Can Drinking Moscow Mules From Copper Mugs Cause Food Poisoning?

Moscow Mules in copper mugs dangerous

The problem is, you're not supposed to serve acidic beverages in mugs with a copper interior because it raises the risk of copper leaching into the drink. Here's why copper and alcoholic beverages should not mix. Wine, as well as vinegar, fruit juice, and pretty much all of the ingredients that make up a Moscow mule - vodka, ginger beer and lime juice.

This means that copper mugs that have a copper interior may not be used with this beverage.

The state health officials concluded that using the signature mug for alcoholic beverages - or any food or liquid with a pH balance of below 6 - could result in food poisoning or copper poisoning, which can cause diarrhea, vomiting, and jaundice. Public health officials warned that using those mugs could have unwanted health consequences.

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

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As The Washington Post reported this week, the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division released a bulletin late last month warning bartenders and restaurants against serving the popular cocktail in copper mugs, as is traditional. Because the pH level is so low in mule, the copper may leach into the drink and cause illness.

Not all copper mugs, however, are poisonous.

It says copper mugs with an inner lining of another metal, such as nickel or stainless steel, are safe to use and are widely available.

Copper poisoning, similarly to lead or other metal poisoning, occurs after a period of exposure.

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