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Oct 28, 2006 03:41 PM

How long do liquors like Kaluha and Bailey's Last?

We have opened bottles of Kaluha and Bailey's Irish Cream and we're not sure if they're safe to drink. I don't worry about old Vodka, but I just don't know what to make of these types of liquor.

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  1. Kalhua and any other non-cream liqueur should be fine basically forever as long as you keep the top sealed firmly to prevent evaporation and oxidation.

    Cream liqueurs like Baileys usually have instructions on the bottle. Baileys says it is good for 2 years unopened for best quality and to refrigerate once opened and with a six month shelf life.

    1. Thank you, I wasn't sure if either were cream based, though if I had to guess I'd have said both were.

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      1. re: Rick

        Cream based liqueurs are always a light milky color. If it's dark or clear, definitely not cream based.

      2. A bottle of Bailey's rarely lasts past eleven P.M. in my house.

        Bada boom. Thank you very much. I'll be here all week, thank you.

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        1. re: fnarf

          Yeah, I just noticed that the bottle of Bailey's I bought over the weekend says to consume it before 8/2008. That won't be a problem.

          It also says to store it between 41 and 77 degrees F. Our fridge is about 39 or 40, according to the thermometer we keep in there. And I suspect that the pantry gets over 77 sometimes. Guess we'll just have to drink the stuff.

          Anybody ever try making your own? (Irish cream liqueur, that is.)

          1. re: seefood

            Bringing back an old thread to describe my experience. Two hours ago I opened a bottle of Baileys Original with an expiration date of 09/2008. It had been kept in a dark, dry place at cool room temperature. Somehow it got shoved to the back and forgotten while newer bottles were used.

            I poured some in a glass. It smelled OK. Looked OK. Tasted OK. After two sips, I left it in the glass for two hours. Now I can see some deterioration. The inside of the glass is coated with sugar crystals from swirling. In bright light I can see a thin layer of small particles floating on top that look like fat globules. It's clearly starting to break down.

            1. re: seefood

              I've made a version of it a few times. I'm not a fan of that stuff myself, but it's gone over well with family and friends. I stored a bottle in the freezer for several months with no apparent effects, except a little separation (just shake to fix).

              Here's what I used, although I've tweaked it a couple of times:


          2. I use this recipe to make my own and it is great. It says you can keep up to 2 months, but ours never lasts that long! :) I'll never buy it again!!!!!