Gin Storage Debate: Refrigeration or Room Temperature?

Are you a gin aficionado puzzling over the optimal storage for your favourite spirit? The question of whether to refrigerate gin or not is a common one, stemming from the quest to maintain the flavour profile of this distinctive drink.

Should gin be refrigerated?

Fundamentally, gin, with its high alcohol content (usually 37.5-47.5% ABV), is naturally preserved and resistant to spoilage. Therefore, it doesn’t require refrigeration for preservation purposes. So, in terms of necessity, no, gin does not need to be refrigerated.

However, the decision to refrigerate gin can be influenced by personal preference and practicality. If you’re one to enjoy your gin neat or on the rocks, a chilled bottle might add to the pleasure, enhancing certain botanical nuances. Additionally, having your gin pre-chilled offers convenience for spontaneous cocktail mixing sessions. Yet, if you’re facing a space crunch in your fridge, rest assured your gin will fare perfectly fine at room temperature, stored in a cool, dark place away from sunlight and heat sources.

There is, however, a caveat to extremely low temperatures. Although it might seem appealing to have your gin ice-cold, storing it in the freezer isn’t generally recommended. Freezing can mask gin’s complex array of botanicals, hindering the full flavor experience. In essence, the decision to refrigerate your gin is yours to make, based on your drinking preferences and space availability. But remember, whether refrigerated, room temperature, or even served on the rocks, the magic of gin lies in its enjoyment!

Hi I'm Martin and gin is one of my favorite alcoholic beverages. I started this website to share my experiences. For now I primarily just drink it, but I'm starting to build up a small collection of bottles at home and who knows maybe in the future we'll make it together.