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Moscow mule warning: Copper mugs might be toxic

08 August 2017, 08:28 | Melissa Porter

Moscow Mules served in copper mugs could be poisonous

Moscow Mules served in copper mugs could be poisonous

Of course, it's important to check before you start to drink and if in doubt, opt for the much safer (albeit, not almost as beautiful) classic glass tumbler instead.

Cocktail lovers could be getting more than just a buzz sipping a Moscow Mule in a copper mug.

Iowa's Alcoholic Beverages Division issued this warning, soon after the FDA released a Moral Food Code.

While the advisory tells business owners that that a state code "prohibits copper from coming into direct contact with foods that have a pH below 6.0", such as fruit juice, it lacks any kind of restriction on individual consumption at home. If they do, they risk suffering food poisoning.


If you are a fan of having your drink in a big, nice copper mug, you might want to rethink that. If you like cocktails, and enjoy the classic beverage Moscow Mule, you might be upset to hear this news.

The pH of a traditional Moscow Mule - which is made with vodka, ginger beer and lime juice - is well below 6.0, according to the bulletin. To make it look good, bartenders often add a lime slice above and, to make the drink as fashionable as possible, they serve it in copper mugs.

Using the mug for alcoholic beverages with a pH balance of below 6 could result in food poisoning or copper poisoning, health officials said. Therefore, consuming it in a copper mug can be really unsafe.

According to the report, symptoms of copper poisoning include vomiting, stomach pains, confusion, drowsiness and fainting fits.



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