New Year’s Eve Alcohol — How Long Will It Be Good?

New Year's Eve is celebrated with dancing, eating, drinking, and watching or lighting fireworks. The first time alcohol was recorded as being used to toast the New Year was during the reign of Julius Caesar. The alcohol that was used was even described as having a similar taste and texture to modern champagne. With New Year’s Eve right around the corner, many folks may be wondering how long their favorite alcohol will be good once it's opened. Casual drinkers will be delighted to discover that an unopened bottle of alcohol has an indefinite shelf life, and an open bottle of spirits (tequila, rum, gin, vodka, whiskey, and bourbon) can be consumed for up to two years. On the other hand, wine and beer are much more finicky and should be consumed within a week of being opened. The rule of thumb for beer is up to 2 days, while white wine is good for 3-5 days. Sparkling wine is good for 1-2 days, and red wine lasts 3-4 days.