When Liquors and Cocktail Ingredients Expire

Newsflash: vintage bar carts are back in style. It’s time to head to your attic or basement, dust off the old bar cart and bring it back into use. Or, if you’re new to bar carts, you could check out antique stores or yard sales for a great find!

Once your bar cart is in place, it’s time to clean it up! Read our guide for how to clean off your bar cart, and make sure that the liquor that is already there has not gone bad. It also serves as a handy guide for the shelf life of each bottle you plan to stock. So if you just opened a bottle of creamy coffee liqueur, make sure you plan to serve your guests Irish coffees within the next few months, before it goes bad.

Source: Belly Up to the Bar Cart

I would have been skeptical except my girlfriend’s parents keep their liquor above the built-in oven for some unknown reason. We had a glass of bourbon out of a 1/4-full bottle that had been getting warmed up a couple times a day and it was so very, very wrong. It wasn’t a lack of subtlety, it wasn’t some evaporation, it was spoiled.  So, it can happen. I found this out the hard way.

I think if the temperature is low and the seal on the cap is good, it probably will last just about forever, though.

Make Jell-O Shots You’ll Actually Want to Eat

If you’re feeling the mid-winter blues, you’re not alone — not by a long shot. Sure, you could try to cheer yourself up with a mug of hot cocoa, but some days just call for something a little stronger.

Source: 5 Cocktail-Inspired Jello Shots

The basic formula is the same for each. You’ll need a non-alcoholic liquid, booze, and gelatin (two packets, always). The exact amounts of liquid vary from recipe to recipe, but you’re generally aiming for a cup of non-alcoholic liquid (like juice) and 1/4- 1 cup of booze, depending on the potency.

Calorie Conscious Alcohol Drinks: How to Imbibe Without Breaking Your Caloric Limitations

To get technical: The higher the alcohol content, the less calories you’ll end up taking in since you’ll get drunk much much faster.  So beer is the worst option, and Everclear or pure alcohol is the best.  Vodka is just as good as Everclear because it’s basically grain alcohol diluted with water.

Alcohol has 7 calories per gram.  So 100 mL of something with more alcohol content in it will have more calories.   If you’re drinking beer over liquor, you’ll end up consuming more calories. If we’re strictly talking pure liquor (no mixers, etc), then it’s not going to make a difference what you drink really. Clear alcohols like Vodka, Gin, and Everclear will have less calories than, say, Rum, but even then you’re talking the difference of maybe 30-40 calories a shot?  However 40% ABV rum has pretty much the same amount of calories per shot as 40% ABV vodka or gin (maybe +/- 3 calories per shot). The % ABV is the main determiner of how many calories will be in a shot of hard alcohol – see here. This isn’t true if you are drinking something like Malibu or some sort of liqueur which has a lot of added sugars and stuff, but for things like Captain Morgan or Maker’s Mark, it will be.

You’re reading it in his voice, aren’t you?

Keep in mind to make sure you have enough to eat beforehand within your caloric limits or something to snack on during. You can try to cut calories all you want with your choice of drink, but what’s stopping piss-drunk you from grabbing fast food at 3 AM – undoing all that calorie-cutting effort?

Alcohol & Blood Thinners

There is not a lot of information about vitamin K content specifically in various alcohol sources.  In general, they are considered “low” – meaning 4 mcg or less – but here’s the kicker: for 4 fl. oz/~100 mL.

Per warfarin/coumadin literature, alcohol can affect warfarin/coumadin to increase the possibility of bleeding.  It’s recommended that you take no more than two (2) drinks per day.  A drink being:

  • 12 oz/35o mL beer
  • 5 oz/150 mL wine
  • 1.5 oz/50 mL liquor

That’s heavily generalized, based on alcohol content.  Some beers can be 8%, wines can be anywhere from 10% and up.  Please do not rationalize the suggested criteria as “two of the highest potency available”.