Can Vermouth Go Bad

does vermouth go bad

Vermouth is a popular type of alcohol that is most similar to aromatic wine in terms of its’ ingredients which are plant-like. Some of the ingredients for vermouth include roots, barks, spices, herbs, and other kinds of natural substances. With its’ origins in Italy starting from the 18th century onwards, vermouth is used most modern-day cocktails and mixed drinks. Vermouth can be both sweet and dry in terms of its’ flavor and can come in different flavors such as rose, white, red, and amber. Vermouth has since spread around the world in terms of its’ overall popularity and usage in many different types of alcoholic beverages. If you’re planning to have a big family party or want to have a gathering for close friends, you may decide to buy a couple of bottles of vermouth in order to make some cocktails for your guests. If that’s the case, you end up going to the local supermarket one day and see that there’s a big sale on bottles of vermouth. Considering how expensive a bottle of vermouth can be, should you go ahead and store a few extra bottles for your upcoming party? Will you be able to store your vermouth successfully for the long-term without any trouble? The ultimate question remains; does vermouth go bad?

Does Vermouth Go Bad?

Unfortunately, the answer to this question is yes, vermouth can go bad. Since it is most similar to wine as an alcoholic beverage, vermouth will last for a long time but it still has an expiration date for its’ overall quality and texture. While you will still be able to drink the wine, the taste will decline over the years especially after the bottle is opened. You don’t have to throw out the bottle but if you want good quality, it may be best to replace the vermouth after some years pass by. To get the most out of your vermouth product, read on to find out more about how to store the product, its’ usual shelf life, and signs of bad vermouth.

Storing The Vermouth

The most important thing to consider when storing vermouth is to keep it in a cool, dark, and dry place. You’ll want to put the product in a place that is away from any heat, sunlight, water or other harmful outside elements. The best places for storage for your bottle of vermouth would be in the liquor cabinet, inside the kitchen cabinet or cupboard. You could also place the vermouth bottles in the wine cellar where it will definitely be cool, dry, and dark.

After opening the bottle of vermouth for the first time, it’s important to re-seal it tightly and to make sure that the cap or the cork is still functioning properly. It is also recommended to go ahead and store the opened bottle of vermouth in the refrigerator where the quality of the contents can be stored for a longer period of time and be kept in good standing. It’s preferable to store the vermouth in the refrigerator if you prefer keeping it at a colder temperature and you’re not sure when you’ll be using the product again.

Shelf Life of Vermouth

Despite its’ known similarities to wine, vermouth is meant to be consumed shortly after purchase. It’s quite the contrast to wine in that vermouth does not age well. The quality of the vermouth will begin to decline after the bottle is opened for the first time and afterwards. You should consume the vermouth up to a year after initial purchase of the product because after a year’s time, the quality will start to seriously decline.

The actual vermouth won’t go bad after only a year after purchase but the quality and taste won’t be as good. It’s especially important to start using the vermouth within six months of purchase for best results. The vermouth should have a pretty good taste and quality even after six months of initial purchase. If you decide to refrigerate your bottle of vermouth, it is likely that it will last for a year and a couple of months afterwards where it will still be good to use and consume. Lastly, if you decide to buy sweet vermouth rather than dry vermouth, it will last longer than the former because of the ingredients used.

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Signs of Bad Vermouth

It’s inevitable that the vermouth will go bad on you eventually as mentioned before previously. However, what are the signs to look for to find out whether or not your bottle of vermouth really should be in the trash or not? You should first look to see if there have been any changes in color or overall appearance with the vermouth. If there is any discoloration or growth of mold or bacteria forming in the bottle, it would be necessary to throw the vermouth away. If you’re still not sure, you should smell the vermouth to see if it still has its’ original odor. If the odor has become increasingly pungent or smells off, it may be best to discard of the product.

Lastly, if you are still not convinced after those two tests of smell and color, it would be best to do a small taste test of the vermouth with a spoon. You won’t get sick from tasting a small amount of vermouth with a spoon even if the product has gone bad. If it tastes bad, smells awful, and has mold forming in the bottle, it’s better to be safe than sorry and throw the vermouth out to be replaced.


Vermouth is a type of alcohol that is most similar to wine. However, unlike wine, vermouth needs to be enjoyed and used soon after purchase because it does not get better with age like other alcohols. Even if you’re not able to use your vermouth for a few months after purchase, do not worry. You can rest assured that if you store the product properly, it will still have a good taste and quality for up to an entire year and maybe longer. If you follow the steps outlined in this article, you’ll be more than ready for the next dinner party or family gathering. Good luck!



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