As any true Moscow Mule lover knows, providing the proper copper glassware is absolutely essential to the entire sipping experience. Pick your favorite mug from these top-rated finds, then just add your favorite vodka, ginger beer, and lime.

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Best Overall

Willow & Everett Moscow Mule Copper Mugs
amazon.com
$32.99

Pro: Pure copper construction for optimal temperature control

Con: Requires careful hand-washing to prevent copper from tarnishing

Bottom Line: Sturdy and sleek, these pure copper Moscow Mule mugs get our vote for best overall.

This set of four 16-ounce mugs from Willow & Everett are made from 100% pure copper, and they're handcrafted by artisans in India. This set of four features a handsome hammered exterior finish, and it also comes with a matching copper shot glass and free online recipe booklet.

Thanks to the pure copper construction, these mugs will efficiently maintain a chilled drink’s temperature for an ideal sipping experience. The exterior is finished with a food-safe lacquer to enhance the mug’s natural sheen and prevent it from tarnishing or scratching. However, the interior isn't lacquered, so customers must be careful to hand-wash these semi-delicate mugs and avoid using any acidic liquids or cleaning solutions that might tarnish the surface.

Overall, these copper mugs are sturdy, versatile, and sleek, and we think they make an ideal vessel for serving chilled cocktails at the perfect temperature all year-round.

Best Mug for Gifting

Advanced Mixology Mule Science Moscow Mule Copper Mugs
amazon.com
$59.97
$36.97 (38% off)

Pros: Pure copper construction for optimal temperature control, set includes matching copper straws, coasters, and shot glass

Con: Copper can tarnish over time

Bottom Line: This all-inclusive copper mug set makes the perfect gift for cocktail connoisseurs.

This set of four 16-ounce mugs from Advanced Mixology features authentic copper construction and a handsome hammered finish. With a bonus set of four copper straws, coasters, and a shot glass, this all-inclusive bundle is perfect for gifting.

Both the interior and exterior of each mug is finished with a food-safe lacquer to prevent tarnishing and to help retain shine. Despite this protective finish, customers must still hand-wash each item and avoid using harsh or acidic liquids to prevent tarnishing.

Customers rave about this all-inclusive set as the perfect gift for budding mixologists, barware collectors, or Moscow Mule connoisseurs.

Best Party Mug

Grinb Solid Copper Pineapple Tumbler
amazon.com
$39.95

Pros: Versatile mug for serving chilled cocktails, clever top doubles as drink stand

Con: Top-heavy construction can be slightly wobbly

Bottom Line: If you’re looking for fun statement barware, this pineapple tumbler is for you.

Make a statement with this fun Copper Pineapple Tumbler from Grinb. Available in three sizes (ranging from 12 to 18 to 24 ounces), this two-piece copper mug comes with a matching copper straw, and it's sure to add some serious tiki vibes to any home bar setup.

Each piece is made of solid copper and then coated with a food-safe lacquer to prevent tarnishing. Though each piece is coated with a protective finish, hand-washing is still recommended to prevent premature tarnishing, scratching, or staining.

At nearly a pound and a half, this tumbler is heavier than most cocktail vessels, and it must be handled carefully to prevent any spills. Though users rave about the versatility of the top stem piece (which doubles as a protective drink stand), many also warn that the drink can be tipped over if left unattended due to the tendency of the heavy top piece to fall off.

Best Personalized Option

Personal Creations Create Your Own Mule Mug
personalcreations.com
$24.99

Pro: Personalized message or monogram option allows for creative customization

Cons: Slightly thinner construction

Bottom Line: This customizable Moscow Mule mug makes for a sweet and sentimental gift.

This stainless steel mug features a glossy copper-plated exterior, a solid contrasting brass handle with an easy-to-grip thumb rest, and the option to personalize.

Slightly oversized, this 22-ounce mug allows just enough room for extra ice, fresh garnishes, or other ingredients in handmade cocktails. Though this mug isn't made purely of copper and is constructed primarily from sturdy stainless steel, it's still recommended that you hand-wash this piece to protect the copper-plated exterior.

Reviewers love the option to personalize this mug. Personal Creations offers customers the choice to customize their mug with either a three-letter monogram or a 14-character message in either script or block lettering. If you’re gifting a cocktail connoisseur or someone special in your life, this customizable Moscow Mule mug will add a sweet and sentimental touch.

Most Authentic

The Original Moscow Mule Mug by Moscow Copper Co.
moscowcopper.com
$26.95

Pros: This mug comes from a rich family tradition and gets points for authenticity

Con: Pure copper construction means hand-washing only

Bottom Line: For a unique and totally authentic gift, choose this original Moscow Mule mug.

Following a rich family tradition, Moscow Copper Co.’s Moscow Mule Mug is inspired by the original Moscow Mule mug first introduced to America in 1941 by Russian inventor (and creator of the original Moscow Mule cocktail) Sophie Berezinski.

