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Moscow Mule Copper Mugs
Where to Buy Oprah's Moscow Mule Copper Mugs
On the episode featuring Oprah & Gayle's Yosemite campside Happy Hour, Oprah treated fellow campers to her favorite vodka based cocktail drink and people wanna know where can they buy copper mugs for Moscow Mules?
Otherwise known as a Russian Mule, the retro cocktail was served by Oprah in signature 1950s Moscow Mule copper mugs. The mug is a key component to enjoying the drink as the metal drinking vessel keeps the signature drink icy cold. I was at a bar the other day where the bartender merely served the drink in a lowball tumbler and it just didn't have the same panache being served in an ordinary glass.
Plus one of the things that Oprah didn't mention is that copper is said to have residual health benefits. Besides mugs you can also get copper drinking glasses. Now, to be honest, I haven't heard anything about the health benefits from drinking beer from copper mugs, but when you're not using them for imbibing, you can set out a glass of water on your bedside overnight then drink it in the morning. Apparently the water oxidizes the copper and does a body good when you drink it the next day. So, I think it's worth a splurge if you end up using it everyday. You can also store water in copper jugs to get the added benefit of water oxidizing with the copper.
You might get a little sticker shock when you first start looking for copper Moscow Mule mugs. So one idea is just to buy one or two mugs to see if you like 'em first, look for used or vintage copper mug finds on eBay or purchase them in sets of 4 or 6 for the best value. However, on most reviews, you'll see people love 'em and that they're great to use for keeping many cocktails icy cold like gin and tonics, caprihanas, etc.
We've tracked down where you can buy Moscow Mule drink supplies including copper mugs and ginger beer. But you can also substitute tonic water for ginger beer if you prefer the taste of tonic. And if you like the zip of ginger, you can also cut or grate fresh ginger. And for friends who look a fruity taste, I just discovered Reeds Ginger beer also make a raspberry version. Yum. That would look pretty dressed up with a few fresh berries. Perfect for July 4th parties.
Image Source: Smirnoff 1974 ad | Amazon.com
Updated 5/10 & 5/29/2013
Top 5 Most Popular Moscow Mule Mugs - On Amazon.com
This is one of the shapes and sizes that can often be found in restaurants and cocktail bars. If you're wondering what size is most popular it's 1 pint or 16 ounces. There's still plenty of room to fill the mug with plenty of ice.
If you're not sure about the size, just order at least 1 or 2 mugs to see if you like the size before ordering sets of 8 or a dozen. Get 'em now while you can and you can enjoy them for the holiday season before they sell out at this price.
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Copper Moscow Mule Mugs Buying Tip: Right now when you look on Amazon.com, you'll see 1 pint copper mugs being sold as singles or in sets of 4 or 6. You can click on the "check price" button from Amazon if you just wanna look at the current price and shipping costs with no obligation to buy.
UPDATE: Due to its overwhelming popularity, this 12 ounce kicking mule style currently goes in and out of stock. Click on the photo to check if new inventory has come in stock. Plus they're not too crazy expensive. Here's another idea, buy a hodgepodge of different styles of Moscow Mule mugs so that everyone will know which drink is their own. It's available with the traditional kicking mule or blank without the engraving.
If you don't mind the advertising for Reeds Ginger Beer printed on the outside of this mug, it's currently one of the cheapest Moscow Mule Copper Mugs out there.
Pre-Chill Copper Mugs
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Cock n' Bull Copper Mugs - Available on eBay
Click on any of the eBay items below to see descriptions and additional copper mugs available on eBay.
Go Big or Go Home
Buy Enough for a Party
Available in Sets of 25 or as small as a party of 4.
Less Expensive Vintage Copper Moscow Mule Mugs Can Be Found on
Vintage Moscow Mule Mugs - Available From eBay
Ever since Oprah talked about Moscow Mules on Oprah and Gayle's Cross-Country Adventure where they hosted a campside cocktail party in Yosemite Park, copper mugs have been selling out briskly on Amazon.com. But some of the best buys have been vintage finds or USED mugs on eBay.
Check out listings on eBay using the search terms "Russian Vodka Moscow Mules Mugs, "Russian", "Smirnoff" or "Vintage" copper Moscow Mule mugs on eBay.
Solid Copper Moscow Mule Mugs - Available on eBay
The thing you want to check before buying a moscow mule copper mug is if it's "copper plated" and meant only for decorative purposes. Look for solid copper.
Check if the mugs are sold individually or in a set. To clarify, when you order from one of the vendors that offers a set of 2, when you specify 2 in the quantity, you'll actually receive 4 mugs. Click on any of the mugs to see a larger picture.
Vintage West Bend Copper Mugs - Bid on eBay
You can sometimes find 1950s vintage "West Bend" copper mugs. If you find 'em, get them in a set so they're all matching. What's great about these vintage mugs is the sturdy handle and solid copper finish. Hope you can get your hands on a complete set. Here are some of the ones currently available.
Why Are Copper Moscow Mugs So Expensive?
Prices of copper have risen in recent years making this precious metal more costly. Copper keeps your drinks cooler so it's worth the splurge. With proper care, copper mugs are extremely durable and will probably last you a lifetime.
Drink To Your Health
Ayurvedic Health Benefits
Who knew drinking could be so good for you? Click on any of the descriptions below to find out more about how drinking from copper cups can actually be good for your health. In India, copper drinking glasses are used for both hot and cold drinks and most of the product descriptions on Amazon.com offer a fascinating explanation of the many Ayurvedic healing properties of drinking from copper vessels.
Sertodo Copper Moscow Mule Mug, Hammered Copper, 18 to 20-Ounce, Set of 4SHOP NOW
It's Cheapest to Buy Ginger Beer on Amazon.com
Don't forget to order the ginger beer while you're buying your mugs. A lot of local supermarkets don't stock it and ginger ale just won't cut it.
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If you're making cocktails for friends or having a party, it's actually going to be cheaper to buy a case of ginger beer online for a little more than a buck a bottle. Your two best bets are Fever-Tree Premium Ginger Beer 6.8 oz and Barrs Originals 11oz. And a third option that comes in a can is Royalty Ginger Beer.
However, if you're not sure, many ginger beers are available as single cans/bottles from Amazon.com. Check out the reviews so you can better gauge if it's too "spicy". You can decide how ginger-y you want your drink. Also you may want to offer your guests a choice of a mild or spicy ginger beer as well as a ginger ale soft drink as a softer alternative.
Have real grated ginger on hand for those folks who really like their drink to pack a whallop.
Others swear by Cock 'n Bull claiming this is the only one you ever need. If you truly want to be authentic, the original Moscow Mule Recipe from the 1950s calls for "Cock 'n Bull Ginger Beer". It's available as a case of 12 or 24.
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Why are Moscow Mules Served in Copper Mugs?
When Moscow Mules were invented in the 40s, to help the drink gain in popularity, the inventors/mixologists served it in a copper mug so that the drink would be a conversation starter and people would ask "What's that?" And so, the tradition continues...
But at the same time, the copper mugs also serve the practical purpose of keeping the drink icy cold.
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Oprah's Moscow Mule is just one of many vodka lime based, mint cocktails and the ginger beer adds a refreshing twist. I've had similar drinks like caprihinas and mojitos. What are some of your favorite cocktails based on lime - mint and/or ginger beer?
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