There’s a lot to love about copper mugs – they are timelessly stylish yet also undeniably practical. So we couldn’t be happier that they’ve made such a resounding comeback. Their popularity in the US is inextricably linked to the Moscow Mule. Legend has it that the cocktail served in a now iconic copper mug was dreamed up in 1941 by three businessmen trying to make their wares – vodka, ginger beer, and copper mugs – more appealing to Americans. It proved to be a winning combination, and the rest is history.
Thanks to the classic cocktail revival, Moscow Mules have reached a new peak of popularity, and with them those chic copper mugs . If you think this beverage workhorse is a one trick pony, think again. Since they retain both hot and cold so beautifully, copper mugs are the perfect vessel for all manner of drinks, all year long. Of course, their high thermal conductivity means you should practice caution when serving piping hot drinks in them. But if it’s cool enough to comfortably drink, then the copper mugs should be cool enough to handle.
So rather than letting your show-stopping copper mugs collect dust, break them out next time you are serving cocktails, both warm and cold. Here are five of our favorite cocktail recipes – beyond Moscow Mules – to serve in a copper mug.
It isn’t winter without a warm cocktail in hand, and this hot apple cider spiked with rum is sure you get you in the holiday spirit. Plus, the aromas of the mulling spices simmering with apple cider will make your home smell absolutely amazing.