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Copper Mugs - Worth it or not?

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 

I've grown a liking to Moscow Mules and tend to make them in an ordinary cup from time to time. 

Recently I've seen an onslaught of copper mugs being advertised and on display  at a variety of stores. 

 

  • Is it worth it to get a set of copper mugs?
  • What other drinks do you make in yours?
  • What "shape" is best for the biggest variety of usefulness? 

 

 

There is obviously a huge variety available. 

post #2 of 18

History of the copper mug.

 

That said, I have a few that we bought on sale on one of those flash sale websites. They are pretty, but not really necessary.

post #3 of 18
Thread Starter 

That was an interesting story. 

 

I was actually thinking that the copper tumbler would be easier for us to use because it would fit nicely in the cup holders of the hot tub and our drinks would likely stay colder in copper than in the plastic tumblers we currently use. 

 

Not sure if that would be considered incorrect by Moscow Mule aficionados :dunno

Then there is the Mint Julep requirement of a silver vessel. 

 

This whole - 'Correct vessel for the correct drink' could get expensive and complicated 

post #4 of 18

Well no one is surprised that @segbrown responded, since we all know she is an expert on all things copper. Would be interesting to hear what @tball has to say on the matter, too.

 

But here's my question, having manged to go through life ignorant of all this: Is the mug LINED with anything, or is it raw copper on the inside, too? If so, doesn't that create a problem with regard to reacting with the lime juice? Every cook knows that a good way to clean copper is with lemon juice and salt. (The reactivity of copper is presumably also behind the practice of whipping egg whites in [insert Julia Child voice here] an unlined copper bowl, though in that case it would seem, at least based on the visual evidence, to be a much more low-profile, low-impact thing, egg-whites being what they are.) I wouldn't think I'd want the by-products of that lime-copper reaction in my drink. Not being a chemist, though, I'm not actually sure what those by-products are, so maybe I'm worried about nothing. 

post #5 of 18
Thread Starter 

.....And if the story is accurate (which I will assume is true) then its a happenstance that the Vodka, Ginger Beer and Copper came together to make this delicious drink(with the lime juice of course).  Would that mean that the copper mug doesn't do anything to enhance the beverage, other than the appearance. 

 

....And does that mean that the silver cup that a Mint Julep is served in doesn't do anything to enhance the drink itself but may enhance the experience.

 

:dunno

post #6 of 18

http://gomoscowmule.com/solid-copper-mugs/

 

more info on lined vs unlined

 

Ours are lined, but I didn't really research it before buying.

post #7 of 18
Thread Starter 

Looks like lined is a good way to go due to the acidity of the lime.

 

Sidenote:  The first time I had a Moscow Mule was when we visited @noofus and @lovebug in Denver.  It was super cold outside but they recommended the MM because they knew I loved my ginger beer.  When I saw the mug coming to the table I was excited because I was sure it was a warm drink for such a cold night.  I was wrong!  Holy cow it was icy cold and it took me a few hours to warm up. 

 

I've grown to enjoy a Moscow Mule quite frequently but I don't tend to make one when I'm in the mood for something warming. 

post #8 of 18

I am a big proponent of the copper mug for the Moscow Mule.  I bought a set just for making these.  I have made the drink before and used a regular glass and it really didn't "feel" right.  The taste was the same, but the cold copper on the lips seems to make a textural difference.  

post #9 of 18

The added acidity of the lime juice isn't nearly high enough to affect the mug itself.  These are plain copper mugs, unlined with anything.  

post #10 of 18
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Well no one is surprised that @segbrown responded, since we all know she is an expert on all things copper. Would be interesting to hear what @tball has to say on the matter, too.

 

Here's the extent of my knowledge of copper, mugs and lime juice:

 

 

That Hornitos marg at Casa Sanchez is fantastic, huge and potent.  :D  It's nice to have a restaurant we really enjoy at Copper.  We've been at least ten times since it opened a year ago.  I love their Carnitas.

post #11 of 18
Whatever you decide, make sure the mug/tumbler/cup exceeds the stringent "small drink advisory" standards for Chez Ziggy.
post #12 of 18
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That Hornitos marg at Casa Sanchez is fantastic, huge and potent.  :D  It's nice to have a restaurant we really enjoy at Copper.  We've been at least ten times since it opened a year ago.  I love their Carnitas.

Those carnitas! They served them on a platter yesterday, not a plate. I never saw so much food. Do they always do that?  They are very good, though.

post #13 of 18
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Whatever you decide, make sure the mug/tumbler/cup exceeds the stringent "small drink advisory" standards for Chez Ziggy.


That is a must.  

I wonder if @noofus would be okay drinking a MM from a copper tumbler instead of a copper mug at Chez Ziggy

 

We'll have to try the Carnitas when we visit Copper in February. 

post #14 of 18
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We'll have to try the Carnitas when we visit Copper in February. 

True dat.
post #15 of 18
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That is a must.  

I wonder if @noofus would be okay drinking a MM from a copper tumbler instead of a copper mug at Chez Ziggy

 

We'll have to try the Carnitas when we visit Copper in February. 

 

IMO it is the copper that is important, not necessarily if the vessel has a handle or not.  Therefore tumblers work.  Although, during Small Drink Advisory there isn't anything wrong with your standard hot-tub-approved vessels :)

post #16 of 18
So far it seems the discussion has been about all season copper mugs. It is negligent in fact reckless to try and handle alcohol in the winter in all season mugs.

I for one do not want to drink near those whose alcohol handling and consumption rate are compromised because they are unwilling to change out their mugs. Please…
post #17 of 18
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That Hornitos marg at Casa Sanchez is fantastic, huge and potent.  :D  It's nice to have a restaurant we really enjoy at Copper.  We've been at least ten times since it opened a year ago.  I love their Carnitas.

Those carnitas! They served them on a platter yesterday, not a plate. I never saw so much food. Do they always do that?  They are very good, though.

 

Yep, they have huge portions!  We try to go on our first night, then we have leftovers for lunch the next day.    Carnitas with eggs for breakfast is yummy too.   For a little variety I switch up between the carnitas platter and burrito :rolleyes 

 

Edit: my wife loves the fajitas, and the kids meals are good too.   

post #18 of 18

Hey Trekchick

 

- Yes, it's worth it to get a set of copper mugs. If properly taken care of (I've had one of mine for 4 years), they keep beautifully and pay for themselves quickly.

- I make all sorts of cocktails in mine - vodka soda with lime, dark and stormy, baileys and iced coffee, etc. Just not hot drinks (there are certain mugs that hot drinks can be made in)

- My favorite shape is the barrel shaped, mostly for aesthetics. However the most versatile one is standard shape, maybe 14-16 oz. I like the hammered style. I also have mint julep copper mugs that are awesome because they don't have a handle and are bigger. 

 

Someone mentioned the lime reacting with the copper... the company I have bought from coats theirs in a lacquer that protects from that and it helps keep the copper nice over time. The company is Alchemade.com (I think they are on Amazon, too, if you have Prime) - they have a good variety. Pure copper mugs, and lined mugs (stainless steel, nickel, etc). Hope that helps. 

 

-Elle

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