Copper Moscow Mule Mugs May Be Poisoning Drinkers

By Brad Haynes

One of the trendiest summer drinks is the Moscow Mule. Made with ginger beer, vodka, and freshly squeezed lime, it’s like a refreshing alcoholic limeade on a hot summer day. Substitute vodka with whiskey and you have a Kentucky Mule. Or use rum instead, and you’ll have a Jamaican Mule.

The traditional Mule is also typically served in a copper cup and a recent study on the mixture of copper and the ingredients of a Mule is kind of scary.

Apparently, according to a study by health officials at the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division, serving any any food or liquid with a pH balance below 6 in a copper mug could cause copper poisoning. And the ingredients of a Mule definitely fall below a 6 pH balance.

Symptoms could include diarrhea, vomiting and jaundice.

The best option if you love your Mules? Drink them from a traditional glass or find one of the mugs which are lined with another metal such as nickel or stainless steel!


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