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Mosscoff unmatched hammering pattern – makes our copper barrel mug stand out among the competitors with its elegant style. Our unique hammering technic requires heavy handwork but it makes the copper cups durable over a lifetime and can be passed over to generations as a long lasting keepsake.
History of Moscow mule drink It all started in 1933. Alcohol prohibition had just been canceled in America and an immigrant by the name of Rudolf Kunet decided to produce Russian vodka in the United States. His friend Vladimir Smirnov had been producing Smirnoff vodka in Paris for ten years. Unfortunately, business was slow, so Vlad decided to sell Rudolf a license to use his brand in America. However, vodka sales in the States went slow too. Americans, lovers of whiskey, were not keen on the colorless liquid, forcing Kunet Rudolf to sell Smirnoff distribution rights to Heublein Company and its president John Martin. In 1941 the owner of the tavern Cock’n’Bull, as well as the manufacturer of Ginger Beer Jack Morgan met Martin and Kunet in NY. They asked Morgan to try to mix up his drink with their “white whiskey.” The men raised a toast, drank, and were pleasantly surprised with refreshing drink taste.
In the 1950s, Senator Joseph McCarthy led a movement against dissenters, known as the “witch hunt”. Infected with the communist phobia Americans were offended by the Russian origin of vodka, and the bartenders of New York protested in the Fifth Avenue with posters “Down with the MOSCOW MULE.” We do not need vodka! “.
The next day New York Daily News published a picture with the slogan. Right after that, every American who read the article ran to the bar to order a glass of the vanishing cocktail. As a result, one of the journalists described the events as “MOSCOW MULE” turned out to be the Trojan horse that brought vodka to the Americans. During the cold war times the popularity of the drink tripled!
Instructions: Take the lemon or lime and squeeze the juice into the copper mug. Pour the ice into the mug and then pour the vodka onto the ice in the mug. Finally, add the ginger beer to the mug. Take a spoon and stir all the ingredients inside of the mug until they are mixed thoroughly.
Our copper mugs do have lacquer on the outside to keep the shine and to protect it from tarnishing. The lacquer is totally food safe. There’s no lacquer on the inside of our copper cups.
Please also be informed that we use the highest quality copper which is also FDA certified and is 99.98% in purity. Most of the manufacturers in India are buying 99% copper which is way cheaper.
We do not recommend these for hot drinks. Copper gets hot and you might burn your lips.
Thank you for your question! I can talk about it for hours since copper cookware is my passion but let me cut it short:
1. When liquid (vodka/lime juice/wine, beer, etc.) hits the copper and begins to oxidize and the flavor is enhanced, no stainless steel lining can provide that.
2. Copper conducts temperature almost immediately, and the cold metal touch gets a crisp feeling to the drinker’s lips. That is unforgettable and cannot be achieved through glass or plastic
3. Finally, the main reason to use copper mugs for Moscow mules is its presentation. A martini doesn’t seem right unless it’s served in the classic glass vortex with an olive in it. The same is true for Moscow mule drink. In fact, many other cocktails would just benefit from a solid copper mug.
The handles are securely welded to the mug. We had zero complaints about broken handles. Some mugs in the market have round shape handles and you can see the silver color welding line between the handle and the mug. Same thing with most of the brass handles. Mosscoff handles are of а question mark shape – it is more comfortable to hold the mug with it and it is the best shape to make the welding line almost unnoticeable.
Although original Moscow mule mug had riveted handes, it might cause leaking in time.