Moscow Mule enthusiasts insist that the only way to properly enjoy this delicious beverage is with a solid copper mug. Cocktail enthusiasts are protective of the standards and history of their drink. The original Moscow Mule, the Smirnoff Mule, was introduced in America during the 1940s and 1950s. The drink skyrocketed to popularity during the 1960s, and is again emerging as a popular drink among younger generations.
One of the most unique facets of the Moscow Mule is the copper mug it is traditionally served in. While partiers across the country will settle for any plastic cup or high-ball glass, they don’t realize what they are missing out on until they’ve tasted the drink in a copper mule mug. In this post you’ll learn everything you need to know about copper mugs, from the benefits of using one to the ease of care involved in owning your own set of Moscow Copper Co. mugs.
COPPER MUGS ARE SAFE
Some have questioned the safety of consuming beverages that sit in a copper mug. The fact of the matter is that copper poses no risk to your health. Copper exists naturally in the human body and is a necessary component in some of the enzymes processed in our body. Ancient civilizations stored water in copper containers to ingest some copper and maintain good health.
The copper mug you enjoy your next Moscow Mule in poses no serious risk to your health. The copper lining in the mug helps enhance the taste and aroma of the drink, while the thermal conductivity of the copper keeps your drink colder for longer periods of time.
BUY THE RIGHT SIZE
When you enjoy a Moscow Mule in a copper mule mug, you want to make sure you have the proper size to hold your drink without extra space. The traditional recipe for a mule has the following liquid ingredients:
– 1/4 oz lime juice (one lime wedge squeezed)
– 2 ounces vodka
– 4 to 6 ounces ginger beer
Now, a good Moscow Mule includes these ingredients in proper balance and is served over ice. Your solid copper mug should have enough space to accommodate the standard ingredients and ice to ensure you have a balanced cocktail true to the heritage of the Moscow Mule. Including ice, the typical mule needs 14 to 16 ounces of space in a copper mug. The ideal mug has a volume between 16 and 20 ounces.
Copper mule mugs might be specialty cups for your Moscow Mule, but that doesn’t mean they are a pain to clean. After you finish your cocktail, simply rinse the copper mug with warm, soapy water and dry it immediately. Your mugs will stay clean and last long if you put in 30 seconds to clean them after use. If you happen to find one in the garage that your good buddy Jimbo left there from the last party 3 weeks ago it may have that tarnished look in which case follow these very simple directions and it will be good as new in no time. First, make a mixture of lemon juice and salt (vinegar works also) and then use a toothbrush or a washcloth to rub out the tarnish. Rinse and repeat until shiny and new.
WHERE CAN YOU FIND COPPER MULE MUGS?
It’s not easy to walk into your local Target or Wal-Mart and find copper mugs in the glassware aisle. Prior to the resurgence of the Moscow Mule, copper mugs were not a big seller. Moscow Copper Co. is a great place to shop for solid copper mugs to impress guests and enjoy on your own with your next Moscow Mule. Moscow Copper Co. is also the only truly “original” Moscow mule copper mug so if you are the type of person that likes to experience things the way they were intended to be experienced, definitely go with a Moscow Copper Co. mule mug.