How to Take Care of Your Copper Barware

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How to Take Care of Your Copper Barware

Taking care of your copperware is not all that hard and doesn’t require too much maintenance.

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One thing is for certain though, if you already own a set of copper cups then you need to take care of them by hand otherwise they will begin to look old and dirty. All it requires is a little extra elbow grease.

Tip #1:

Always hand-wash copper mugs with a soft sponge and regular dish soap, then let them air dry. Every now and again apply a pure kitchen grade copper cleaner to maintain the shine.

Tip #2:

One way to naturally restore your copper barware to its original shine is to dip half a lemon in a bit of salt and polish each copper item for 3-4 minutes. Once all the items are back to their original shine, rinse and dry them thoroughly with a clean cotton cloth, making sure to get rid of all traces of moisture that could oxidize and darken the copper.

To learn more about how to restore your copperware, see the tutorial below:

 

To learn all about the benefits of drinking from your super sparkly copper barware see our previous post "Drinking Proper with Copper".

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The Truth About Copper

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The Truth About Copper

Should you be worried about enjoying your refreshing ice cold Moscow Mule served in a copper mug?  Probably not, here’s why:

The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division recently issued a bulletin warning people of the dangers of copper mugs.The concern allegedly stems from chemistry. The FDA’s Model Food Code prohibits food that a pH of less than 6.0 to come into direct contact with copper. Wine, fruit juice, and vinegar all have a pH of less than 6.0.

So acidic ingredients from a Moscow Mule (traditionally vodka, lime juice and ginger beer) can make copper seep into the substances. Trisha Andrew, assistant professor of chemistry claims, the press release to be "chemophobic fear-mongering.”

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Andrew states that “anytime you have any liquid in contact with a surface, there’s a possibility that the container is going to be dissolved a little bit into the fluid, But when you have a metal container, like copper ― which is a slightly more dissolvable than other metals ― it happens more quickly.”

Andrews explains that when copper is dissolved, it is no longer copper in its metallic state, but it’s a copper(II) or copper(I). Humans need a small amount of copper(II) to survive in their regular biochemical function and aid our chemical structure. In our previous blog post “Drinking Proper with Copper” we outline the health benefits as a result of copper (II).

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30 milligrams of copper per liter can be known to cause nausea. The question is, however, over the duration of time that a Moscow Mule sits in a copper mug, is that enough time and acidity to leach out 30 milligrams of copper per liter? Andrews states that “even if you drink a liter of Moscow mules from pure copper mugs you wouldn’t even come close to reaching that 30-milligram limit.

So no need to worry, keep on mixing, and enjoying your Mules.

See below for a simple and crisp Moscow Mule recipe.

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Broken Shed Moscow Mule

1/2 oz. lime juice
2 oz. Broken Shed Vodka
6 oz. ginger beer

Simply squeeze the lime juice into a copper mug. Then add 2 or 3 ice cubes, pour in the Broken Shed vodka and fill with cold ginger beer. Stir and serve!
 

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The Augie Cocktail

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The Augie Cocktail

Our latest creation the “Augie” cocktail is named after Sam’s (one of the Broken Shed’s owners) adorable 12-year-old golden retriever.

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Chill & Infuse Any Cocktail With Natural Flavor

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Chill & Infuse Any Cocktail With Natural Flavor

Create mixology magic this summer by making ice cubes including fresh ingredients that slowly infuse your cocktails to provide a natural and evolving flavor.  Perhaps you want ice to do more than just cool or dilute your drink, or maybe you are like us and feel that Broken Shed is a vodka so pure and crisp that you don't want a lot of ingredients hiding its natural flavor.  

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