Frosty Mugs

Back in 2001, when we lived in Las Vegas, I ended up with a glass mug from A&W. Best known for their rootbeer, the fast food chain also sells hamburgers, hotdogs and a variety of slushy drinks involving their soda. I think it’s a primarily West Coast thing, because I don’t recall seeing any A&W stands in Kentucky (circa 1994) or Georgia (circa 1997) when we lived there.

Anywho…we have a glass mug from 2001. It’s the most favorite cup we have. We all scramble to wake up first to claim it for breakfast. At any given time during the day, you’ll find us jockeying for position to use it. The clear reason for this is that we store it in the freezer, and when we take it out of it’s nice cold home then we have a perfectly frosty mug. And when we have a perfectly frosty mug, then we have an ideal place to mix our chocolate milk. And pour our soda. The liquid freezes to the side of the mug and then creates a super frozen slush that serves to cool the drink without watering it down with ice. See how the chocolate milk has frozen not only on the inside, but also down the outside?

frosty mug, A&W rootbeer

For all these 6 years, we’ve been fighting over the mug. And then it dawned on me…why not get more?! Why not get more for Christmas? So when my Dad asked what hubby wanted for Christmas, I knew just what to say…enough mugs for all of us! I could already see them all huddled together in the freezer (the mugs, that is) waiting for their big chance to get all frosty and cold. And, best of all, no more in-house fighting over them!

frosty mug, A&W rootbeer

Just look at this beauty…when they’re in the freezer the glass is clear, but when we take them out they get all cloudy and frosty and perfect for any cold drink. All that for only $2.50 a mug! It’s one of the simple pleasures in life.

So how cold do they get? Cold enough to freeze the handle, like this…
A&W rootbeer, frosty mug

Which is why we have a special drawer full of dishtowels, ready to wrap around the handles to keep our hands from getting frostbitten.

A&W rootbeer, frosty mugs


Now excuse me while I go mix myself up some slushy chocolate milk.


5 Responses

  1. Hi! Just found you from Tiny Kingdom… loved your mistress post but had to comment on the A&W mugs! We have them too, in fact, my first job was as a car hop at the local A&W. That was about 20 years ago and the mugs are still going strong.

    Sadly, the A&W stand turned into a Christmas tree lot and the era ended. sigh….

  2. Mmmm….A&W Root Beer Floats.

    I live in Eastern Canada and we had A&W restaurants (sit down, waiters and waitresses) and drive-in’s (waiter/waitress brings the tray to your car window) when I was little. (circa 1975)

    We still have A&W, but you’ll only find them as a stand in the food court of a mall now. Sad but true.

    Trivia: What do the A and W stand for?

  3. A&W’s are all over the place. My boyfriend loves eating at the once near where he grew up when we go up for a visit. Ironically, he doesn’t like rootbeer, but he does love their burgers!

  4. Sandie…cool first job! Nice to know my mugs will be around for a while!

    Sheri…love the drive ins! I remember going to one in Palm Springs with my family (probably circa ’75 too!).

    Catherine…hopefully you like rootbeer and can drink his!

  5. Tiff have you heard of Slush Mugs??? Julie and I grew up with these – they have an inner cup with coolant in the walls – that you freeze – – then you plop them into an outer cup – with handle. Whatever you pour into it, freezes on the edges – you scrape it down, and repeat until you have a slushy. My favorite this time of year is apple cider slushy – mmmmm. Also good is root beer – and I think I may have done chocolate milk in them too.

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