You see them at trendy bars. You see them at hip restaurants. They fly off the shelves at Pier 1 Imports. What is it about copper mugs that everyone loves?
People Have Used Copper Mugs for Centuries—Why?
Short answer: They’re just better.
You might be made the most exquisite drink ever by the most talented bartender in the world but if it’s not served in a copper mug then it’s arguably lackluster.
Our friends at Pier 1 Imports are hip to the benefits of drinking from a copper mug, and they’re experts on creating worthwhile experiences.
The next time you plan to host an event, or you just want a drink with dinner, consider your choices.
Copper Mugs have a History
Copper mugs have been used for centuries, from Ireland where people drank from a copper vessel called an Escra, to India where they sip therapeutic water from a copper cup called a Tamra jal.
In Ayurveda, it’s believed that “Copperized water is a natural antioxidant that helps balance the three doshas of our body (kapha, vata and pitta), (Vasanti Health).
How did copper mugs find their place in history in the United States?
The story begins with a woman named Sophie Berezinski. It was 1941 and she just immigrated to the United States from Russia with her father and a heap load of copper mugs.
Fate intervened at the Cock ‘n’ Bull pub on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, CA when she met John Martin who owned Smirnoff Vodka and Jack Morgan who was set to sell his own ginger beer. With a little bit of magic, luck, and foresight, they created what we know today as the traditional Moscow Mule in a copper cup.
Copper Mugs Keep Your Drink Cold, or Hot
The metal of a copper mug insulates the temperature of the liquid it holds, keeping the coolness or hotness of the drink intact.
Consider using a copper mug during the summertime, when the weather is hot, to keep your drink cool.
Similarly, if you’re drinking a hot beverage, thermodynamic physics will have it so that the temperature of the hot beverage is also insulated and regulated by the copper mug.
Cold drinks remain cold and hot drinks remain hot.
Copper Mugs Make Beverages Taste Better
More specifically: Copper mugs make Moscow Mules take better. If you’re not familiar, a Moscow Mule is an alcoholic beverage that’s made with vodka, ginger beer, and limes.
According to Home Wet Bar, a website that provides expert resources about alcoholic beverages, there are “clear indications that using copper mugs for Moscow Mules enhance the individual flavors of the ginger beer, vodka, and lime.”
So if you want to enjoy the best drink, enjoy it from the best vessel—a copper vessel.
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