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Debunking Myths About the Copper Mug

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So you’re having guests over next weekend for a big summer barbeque and you’ve decided to serve Moscow Mules to make the whole thing truly memorable. Good idea! Now you’ll need some first class copper mugs to serve those chilly delights in but you don’t know where to get them, how much they cost or whether you should get lined mugs or unlined mugs. What makes things even more confusing is that a number of myths have emerged about copper drinking mugs that can make them seem like prohibitively expensive, high maintenance or even dangerous. In this post we’re going to debunk 5 of these myths for you.

Copper Mug Myths

5 Popular Myths About Copper Mugs

  • Myth 1: Unlined Mugs are Dangerous - Poppycock! There’s been a lot of digital ink spilled over the topic of lined vs unlined copper Moscow Mule mugs. Most of the time someone recommends a lined mug it’s because they mistakenly believe that copper = bad. Nothing could be further from the truth. Copper is essential for the production of red blood cells, the development of metabolic enzymes and a range of immunological functions within the body. To deny yourself copper is to invite anemia and a host of maladies related to a suppressed immune system. In other words the trace amounts of copper you might receive from drinking out of an unlined copper mug will actually do you more good than harm.

  • Myth 2: They’re Difficult to Clean - Pure malarkey! People that have never owned copper cookware or dinnerware assume it’s difficult to clean and maintain. The reality however is that it’s surprisingly easy. There’s only 2 ‘don’ts’ with a copper mug: don’t ever put it in the microwave and don’t put it in the dishwasher. All you really need to clean it is a sponge and some soapy water. Even if you have old mugs you haven’t used in a while that have developed a patina all you need to do to restore them to their original luster is rub them down with a bit of lemon juice and baking soda then buff them with a clean cloth. For more information on how to clean your copper mug click here!
  • Myth 3: They’re Incredibly Expensive - Hogwash! You can get 2 solid copper Moscow Mule mugs for about the price of a large pizza. The difference is the pizza will be gone in half an hour and the mugs will last for a few hundred years if they’re taken care of. We understand the origin of this myth, to a point. “Anything that’s not plastic today is out of the financial reach of the ordinary person, right?” Wrong! A high quality copper mug is an imminently affordable way to bring a timeless air of sophistication to your kitchen. You can even drink your nice cold brewski out of it while you eat your pizza and watch the game.

  • Myth 4: You can make a Mule without the Copper Mug - Baloney! This one is popping up with increasing frequency as the Mule comes into contact with more people unaware of its historical roots. The fact is if you combine vodka, lime juice, ginger beer and ice in a highball glass you have a… well… a vodka and ginger highball we’d assume. What you wouldn’t have is a Moscow Mule or any of its Mule variants. Think of it this way: is a martini served in an old coffee cup a real martini? Of course not. Same with the Mule.

  • Myth 5: They’re Hard to Find - Balderdash! All you need to do is go here. At Paykoc we have an array of beautiful, affordable, easy to maintain copper Moscow Mule mugs that will put the perfect finishing touch on your Mules and leave a lasting impression on your guests. If you’re in the Denver area and would like to see some of these beauties in person stop into our Logan Court retail outlet and check them out. You’ll agree there’s nothing like them.


Don’t let the myth machine called the Internet turn you off to purchasing some amazing copper mugs for your next party. We’ve got tons of them in a range of styles to fit every taste. So have a look through our online store and remember: if it’s not in a copper mug it’s not a Mule.

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