What alcohol should be kept cold?
The rule I use is: If it's under 15% alcohol or if the base is wine, it goes in the fridge once it's open. Spirits like whiskey, rum, gin, vodka, etc. don't need to be refrigerated because the high alcohol content preserves their integrity.
As beer isn’t popular when it’s served with ice, and it’s not the most pleasant when warm, this is a beverage that should almost always be in the fridge. The ideal temperature for beer is about 5 degrees Celsius, so refrigeration offers the most ideal storage temperature.
While we did say that distilled drinks should be kept out of the fridge, we did also say that there are exceptions. Vodka is a spirit that can either be kept at room temperature or kept in the fridge. It’s really down to individual preference. In fact, vodka can even be stored in the freezer. This is because drinks with an alcohol content higher than 35% can be stored in the freezer and won’t freeze. However, just keep in mind that you should always add ice to dilute vodka.
While most people keep and serve white wine straight from the fridge, it’s best served at a temperature of 10 degrees Celsius. While that’s way too high of a temperature to keep a fridge at without making food unsafe to eat, it’s worth removing your white wine from the fridge about 10 to 15 minutes before it’s to be served. You basically want it to warm up a little bit, but not too much.
Unlike white wine, most people keep red wine in the cupboard. This is due to red wine often being served at room temperature. However, it should be treated as the inverse of white wine – you should stick it in the fridge about 10 to 15 minutes before it’s to be served. The ideal temperature for red wine is a little bit higher than white wine, but room temperature isn’t ideal. Cooling it down in the fridge before it is to be served will bring it into the ideal range.