Saturday, April 11, 2015

Kitchen Concepts Copper Moscow Mule Mug Review

I like a nice ice tea in the summer.  It is starting to get warmer these last few days with the arrival of Spring and I like to drink a chilled homemade lemonade or lightly sweetened ice tea with several lemon slices.  I was sent a Moscow Mule Copper Mug for review.  This is a popular container for enjoying a Moscow Mule (hence the name).  Traditionally a Moscow Mule is  a ginger beer (or more plainly a ginger ale type beverage) with the addition of Lime and Vodka.  

In the early 1940's at the Cock 'n Bull Pub when at that time copper mugs were not selling and Vodka very not selling as well as the companies liked.  The vodka was Smirnoff (yes that one) and the owner was distraught over his product not being a popular drink.  His woes fell on the ears of the owner of the pub whose ginger beer beverage was unpopular as well.  It just so happened that a businessman was trying to sell his copper mugs and all 3 men were frustrate with the lot of their poor luck.  They sat around the bar that day and after a few drinks and some brainstorming, they mixed up a brew that quickly became a very popular drink.  It was the Moscow Mule.  Here is an interpretation of the famous drink:

Squeeze lime juice into Moscow Mule Copper Mug 

Add 2 or 3 ice cubes 
Pour in 2 oz of vodka (Smirnoff traditionally)
Fill with 4 to 6 oz of cold ginger beer (can substitute ginger ale in a pinch)
Garnish with a wedge of lime and serve with a stirring rod

The mug I received is a beauty to behold.  I do want to mention that this particular one is not 100% solid copper.  The handle on this one is brass and the interior of the mug is steel.  The price on Amazon has this mug at under $13 so it is a way to get the look of copper, without the hefty price.  This is a copper mug, just not solid copper construction.  This is a 16 Ounce Polished copper with food-safe lacquer coating that preserves the beauty of this mug. It has a comfortable handle with a nice thumb rest for ease of use and firm grip.  You can drink whatever cold drink you prefer.  I do not drink alcoholic drinks so the closest I get to the Moscow Mule is my Ale 8 one citrus ginger soda.  This is not dishwasher safe and not for Microwave use.  I recommend you hand dry this with a bar towel to keep it spot free.  

This is available on Amazon.  The company, Kitchen Concepts does make a 100% copper mug, but the price is higher at a little over $25.  

*I was sent one mug for review from Kitchen Concepts.  Please note that this is not the original brand of Moscow Mule (Moscow Copper Company) and I am not connected to either brand. I was not compensated in any way other than a review sample of this mug.

1 comment:

  1. I made this drink for the third time now, and it is so good and so refreshing. Now, I want to get the copper moscow mule mugs, too, which I am finding to be available at a number of online shops. Question for you: Most of the mugs are 16 oz. or more, the recipe comes out to about 8 oz. with ice. Did you double the drink in the mugs in the photos or are they smaller mugs? Thanks for sharing