Copper mugs keep drinks cold? For sure! Picture this scene: It’s over 100 degrees outside and it’s been an unusually hot summer. The sweat is beading on your forehead and running down your spine in drops. What do you want in that moment more than anything? A cold drink?
Not just cold, but so cold the Eskimos would complain. A nice cup of something refreshing poured over a few ice cubes sounds. Sounds nice but what is the best vessel for this drink?
A: Copper Mugs
Any dish or a beverage is much more than the sum of its ingredients + its taste. Presentation is important as well. There are five human senses and the eyes are one of them. Drinking a Moscow Mule out of a copper mug is a different experience and they are not just for show, they are functional also.
The best chefs in the world use copper pots. Why? Copper is extremely efficient at transmitting heat. Rather than the heat being concentrated to the base of the pan (above the flame), a copper pan spreads the heat throughout which helps foods cook evenly i.e. no “hotspots”.
Ever burnt the bottom of a chicken breast and left the rest of the meat uncooked? This time you can blame your cooking utensils and not your skills in the kitchen. The same thing happens with cold and copper. The copper mug absorbs the cold from the drink, distributes it evenly across the surface of the mug and retains the cold for a long time, keeping the drink ice cold- even in the heat of summer.
There’s a psychological trick going on here as well. When you take a sip, your lips and hands will feel the cold from the copper and the drink will seem even colder. Here’s an added tip: If you want your Moscow Mule extra cold, chill the copper mugs first. All you need is to place them in the freezer for 30-45 minutes. Don’t exceed this time limit or your mugs will freeze.
Ice Ice Baby
Another benefit to copper mugs is that the ice cubes will not melt as quickly as they would in a regular cocktail glass. This means your drink will hold its shape and consistency longer and won’t get diluted.
You use less ice when making a Moscow Mule (no matter the variation!) in a copper mug – so you save money and trips to the store. Plus, you’ll be able to enjoy your drink longer.
If you want a break from downing Tequila shots at the weekend and want to slow down and enjoy your drink, you won’t have to worry about your drink warming up in a copper mug. Ever tasted a beer after it had been sitting for a couple of hours? Ugghhh. No need to worry about that with a Moscow Mule in a chilled copper mug.