We had a cozy night in with a new drink and a couple sweet copper mugs from Copper Mug Co.! Copper mugs originally came about through the uprising of the Moscow Mule! It’s said that the copper mugs actually enhance the individual flavors of the ingredients in that drink – so they’re a total bar staple!
On their website, they delve into the history of the Moscow Mule and why it’s so imperative to be served in a copper mug:
“Experts say that when vodka touches the walls of the mug, the copper begins to oxidize, slightly boosting the aroma, and enhancing the taste of the vodka. Cold copper also has a tendency to increase the amount of bubbles in the carbonated ginger beer, bringing maximum fizziness to the Moscow Mule, when compared to being served in a plastic or glass container. The lime juice is also brought to life by the extra-cold copper, heightening the tangy citrus notes and reducing the acidity to better compliment the spicy ginger beer.”
I’m not much into the Moscow Mules, so Kyle helped me come up with something a little different, a little fall-inspired, and a little bit totally delicious! Kyle has always been really interested in bar tending and experimenting with alcoholic beverage combinations so we went to the internet for some inspiration and this is what we came up with! I tried to keep the ingredients low-cal but … it’s hard. LOL. It’s really difficult with alcohol, to keep the calories in check!! If you’re interested in JUST the drink though, you can nix all the additions (marshmallows, chocolate, and graham cracker crumbs).
1 shot Smirnoff Whipped Cream Vodka (69 cal/oz)
1 shot Kahlua (91 cal/oz)
1 packet Hot chocolate (90 cal/packet: unprepared)
1 cup unsweetened vanilla cashew milk (25 cal/1 cup) **we actually used more than that.
Sugar free chocolate chips (70 cal/1 tbsp)
Graham crumbs (355 cal/1 cup crushed)
mini marshmallows (159 cal/1 cup)
- Melt the chocolate on a plate for a couple minutes, stirring every 20 seconds or so.
- Put 1-2 graham crackers in a zip-loc bag and seal it up. You can just break them up in the bag with your hands, and then pour onto another plate.
- Dip the rim in chocolate, and then graham cracker crumbs!
- Mix 1 C of cashew milk (or your milk of choice) with 1 packet of hot cocoa mix. In separate glass or mug. (We actually used more milk that 1 C because it filled up the glass better for photo purposes LOL. But the directions on the box say 1 C – do whateva you want. 😂
- Microwave or heat on the stove until … hot. (I’m so bad at these food recipe blogs.. HAHAHA.)
- Add in 1 shot of Kahlua and 1 shot of vodka. Or more. Again, do whateva you want.
- Pour your drink from your heating vessel to your garnished mug.
- ADD MALLOWS.
It’s like a campfire in a glass!
I was trying to create the “cozy fall theme” for this little shoot because that’s what this drink was, but in all honesty, it’s still like… in the 80’s here. I had to turn our AC down to 66 so I could wear this flannel and those socks.
The drink itself was really delicious though.
Copper Mugs Co. Is small company based in California that hand makes these cool mugs! I could tell, too, because we got two of the same style but they were still totally different. The company was born in 2014 to owners Eric and Aly, who had “fallen for the Moscow Mule” but couldn’t find anything good enough to serve them in. And without many copper mugs on the market, they decided to just do it themselves!! Because the only way to have something just the way you want it is to make it yourself!! They’re obviously doing a great job, and are using their arts and business backgrounds to maintain their ever growing company. I’m a sucker for small-biz so I’m totally into it!
With the rise in popularity of these copper mugs and copper in general, really, their business has grown exponentially. AND they’re so invested in their customers and providing good service, which is always awesome, and I think it’s something you find more with small businesses. Another reason I love them!
“We take pride in what we do. We strive to handcraft each piece to our brand standards. If you receive an item that is not up to our standards, we will gladly refund your purchase and we promise to make it right. We place a huge value on our customers and we always want to make sure they are happy and enjoy our product the way it should be. Cheers!”
you can shop ➳ here – they offer several different styles, handles, and other products as well! (jiggers, ice buckets, shot glasses, flasks, and more!) They even offer wholesale/bulk sales for businesses and events! (You can get those customized, too!) Definitely give it a look!
*Disclaimer: I have been given this product in exchange for a product review. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.