Copper mugs and cocktails may not be a healthy mix

Copper mugs and cocktails may not be a healthy mix

That includes vinegar, fruit juice, wine and a traditional Moscow Mule, whose PH is "well below 6.0." the bulletin says.

You can spot a Moscow Mule cocktail from across the bar by its cheery copper mug, frosted with cold on the outside, filled with ginger beer, vodka and a wedge of lime.

Moscow Mules are traditionally served in a copper mug, but health officials warn the classic combination could lead to food poisoning. It's not the actual beverage that makes it so iconic, but the flashy copper mug that is nearly always used to serve it.

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The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division recently issued an advisory bulletin to establishments that sell and serve alcoholic beverages, warning them not to use copper mugs.

Folks might not think about the pH level of their Moscow Mule or other beverages when serving drinks in fancy copper cups, but since the Moscow Mule has a pH level well below 6.0, the copper mug should be avoided. Copper poisoning can cause people to experience nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and liver failure.

"This means that copper mugs that have a copper interior may not be used with this beverage", according to the ABD.

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And, if you're drinking Moscow Mules at every meal, everyday, copper poisoning may be the least of your problems.

Not to worry mule fans, many bars and restaurants that serve mules use mugs that are lined on the interior with another metal, such as nickel or stainless steel.

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