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Health & FitThe truth about copper Moscow mule mugs and other dangerous cocktail combos

00:15  12 february  2019
00:15  12 february  2019 Source:   today.com

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Heads up, Moscow mule lovers: That copper mug could be poisoning you. The Moscow mule — that Instagram-ready cocktail that has surged in popularity in recent years — has only a few ingredients: vodka, ginger beer, lime and ice. But perhaps the most crucial component of the drink is the copper

More and more, Moscow Mule mugs are being crafted with nickel linings, which are supposedly safer for drinkers than 100-percent copper mugs . After speaking with an actual scientist, here’s what can we confidently say about the trendy vessel: Copper mugs may make a drink seem more appealing

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We've already been warned that drinking cocktails out of copper mugs may be dangerous, but it turns out that there other potentially poisonous combos when it comes to trendy bar creations.

In 2017, when the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division issued an advisory warning that copper mugs aren't a great drinking vessel, a darkness fell upon the makers of pretty cocktails like Moscow mules or wintry spiked ciders. Thankfully, the advisory clarified the mugs are safe as long as the insides are lined with a different metal, like steel, or another material that acts as a barrier between the copper and the beverage.

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A Moscow mule is a cocktail made with vodka, spicy ginger beer, and lime juice, garnished with a slice or wedge of lime and mint leaves. It is a type of buck and therefore sometimes known as a vodka buck.

Unfortunately, copper isn't the only potentially harmful material being used behind the bar these days. Instagram-worthy cocktails are in, so experimentation has become a trick of the trade for many avant-garde mixologists.

From flaming drinks — like the ones that caught customers on fire at Gordon Ramsay's restaurant — to various herbal concoctions, many bartenders are pushing the limit between tasty and potentially toxic.

Bergamot, a floral citrus fruit that's similar to a bitter orange, for example, makes for a tasty libation. But it also has the potential to cause burns and blisters if it comes in contact with skin and is then exposed to sunlight for a long period of time. Celery, dill, parsley and some citrus fruits like limes can also cause this condition called photosensitivity.

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HISTORY OF COPPER MUGS Copper drinkware has been used for centuries. In ancient times, the people of Ireland enjoyed their drink by way of a Fast forward to the 1940’s and the Moscow Mule came to town. A beverage, or shall we say a “ cocktail ” with a bite that insisted on its own copper mug .

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There are dozens of other potentially hazardous ingredients circulating the mixology scene, including wild ginger, various types of flowers, licorice, nutmeg, mushrooms, sassafras and tomato leaves. In addition to ingredients, certain drinking vessels — like old tiki mugs or ceramic mugs — may have traces of lead in the glaze.

But don't swear off happy hour just yet.

Camper English, a San Francisco-based drink writer and alcohol expert, created an encyclopedic-like solution to navigating dangerous ingredients: CocktailSafe.org. The website is intended for bartenders, but is also helpful to consumers perusing a bar's drink menu or for those who enjoy crafting a new cocktail at home.

The site has an A-to-Z index of ingredients, tools and techniques that may produce negative effects if handled in a certain way, used in a particular amount ... or used at all. Each item (currently there are about 60, though Cocktail Safe is a work in progress) links to an ingredients page, which describes how it's typically used, why it may be harmful and, if applicable, how to use it safely.

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How the copper mug & Moscow Mule all came together in 1941. From Sophie Berezinski immigrating to the U.S. to the Cock ‘n’ Bull pub in LA. Beer, whiskey, and other cocktails ruled the roost in America at this time. Jack Morgan was in a similar bind. As owner of the Cock ‘n’ Bull, he was trying to

Experience beautiful moscow mule mugs handmade traditionally and with love by skilled artisans. All of our copper mule mugs are made from 100% pure high-grade food-safe copper . Our copper cups are ideal for the moscow mule (also known as the " mule drink ") and a variety of other

Camper told TODAY Food that he also provides the "legal and health status" of ingredients, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommendations, and links to articles to support evidence.

"I started thinking more about cocktail safety a few years ago when a woman in the U.K. was served a shot with liquid nitrogen in it, and had to have her stomach removed in order to save her life," Camper told TODAY. "Luckily, incidents like that are incredibly rare, but I've known bartenders who've made themselves ill with tobacco-infused alcohol and homemade tonic syrup, and many recipes for bitters and infusions in old cocktail books from the 1800s often call for ingredients that have since been disallowed for use in food and beverages in the U.S."

Camper says he thinks that tobacco is one of the more disconcerting ingredients being used today in new craft cocktails containing alcohols like rum or whiskey, since (depending on the amount) ingesting it delivers more nicotine into the body than smoking.

Camper hopes bartenders will use his site as a free resource to guide them when exploring a new recipe.

Whenever he sees something of concern on a menu, Camper sends the bar or restaurant a "polite email" linking to the ingredient on Cocktail Safe and will also provide some healthier alternatives.

"So far, that's been very effective," Camper told TODAY.

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