Sunday, September 16

How long does liquor or liqueur last?

Reader Question:

Just found your website last night, it's delightful!  Very useful and I'll be using it a lot.

Just a quick question about Chambord: how long does it last and how can I tell if it has turned.  There's so much conflicting info on the web and got two different answers from the nice people at my favorite liquor store.

So glad to see someone else enjoys a Manhattan!

My response:

Thanks for reading! Basically the higher the alcohol content, the longer the shelf life.

Over 40% (or 80 proof) has no expiration
30 to 39% would have an expiration of about 2 years
16 to 29% would have an expiration of about 1 year
Less than 15% would expire in about 6 months

In all cases it will last longer sealed in a cool dry place. The variation of proof is probably why you get different answers. Chambord for example is 33 proof (16.5% Alcohol) which I would put just at the 1 year mark on shelf-life.

Proof by the way is times 2 the percent of alcohol. One or the other will be displayed on the bottle in question.


1 comment:

Cetkat said...

If you're worried about not getting through the Chambord and are open to alternatives, both Drillaud and Montbisu make an excellent "framboise" (meaning raspberry) liqueur that is half the price, and IMO better than Chambord. I prefer the Drillaud, and go through it easy.. but at $15, it's easier to toss & replace if rarely used. I'd suggest picking one up while you still have the Chambord and tasting side-by-side. That's what I did. I found it worked much better in the Strawberry Lemonade (citrus vodka/chambord/lemonade) that I like. (It seems to have been named from the result rather than the ingredients..)