Moscow Mule Madness

I feel like I need to preface this post by declaring that this will probably be Noel’s favorite blog post that I ever write (and because I just said that, it’s basically guaranteed he’ll completely deny it).

Anyways, have any of you heard of Moscow Mules?  They’re basically the most delicious drink known to man (okay, I’m completely exaggerating, but they’re good). Before this summer, I had never heard of them, and now they are becoming insanely popular.  And I know, I know, at this point you’re probably wondering why I’m going on and on about some strange cocktail – but I promise, it’s relevant to this blog.


Moscow Mules are made by mixing ginger beer with vodka, and then adding a little lime.  But what makes these little concoctions so special is not what’s in them, but what they’re in.  You see, traditionally, Moscow Mules are served in copper mugs, and these bad boys are starting to pop up in every store.  Apparently there’s a huge issue with people stealing them from bars, (tisk tisk), so instead of being a klepto like everyone else, I thought I’d do my due diligence and purchase a pair of these mugs so we could have them at home.

To be perfectly honest, when I went online to buy them, I thought I’d have to search until the end of the internet to find them.  Not only that, but I figured I’d end up buying them from some shady overseas company.  So you can imagine my surprise when I found out just how many stores are now carrying these mugs (and in such cool designs)!  So naturally, I had to write a post about my favorite mugs.  Here we go.

custom-copper-mugsThe simple shape and their sweet little handles are what I love most about the above mugs from Custom Copper Mugs.  You can buy the pair for $44.95 over on their Etsy shop (they even have some sweet mustache mugs).


For a more traditional style, check out West Elm’s for $24 (on left) or Urban Outfitters for $20 (on right).

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You can buy this Hammered Mug over at Amazon for $19.99, or a slightly darker version of the West Elm mug from Sur la Table for $19.95.


For a contemporary flare, check out the Moscow Mule Glass for $14.95 at Crate & Barrel.


And last but not least is this little number from Williams Sonoma (you can purchase the set of 2 for $59.95).

Have any of you tried Moscow Mules?  Which mugs would you like to take home?

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4 Responses to Moscow Mule Madness

  1. Julie Fairbanks says:

    Do you know if there is some history or a tradition with the shape of the handle on the mugs from West Elm, Amazon, and Sur La Table? I want to purchase some and am trying to decide which handle I like best. If there is some “authenticity” or tradition with that handle, I’d love to know about it.

    Thank you!

  2. gingerpills says:

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  3. Faizul says:

    Hi Kirsten,

    It was good to read your article on copper mugs.

    We are actual manufacturers of copper mugs from India and we make ALL the styles that are sold in the US

    We are already selling to numerous companies in the US

    We were wondering if you would know of some companies who would like to get these mugs directly from India to sell at their stores / shops/ websites

    Thanks for your help.

    Best Regards

  4. Jessica says:

    Good article Kristen. We’ve bought a bunch of Mule cups over the last few year…went from the polished, stainless steel copper plated ones to pure copper ones. Some had the “loop” type of handle…others, the pointy handle. We found our sweet spot with some mugs by Drinkware Essentials…pure copper and they have only thumb rest handles on their mugs. Love ’em! Whatever brand you get, if you like moscow mules, get some mugs!

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