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How Long Does Gin Last? [Shelf Life Guide]

Gin is a type of liquor that is flavored with juniper berries.

It can be mixed with other ingredients such as fruit juices, soda water, and tonic water to create cocktails.

Gin has a history that dates back to the 17th century, when it was an essential part of England’s trade industry.

In this blog post, we will discuss how long gin lasts after opening, how to store gin for later use, and how to make sure your gin never goes bad.

How to Store Gin?

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Do you love gin? It’s a stiff drink to come by in the hotter months, what with it being wintertime.

But we have some good news for all of the thirsty gunslingers out there: Gin can be stored at room temperature.

One of the most important things to consider when storing gin is humidity.

Humidity can affect your gin, so be sure that you keep it in a cool and dry place with as little exposure to direct sunlight as possible.

One more thing: don’t forget about temperature fluctuations.

You’ll want to keep an eye out for sudden changes between hot and cold temperatures.

Too big of a difference will cause condensation on the bottle, which could lead to mold growth or, worse – exploding bottles.

Experts recommend storing gin at a relatively cool temperature range between 55 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

Be aware that not all types of gin are safe for storage at room temperature; some varieties should only be stored chilled.

Be mindful of this before opening up any new containers – check labels carefully if unsure.

How Long Does Gin Last? Does Gin Go Bad?

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That depends on the type of gin you have.

Gin is made from various distilled spirits, including juniper berries and other botanicals such as coriander seeds or angelica root, which give it its distinct flavor profile.

The two primary types are London Dry (a dry martini style) and Old Tom Style (less sweet).

Most gins will stay good for at least three years if stored in cool dark areas, but some can be aged indefinitely like more expensive wines to achieve new flavors with time.

Right out of the bottle, gin easily lasts for a year before it declines in taste.

Like any other distilled alcohol, gin will begin to taste different each passing year that the bottle is opened.

That’s because of oxidation which happens when air comes into contact with an alcoholic drink.

Some gins are designed for this process by being aged more than others; these can be stored open or closed indefinitely without much decline in flavor.

How to Tell if Gin is Bad?

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If you want to make sure that your gin is of good quality before serving it, always smell the bottle and take a sip of the liquid.

If there are any particles inside the liquid, you may want to discard them immediately: It might be mold or sediment from grains.

Some types of whiskey also produce some sediment at its bottom as it ages, and this kind should not be consumed, so never let them shake or give them a tap on their inside wall if they have one.

After opening and smelling gins for quite some time, you’ll start detecting an off-putting odor that indicates spoilage has set in: Take note if there are different kinds of smells coming from the bottle.

Generally, gin doesn’t spoil.

Unlike other types of alcohol, holders of gin can open the bottle without it spoiling almost immediately because the mixture’s high alcohol content prevents microorganisms from growing inside the container.

That being said, when a bottle of gin is opened, it can spoil quickly if not stored at the correct temperature.

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How Long Does Gin Last? Does Gin Go Bad?

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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Shelf Life
Servings 1 Serving


  • Gin
  • Air-tight containers
  • Labels and markers


  • Read the guide thoroughly to learn how long it lasts.
  • Check the u0022Best-by-dateu0022 to know when it expires.
  • Make sure to store in an airtight container in a cool, dark place (pantry or fridge).
  • Always check for signs of spoilage before using.
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