How to Store Tequila
Whether you like it cold, at room temperature, or in a delicious cocktail, knowing how to store tequila can make all the difference.
Aug. 7, 2023
HOW TO STORE UNOPENED TEQUILA BOTTLES
Tequila comes in a glass bottle and is sealed tightly with a cork. This prevents air from entering your spirit. Store your bottles in a cool, dark place, away from direct sunlight, and any source of heat. It is best to store your tequila in an upright position. Unlike wine, tequila does not benefit from being stored on its side. In fact, storing bottles upright helps prevent contact between the liquid and the cork, reducing the risk of spoilage.
TO CHILL OR NOT TO CHILL
Tequila does not require refrigeration. In fact, refrigerating tequila is not necessary and may even alter the taste and aromas that are meant to be enjoyed at room temperature. The same goes with freezing tequila—the low temperatures may cause its compounds to separate and the texture might become thick, syrupy, and undesirable. If you do prefer your tequila cold, chill it in the refrigerator for a short period of time before serving. As a general rule of thumb, your tequila should be stored in a consistent environment. Fluctuations in temperature can affect its flavor and quality. Ideally, store tequila between 59º to 68ºF.