If you haven’t browsed around the Bulk Apothecary site lately, you may have missed the latest addition: Moscow Mule Mugs!
If you’re familiar with the drink, you’ll recognize these shiny copper beauties. Moscow Mules are traditionally served in a copper mug, making it one very classy drink. But aside from stocking your bar with them (which I highly recommend!), they can also be used to create adorable candles perfect for outdoor entertaining!
Since these mugs will look great as part of an outdoor tablescape I decided to make a bug-repellant candle using one. You can easily make an indoor version with your favorite scent, but with the hot summer months full of humidity and bugs right around the corner, I thought this idea was a perfect fit for dinners outside by the barbeque.
2-2 ½ cups Beeswax Pellets (I used yellow)
Hot Glue Gun
Prep your mug by securing the tab on the candle wick to the bottom of the mug using a hot glue gun.
I used a wooden skewer to press the tab firmly into the center of the mug.
Using a double boiler or similar setup, melt the beeswax over medium heat. This takes a while so be patient!
Once the wax has completely dissolved into a smooth liquid, carefully transfer it to a measuring cup with a spout for easier pouring (if you don’t have a spouted measuring cup, anything with a handle will make pouring easier- just don’t use anything you plan to use again since beeswax can be tricky to remove).
Using the pipette, add about 5 drops of citronella and eucalyptus essential oil and about 3 drops of cedarwood. Stir to combine.
Carefully pour the prepared mixture into the mug. Its okay if the wick falls to the side, we’ll be propping it up in a minute.
Once the candle wax has been poured, center the wick and fold it over a wooden skewer (or popsicle stick….anything that will stay in place). Allow the wax to cool and harden completely before handling (the mug will be hot to touch!)
To use, trim the wick to ¼ inch and light. This blend is a great way to keep the bugs away and enjoy a nice fragrance at the same time- perfect for outdoor living all summer long!
For those of you that decide to stock your bar with these gorgeous copper mugs, here’s what to fill them with!
Traditional Moscow Mule
- 2 oz. Vodka
- 1/2 oz. Freshly squeezed lime juice
- 5 oz. Ginger beer
- Mint and lime for garnish
- Fill a copper mug with ice.
- Pour in vodka, lime juice, and ginger beer.
- Stir to combine all the ingredients.
- Garnish with fresh mint sprigs and lime slices.
Moscow Mule Candle Recipe