How and where should you store gin?
Here are some Do’s and Don’ts to store a bottle of gin for a longer period of time with the least disintegration of quality:
✔ Do seal the bottle tightly
✖ Don't leave the bottle open or with a pourer attached as an unsealed bottle may reduce the ABV of the gin and faster oxidation occurs
✔ Do store upright
✖ Don't store on its side if it has a cork stopper – like with wine, they interact with the alcohol over time and dissolve
✔ Do keep in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight
✖ Don't leave near direct or indirect heat such as that from sunlight, radiators or stoves. Oxidation occurs faster and degrade the quality of the botanicals
✔ Do consider pouring the remaining gin into a smaller sized bottle or in the fridge if you have less than half left
✖ Don't leave small amounts of gin on the shelf - the emptier the bottle, the faster oxidation occurs
✔ Do store gin in the freezer in warmer temperatures. This can be the only cool dry place to store gin in tropical areas or summer/spring months, plus chilled gin is perfect for instant cocktails!
Note: While gin can last a while, some types such as gin liqueurs or some flavoured gins may have natural ingredients added that degrade much quicker.