Last Updated on August 20, 2023 by Practical Cooks
Sometimes, it’s just nice to have a cold, relaxing beverage. Sometimes, it’s nice for that icy beverage to have a little kick to it. That’s what you get out of a Smirnoff Ice.
But, does Smirnoff Ice actually ever go bad?
Beverages with alcohol have something that most other drinks can’t claim. That special trait is longevity. Smirnoff Ice, like other similar drinks, doesn’t really go bad. You can keep it bottled up for years, open it one day in the future and it will still be good.
Once the bottle has been opened, it’s recommended that the drink be consumed within two years.
What does the Smirnoff Ice expiration date mean?
The date printed on the side is actually dating the brew. There is no actual expiration date since the drink doesn’t expire. The code you see on the bottle tells a story about when and where it was made.
Smirnoff will be good forever unless it’s opened. To be fair, the drink can lose carbonation over time.
Does Smirnoff Ice need to be refrigerated?
If you’re referring to the malt being cold when you drink it, yes. Drinkers will definitely want to have it served ice cold. Otherwise, there’s no need to keep it chilled.
Keep a couple in the fridge, if you like, but the rest can wait in the cabinet until it is expected they will be consumed. What you want to avoid is multiple sessions of chill and thaw.
If this happens on multiple occasions, it can have an impact on the taste of the Smirnoff.
What’s the best way to store Smirnoff?
Thanks to Ice being an evergreen drink, storage is flexible. Probably the best place to put bottles that don’t yet need to take up prime fridge real estate is a pantry or cabinet. That way, they are easily accessible and should not get in the way.
Make sure to keep the stock of Smirnoff in the house. It’s not a good idea to leave what you’ve got in the elements of a shed or garage.
Things like heat could mess with the chemicals inside the bottle. If there’s a freeze, it could break a glass bottle.
Pick a place inside the house that is most convenient for your drinking needs. If you’re trying to keep them away from little hands, put a pack on top of the cabinet or on a top shelf.
Heck, even the top shelf of a laundry room will keep them safe.
How much alcohol is in Smirnoff Ice?
If you’ve had one, there is a striking realization after a few sips. The first thought is likely how it doesn’t seem to taste like there is any alcohol in it. Most people who have tried the drink have had the same confusion.
That basically boils down to two things. The first is the flavor. Most Smirnoff Ice drinks have fruity flavors, which make them quite popular among certain age demographics. That flavor is a good deterrent to alcohol being the focus.
The other factor is the amount of alcohol. Each bottle contains 4.5%. So, as you can imagine, that’s not a whole lot. Between fruity flavors, 4.5%, and carbonation, these are easy to drink.
That can get drinkers in trouble, especially those new to drinking in the first place. Drinking something that doesn’t seem to have alcohol in it means you’re likely to drink more. Perhaps more than you really should.
Can you get intoxicated from Smirnoff Ice?
There’s always someone in a group who claims to be lightweight when it comes to drinking. Getting a buzz and being drunk are two very different things, though. It really all depends on the BAC, blood alcohol content.
Someone may be drunk but not really show signs. However, if their BAC was tested, they’d be over the limit. That’s what people mean when they say they can hold their liquor.
It’s not that they have some magical power that enables them to drink more. Most drinkers have no idea how much things like their balance and vision have been impacted.
For a majority of drinkers, it would take about three bottles of Smirnoff Ice to put them over the limit. That may not sound like a lot, especially when there’s an event going on, but it’s important to keep that number in perspective.
If you’ve only had one and feel woozy or have had several but still feel fine, both are scenarios for getting a ride home.
Which Smirnoff has the most alcohol in it?
If you’re looking to upgrade your Ice experience, Smirnoff has a multitude of other options made with vodka. This one change increases the alcohol content significantly!
Smirnoff Blue or Silver Label Vodka has up to 50% alcohol inside. That’s a huge jump from 4.5% in the malts.
Knowing that upfront will help you make a better decision about what you’d like to drink and the potential issues it could cause.
Smirnoff products can be purchased in single-serving bottles or in larger jugs. The best place to check out all the options is at a store that specializes in alcohol.