Can you put vodka in the fridge?

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “can you put vodka in the fridge?” with an in-depth analysis of whether or not you can refrigerate vodka. Moreover, we are going to discuss factors affecting the quality of vodka and tips to properly store vodka.

Can you put vodka in the fridge?

You can put vodka in the fridge and it can chill there. Another way that you can use to serve vodka is to add ice cubes in the vodka while serving it in the glasses or if you are a fan of cocktails, you can also add cold juice in your vodka so that you can hit those high notes in the drink. 

It is worth mentioning if the reason behind storing vodka in the fridge is to increase its shelf life, then there is no need to refrigerate it as vodka already has a long shelf life when stored properly in a cool, dry, and dark corner of the pantry away from direct sunlight and heat.

What is the alcoholic content of vodka?

Vodka contains at least 40% ABV (Alcohol by volume) in its formulation.

What is the shelf life of vodka?

Unopened vodka lasts for an indefinite time but there is still some time limit in which you can enjoy the best quality and flavor of your vodka but again it is all a matter of your taste preference, how you like your vodka to be.

No doubt that the unopened bottle of vodka lasts for ages but an opened bottle of vodka retains its best flavor for about 10-20 years or even more depending upon the storage conditions it is kept in.

It is worth mentioning that the figures mentioned above are the estimated shelf life of vodka.

Are you supposed to drink vodka cold?

Vodka should be served chilled like any other drink. To cool vodka down to its proper temperature, it is better to place it in the fridge an hour before serving it.

What is the ideal temperature to store vodka?

The ideal temperature to store vodka is 55 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

Can you get sick from drinking old vodka?

Owing to its high alcoholic content vodka has a very long shelf life and can last for ages if it is stored properly. So it does not go bad in the conventional terms and does not make you sick or cause health implications like food poisoning.

It is worth mentioning that no doubt that vodka can last indefinitely but like every other food item after a certain time, it begins to lose its potency, thus with time its flavor, aroma, and quality begin to degrade. 

You can read how to make different vodka cocktails here.

Factors affecting the quality of vodka, once it gets opened

Once you open a bottle of vodka, you’ll notice that the flavor gradually fades over time. Oxygen and the volatility of alcohol are the two elements that cause this slow transformation.

Many volatile molecules are present in the vodka formulation, and they evaporate a little each time you open the bottle.

Furthermore, each time you open your vodka bottle, air (oxygen) enters the container, causing oxidation reactions to occur, lowering the vodka’s quality. As a result, the more oxygen that gets into your vodka bottle, the more of a difference in flavor you’ll perceive.

If you have a whole bottle of vodka, these changes won’t be noticeable and would hardly impact the quality of vodka but if you are only left with one or two drinks of vodka in the bottle then you will feel a noticeable difference in the taste.

Tips to properly store vodka

  1. The vodka starts to lose its characteristic flavor when it comes in contact with the air and sunlight owing to the oxidation reactions. Therefore to seal the freshness of vodka for quite a long time we recommend you always close the lid/cap of the vodka bottle as soon as you are done pouring the vodka that you need.
  1. Once your vodka bottle has been opened, it is recommended to always seal or close the cap of the bottle properly to minimize its air exposure.
  1. An unopened bottle of vodka can be stored in a cool, dry, and dark corner of your pantry away from direct sunlight and heat and it can stay there for quite a long time.
  1. Temperature fluctuations can degrade the quality of vodka so you should take care of this.
  1. When it comes to refrigeration, then there is no need to refrigerate vodka if the only reason behind refrigeration is to prolong its shelf life but if the reason behind refrigeration is to chill your vodka so that you can gulp down a glass of chilled vodka then you can go ahead.

Conclusion:

In this brief guide, we answered the question “can you put vodka in the fridge?” with an in-depth analysis of whether or not you can refrigerate vodka. Moreover, we discussed factors affecting the quality of vodka and tips to properly store vodka.

Citations:

https://pristinevodka.com/blog/do-not-put-vodka-in-freezer-ever#:~:text=Drinking%20vodka%20at%20room%20temperature,big%20fan%20of%20vodka%20cocktails.
https://www.quora.com/What-will-happen-when-I-put-vodka-into-a-fridge
https://www.insider.com/should-you-keep-alcohol-in-the-fridge-2019-2
https://www.liquor.com/articles/the-proper-way-to-store-your-liquor/

Mahnoor Asghar is a Clinical Nutritionist with a bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She is compassionate and dedicated to playing her part in the well-being of the masses. She wants to play a fruitful role in creating nutrition and health-related awareness among the general public. Additionally, she has a keen eye for detail and loves to create content related to food, nutrition, health, and wellness.