Vodka is perhaps the most popular distilled spirit. Whether neat, with juice or in that fancy cocktail its popularity is unrivaled. Today we share with you tips on how to extend the shelf life of your popular vodka drink.
A properly stored unopened bottle is sure to last for almost eternity. An opened bottle should also last longer, provided it is stored well. However, vodka does go bad. Some of the tell-tale signs that your vodka has gone bad include a pungent smell, strange flavor or a shift in appearance.
How fast does Vodka go bad after opening?
Once a vodka bottle is opened, the alcohol starts to evaporate very fast and the liquid grows weak and loses flavor, thereby impairing its taste. It is therefore wise to open your vodka bottle once you are ready to drink it and return the cork once you have finished pouring.
Taking a sip from a bottle that has been open for years also puts you at risk of catching food poisoning since the liquid becomes susceptible to bacteria and yeast forming inside the bottle.
Tips for Increasing the Shelf life of Vodka
Storing Vodka, the correct way helps keep its flavor intact for long. In order to store vodka safely and securely, it is vital to observe a few guidelines:
Light – Keep vodka in a dark place away from any direct light. Direct light can speed up evaporation for open bottles, or even eventually change the taste when closed bottles are exposed to the light for long.
Heat – Any extreme temperatures, either too hot or too cold, usually impact on the shelve life of vodka. This includes storage areas next to sources of heat or near cooling devices.
Position – It is highly recommended that your bottle(s) is stored in an upright position so that the liquid doesn’t leak.
Storage areas – Pick an area where there are no extreme swings in temperature, preferably in a liquor cabinet. There are also options for bottle bags and cases if you prefer using a shelf, or even ‘internally’, as the Russians say, huh!
To enjoy your vodka bottle for a little longer, ensure that the air, light, and temperature at the storage area are right.