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Jan 10, 2009 01:25 PM

How long is opened vodka good for?

I have a barely used bottle of Smirnoff, triple filtered vodka that I swear must be nearly 2 years old. Is it still good for making penne al vodka? And by good is there anything dangerous about eating it? Sorry my knowledge of liquor is zero :)

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  1. As long as the cap was are good to go. Even if the cap was off, it's probably still good......unless there are bugs in it....then I would say to pour it down the drain.

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    1. re: fourunder

      Do bugs like Vodka?

      And yeah the cap was on it, not super tight, but tight enough I would think. It certainly didn't evaporate.

      1. re: foodsmith

        Fruit flies like alcohol, probably because of the sugars.

    2. I keep a bottle of vodka at my MIL's (to kill the pain!) and it lasts forever --- well, I don't LET it last forever but, yeah, you're fine.

      1. It should be good for another couple of generations.

        1. When Papa cleaned all the booze out of his wine cellar, under doctor's orders, he gave all of us whatever we wanted to cart home. We got two FIFTHS (anyone else old enough to remember that size?) of Polish buffalo-grass flavored vodka, somewhat diminished in volume but still very good indeed. I believe they date from when the wine cellar was built, around 1964.

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          1. re: Will Owen

            I do like that buffalo grass vodka - it's lovely. We're able to pick it up on Brighton Beach occasionally.

            1. re: MMRuth

              We'll be back in NY in June and will check it out.

              1. re: c oliver

                I do think it is probably available at regular liquor stores as well - I'm pretty sure we bought it in D.C. as well.

            2. re: Will Owen

              Old enough to remember a fifth? Havnen't actually heard the term in a long time, but isn't the 750ml size a fifth?

              1. re: bnemes3343

                I thought so too until I read something online. A 750 ml is still very often referred to as a "fifth" so the term isn't exactly as foreign as some people here make it out to be, but a true fifth is 757 ml... not much different.

                1. re: bnemes3343

                  but isn't the 750ml size a fifth?

                  although similar, it comes down to hard liquor industry standard for measurement which converted years ago. The old days were measured with the English system of measurement, e.g., Half Gallon, Quart, Fifth and Pint. Today's liquor standard for measurement is the Metric System, e.g., 1.75 Litre, Litre, 750 ml and 375ml.

                  I cannot recall specifically when the conversion of measurement was implemented, but my best recollection is over 25 years ago.

                2. re: Will Owen

                  I'm 36 and recall bottles being called fifths, or at least egg nog recipes asking for them. The term always confused me, as I assumed that it would be flask-sized (a fifth of a normal bottle)? But that didn't make sense either, and these weren't questions my parents really felt like answering.

                  (thank you fourunder for your explanation, as this has bugged me for awhile)

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