The Moscow Mule is a refreshing vodka cocktail invented in the United States in the 1940s. As vodka is believed to be a Russian product, the drink was named Moscow Mule. Today, Moscow Mule is one of the most popular cocktails for summer parties or get-togethers with friends.
The classic version of a Moscow Mule cocktail consists of vodka, lime juice, and ginger beer, all mixed and served in a solid copper mug. Using only three ingredients, it’s really easy to make the cocktail at home. You can also add new ingredients to create a number of delicious and refreshing variations.
In recent years, the cocktail has been enjoying renewed popularity across America. A stylish traditional copper mug gives the drink its distinctive look and creates a unique drinking experience.
The Benefits of Copper Mugs
The Moscow Mule cocktail is supposed to be served in traditional copper mugs which have become an essential ingredient of a cocktail. The copper mugs look cool and add a certain charm making the drink attractive and easy to spot. Those pretty copper mugs can add a touch of elegance to your parties and always provides a good conversation topic.
A majority of today’s Moscow Mule mugs have Copper exterior and food-safe nickel or stainless steel lining inside. However, the Moscow mule mugs that are constructed of 100% pure copper are also available.
These shiny, cool copper mugs are so popular that many customers take the mugs with them once they finish the drink. In certain parts of the country, customers get copper mugs only when drinking at the bar. In some restaurants, the bar attendants hold the patrons’ ID to stop mug theft.
Serving the drink in copper mugs is essential for proper presentation. Like any other well-prepared drink, Moscow Mule also needs to be poured into the proper drinkware. The copper mugs are traditional and they do give a distinctive look, adding a bit of traditional style to the drink. You don’t have to drink your mules out of copper mugs, but the copper mug is an inescapable part of its tradition and drinking experience. It is also widely accepted that the cold of a copper mug enhances the taste and aroma of the famous cocktail. Another benefit of using copper mugs is that chilled Moscow Mule served in copper cups offers an exceptionally cool sensation.
Does a Copper Mug Keep Moscow Mule Cold?
The Moscow Mule cocktail is usually served ice cold in an elegant, shiny copper mug. Moscow Mule drinkers believe that the copper mug keeps the drink colder than a normal glass would. The truth is that a copper mug doesn’t really insulate your drink, but it does make it feel cooler in your hand. As an excellent heat/cold conductor, the copper transmits the cold to the hand and lips at an amazing rate, so you can feel and enjoy the coldness it provides.
Why are Copper Mugs Lined Inside?
There are two main reasons why the interior of copper mugs is lined with stainless steel or nickel.
1. Copper is a relatively soft material and will dent easily. Nickel is often used to line the inside of the copper cups to prevent corrosion and increase the strength and durability of the product.
2. The interior lining prevents copper from leaching into the liquid you are consuming. Acidic ingredients in a beverage and hot conditions can accelerate copper leakage. Taking too much additional copper in our system can cause stomach upset or more severe reactions. The interior lining separates the consumed beverage from the copper in the wall of the mug. So long as the interior lining is not compromised, you will not consume any copper.