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The Moscow Mule is a classic cocktail that just requires vodka, ginger beer and lime juice. There's also another key ingredient to the drink: a decent copper mug. Copper helps take on the temperature of the drink, keeping your Moscow Mules cold through hot summer days. The traditional mug is 100 percent copper, with a round bowl and hammered finish, but a few brands have updated the mug with more modern looks and untraditional finishes. Here are the best Moscow Mule mugs for all of your drinking needs.
Best Overall: Cocktail Kingdom Moscow Mule Mug
“I like Cocktail Kingdom's Mule mugs because they are coated with a food-safe finish that prevents direct copper contact and prolongs the aesthetic life of the mug,” says Nick Touch, a bartender at Denver’s The Family Jones.
Each of the brand’s mugs is made with 100 percent copper and is engraved with a cheeky donkey logo, which is a reproduction of the original 1946 Moscow Mule mug. “In general, Cocktail Kingdom is an all-around great source for all your home barware needs,” says Touch.
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When making a Moscow Mule, Touch has a few pointers: "If you want to get crafty with it, try adding a strawberry puree or syrup to the mix, or brighten it up with some fresh herbs such as mint or basil.”
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Best Solid Copper: Sertodo Moscow Mule Mug Set
Each of Sertodo's mugs is carefully crafted by a team of artisans (led by founder Jonathan Beall) at the brand’s workshops in Austin or Michoacán, Mexico. They are made from 100 percent pure copper and can hold 18 ounces of liquid. Even more, the handles are carefully welded on for maximum durability. Pick from either one mug, two mugs or a set of four.
This particular option skips the rounded shape and hammered finish of a traditional Moscow Mule mug in favor of a more rustic, tilted style. To skip any flavors copper can impart, the mugs are finished without the added chemicals of lining or lacquers.
Best Budget: Charlton Home Moscow Mule Mug
This set of four mugs is a great entry-level pick that won’t break the bank. With a more contemporary look than other options, these two-tone mugs are made with 100 percent copper and have a stylish gold handle. They measure 3.5 inches in diameter, are 3.75 inches tall, and can hold 18 ounces of liquid.
The company also includes a Moscow Mule recipe guide with this set for at-home happy hours. Note that these mugs are hand wash only.
Best Small: Gold Armour Moscow Mule Copper Mugs
This Moscow Mule mug set has everything you need for a party: four small mugs, a copper jigger and four copper straws. Everything included is also constructed of 100 percent pure, 22-gauge copper, with no fillers or stainless steel linings. As each mug is made by a master craftsman, the hammering pattern will differ with every product for a unique touch.
The mugs are finished with a tarnish-resistant, food-grade polish. Plus, this set works well for batching cocktails—with slightly smaller mugs, crafting drinks in a batch will help save time when preparing cocktails.
Best Personalized: Godinger Monogram Moscow Mule Mug
Add a touch of character to your home bar with monogrammed Moscow Mule mugs. These stylish and durable mugs feature a double-walled design to further keep hand heat away from your drink and retain frostiness. Each mug can hold up to 20 ounces of liquid—far more than your average Moscow Mule mug.
These mugs are also dishwasher safe for easy cleanup, while a resilient lacquer finish adds a layer of protection and repels tarnishing. The set includes two, 8/10 stainless steel mugs with a copper finish.
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Best Set: Advanced Mixology Moscow Mule Mugs
Advanced Mixology's set of four mugs comes with artisanal wooden coasters, matching copper cocktail straws, and a shot glass to measure vodka (or bourbon) in your favorite recipe. Crafted by artisans, the mugs are made from 100 percent copper (that is heated, tempered and formed), then hammered and fine polished by hand.
Built to withstand the test of time, each mug is tarnish-resistant. The handles are also designed to have the mug nestle nicely in your hand. Better yet, this set comes packaged in a white box, making it perfect for gifting.
Best Design: Crate & Barrel Moscow Mule Mug
Although standard Moscow Mule mugs feature a round shape and hammered finish, Crate & Barrel modernizes the classic look with its chic mug. Instead of copper, it's constructed of stainless steel with a lightweight copper plating. To keep the plating from tarnishing, it also has a protective lacquer finish. Be sure to hand wash this mug quickly after drinking so sugars don’t chip away at the lacquer, and carefully wash with mild soap to prevent the plating from chipping. Each mug measures 3 inches across and 3.75 inches in height.
Most Stylish: Libbey Moscow Mule Copper Mugs
Libbey's Moscow Mule mugs are an update to the classic form, with a rich, retro, patina look and streamlined feel. A hammered finish and large handle also add an elegant touch.
While this mug is primarily copper, it features a nonreactive stainless steel lining designed for heavy wear and tear. In addition to Moscow Mules, these 14-ounce mugs are excellent for any range of cold cocktails. Note that these glasses are hand wash only, though they are break-resistant.
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