Never mind the formalities then, let’s just jump to the point. While doing some research duringÂ the Salted Peanut Old Fashioned Bottled Cocktails post, one of the points stressed by many was that you couldn’t do two things: bottle cocktails that contained dairy and those that contained fresh juice. Since I too can fall victim to the echo chamber here on the internet, I initially took those as solid facts that could not be defied. That is until I decided I didn’t quite believe the one about the juice.
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 areÂ 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.
If you went ahead and bought some of those nifty home bottling accessories for that Old Fashioned post, you’re ready to start. If not, check the bottom of this post for links!
Bottled Corpse Reviver #2
yields 5 cocktails (or 5 bottles)
3.75 ounces gin, here I used Broker’s
3.75 ounces Cocchi Americano
3.75 ounces Cointreau
3.75 ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice, strained of pulp/seeds
5 dashes Absinthe, here I used St. George Spirits
5 ounces filtered water
Sanitize five 187 ml bottles (dishwasher works fine for this, or you can place bottles in boiling water for 10 minutes). Combine all ingredients into a large measuring glass with a pour spout.Â Stir to combine.Â Mix should total 20 ounces. Using a funnel, pour 4 ounces into each bottle. Cap the bottles and store in the refrigerator. To serve, gently shake bottle, uncap and either serve from the bottle or pour into a chilled cocktail glass.
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 laterÂ from start date. Lemon less sharp. Mellower flavor. No noticeable compromise in quality.
- Bottle #3: 96 hours laterÂ from start date. Still no noticeable compromise in quality. Flavors still distinguishable but overall less sharp.
- Bottle #4: 10 daysÂ 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 byÂ 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.
Product resources for bottling cocktails:Â Â CapsÂ /Â BottlesÂ /Â Capper