7 Not-So-Obvious Benefits of Copper Mugs
If you follow our blog, you already know that copper mugs are the only way to drink Moscow Mules—and any other cocktail you want to keep cool and refreshing, for that matter. It’s in just about every other blog that we post. While we could go on about copper’s thermal conductivity and vintage status, etc., let’s be honest, you’ve heard it all before.
Besides, if you’re dedicated to drinking Moscow Mules this Friday night, you’re going to damn well do it whether you have a copper mug, a gold chalice, or a red plastic cup. Well, to sweeten the pot a little, we’ve come up with 7 slightly obscure benefits of owning copper mugs that might just tip the scales in favor of that gleaming, fiery beverage container that we here at Paykoc know well and love.
Reasons to Get Yourself a Set of Copper Mugs ASAP
1. Drinking From Copper Mugs=Instant Badass
Moscow Mules are having a moment. After decades of neglect, drinkers are rediscovering the simple joys of ginger beer, vodka, and lime. Bartenders across the country are perfecting their own recipes with personalized twists and new variations are popping up all over the foodie blogosphere. It’s fair to say that the accompanying copper mug has now reached iconic status. Since the Moscow Mule became a favorite in 1940s Hollywood, it’s been connected with sophistication, glamour, and the good life. Add to that it’s now-vintage appeal and it’s clear: Someone drinking from a copper mug instead of a boring highball or martini glass instantly looks 1000% cooler than everyone else in the room.
2. Rustic is IN
And it’s not just for autumn anymore. From the barns of the Midwest to the cold mountains of New England, the rustic aesthetic is in. Maybe it’s a backlash against all of the digital devices running our lives or maybe it’s our homage to earlier generations. Either way, copper creates a warm, homey feeling that invites you in and immediately fills you with ease, like a crackling fire in a brick fireplace. When it comes to decorating, copper works well with a warm palette or against creams or bright greens. Copper mugs can serve as an accent in the kitchen, bar, or dining room, hanging from wall hooks or set against dishes, plants, or candles on a wooden shelf.
3. Take Stock of Your Investments
I know, money, balancing budgets, investing in the future, boring, boring, but seriously, copper has a record-high value right now. If you’re not going to invest in a copper stock, the least you can do is purchase some high-quality 100% copper mugs, treat them with care, and let them grow in value over time.
4. Some Things Get Better with Age
Aesthetics are a matter of personal preference, but many copper mug owners agree, copper mugs get better with age. If you like the timeless look of copper with a little patina, they’re relatively easy to achieve. You should still only hand wash your copper mugs and dry them quickly—copper exposed to too much water will develop a bluish green look, rather than that warm, antique, sepia brown—but you can skip the polish that most copper mug owners love. With time, your copper mugs will look like they’ve been in the family since 1872. No one will know you bought them off the internet.
5. Variety is the Name of the Game
When it comes to vessels from which to drink alcohol, copper mugs’ variety is second to none. Well, except for shot glasses, but we all know which one is classier. You can get copper mugs in a stein, tankard, or barrel mug. They can be hammered, have an antique finish, or come emblazoned with logos. We’ve even seen newlyweds mark the occasion with personalized Mrs. and Mr. mugs. With so many styles, it’s easy to find one that will suit your tastes.
6. Unexpected But Totally Legit Health Benefits
This is probably the strangest reason you should buy yourself a set of copper mugs, but here it is: research shows that drinking from copper mugs is actually beneficial to your physical health. Bizarre, right? Copper is found in small amounts in your body and is vital to preserve health. Copper mug enthusiasts advocate drinking water from a copper mug every morning. Here’s what we know.
- Copper has been found to have oligodynamic effects—which means that it, like most metals, sterilizes bacteria like e.coli and s.aureus.
- It helps to improve digestion, relieving gas, helping to neutralize stomach acid, and reducing inflammation.
- Copper has antioxidants, which help to protect against free radicals that cause aging, cancer, and other nasty things.
- It aids in increasing absorption of iron, decreasing anemia.
- Copper also may protect heart heath, brain function, the thyroid, and your skin.
Copper + Instagram filters. Need we say more?