There is nothing like a refreshing cool sip of your favourite drink. One of the newest and most refreshing is the hard seltzer. They combine the low carbs and calories of seltzer water with light flavouring and an alcohol spike. But what about if you don’t have a fridge for them or don’t have time to put them in one. Do you have to refrigerate hard seltzer?
Do you have to refrigerate hard seltzers?
You do not have to refrigerate hard seltzers. The ideal environment to store them is a cool dry area, out of the direct sunlight. The main purpose with refrigerating a hard seltzer is to make it even more thirst quenching but a room temperature will not make it go bad.
Can a hard seltzer go bad if it is not refrigerated?
Like most products, a hard seltzer has a use by date, which is designed to enjoy it before it degrades.
If you store a hard seltzer at extremes of heat or cold it can affect the flavour and in terms of heat, raise the possibility of it going bad.
Can hard seltzers be stored at room temperature?
Yes, hard seltzers can be stored at room temperature. However, it is important to note that the quality of the drink may decrease over time if it is not stored properly. Be sure to store hard seltzers in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. If stored properly, white claw should remain fresh for up to six months.
Can a hard seltzer go off?
Hard seltzers can go off if it’s not stored properly. If you leave it out of the fridge for too long, or if it gets too warm, the alcohol can start to spoil and the flavor can change. So make sure to keep your Hard seltzer cold and enjoy it fresh.
How do you know a hard seltzer is off?
Perhaps the easiest way to tell anything is off is to give it a sniff. Does it smell like you would expect? If you have ever smelt rancid meat, you know what i mean!
If it smells ok but tastes a little off, this is the next stage where you can avoid drinking any more. Perhaps there isn’t the amount of fizz you would expect there might have been a leak. If the colour is not clear or the flavours aren’t right then don’t drink any more and move on.
Can a hard seltzer get skunked?
“Skunking” is most commonly applied to beers. It is when the hops in the beer reacts with light to form unpleasant musty flavours. The beer needs to contain hops and be in a glass bottle. As hard seltzers do not contain hops and are in cans, they cannot be skunked.
How skunking happens, its risks and how is it avoided is actually very interesting. For more information on skunking, read my article here
Can you drink an opened hard seltzer?
You can drink an opened can of hard seltzer if it has only been open for less than a few day and stored correctly. If you are unsure how long it has been opened for or has a leak then it is not safe to drink.
Your hard seltzer can go off as well as loose fizz and flavour, the longer it is opened.
How long do you have to drink an opened hard seltzer?
If you open a can of hard seltzer but don’t finish it, then put it back in the fridge. If you do this, you have about 3-4 days to drink it.
The carbonation (fizz) will remain, although diminish, over the 4 days. If it is in the fridge, this minimises any bugs getting in and spoiling the hard seltzer or the temperature affecting it.