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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