Looking for a unique drink and a unique way to drink it? Then the Moscow Mule is definitely for you!
The Moscow Mule has been around since the 40s. It then took off in a big way in the 50s and quickly made vodka much more popular. And since then, people have been enjoying the drink consistently. Right now though, it’s enjoying another surge in popularity as people are waking up once again to not only how tasty the drink is but also how unique it is and how exciting the copper mugs are that you can enjoy them out of!
So you might be thinking of getting yourself a Moscow Mule mug so that you can enjoy this tipple from home. Maybe you want to give it to someone as a gift? Or maybe you’re looking for a way to make the bar you own more interesting and unique?
Either way, getting yourself a copper mug and offering this unique and exciting drink is a great option and a great way to keep people talking and coming back. It’s not really a Moscow Mule unless the mug is involved!
Here we are going to look at one particular type of Moscow Mule mug – the hammered variety. What does this mean? Is it a good thing? And should you get it?
What Does Hammered Mean?
When you get a ‘hammered’ Moscow Mule mug, it means that the mug will appear slightly dimpled, uneven and riveted. The effect makes it look as though the mug hasn’t been made by a machine but rather forged by hand with a hammer and beaten into shape. This also causes the surface to refract light interestingly in different directions and overall the effect is quite rustic, old-fashioned and unique.
Often a hammered copper mug will also be made from solid copper, that means that it won’t be an alloy or a mug with a copper plating. This means the mug should last a little longer under stress without starting to tarnish or without the attractive copper flaking away to reveal an ugly metal underneath!
Choosing a copper mug that’s hammered means that it will feel a lot more old-fashioned almost like a chalice you might drink mead out of! Hammered copper mugs are also often barrel shaped which is also appealing for many people.
But on the downside, it’s useful to remember that the original Moscow Mule mugs were not hammered. These mugs were simply straight cylinders with an indentation reading ‘Moscow’ on the front. If you buy your mug from Moscow Copper Company (the most authentic manufacturers of these mugs) then they will be straight by default.
But then again, you can also buy hammered mugs from their site – so this is still an option if you’re really set on getting a hammered mug! Otherwise, you can also get a very nice hammered mug from Sertodo Copper.
How to Choose Your Mugs
When choosing your Moscow Mule mugs, deciding whether you want them to be hammered in appearance or not is only one of the decisions you will have to make. At the same time, you also need to decide the shape you want – do you want a barrel shape? A cone shape? Or a straight mug like the original?
More important still is the quality of the copper. Ask yourself what sheet thickness you’re looking for and whether or not you are happy to sacrifice the quality of the mug somewhat in order to get something that will be a little cheaper.
You’ll also notice that some copper mugs mention that they are ‘solid copper’. This means that copper is the only thing used in the construction of the mug and that in turn sounds like it will be better quality. That said though, often the reason a copper mug isn’t ‘solid’ is that it uses an alloy that is actually more resilient and less inclined to tarnish. Likewise, if you drink from a solid copper mug then you might find that you actually end up consuming tiny amounts of copper. This isn’t unhealthy or unsafe in reality as you’d have to consume huge amounts of the heavy metal in order for it to be dangerous. This is one consideration when buying from a lesser known company. But if the mug has a safe lining or if the mug is from a very well-reputed company, then you can largely presume these dangers to be mitigated and drink safely without worrying that you might be damaging your health!
An example of this is when choosing brands of hammered copper mugs. If you choose Sertodo then the mugs will be of a very high quality as is also the case if you go direct to the Moscow Copper Company. When you choose Old Dutch however you can still get the hammered look (and barrel shape) without it being solid copper. Instead a special lacquer is added which means they will still be safe!
How to Maintain and Clean Your Hammered Copper Mugs
So you chose a hammered copper mug – great work! Now the next question is how you’re going to keep those mugs looking their very best and avoid tarnishing and other issues…
It’s important to make sure that you don’t put your mug in the dishwasher which can cause scratches. Also important is to make sure that your mug isn’t washed with regular detergent. Instead, take a lemon and some salt and use this to polish the interior of the mug and leave it looking sparkling and new!
Another tip is to keep your mugs somewhere dry where they will avoid moisture. Otherwise, your copper can end up tarnishing and this can really ruin the look of an otherwise beautiful mug.