Can Vodka Go Bad

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Stocking your liquor cabinet with vodka, whisky, gin, and other types of alcohol is a popular hobby for adults, but what happens when some of that alcohol goes unused? There are times when you can see a huge sale on bottle of vodka at the local liquor store and you’re tempted to buy a few of them for your collection. Can you feel comfortable knowing that your supply won’t be ruined if you don’t use or drink it right away? Can vodka go bad? It’s important to waste the money and you don’t want to get sick from drinking bad vodka either. By reading and learning more about the process of storing vodka correctly and expanding upon the shelf life, you will be able to make sure your vodka lasts for a longer amount of time.

Shelf Life of Vodka

Vodka is one of the most common and popular spirits of all the liquors. It can provide endless options for cocktails, margaritas, and other types of mixed drinks. Vodka is a distilled spirit that’s stable and can last for a very long time. The question remains, can vodka expire? And how long does it stay good for? The answer to these questions is that if the vodka bottle hasn’t been opened yet, then it can last forever. If you open the bottle of vodka thirty or forty years after first purchasing it, the vodka will taste the same as it would if you opened it a week after initial purchase. Storing the vodka in a certain place may affect its’ taste a little bit after a while but the change would be extremely minimal. Also, some liquid may evaporate after a long enough period of time but the changes are usually not noticeable.

Does Vodka Go Bad After Opening the Bottle?

After using the bottle of vodka, will it go bad eventually after opening? The liquid is more likely to evaporate quicker due to the change in chemicals from the cork being loosened and more vulnerable to the elements. However, this evaporation will not take place over a year or two but rather over the course of a few decades.

After the first decade or so, the vodka will start to lose its’ original flavor and texture after it has been opened. The taste will go from being okay or tasty to being terrible and unappetizing. Even if the vodka doesn’t do bad in terms of not being edible, you’re at a much higher risk of catching food poisoning from drinking an old bottle of vodka if its’ been open for many years. This is because an opened bottle of vodka will become weaker over time and more susceptible to bacteria and yeast forming inside the bottle.

The proof of the bottle may drop from its’ original percentage to below twenty-five percent which would make it more risky to drink. While possible, drinking old vodka will often not lead to food poisoning. However, you should check to see and inspect the vodka to make sure it hasn’t developed a strong odor or if its’ developed an odd flavor or different appearance from before. If any of these warning signs become real, it would be best to throw away or discard the old bottle of vodka because it may be unsafe to consume.

How About Flavored Vodka?

Check the labels of flavored vodka, depending on the brand, these may be recommended to consume withing 2 years of purchase.

Storing The Vodka

In order to keep your vodka stored safely and securely, it’s important to observe a few guidelines in order to get the most out of your money. Storing the vodka correctly will allow you to keep the flavor and taste of the product the same for a longer amount of time. Increasing the lifespan of the vodka will keep it from going bad.

  • Keep the vodka from being out in the light for a long time. Make sure you store the vodka in a dark, dim place such as a liquor cabinet or a cupboard. Direct or bright lights will affect your vodka after a while.
  • Your vodka must not be exposed to the heat as much as possible. Avoiding extreme hot or cold temperatures is very important for correct storage of the vodka. Storing your vodka in a heated place, or in a cold freezer is highly inadvisable.
  • Seal your vodka as tightly as possible and make sure you use the original cap or cork. Replacement caps or pourer devices are not adequate substitute for the original cap or cork when you’re storing your vodka for future use.


Above all else, it’s important to find a good storage place for your vodka. Ideally, you’ll find a cool, dark place like a liquor cabinet or cupboard for the long term. If you store your vodka in the right ways, you will be able to use and drink your vodka for a couple of decades. Vodka doesn’t expire or go bad, but you may want to taste test it first if you haven’t drank it in a few years or more.



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