Top 8 Cocktails To Serve In Copper Mugs & Cups

Copper Bar Inspiration

Have you been to a bar or a restaurant and been served a drink from a copper mug or cup? The use of copper within an interior creates an on trend look for the hospitality industry- but did you know that drinking from a copper vessel also provides the ideal experience for consuming your cocktail or spirit?

That’s right, copper mugs and cups are not only stylish and cool but the metal has a number of different properties which make it the ideal way of serving drinks from.

Why are drinks served from copper cups?

Moscow Mules Served In Copper Mugs
  • . Copper disperses heat evenly meaning that the heat generated from your hand won’t warm up your drink.

. Copper is able to retain and regulate liquid temperatures, so cold drinks stay colder longer as do hot drinks stay warmer for longer.

. Copper ions are dissolved into the liquid, and these enhance the flavour and the aroma of the distilled spirits and drinks.

Copper cups and mugs are synonymous with alcoholic drinks such as cocktails.  The most commonly associated cocktail being the Moscow Mule- but it’s not just cocktails that they suit, they also suit a variety of different beverages, such as iced tea, iced coffees, water, and fruit-based drinks.

According to sources the Moscow Mule was invented in 1941 in a British pub in LA named the ‘Cock n Bull’ by John Martin and Jack Morgan.

Martin was struggling to sell Smirnoff vodka to the American market, and Morgan was struggling in selling ginger beer. They spent hours together creating different concoctions until they hit upon the perfect recipe that we now know as a Mosco Mule consisting of ginger beer and vodka, and a squeeze of lime served in a solid copper mug.

Moscow Mules Cocktails- Copper Mugs

The copper mug was a key element in this cocktail ensuring the drink stayed cold and the vessel helped to enhance the flavour and aroma of the drink. As a marketing exercise and Martin would travel between bars taking photographs of bartenders holding a Mosco Mule in a copper mug in one hand and holding a bottle of Smirnoff Vodka in the other. He took 2 polaroid’s, leaving one for the bar and one which he would take to the next bar in order to show what the competition were selling. Martins’ ingenuity of how to market the cocktail ensured it became one of Americans long standing most popular cocktails, and the copper vessel became a signature part of this drink.

 Top Cocktails To Serve From A Copper Mug

Bar With Spirits - Cocktails For Copper Mugs
  • Moscow Mule

Ingredients: Vodka, Lime Juice, Ginger Beer

  • Margaritas

Ingredients: Tequila, Cointreau, Ice, Lime Juice

  • Mint Julep
Moscow Mules Beach Bar - Copper Mugs

Ingredients: Bourbon, Mint Leaves, Simple syrup

  • Greyhound

Ingredients: Vodka, Grapefruit Juice, Ice cubes, Lime wedge to garnish

  • Dark N Stormy

Ingredients: Dark Rum, Ginger Beer, Lime juice and wedge to garnish

  • Mezcal

Ingredients: Tequila, Ice, Mint garnish 

  • Gin & Tonic

Ingredients: Gin, Tonic, Lime juice and wedge as a garnish

  • Cuba Libre

Ingredients: Rum, Coke, Lime juice and wedge as a garnish

There are a variety of lovely Moscow Mule copper mugs on the market perfect for creating one of the cocktails above or something entirely different! Many of the mugs are sold with copper drinking straws, and shot glasses for measuring spirits out with. There are many different designs available including those with a hammered finish, or a shiny or brushed finish. These would also make an ideal present for someone! Great for wedding, anniversary, birthday or Christmas presents and gifts!