Moscow Mule connoisseurs say they can taste the difference between the cocktail served in Moscow Mule mugs and one served out of a glass. Even if you are not at that level yet, drinking a Moscow Mule out of a copper mug is a different experience to drinking out of a glass tumbler.
For many people, copper mugs exist for decorations only and not to drink out of. There are a lot of scare stories and misinformed people on the Internet saying that copper will leech from the mug into the drink. The aim of this article is to prove that humans have been drinking out of copper vessels for centuries. If it tasted like licking a fistful of pennies, the tradition would have died a long time ago.
An Introduction to Copper
Copper is as old as the earth, and is present in many elements of this planet such as rocks, water and even food. Copper is a mineral that can be found in Kale (a super food), seafood, mushrooms, nuts, beans and dried fruit so we can confidently state that copper is an essential mineral and is thus important to the human body in small quantities.
Practitioners of Ayurvedic Medicine (a natural, holistic health and healing philosophy from India – much older than Western Medicine) believe that drinking from a copper mug has many health benefits. So start doing yoga poses and drinking from a copper mug and you’ll be looking younger and feeling better in no time.
Here’s a short science lesson: Copper is categorized as an oligodynamic material. In layman’s terms, this means that it’s capable of killing bacteria. That’s right, copper mugs have a sterilizing effect on your drink. The only time you would have problems drinking from a copper mug would be if you poured a hot drink into the cup and the heat caused the copper to leech.
Quick Cleaning Lesson
However, if you clean the Moscow Mule mugs immediately (and properly) and don’t pour hot beverages into them, copper mugs are 100% safe. You don’t get to misuse a copper mug and then say that it is dangerous. The problem is often the user not the tool.
As mentioned in other articles on this site, the recommended cleaning process for Copper Mugs is to clean them with warm water and a little soap immediately after using them. DO NOT let them sit overnight in the sink with remnants of last nights Moscow Mule sitting in the bottom.
It only takes 2 minutes and will help preserve your Copper mugs in the long-term. If you want extra peace of mind, buy a copper mug that is lined with stainless steel. The stainless steel provides an extra level of protection to stop the copper leeching
Consider this final truth: the plumbing in any modern home or office is made of copper. The water you drink and bathe with travels through those copper pipes (unless you consume bottled water exclusively). So you have been drinking out of copper for years. Now you can enjoy that Moscow Mule and not worry.