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Why drink from a copper Moscow Mule glass?

Why drink from a copper Moscow Mule glass?

Why drink from a copper Moscow Mule glass?

You are particularly fond of this famous cocktail, the Moscow Mule, and you wonder where this special name comes from, why we drink it in a copper glass or how to make the recipe according to the rules of the art?

The Moscow Mule is a trendy drink in recent years, simple to prepare, born as its name does not indicate in the United States.

History of the Moscow Mule

This cocktail has a somewhat original history. Indeed, it was on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles that the Moscow Mule was born in 1941 thanks to the meeting of two people. John G. Martin works for a vodka manufacturer and asks his friend Jack Morgan for help who had a similar problem, namely an excess stock of ginger beer for the Cock'n'Bull bar. They find a solution to the two men's problems by creating a cocktail that combines these two drinks with lime with the help of Wes Price, then manager of the establishment.

By a happy coincidence, they had the chance to serve a Hollywood star Broderick Crawford who subsequently became fashionable in Tinseltown.

Why a copper glass for the Moscow Mule?

Quite simply, the first time Wes Price served the cocktail he used this copper timpani. One of the managers sold these containers at the time and in order to save money they decided to serve the cocktails in them.

This wonderful idea therefore made it possible to keep the cocktail cold, to make the drink more sparkling and also to differentiate it from the others!

Be careful though, today it is recommended to use copper-coated stainless steel glasses on the outside. Stainless steel is one of the healthiest materials in terms of food contact. The concentration of copper can be toxic when coming into contact with acidic products. No worries, at Hersée we only offer this option to enjoy your Moscow Mule!


To make a Moscow Mule according to the rules of the art, it is absolutely necessary to serve it in a copper cup or mug, but not only:

Material :

  • Copper mug
  • A doser
  • A bar spoon
  • A knife
  • A citrus press

Ingredients :

  • Vodka: 4cl
  • Lime: 1 to 1.5cl
  • Ginger beer: 12cl
  • Large ice cubes or crushed ice

For this Moscow Mule cocktail, you will need to follow the following steps:

  1. Fill your copper cup with large ice cubes or crushed ice
  2. Pour 4cl of vodka
  3. Add 1 to 1.5cl of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  4. Complete with 12cl of Ginger beer
  5. Stir gently so as not to spill anything to cool the cocktail
  6. Add a slice of lemon or ginger of your choice

You can also make a non-alcoholic Virgin Moscow Mule by removing the vodka and replacing it with sparkling water.

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