The Moscow Mule is a classic cocktail that requires just a few ingredients: vodka, ginger beer, lime juice, and a Moscow Mule mug. That's right: The shiny mug that the cocktail is served in isn't just festive glassware—it's actually a crucial ingredient in making the spicy ginger drink. Copper, which Moscow Mule mugs are usually made from, is a thermal conductor, so it responds to the temperature of what's inside it and keeps it chilled. This regulates the temperature of your Moscow Mule so it doesn't get watered down by melting ice, allowing you to take your time and enjoy your drink (like this Spiced Apple Cider Pomegranate Moscow Mule from Ree Drummond's friend Heather Christo).
While traditional Moscow Mule mugs are 100% copper and are typically rounded with a handle, many brands have updated their takes on a Moscow Mule mug with trendy finishes and unusual shapes that make a fun addition to any bar cart. After you pick up a set of whatever mugs fit your style, try whipping up a cocktail at home: You'll feel like a professional with the right copper gear. If you're looking for more cocktail inspiration, try these fall cocktail recipes and this mulled cider too.
This Moscow Mule mug is a classic, featuring a solid hammered copper cup with a gilded handle. Bonus: This set is super affordable: It's only $36 for four mugs!
These are definitely not traditional, but aren't they fun?! The rainbow iridescent finish on these mugs makes them feel party-ready, and because they're made from stainless steel instead of the usual copper, they're dishwasher safe.
Sometimes you're not in the mood to make a complicated cocktail, and for those times, pull out these shot glasses. This adorable set of four copper shot glasses look exactly like mini Moscow Mule mugs, handles and all! Too cute.
This mug's clean cut design and gray color gives it a modern take on the traditional Moscow Mule mug. The oversized curved handle is designed to keep your hand from getting cold.
This set of two mugs is perfect for a couple looking to splurge on a quality addition to their bar cart: The rounded cups are made with lustrous copper and have sturdy brass-colored steel handles. They can also be monogrammed!
These ergonomic cups are made from copper-plated stainless steel which has thermal conductor properties to keep cocktails cold like pure copper does. Consider these a special occasion item: At $110 for a set, they're a bit of a splurge!
These black nickel-plated mugs bring a punk vibe to your kitchen while still honoring the classic hammered look of a Moscow Mule mug. Everyone needs an LBM: A little black mug.
These stein-shaped mugs can be personalized and should last for many years with the right care. Each mug is made with quality copper that naturally develops a patina over time, and you can choose the letters and style of the monogram for a super personalized look.