Can You Freeze Alcohol?

Our family really loves to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and even simple successes and accomplishments. At our parties, we usually include several alcoholic beverages and cocktail mixes. Oftentimes, there are leftover wines and liquors after the party. I wonder if I can freeze the leftover alcoholic drinks. Is it safe to freeze alcoholic drinks?

You are wondering if you can freeze leftover alcoholic drinks after your parties. Can you really freeze leftover and/or unopened bottles of alcoholic drinks?

The answer is yes and no. Several kinds of alcoholic drinks can be stored in the freezer and in the fridge. Unlike other kinds of food and drinks, alcohol requires a certain temperature to reach its freezing point. However, it depends on the type of alcoholic beverage and its alcohol content. Some kinds of alcoholic drinks will stay liquid after freezing for some time. On the other hand, some alcoholic beverages will lose their texture and quality after freezing. 

Can You Freeze Alcohol? 

There is a misconception that alcohol does not freeze. Alcohol or pure ethanol freezes at a certain freezing point. It is around -114oC and home freezers can only reach up to -20oC.

Certain types of alcoholic beverages will lose their flavor after freezing. Beer and wine, for example, can become slushy and lose their flavor after freezing.

Drinks with low alcoholic content, such as beer and wine, can freeze easily because it has more water content. Water will freeze at 0oC, but hard liquor such as vodka or gin will stay liquid even after freezing.

Amaretto, vodka, whiskey, gin, and other liquors with higher alcohol content are less likely to freeze in home freezers. Irish cream can also be put in the freezer, but it can also become slushy if left for a longer time.

When you put beer or wine into the freezer, make sure that you take it out after a few minutes. You can wrap it in a wet paper towel before putting it into the freezer so it will chill but stay liquid after a few minutes.

Do not leave beer and wine in the freezer overnight. The water will freeze and expand. It will cause the cork to pop or the bottle to crack. This will create a mess in your freezer. 

How to Freeze Beer, Wine, and Other Alcoholic Drinks

These are some steps and tips in freezing alcoholic beverages:

  • Beer has 3-10% alcohol content. It will freeze in temperatures of -2o
  • Wine has 8-14% alcohol content. It will freeze at -5o
  • Do not leave beer and wine in the freezer for a long time. Putting it in the freezer for a few minutes is enough to chill it.
  • The temperature of the freezer will make the water content of beer and wine expand. It will cause the cap to burst and the cork to pop. It can even cause the bottle to crack. This can lead to an unsightly mess.
  • If you live in a place with a cold climate or during winter, do not leave beer and wine (even sodas) outside or in the car for a long time. Those can become frozen or slushy. It can also create a mess in your car.
  • Liquor with 40% alcohol (or 80 proof) can freeze at -27o Even hard liquors can freeze and pop in extremely cold climates. Be cautious if you are living in a cold area.


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Wrap Up

It’s important to know that not all drinks can be frozen safely without losing their texture or flavor. If your drink has low alcoholic content (like beer and wine), it may freeze easily but won’t maintain its original taste after thawing out. Liquor with a higher alcohol content will stay liquid even when frozen; however, liquor over 40% alcohol should never be put into the freezer because it could burst open if left there too long.

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