I was fairly certain that you could bottle juice in a cocktail, what would change over time would be the quality. So, I decided I should find out what that shelf life would be.
The cocktail I chose to test was the Corpse Reviver #2. Why? Because lately this had become Christopher’s drink of choice at home and he could give a fair assessment of the changes the bottled drinks would take on over time.
A couple notes here before we start:
- I am not a scientist, although I like to pretend to be in my head.
- The experiments were not done in a controlled lab situation but in a home kitchen, like the one you have, so that’s probably a better place to test these out if YOU are making them.
- Bottles were stored in a refrigerator to help keep them climate controlled. If you leave these in your pantry your results could be different.
And the results?
- Bottle #1: 24 hours later from start date. Sharp lemon flavor with strong anise notes. No compromise in quality.
- Bottle #2: 48 hours later from start date. Lemon less sharp. Mellower flavor. No noticeable compromise in quality.
- Bottle #3: 96 hours later from start date. Still no noticeable compromise in quality. Flavors still distinguishable but overall less sharp.
- Bottle #4: 10 days from start date. Drinkable but flavor is one note and muddied. Too mellow. Bland.
- Bottle #5: 15 days from start date. Not passable. Too bland. Still drank it in the name of science though.
If you’re having company or expecting people to drop by at any time, a small batch of these kept in the fridge for a week will be fine! But after that, the quality starts to drop and guests will think you mucked up the recipe. So…drink ’em up.