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Do you have to refrigerate an infused alcohol?

vdubplate Aug 13, 2011 09:26 PM

I'm making some infused tequilas tonight that have fruit in them. If they are submerged in tequila does the alcohol need to be refrigerated? I am assuming that it does. I have been to bars where they have jugs infusing on the shelf but that might be for show and it would look great on our shelves in the dining room if we didnt have to.

  1. yarm Aug 15, 2011 10:40 AM

    It depends on what it is. Something short-lived like a nasturtium infusion will go quicker at room temperature. Others, like Earl Grey, will last a while either way you store them. Bars can get away with it since their turnover is a lot quicker than at home. And the only way to determine the stability at either temperature is empirically -- either through your own experimentation or reading others' advice.


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    1. re: yarm
      vdubplate Aug 15, 2011 12:33 PM

      Its Tequila. 1800. I put it in the fridge. I was worried. Would have looked cool on a shelf though.

      1. re: vdubplate
        yarm Aug 15, 2011 02:07 PM

        It still depends on what you infused it with. Somethings are more robust and last, others fade, and still others can change like growing bitter over time (accelerated by warmth).

        1. re: yarm
          vdubplate Aug 24, 2011 02:25 PM

          Good tip thanks man. We made the mistake of trying to mix 2 flavors together and found that the mixture changes drastically over time

    2. hill food Aug 14, 2011 06:29 PM

      usu those jugs are being used for the 'signature' or 'crafty' cocktails. but as there is turnover, refrigeration isn't much of an issue.

      1. EvergreenDan Aug 14, 2011 09:50 AM

        If the proof is anywhere near liquor strength, they will be fine. Below around 20% might be a concern.

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        1. re: EvergreenDan
          vdubplate Aug 14, 2011 06:45 PM

          The proof is 40%. What do you think?

          1. re: vdubplate
            EvergreenDan Aug 14, 2011 08:37 PM

            Should be fine.

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