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Avoiding Spoilage: How Long Does Kahlua Last?

Do you know what the popular cocktails Espresso Martini, White Russian, Black Russian, and Baby Guinness have in common?

All these drinks have one ingredient in common: kahlua. We can use this liqueur in making desserts like amaretto.

Kahlua is a liqueur originating from Mexico. According to Wikipedia, This alcoholic drink contains rum, sugar, vanilla bean, and Arabica coffee.

This drink has been the top-selling coffee liqueur since its introduction in 1936.

According to Country Wine and Spirits, it takes seven years to make a bottle of kahlua.

Kahlua also contains caffeine because of its coffee content. Alcoholic drinks are usually aged drinks.

We do not freshly squeeze them out of a fruit or instantly make them by easy blending.

It takes a long time for the alcohol to act up. So then, does kahlua go bad?

Does Kahlua Go Bad? How Long Does Kahlua Last?


Yes, kahlua can go bad due to the presence of sugar in the drink. Although it does not reach the point where drinking spoiled kahlua will have adverse health effects, this drink can lose its flavor.

As told by the official kahlua website, this alcoholic drink has a shelf life of four years.

The product will remain drinkable long after this duration, but the impact of the coffee in the drink diminishes by the end of four years.

For different kahlua flavors, it is best to drink before two years. Ready-to-drink kahlua, on the other hand, lasts for only one year.

These figures are carefully tested and recorded by experts from TheKitchn.

Opened bottles of kahlua will not taste as good if kept open and unconsumed for a longer time.

For example, if you open a kahlua bottle and drink it in a week, that will taste better than a bottle of kahlua that has been kept open for more than three months.

The opened kahlua starts to deteriorate after eighteen months. The main problem with kahlua regarding its expiration and spoilage is that the quality of taste gets hindered.

Or else, the drink is still drinkable and will not harm your health unless drunk in unhealthy amounts.

You can keep your unopened kahlua rightly stored by keeping it in a cool and dark place.

You can store it in the fridge after opening the bottle, make sure you close the bottle with the original cap.

Although you need not refrigerate kahlua, it is tastiest when you serve it chilled.

How to Tell If Kahlua Is Bad? Kahlua Shelf Life!


Unlike whiskey and vodka, which you can store for an indefinite period, kahlua has an expiry date, so to say.

This expiry date is mainly because of the sugar present in kahlua. Sugar, as an ingredient, makes the food or drink go bad.

Although most alcohol drinks (like cognac, tequila, …) remain drinkable past its normal expiry date, there are some sure signs which make kahlua unfit for consumption:

  • Formation of mold growth in the cap, bottle or surface of the drink.
  • Unnatural color of the drink. If the drink doesn’t have its original colour, it is best not to drink it.
  • If the liqueur starts to give off a bad or off smell, the drink has likely gone bad.
  • If the drink starts to taste weird or not like what it is supposed to taste, the kahlua is unsafe to drink.

To avoid the signs of bad kahlua, as mentioned above, you should know how to store kahlua properly.

Always keep the kahlua sealed with its original cap, and placed in a cool, dark, and dry place.


Does Kahlua Go Bad? How Long Does Kahlua Last?

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Shelf Life
Servings 1 Serving


  • Kahlua
  • Air-tight containers or Ziplock bags
  • 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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