Moscow Kyiv Mule Mug
It’s hard to know how to cope with senseless aggression. How do you show support in a meaningful way? In the light of Russia’s violent oppression and invasion of Ukraine, we’ve been asking ourselves similar questions.
We echo the many other institutions crying out against the injustices performed by Russia against Ukraine. We are heartbroken by the physical and nonphysical violence caused by the Russian government and want to show our support for those fighting for their freedom.
Allow us to take a minute and answer questions you might be having about the Moscow (or, Kyiv) mule mugs we sell and give you some ideas for showing support in your own way.
How else can I show support for Ukraine?
Thankfully, we’re not alone. Bars and restaurants across the world are swapping “Moscow” mules for “Kyiv” mules on their cocktail menu and donating a portion of sales to the Ukrainian Crisis Fund.
Some bars are going beyond the name and only using Ukrainian vodka in their mules instead of Russian Vodka. Nemiroff, Dima’s, Soyuz-Vikman, Khortytsia and Khlibnyi Dar are all Ukrainian-made vodkas. You could go with an American vodka too, of course (like one of our longtime faves, Tahoe Blue).
Is it Kyiv or Kiev?
GREAT question. The spelling preferred by Ukrainians is “Kyiv,” pronounced “KEE-ev.” Kiev has Russian origins whereas Kyiv is rooted in Ukrainian and was chosen as the official name of the capital in 1995. An article in the Independent was recently published and is helpful for understanding the importance of Kyiv vs Kiev.