Moscow Mules are traditionally served in a copper mug, but health officials warn the classic combination could lead to food poisoning.
In the advisory, health officials note that, in abiding by FDA guidelines, copper should not come into contact with acidic foods that have a pH below 6. According to the state's alcoholic beverage division, the vodka-ginger beer-lime mixture can not be served in a solid copper mug. Although the copper mugs may look stunning, they aren't necessarily healthy when used to house drinks that have an acidity of a pH below 6.0.
"This means that copper mugs that have a copper interior may not be used with this beverage", according to the ABD.
The problem is that in recent years, copper mugs have become a trendy vessel for Moscow Mule cocktails and other mixed alcoholic beverages, where a common ingredient is highly-acidic fruit juice.
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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.
Over time, Business Insider says that copper exposure can damage the liver and kidneys.
The Alcoholic Beverages Division said explained that when copper and copper alloy surfaces get in contact with acidic food, the copper may leach into the food, which can cause copper poisoning characterized by symptoms that include diarrhea, stomach pains, vomiting and yellowing of the skin. If you search for mule mugs on Amazon, numerous top sellers are unlined pure copper.