Why You Should Never Put Tequila In The Freezer

Tequila is one of those liquors where people seem to fall into one of two camps — either they like it, or they hate it with such passion that even the mere whiff of it sends them running for the toilet. For those of you out there who consider yourselves fans of this Mexican spirit, knowing how to go about storing tequila is of paramount importance. 

Letting it sit in the sun is never a good idea, because not only will it evaporate quicker, but according to Patrón Tequila director of production, Antonio Rodriguez, the sun's UV rays can affect its taste (via Cosmopolitan). Opting for the freezer might seem like a viable solution as then your tequila is already chilled and ready for margaritas, but this too isn't the best idea. 

The freezer can alter tequila's aromatic properties

If you're drinking some garbage tequila, the freezer probably won't do much harm, but please don't put good tequila in the freezer. By doing so you're almost certainly guaranteed that your tequila "will be too cold for you to smell the aromas," said Rodriguez. "When you're [drinking] a high-quality tequila, you want it room temperature, so you can get the aromas and components tequila is made of." 

One person on Reddit said that they put their bottle of tequila in the freezer and noticed that it developed ice shards. While they didn't say whether or not it altered the taste, a $60 bottle of tequila is probably not going to benefit from ice shards. 

While Liquor.com does abide by the room temperature rule for tequila, they actually recommend a very chilly room — between 55 and 60 degrees. This will preserve the tequila — or any distilled spirits — that much longer. 

There certainly right ways and wrong ways to use your freezer, but keeping tequila where you keep frozen peas is just wrong.