With its slightly oversized 16.9-ounce capacity, this mug allows ample room for extra ice or ingredients when serving cocktails. Because it’s made from pure copper and doesn't feature any sort of lacquer or protective finish, this mug should be delicately hand-washed using gentle soaps. As with any copper product, a natural patina over time should be expected.

From its pure copper construction to its rich family history, this is an authentic Moscow Mule mug for cocktail connoisseurs and collectors alike.


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Still haven't found what you're looking for? Though they didn't make our top five, these next Moscow Mule mugs are sleek and solid options that are still totally worth shopping. Bottoms up!

Morken Barware Moscow Mule Mugs
amazon.com
$24.95

Pro: Slightly heftier weight for a more sturdy hand-feel

Con: Pure copper can easily tarnish

Bottom Line: If you're looking for a slightly heavier mug, these sturdy vessels are ideal.

Made from 100% pure copper, these sturdy and stunning hammered mugs from Morken Barware provide the perfect vessel for any chilled vodka cocktail or mint julep year-round. Each mug weighs a hefty half a pound, which means you won't have to worry about your tumbler accidentally taking a tumble.

Cocktail Kingdom Copper Moscow Mule Mugs
food52.com
$63.00

Pro: Sleek and minimalistic profile for ultimate versatility

Con: The 10-ounce capacity is slightly smaller than the average mug

Bottom Line: Though slightly smaller in stature, these simple beakers are sleek and versatile.

Designed with both temperature and taste in mind, these sleek and petite 10-ounce copper mugs from Cocktail Kingdom will keep your mule perfectly frosty all night long without any pesky condensation. These are perfect for minimalists.

Crate & Barrel Moscow Mule Silver Mug
crateandbarrel.com
$19.95

Pro: Stainless steel construction means this mug is dishwasher-friendly

Con: Not as effective as traditional copper for maintaining drink temperature

Bottom Line: Get the classic shape and silhouette of a Moscow Mule mug minus the maintenance.

A maintenance-free alternative to traditional copper, this pure stainless steel mug has a protective lacquer finish that prevents staining and tarnishing. From the oversized and easy-to-hold handle to the eye-catching silver hue, this mug will make a statement on any home bar.


Moscow Mule FAQs:

Q. Why in the world does a Moscow Mule need to be in a copper mug?

A. It's really all about the temperature and, well, a little bit of science. If you're truly using a copper mug made from actual copper, the metal instantly takes on the icy temperature of your drink and insulates it, keeping it colder for so much longer than a regular glass. Plus, as an added bonus is looks cool AF while keeping it cold AF.

Q. How can I clean my Moscow Mule mugs?

A. This can be a bit of a tricky answer, but it's really dependent on the instructions that came with your mugs. Some are dishwasher safe, but not all are so be sure to check before tossing them into your dishwasher. If they're not dishwasher safe or you just prefer to wash them by hand, you should immediately rinse them with warm and soapy water after you're done drinking from them and then lightly towel dry (to help avoid spots). If you don't want to use soap, the more natural way is to create your very own cleaning solution using lemon juice and salt. Mix that together and use a soft bristle toothbrush all over the mugs. Rinse them clean when you're done. This will also help keep them looking shiny and new!

Q. Are copper mugs really safe to drink out of? I've heard rumors.

A. The short answer is 'yes.' It's totally fine to drink out of your favorite copper mug. Many people began to question this because some of the cheaper copper mugs (no judgement) sometimes left a penny aftertaste and, well, people freaked.

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Q. Can I drink coffee from my copper mug?

A. You sure can. Copper mugs rose in popularity thanks to the Moscow Mule trend, but you really can drink pretty much anything in them. Some even say that drinking water out of the mugs can help reduce inflammation in your body but, as always, check with your doctor first. As long as your mug has a handle, drinking hot coffee out of it is totally acceptable. Drinking iced coffee out of it is, well, pretty much the only way to live. Do it if you get the chance!

Q. What kind of drink do you make in a Moscow Mule mug?

A. Traditionally these mugs are used for making the classic Moscow Mule cocktail. Go figure, right? Here's a super quick and easy recipe:

Ingredients:

1. 1.5 ounces lime juice (store bought works, but we recommend fresh-squeezed)
2. 2 ounces of vodka (we love Tito's, but you do you)
3. 6 ounces of ginger beer (read more about our favorites right here)

Recipe Directions:

1. Simply pour your lime juice into your copper mug.

2. Toss in some ice cubes, pour in your 2 ounces of vodka, and then fill the rest with your favorite ginger beer.

3. Finally, stir it up, garnish with a lime wheel, and you're ready to serve (or be served).

Q. What size Moscow Mule mugs do I need?

A. The traditional copper mug is usually 16 ounces. That will hold the standard Moscow Mule recipe so going with a 16 ounce set of mugs is your best bet. However, some mugs will come in as small as 10 ounces (they can sometimes be more expensive due to the amount of copper used and/or not lining the cup with stainless steel but copper instead) and upwards of 24 ounces (sometimes a novelty, but perfect for fitting that iced coffee you've been wanting to try).

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