Can Drinking Moscow Mules From Copper Mugs Cause Food Poisoning?

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The traditional Moscow mule consists of vodka, ginger beer and lime juice, which, according to officials, comes in "well below 6.0".

The Moscow Mule cocktail is getting lots of buzz lately, but it's not all good news.

Food experts have long known not to use copper, or copper-related pots and pans for cooking acidic recipes such as tomato sauce.

The Alcoholic Beverages Division of the State of Iowa is concerned with the interaction of those contents with the copper mug and issued an advisory bulletin in late July to warn of potential health risks.


Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines - adopted by multiple states, including Iowa - prohibit copper from coming into direct contact with foods like vinegar, fruit juice or wine that have a pH below 6.0. The symptoms of copper poisoning include vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, or jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes).

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

Not all copper mugs, however, are poisonous.

The way to avoid copper poisoning is to check to see if the mugs you're drinking from have a nickel lining or better yet, stainless steel. The long-term effects of copper poisoning also include liver damage or cirrhosis. If you search for mule mugs on Amazon, numerous top sellers are unlined pure copper.

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