Moscow mule is a very popular alcoholic drink in the USA made of ginger beer, vodka and lime. But, according to the Alcoholic Beverages Division of Iowa, the mug that this beverage is served into is a toxic copper mug.
Copper is in fact very poisonous and it can lead to foodborne illnesses. When this dangerous metal comes into contact with some foods or beverages it can cause leaching. Certain foods with a pH below six can be very dangerous when they come into contact with copper, so some countries have banned the use of copper. These foods are black tea, cheese, vinegar, wine, nuts, fruit juice, chocolate, etc. A standardly prepared Moscow mule has a pH of below six. The mugs are made of copper and they really shouldn’t be used. Bartenders can use mugs which are made of nickel or stainless steel.
Copper poisoning doesn’t appear very often, but there are some health problems that can appear if you’re exposed to this metal for a long period of time.
Ingesting a bigger amount of copper can cause:
- Abdominal pain
- Jaundice (yellow skin)
Here are some of the symptoms which appear because of the long-term exposure to this metal:
- Kidney failure
- Burning sensation
- Muscle aches
- Symptoms of anemia
- Liver failure
Only 1 Moscow mule can’t cause these symptoms, but make sure you avoid coming into contact with this metal for a long period of time. It can build up in your body. Pay attention to drinking water, hormonal birth control and your cookware.
According to numerous researchers, the excess of copper can increase the risk of developing dementia.
There are 2 safer alternatives to copper mugs:
You don’t have to avoid drinking this beverage even though the mugs are toxic. Just make sure that the mug is nickel or stainless steel from the interior.
Homemade Moscow Mule Cocktail Recipe
- Lime slice
- Crushed ice
- Half a cup of ginger beer
- A quarter cup of sparkling water
- Mint leaves
- A quarter cup of freshly squeezed lime juice
- Fill the mug with ¾ of the ice.
- Then, put the lime juice, ginger beer and sparkling water
- Put one slice of lime and mint leaf on the top.
- That’s it! Enjoy its taste!
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