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Drinking and driving is a serious issue. In the U.S. alone, more than 10,000 people are killed annually as a result of drunk driving. But one company hopes to curb that statistic. Arkay is a French beverage company that has a line of top-shelf, non-alcoholic liquors. These drinks let you enjoy the flavor of your favorite adult beverage, but without the potentially life-ending consequences that go along with them. It’s a smart solution to a staggering problem.

In the U.S., buyers can pick up Arkay at a few bars around the country, or an entire bottle online for $40. Soon, the company will launch a line of one-liter cocktails that retail for $15. With that in mind, we’ve partnered with Arkay to come up with our own line of automotive-themed, safe-for-driving cocktails. Our first – the “Three-Row Special” – was a riff on a Whisky Collins. The latest takes the classic Moscow Mule formula and flips it on its head.

The Michigan Mule

Arkay: Michigan Mule Cocktail
Arkay: Michigan Mule Cocktail

We call our latest Arkay cocktail “The Michigan Mule.” Like an Irish Mule, this drink swaps vodka for whisky instead – in this case, non-alcoholic Arkay honey whisky. It’s the perfect mocktail for muscle car enthusiasts looking to drive home responsibly after a night at their favorite Detroit dive bar. Here’s the recipe:

  • 2 Ounces Arkay Whisky
  • 6 Ounces Ginger Beer
  • Juice Of Half A Lime (About 1 Ounce)
  • Lime Slices
  • Mint Sprig (Optional Garnish)
  • Ice

For this mule, use a glass. Combine Arkay whisky over crushed ice with ginger beer, a pinch of lime juice, and mint.

Arkay: Michigan Mule Cocktail
Arkay: Michigan Mule Cocktail
Arkay: Michigan Mule Cocktail
Arkay: Michigan Mule Cocktail

Arkay was founded in France by Reynald Vito Grattagliano and his wife Sylvie, but the company also has a home in Laredo, Texas, and a bottling plant in Mexico. Each specialty liquor uses American-made glass bottles, and a patented technology called W.A.R.M., which is also produced here in the U.S. In its most basic sense, W.A.R.M. molecules are a derivative of capsaicin. This odorless molecule has the same atomic structure as alcohol, and without the added step of fermentation, provides the same flavor and kick as real alcohol sans the risk of inebriation.

This auto-themed "mocktail" is one of many we hope to create with Arkay.

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This article is sponsored by Arkay Beverages. and Arkay Beverages believe one life lost to drunk driving and the perils of alcohol addiction is one too many. If you're going to drink, drink responsibly, or just drink an Arkay instead.

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