Copper mugs might best be known for the Moscow Mule Cocktail (or you could make this equally delicious version, the Michigan Mule), made popular in the 1940s when bartenders would pose for a polaroid with the new drink in its signature vessel. Many people add these mugs to their collection only to pull them out a few times a year. They’re so cool, I’ve come up with three new uses for the beautiful copper mugs so you can keep them in rotation all year round!
Use #1: Copper Mug Cactus Planter
Unique planter pots are a fun way to add life to your decor, and choosing a cactus as a new houseplant means you’re not adding too much maintenance to your routine.
- 1/2 cup of small rocks or pea gravel
- 1 cup of cactus potting soil (or regular soil mixed 2:1 with sand)
- a small cactus
- Add the rocks to the bottom to allow for drainage.
- Using tongs or gloves, add the cactus to the center of the mug.
- Surround with the potting soil and press down to keep cactus centered.
Style the minimal, metallic planter on a shelf in the bathroom, near a window, or anywhere with a bit of natural light to keep it happy. Water with 1/4 cup of water once a month and enjoy throughout the year.
Use #2: Sweetmint Mocktail
In addition to the classic Moscow Mule, almost any cocktail or mocktail can benefit from the insulating properties of the metal vessel. This drink is delicious and sweet, with a hint of mint to make it refreshing in the winter or summer.
- Fill the copper mug with ice.
- Add 2 pumps of vanilla syrup and a pinch of crushed, fresh mint.
- Fill with mineral water.
- Add a drizzle of caramel and mix well.
- Garnish with fresh mint leaves and enjoy.
The cream in the caramel makes the finished drink white, making it striking to serve. Share them with guests young and old at any festive gathering, holiday celebration, or even a summer barbecue.
Use #3: Chocolate Mug Cake
Single-serving desserts are some of my favorites to make, and a copper mug makes a darling serving dish for a freshly baked chocolate mug cake. These mugs are stainless steel and work well in the oven up to 325°F. The cake itself? It was delicious!
- Mug Cake Mix
- *optional whipped cream and cookies to top
- Mix mug cake and milk in the mug according to the package directions.
- Bake at 325°F for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Top with whipped cream and a hazelnut cookie, then enjoy!
With these three new uses for your favorite copper mugs, you’ll realize how versatile and fun they are for more than a holiday cocktail. They can be pulled out and used to make even small moments a little more beautiful and special.