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10 Best Moscow Mule Mugs for Killer Cocktails

10 Best Moscow Mule Mugs for Killer Cocktails
10 Best Moscow Mule Mugs for Killer Cocktails

Fall cocktails just taste better when you go the extra mile. So, if you’re going to take the time to make a mixed drink, like a Moscow mule, why not do it right? First things first, when looking for the best Moscow mule mugs opt for 100 percent solid copper. In addition to the gorgeous look and feel of copper cups, the metal conducts temperature, so it’s the best vessel to keep the drink—a simple but zippy cocktail recipe made of ginger beer, vodka, and lime juice—ice cold, says Meaghan Dorman, bar director and partner at Dear Irving on Hudson in NYC. You could even place a set of mugs in the freezer for an hour or two before serving to keep your cocktails colder for longer. Second, use a high-quality ginger beer, like Fever-Tree. “It’s the main ingredient, so it needs to be natural, fresh, vibrant, and spicy,” she says. Finally, set the mood by fully embracing hibernation season: Slip on a chunky oversized sweater and your coziest pair of slippers, then grab your expertly crafted beverage and snuggle up on the couch for a virtual happy hour with friends.

Steelite Copper Moscow Mule Mug

This Moscow mule mug is both functional and attractive, says Tony Abou-Ganim, master mixologist at Highlands Detroit. “When it comes to Moscow mules, it’s all about temperature control,” he says. This nickel-lined mug will keep the drink ice cold—as it’s meant to be. It also has a brighter, sleeker finish than many traditional copper options.

Moscow Mule Mug

You can’t go wrong with the classic style from Cocktail Kingdom, says Erick Castro, co-founder of Raised By Wolves and Polite Provisions in San Diego. “They are the perfect size for a true mule and have an old-school look to them that lends well to vintage drinks.”

Tulip Classics, Set of 4

For something a little unique, you might even consider forgoing the traditional copper look, says Melissa Carroll, bar manager at Fisk & Co in Chicago. Because copper adds acidity to an already bright cocktail, Carroll prefers to use Belgian-style beer glasses called Tulip Glasses instead. “The beautiful ridged edges give you a full nose of the beverage, so all of those ginger notes show up before the underlying acidity of the lime juice. They also provide plenty of room for jazzing up that olfactory element with other garnishes like mint, cucumbers, or strawberries.”

Moscow Mule Copper Mugs, Set of 4

Sister site Good Housekeeping named this bestselling set their top pick, calling it a great, comprehensive choice for newbies. In addition to well-crafted 16-ounce mugs, buyers get four copper straws and a recipe book that provides step-by-step instructions for making delicious cocktails.

Mule Science Moscow Mule Mugs, Set of 4

This highly rated set of four Moscow mule mugs earns praise for both craftsmanship and functionality. The handmade copper mugs each have a unique hammering pattern and are coated with a food-grade lacquer to add shine and prevent tarnishing. As an added bonus, the set also comes with four copper straws, four coasters, a stirring spoon, and a shot glass.

Moscow Mule Mugs, Set of 4

“Most companies that are producing these types of mugs are making them out of stainless steel and simply copper plating them, so that they can be made inexpensively,” says Nathan Elliott, lead bartender at Il Solito in Portland, Oregon. But this company hand hammers their products from pure copper—you can really tell the difference in the craftsmanship, he says.

Moscow Mule Mugs, Set of 4

This set of four Moscow mule mugs is appropriately-sized (16 ounces) and comes with a measure and spoon, making it simple to create balanced drinks at home, says Dorman.

Tuscan Copper Tumblers, Set of 4

This Moscow mule mug has a sleeker, more interesting design than the standard copper mug with a handle, says Brandon Lockman, lead bartender at Red Star Tavern in Portland, Oregon. And, unlike most other Moscow mule mugs, it’s dishwasher-safe, making it incredibly functional for regular use.

Moscow Mule Mug

These Moscow mule mugs closely mirror the traditional selection, but come in four different finishes, lending a fun modern spin to the drinking glass, says Chris Burmeister, lead bartender at Citizen Rail in Denver. The graphite mug is extremely versatile and works well with a number of types of cocktails, he says. “Almost any sort of garnish, regardless of color, will stand out against the dark finish.”

16 Ounce Moscow Mule Mugs -Set Of 4

When choosing Moscow mule mugs, look for good insulation and coated copper to ensure the vessel is food-safe, says Danny Ronen, founder of DC Spirits and spirits educator for Shaker & Spoon. These 100% copper mugs have both, plus welded handles and a non-scratch base.

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