Does Kahlua go bad? The answer for the much awaited question starts from here!
Kahlua is derived from an Arabic word Kahwa which means Coffee. A chemist named Montalvo Lara invented Kahlua blending it with rum, vodka, and coffee. When primitive drinks like whiskey and vodka dominated the graph this drink made its debut and had hit the market, unlike any time. Unlike other drinks, Kahlua’s caffeine flavor attracted hands from all nook and corners. And from then on it continued to linger on each and every lip possible in the town. Undoubtedly this coffee enriched flavor did not cocoon its presence in Mexico but soon began to be sold worldwide.
There are many drinks preferred by different people worldwide and no drink can be always right and fit at the same time. And so is Kahlua. Like other drinks which taste better and its after-effects are deeper Kahlua is not. This drink comes in three forms namely the Original, the Flavored and the Ready-to-drink one.
Does Kahlua Go Bad?
The question is does Kahlua go bad in few years? Or in other words does Kahlua expire at any time. Here is your answer. It is incredible to have after 4 years from its production date. Yes, you heard it right. It can last for more than four years if stored properly. Sugar and alcohol content act as preservatives hence this liquor definitely has an extended shelf life. The shelf life of Original Kahlua is comparatively more (more than 4 years) than the other two varieties. Since it has coffee beans extract it contains caffeine in a calculated amount which is as good as the caffeine content in coffee. This refreshes your neurotic system thus keeping you agile and healthy if taken in a proper dosage.
Causes of Kahlua going bad and its preventive measures:
1) Improper storage:
Not storing it seal tight can be one of the reasons why Kahlua can deteriorate sooner. Not storing it seal tight can cause any unsuitable external factor to come in contact with the liquor which may spoil its chemical mix.
Preventive measure: Storing it seal tight with its original cap always helps to maintain its quality and taste. Hence even if the bottle is half used it is good to close it tight to preserve its properties.
2) Storage Temperature:
Storing it in a freezer is not suitable for Kahlua. By storing it in such a chilled temperature you tend to decrease its consistency. Once the consistency is reduced it is clearly unfit for drinking.
Preventive measure: The temperature suitable for storage of Kahlua is around 10 to 15 degree Celsius in the dark away from the sunlight. So you can basically refrigerate your drink for reap its pleasures for long time.The properties can be retained by maintaining this condition.
It is OK to keep the liquor in the freezer 15 – 20 minutes before consuming this drink as it is good to have chilled Kahlua. But storing it in the freezer for longer duration is not recommended.
Before grabbing the drink it is always good to do a physical check of the liquor just to make sure that the drink is alright and you can enjoy it without giving a second thought. Most of the times it will definitely be ok and fit to drink. There are a few physical checks you can perform instantly just before buying it.
1) If the drink has lost its coffee flavor and fragrance it’s clear that the Kahlua is not a fresh one and it’s not so fit to drink as it is the sign of its expiry.
2) If the drink has become viscous or if it has lost its consistency that signifies that it has not been stored properly or it might have frozen/ chilled which is not correct.
3) If the crystals of sugar are found at the bottom of the bottle it is time to discard the liquor.
4) Change in the color of the liquor- If the color variation is observed to be too extreme as compared to the master drink it is better to discard the liquor.
5) Make sure to clean the cap of the bottle before closing it as the bacteria present in the cap may ruin the liquor.
Above-mentioned are few factors that can directly affect the life of this precious liquor. Storing the liquor properly is not just a concern for the deteriorating taste of the liquor but also for one’s health.
On the contrary, if it is stored properly, even after four years this liquor doesn’t actually become unfit to drink but it’s coffee flavor and other brain-engaging properties might fade off eventually. These preventive measures are not just confined to this particular drink but can be observed for everyone. It is just that the coffee enriched personality makes it more sensitive and highly attractive which calls for more attention.