For Valentines Day, Mike surprised me with this totally rad copper mug. I had been drooling over copper kitchenware all week, so when he placed the mug in my hands I was ecstatic. I instantly began drinking everything out of it. This was a big mistake. Turns out, copper is an excellent heat conductor, which makes it great for kettles and pots, but not so great for holding hot drinks with your bare hands.
After doing some research, I learned that copper mugs are largely used for an alcoholic drink called a “Moscow Mule.” It’s a simple combination of ginger beer, vodka, and lime juice. Want to try one out? Here’s how we make ‘em:
1.5 oz vodka
4.5 oz alcoholic ginger beer
Sprig of rosemary
Pour vodka and ginger beer into mug. Squeeze in a generous amount of lime juice. Take a sprig of rosemary and wet it slightly. Shake off excess water and coat it in sugar (it helps if you put the sugar on a plate and roll the sprig onto the sugar). Stir the alcohol to mix, add ice, and garnish with the sugared sprig of rosemary.