When was the last time you took a sniff of that old whiskey bottle sitting in the liquor cabinet? Or how about the wine buried deep in the refrigerator?
Ahead, get educated on how to properly store your alcohol, so that tomorrow's happy hour doesn't taste stale.
The Sideways Rule
Both red and white wine do best when sitting sideways - meaning, cork not facing towards the sky. This helps prevent cork dehydration and helps prolong the taste and consistency of the wine.
Cool, Dry Temperatures
Many alcoholic beverages require a cool, dry environment so that they don't go bad. Red wine, for example, should not go in the refrigerator, nor in a spot where exposed to a warmer climate.
Know When to Freeze
Freezing alcohol can be a tricky topic. Distilled liquors such as vodka, gin and whiskey have a high freezing point, whereas beer and wine are much lower.
So, feel free to throw that bottle of vodka in the freezer, but take note: After a while, the consistency will appear thicker, and lose some of its strong flavor.
No Sun, No Problem
Keeping your alc' out of the sun is a first-priority rule. Not only can the heat and warmth from the sun make the alcohol turn over or go bad, but it can also deteriorate or rot the bottle's cork or the bottle itself.
To help, try keeping your liquor cabinet away from windows or any areas of the room that get alot of sunlight.
Consistency Is Key
When it comes to liquor, it's important to keep consistent with temperatures. This means your bottles shouldn't often jump from cold temperatures (such as the refrigerator) to warmer temperatures (such as out in the backyard).
Try using bottles you drink alot within an 8-month period.
The Rules of Beer
Six packs of cerveza get their own liquor cabinet hacks. Of course, beer - whether bottled or canned - is best kept unopened. However, if you already took a crack at it, an opened beer should be disposed of or drank within a few days. If unopened, it can be stored for up to 6 months.
Beer aficionados will be thrilled to hear that craft brews do the best if stored for a long period of time, in order to give it time to mature and develop a deeper flavor.