ale, soda water, and a fresh spiral or twist of citrus fruit rind, served in a collins or highball glass.
Crusta A sour-type drink served in a glass that is completely lined with an orange or lemon peel cut in a continuous strip.
Cup A punch-type drink that made up in quantities of cups or glasses in preference to a punch bowl.
Daisy An oversize drink of the sour type, normally made with rum or gin. It is served over crushed ice with a straw, and sweetened with a fruit syrup.
Eggnog A traditional holiday drink containing a combination of eggs beaten with cream or milk, sugar, and a liquor such as brandy, rum, or bourbon.
Fix A sour-type drink similar to the daisy, made with crushed ice in a large goblet.
Fizz An effervescent beverage. (ie. that which is carbonated or which emits small bubbles.)
Flip A chilled, creamy drink made of eggs, sugar, and a wine or spirit. Brandy and sherry flips are two of the better known kinds.
Frappé A partially frozen, often fruity drink. It is usually a mixture of ingredients served over a mound of crushed ice.
Grog A rum-based beverage with water, fruit juice and sugar, commonly served in a large mug.
Highball Any spirit served with ice and soda water in a medium to tall glass (often a highball glass).
Julep A drink made of bourbon, mint, sugar and crushed ice.
Lowball A short drink made of spirits served with ice, water or soda in a small glass.
Mist A liquor served over a glass filled with crushed ice, often a way of serving liqueur as an after dinner drink.
Mulls A sweetened and spiced heated liquor, wine or beer, served as a hot punch.
Neat The consumption of a spirit as a straight, unaccompanied shot.
Negus A punch-like combination containing a wine, such as port, heated with spices and sweetened.
Nip A quarter of a bottle.
Nightcap A wine or liquor taken before bedtime.
On The Rocks A wine or liquor poured over ice cubes.
Pick Me Up A drink designed to relieve the effects of overindulgence in alcohol.
Posset An old british drink from which the eggnog was derived. It consists of a mixture of heated ale or wine curdled with milk, eggs, and spices.
Puff A traditional afternoon drink made of equal parts spirit and milk, topped with club soda and served over ice.
Punch A party-size beverage consisting of fruit, fruit juices, flavorings and sweeteners, soft drinks, and a wine or liquor base.
Rickey A drink made a liquor, usually gin, a half lime and soda water. It is sometimes sweetened, and often served with ice in a rickey glass.
Sangaree A tall chilled and sweetened wine/liquor garnished with nutmeg.
Shooter A straight shot of whiskey or other kind of spirit taken neat.
Shrub Spirits, fruit juices, and sugar, aged in a sealed container such as a cask or crock, then usually bottled.
Sling A tall drink made with either brandy, whiskey or gin, with lemon juice, sugar and soda water. It is served both hot and cold.
Smash A short julep made of liquor, sugar, and mint, served in a small glass.
Sour A short drink consisting of liquor, lemon/lime juice and sugar.
Supercall Also known as top shelf or super premium. The high octane, often higher proof alcohols, or super-aged or flavored versions.
Swizzle A tall, traditionally rum-based cocktail filled with cracked ice. A stirring rod or swizzle stick is quickly rotated between the palm of the hands to form frost on the glass.
Syllabub A beverage made from a mixture of sweetened milk/cream, wine and spices.
Toddy A sweetened drink of liquor and hot water, often with spices and served in a tall glass.
Tot A small amount of liquor.
Virgin A non-alcoholic drink.
Well Drink A liquor and mixer, of which neither are defined brands. (ie. Gin and Tonic, Rum and Coke)


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