Moscow Mule experience will never be the same if it's not served in a copper mug. It's like when we talk about Moscow Mule, it automatically triggers images of an icy-cold drink that satisfies our thirst. However, is the use of copper mug only limited to water and Moscow Mule? Definitely not! All types of drinks are better served using copper mugs. Just like your favorite cocktails that quench your thirst during summer days, they go along with copper mugs too!
It is not only the style that would entice you from using copper mugs but also its wonderful feature of retaining the temperature of your drinks! So, instead of storing your copper mugs in the cabinet and waiting for your next Moscow Mule session, why not use them as the drinkware for the cocktails that we are about to teach you today? Whether you are up to add drinks to your menu or looking for something to try the next time your friends visit you, the guides we have listed below will never let you down.
What Are the Perfect Cocktails for Your Copper Mugs?
We know that you are already familiar with Moscow Mule but we still want to share with you the tasty recipe we have in mind. Before that, let's give you a glimpse of information about the history of Moscow Mule. Moscow Mule is more popular in America than in Russia, but why is it called Moscow? According to some people, the word Moscow is connected to vodka which originates from Poland, Russia. While mule comes from the ginger beer that gives everyone a different kick of taste.
- 1 ½ fluid ounces vodka
- ½ fluid ounce lime juice
- ice cubes
- ½ cup ginger beer
- Add ice cubes to the copper mug
- Pour the vodka and lime juice together
- Fill the copper mug with ginger beer
- Gently stir them all together using a stirring rod or spoon
- You can put a slice of the lemon wedge for garnish
(Note! If you use a spoon to stir your drink, make sure that you don’t let the tip of the spoon touch the bottom of the copper mug. However, you need to create friction between the back of the spoon and the inside of the mug to mix it perfectly.)
Let us bring you back to the history lane of Mojito. Long ago in Cuba, Mojito was not served as a cocktail but as a medicine for an illness called dysentery. It has the same five ingredients as the mojito we have today, however, the sugar and rum used is the traditional sugar cane juice and white rum. But because of its flavorful taste, it becomes everyone’s favorite summer drink. Up until mojito became popular all over the world.
- 1.5 ounce of rum
- 10-12 leaves of mint (You can choose whatever fresh mint you like, the number of leaves varies depending on your garnish.)
- 1 tsp of sugar or honey syrup (Either of the two will do.)
- 2-4 wedges of lime
- 4-5 ounces of club lime (Use Sprite soft drink for this one.)
- Ice cubes (The amount of ice cubes depends on your choice of coldness for your Mojito.)
- Use a muddler to mash the mint leaves. Make sure that you don’t shred the leaves too much, you only have to release the minty flavor of the leaves.
- Combine the lime juice and the sweetener (sugar or honey) to the mint leaves.
- Add the rum to your previous mixtures.
- Add the ice cubes.
- Shake the mixture of all ingredients together for about 20 seconds. If you have a cocktail shaker, the better.
- Transfer it to the copper mug and top it with club lime.
Use the mint leaves and wedges of lime to garnish the copper mug.
Now let’s go to the cocktails of the southern portion of North America. Carlos Herrera, the Mexican who invented the Margarita cocktail claimed that the creation of this cocktail was not well-planned. It was just so sudden that his customer, Marjorie King, who was a famous dancer at that time was allergic to many beverages except for tequila. So, he made a tequila cocktail that King would enjoy, which is now called Margarita that became even more popular today.
- 1 tbsp of salt (This will be placed on the rim of the copper mug.)
- 2 wedges of lime
- 2-3 lime wheels (This will be used for garnish. You can do this by slicing the lime in a round or circular motion.)
- 2 ounces of lime juice (You can get juice by squeezing 2-3 limes.)
- 2 ounces of orange liqueur (Cointreau)
- 4 ounces of tequila
- Ice cubes
- sweetener (You can make your Margarita sweet by adding sugar or honey syrup, this ingredient is optional.)
- Use a juicer to make lime juice or you can just squeeze lime directly into the shaker.
- Mix the orange liqueur and tequila to the cocktail shaker.
- Add the ice cubes and shake the all added ingredients.
- Fill the copper mug with other ice cubes.
- Strain the mixture from the shaker into the copper mug.
- For garnish, use lime wheels and place the salt on the rim of the copper mug.
Unlike other beverages that are invented accidentally, the screwdriver is very well-known because the invention was made by a world champion mixologist named Duke Antone. It started with just two ingredients until it became popular and people came up with different added ingredients. This type of cocktail is easy to make with no complicated process to be done. However, we recommend you to use fresh and natural orange juice for the best results.
- 1 ½ cup of fresh orange juice
- 1 cup of vodka
- 2-3 orange wedges
- Ice cubes
- Make an orange juice by squeezing the juices of the orange or by using a juicer.
- Use a pitcher to mix the vodka and the fresh orange juice.
- Add the ice cubes.
- Stir the ingredients together.
- Pour the cocktail into 3-4 copper mugs.
- Add the two orange wedges inside the copper mug and one on the rim for garnish.
The final cocktail on our list that is best served with copper mugs is the Martini. It is an Italian cocktail made with the use of dry vermouth and gin or vodka, but gin martini is the most popular among these two. It was invented by Jerry Thomas who was very well known for his bartending skills around the year 1887.
- ½ cup of gin
- 1 ounce of dry vermouth
- Ice cubes
- 2-3 olives
- In a mixing glass, combine gin and dry vermouth.
- Add ice cubes and then stir.
- After stirring, strain the mixture into the copper mugs.
- Pour another ice cube into the copper mugs.
- For garnish, put together the three olives using a toothpick or cocktail picks.
The drinks mentioned above are just five out of hundreds of drinks you can serve using copper mugs. Every cocktail doesn’t seem right if it is not served in a copper mug, may it be regarded to the appearance or the taste. So, don’t wait any longer and let your copper mugs do the wonders of making your favorite cocktail drink the best one there is!
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