Can you freeze tequila?

In this article, we will answer the question “Can you freeze tequila?”, and how to make tequila lime boozy pops?

Can you freeze tequila?

No, you cannot freeze tequila. Freezing temperatures ruin the aromatic properties of tequila. Frozen tequila tastes like a bland frozen drink. 

So if you do not want to waste your money, always store your tequila at room temperature. Some types of alcohol like beer and wine freezer quite well but not for too long. 

How to make tequila lime boozy pops?

To safely freeze the frozen desserts, the amount of alcohol is kept at a minimum. To make the best ice pops, the ideal mixer to alcohol ratio is  4-to-1 or lower.


  • 10 thin slices of lime
  • 10 think slices Persian cucumber
  • 2 1/2 cups limeade
  • 1/2 cup silver tequila
  • Tijan spice to taste


  1. Pack a lemon and a cucumber slice in each ice pop mold.
  2. In a small pitcher, mix limeade and tequila. Then pour the mixture into the ice pop molds. Cover the ice op molds and pop a wooden stick into each mold. Freeze for at least 4 hours or overnight for best results.
  3. Unmold the ice pop by running a butter knife under the cover to loosen the lid. Do this which each mold so that the ice pop comes out. Then freeze the ice pops in a freezer bag for later.
  4. Sprinkle with Tijan spice before serving.

The freezing temperatures of alcohol

The following guidelines are not a drawn line on the rock. Even a slight change in the alcohol content can change the way a certain type of alcoholic drink acts during freezing. 

Type ABV Freezing point Notes and examples 
Beer 3-12%28 F (-2 C)Only a quick chill in the freezer is recommended
Wine 8-4%23 F (-5 C)Do not freeze wine for more than 1-2 hours
40-proof liquor 20%22 F (-7 C)Includes many low-proof liqueurs like Irish cream. They turn slushy (sometimes) with a permanently layered texture if frozen for too long
60-proof liquor 32%-10 F (-23 C)This includes a liqueur-like amaretto and a flavored whiskey like Fireball. They freeze well
80-proof liquor 40%-17 F (-27 C)It includes  standard base liquors like gin, vodka, whiskey, etc. They freeze quite well

Best alcohol to freeze

The freezing point of 80-proof liquor is somewhere around -17 F (-27 C). The regular home freezers are unable to reach such low temperatures because they operate at zero degrees Fahrenheit (-18 degrees Celsius). 

A chest freezer might do the job for an 80-proof liquor but not for a 100-proof liquor. Generally, you can safely freeze any type of vodka. That prized limoncello (average 30 percent ABV) is also freezer safe for a few hours.

Why is vodka often frozen but whiskey isn’t?

Whiskeys and other barrel-aged spirits contain a rich number of volatile aromatic compounds that taste best at room temperature. Therefore, such types of spirits are stored cold not freezer cold. 

On the other hand, cleaner spirits like vodka do not have many volatile aromatic compounds to lose. It is recommended to store vodka at 32 degrees Fahrenheit to enjoy its best flavor. 

If you have cheap vodka, you can store it at a temperature lower than 32 degrees Fahrenheit. It will make the drink smoother and make it less harsh.

Alcohol you shouldn’t freeze

The alcohol content of beer and wine is comparatively lower than liquors. Therefore, beer and wine freeze quite well. However, you should only place your beer or wine in the freezer for a quick chill.

Prolonged storage in the freezer will turn your beer or wine slushy which cannot be used for drinking purposes. If you do not want to simply discard your slushy beer or wine, you can use it in cooking.

Since the beer and wine are bottled under pressure to retain their carbonation, they will explode in the freezer if store for too long. This is because the water in the beer or wine expands during freezing.

Storing alcohol outside in the winter 

If the outside temperature is cold, you can take advantage of it and save your freezer or fridge space. Just place your beer or wine outside for a few hours or until they reach your desired drinking temperature. 

This hack is particularly useful when you have guests over and a huge collection of beers and wines brought by the guests. If the night temperature falls below 0 degrees, keeping the drinks outside for the entire night will make them slushy. 

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In this article, we answered the question “Can you freeze tequila?”, and how to make tequila lime boozy pops?