10 Reasons Why Original Copper Cups Make Moscow Mules Better

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It doesn’t make sense to quaff a great drink from a glass that does not have enough character to go with the drink. That would amount to a demotion of the drink in question. The Moscow Mule is one drink that comes with class and strength of character so it makes sense to enjoy this drink with original copper cups. Below are some reasons your Moscow Mule tastes much better when you drink from them.

1. Temperature

A cold drink on a hot day is a most refreshing experience. Take a cold Moscow Mule on a hot summer day and you will experience pure heaven. The advantage of enjoying this drink from your copper cup is that it is configured to keep your drinks as cold you want. First, the metal takes on the icy temperature of your drink so your drink remains almost ice-cold. In addition, copper cups effectively insulate the cold temperature of your Moscow Mule and leaves the drink very cold. Again, the handle of the mug keeps your warm hands away from the body of the copper cup so there is no chance that your hands will make the drink lose its chilled quality.

2. Taste

Take a look at the ingredients of the Moscow Mule and you will understand why the copper cup is the natural choice for this cocktail. The Moscow Mule contains lime juice, vodka, carbonated ginger beer and ice. Now, there is only one way to get the best out these individual flavors and that is to use a copper cup. The copper walls of the cup boost the aroma of the vodka and the lime juice in the drink is brought to life by the cold copper cup. This heightens the tangy taste of the lime juice and reduces acidity. It also compliments the spicy ginger beer and gives you an excellent all-round flavor. Serve your Moscow Mule in a glass or paper container and you will miss all the goodies you get from copper cups.

3. Style

If you love your Moscow mule, it is safe to assume that you’re a man or woman of style. You want to enjoy a distinctive drink so it makes sense to use a distinctive cup to complete the image of style and panache. Using a glass or paper container for the Moscow Mule will amount to disrespecting this special drink and this is not what you have in mind.

4. Character

The Moscow Mule comes complete with a character of its own. It is not just a drink; it is a complex and enjoyable scientific mixture. It therefore follows that this special drink should be served with a cup that befits its special status. It is okay to serve beer in a glass. For soft drinks and juices, even a paper cup will do. For the Moscow Mule, nothing but the copper cup will do and you can enjoy serving variations of this Moscow Mule in this special cup. One of my favorites is The Blackberry Mule made with blackberry liquer aka Creme de Mure. See the recipe below:

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  • 1 lime wedge
  • 1.5 oz vodka (Smirnoff to be authentic)
  • .5 oz Creme de Mure
  • 4-6 oz ginger beer (Cock’n’Bull to be authentic)
  • 2 blackberries (for garnish)
  • 1 solid copper mug w/ice


  1. Squeeze the lime into the copper mug
  2. Fill mug with ice and pour 1.5 oz vodka over ice
  3. Pour 4-6 oz ginger beer over ice
  4. Pour .5 oz Creme de Mure over ice
  5. Stir and Enjoy!

For garnish, add a lime wedge and two blackerries.

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5. History

If you enjoy your Moscow Mule, it is safe to assume that you know some of the history behind the drink. This drink goes back to the early 1940s and the tradition is that you serve the Moscow Mule in copper cups. You don’t want to break this tradition so stick with this special cup.

6. Choice

It’s not for nothing that the copper cup is associated with the Moscow Mule. Take a walk down the lanes of history and you will discover that copper has been used for many years as a drinking vessel. Many years ago, the Irish used a copper goblet called an “escara”. The Yogis of India and the American colonials also drank from copper cups. These people made the right choice because they understood the benefits of drinking from copper cups. Join them and belong to this special group of enlightened people.

7. Image

In the drinking world, image is everything. People who drink the Moscow Mule are in a special class and they project a positive image. Use copper cups to complete this image and you will be doing the right thing.

8. Sentiment

Sometimes, the sentiment associated with a particular product endures for many years. This is true about the Moscow Mule and copper cups. The copper cup as the vessel of choice has come to stay. This is the popular sentiment so you have no reason to experiment with other cups.

9. Bonding

If you love the Moscow Mule, you belong to a special class of people. Just take a look at this scenario. You are hosting a few friends and everybody is drinking the Moscow Mule from copper cups. You are enjoying the same drink from the same vessel. Now, this is what bonding is all about and this is what you get with copper cups.

10. Satisfaction

The copper cup is special but you probably know this already. This cup is tailor-made for the Moscow Mule. Use it and your satisfaction is guaranteed.

I purchase all my copper mugs from this company on Amazon because they sell authentic ones with no inner linings. The cup can also be custom engraved and will make the perfect entertaining gift to give to friends or family members.


  1. And there it is, yet another thing I never knew I wanted! I love copper kitchenware – pots, pans, utensils, etc. but I had never even thought of copper cups. And your pictures with the condensation on them just make them look like they make the drinks they contain even more refreshing somehow.

    Onto the Christmas list it goes…

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