Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Moscow Muled Mugs

The gorgeous copper mugs that are often used for Moscow mules have always caught my eye.  It wasn't until I tried using one for the first time that I realized how functional they are, in addition to being beautiful.

They keep drinks so cold!

Moscow Muled is a company started by a couple who are based out of Vancouver.  They sell these handmade copper mugs, which are perfect for the traditional Moscow mule drink, or any other cold or hot beverage.  Some beverages are best served ice cold, and these mugs become frosty, and hold the cool temperature for so long, that you can slowly sip and savour your beverage.  They are also much larger than I expected, holding 16 ounces of liquid!

We created two sassy mocktails to try in these copper mugs.  They are mocktails that definitely mimic cocktails, and they are not for the faint of heart.  They have some bite!

Rhubarb Lemonade

1/4 cup sugar
1 cup chopped rhubarb
1 cup water
approx. 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
approx. 1 can tonic water

Rhubarb simple syrup: Put the sugar and rhubarb in a small saucepan, and top with 1 cup water.  Boil.  Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes without stirring.  Remove from heat and let sit for 15 minutes.  Strain (without pressing the solids) and reserve the simple syrup liquid.  Discard the rhubarb solids.  Cool.

To make the rhubarb lemonade, mix together into two copper mugs:

ice cubes
1 part fresh squeezed lemon juice
3 parts rhubarb simple syrup
6 parts tonic

Garnish with a sugar-dipped piece of rhubarb (optional).

Watermelon Rosemary Lemonade

3 T sugar
1 cup water
1 sprig rosemary
4 cups chopped watermelon
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

Rosemary simple syrup: Bring the sugar and water to a boil.  Turn down a bit, and boil 90 seconds - watch!  Remove from heat and add the rosemary sprig.  Let sit for 30 minutes, then remove the rosemary sprig.

Watermelon lemonade: While the simple syrup is sitting, blend the watermelon and lemon juice in a blender.  Pour some of the mixture into an ice cube tray (if desired), and freeze.  Keep the rest in the fridge until ready to use.  Divide the simple syrup mixture, ice cubes, and watermelon mixture between two copper mugs and stir.  Garnish with more rosemary and lemon slices if desired.

These copper mugs come in one size and style which makes it really easy to decide what to buy from their website.  The mugs are handmade of 100% pure high-grade, food-safe copper, with a high-grade nickel lining on the inside, which is very important to ensure that the acidity from certain drinks doesn't cause a leach of copper, which could be unsafe to consume.  Not all manufacturers of copper mugs put this nickel lining inside, so it's important to look for this, and buy a high-quality mug.

Each mug is unique, since they are hammered by hand, and may have imperfections which add to their character and aesthetic.  The handles of the mugs are all welded on to ensure that they remain leak-free.

The copper mugs are easy to clean (soap, warm water, soft cloth), and will naturally patina over time, however if you prefer a shinier mug, there are instructions on the website to easily restore the shininess to the mug.

Moscow Muled ships worldwide, and the mugs are a very reasonable price!  They would be a beautful addition to a cocktail party, dinner party, cozy evening around a fireplace, or a backyard campfire.  The possibilities for these copper mugs is endless, and we look forward to making many more tasty beverages in them in the future.

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Have you had a Moscow mule?  
Have you tried a drink in a copper mug?

Full disclosure:  These mugs were provided to me free of charge.  All opinions are my own.

1 comment:

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I’ve never had a Moscow mule. I haven’t tried one because I am not a big fan of ginger ale so I don’t think I would like ginger beer. But I would drink either of the cocktails you came up with. Especially the rhubarb lemonade. I love rhubarb drinks! My mom makes rhubarb slush every summer and it’s my favorite summer drinks!

Those mugs are so pretty! I love that they are hand made!!