One of the reasons copper mugs became the vessel de-riguer of the mule-drinking set – besides the trials and tribulations of Sophie Berezinski – was because of its thermodynamic capabilities.
In fact, in ancient times it was said that cultures would pour hot tea into their mugs the night before putting out the fire for the night, only to awake to a still-hot beverage. Namely, copper has an excellent ability to keep whatever you put into it at a consistent temperature whether that’s hot or cold.
Another appeal of a solid copper mug is its insulative properly, being able to the maintain the temperature of the liquid without shedding too much to the outer material, making it comfortable to hold in your hands for long periods of time as you enjoy your beverage. It’s features like this that have made it as much a favorite out the outdoorsmans – durable, thermodynamic, stylish – as they have in the hand’s of the poshest bartender and cocktail aficionado.
Though the copper mug may have laid claim to that crown in terms of cold drinks – specifically the Moscow Mule – there are plenty of other options when you’re looking to show off that beautiful handmade: copper drinkware this holiday season:
Original Irish Coffee:
Pour piping hot coffee into warmed glass until it is about 3/4 full. Add the brown sugar and stir until completely dissolved. Blend in Irish whiskey. Top with a collar of the whipped heavy cream by pouring gently over back of spoon.
Combine 1oz of Bourbon with 1tbsp of honey and 2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice. Pour1/4 cup of boiling water overtop as your stif. Garnish with cinnamon stick.
Hot Honey Lemon With Vodka:
This recipe works great because you can prep it as a ‘mix’ well in advance. Simply add ½ cup of honey to a saucepan and combine with 4 cups water, the zesy and juice of one lemon, and a few cinnamon sticks to taste. Let ingredients combine then rest. When ready to consume, pour the desired amount of vodka and top it off with hot, honey-lemon goodness.
Combine fresh apple cider with cinnamon sticks, allspice, cloves, and orange slices in a pot and heat until warm and aromatic. Make sure to strain the mixture before serving, and if you want a boozy kick give your guests choice of bourbon, brand, or spiced rum.
So, for those of you that were ready to pack up your Copper Mugs and longlingly wait to enjoy that first summertime mule, why not give a few of these winter recipe’s a try? Not only are they delicious, but they pair perfectly with copper for an all out festive feel that sure to impress your guests.
Disclaimer: Please make sure your drinks are warm and not boiling hot when drinking. You do not want to burn yourself!