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Opened Campari lasts around 6-8 months and unopened Campari can last up to 10 years when stored properly.

Campari can go bad more quickly than this if it is stored incorrectly.

Campari liqueur

Understanding Campari

Campari is a popular Italian aperitif known for its distinctive bitter flavor and vibrant red color.

It’s made from a blend of herbs, spices, fruits, sugar and alcohol, giving it a complex and unique taste profile.

Campari flavor profile

It is not known extactly what Campri is made of and the recipe is a closely guarded secret.

That said, it features hints of herbs, spices, and citrus fruits, creating a complex but harmonious taste.

Campari is a unique blend of bitter and sweet notes. It has a bold bitterness balanced by subtle sweetness.

The aroma is fragrant, with herbal and citrus undertones.

Campari alcohol content

Campari is between 20.5-28.5% ABV, depending on where it is sold in the world, making it a moderately strong spirit.

The ABV level contributes to Campari’s versatility, allowing it to be enjoyed neat, over ice, or as an ingredient in various cocktails, such as Campari and soda.

Even though the alcohol content may vary slightly from country to country due to different regulations and production methods, Campari’s signature taste remains consistent across the globe.

Campari is 24% ABV in the United States and 25% ABV in the EU.

Campari alcohol content

Factors that influence Campari’s shelf life

The shelf life of Campari can be affected by a number of factors:

Exposure to Light and Air: Keeping Campari away from direct sunlight and exposure to oxygen is crucial.

Light and oxygen can speed up the breakdown of flavors and lead to a decline in quality.

Store your Campari in a dark, cool place and ensure the bottle is tightly sealed after each use to minimize exposure.

Temperature Fluctuations: Fluctuations in temperature can harm the overall integrity of Campari.

Avoid storing it in areas prone to temperature swings, such as near stoves or windows.

Aim for a consistent, moderate temperature environment to maintain the best quality.

Changes in Humidity: While Campari is relatively stable, extreme humidity levels can affect its taste and texture.

Store it in a dry place away from moisture and humidity sources like sinks or refrigerators.

A cool, dry pantry or cupboard is ideal for long-term storage.

Risk of Contamination: Campari can pick up odors and flavors from nearby substances.

Store it away from strong-smelling items like cleaning chemicals or pungent foods like smelly cheese.

Additionally, make sure the bottle is clean before pouring to prevent any contaminants from affecting the taste.

How to tell if Campari has gone bad

Identifying whether Campari has gone bad is relatively straightforward. Look for the following signs:

  • Check for any changes in color, texture, or aroma. Campari should have a vibrant red hue and a clear appearance.
  • If it appears cloudy or has sediment at the bottom of the bottle, it may have spoiled.
  • Similarly, if it has an off-putting odor or tastes significantly different from its usual bitter-sweet flavor, it’s likely past its prime.

Does opened Campari go bad?

If stored correctly, Campari will last around 6-8 months after opening.

It may last longer than this, up to 1 year, but it will deteriorate over time.

Does unopened Campari go bad?

Campari typically has a long shelf life, thanks to its high alcohol content, sugar and other stable ingredients.

When stored properly in a cool, dark place away from sunlight and extreme temperatures, unopened Campari can maintain its quality for several years.

Unopened Campari can last for 10 years if stored correctly.

However, it’s essential to note that while Campari may not spoil, its flavor profile may change subtly over time if stored for an extended period of time.

How to Store Campari properly

Proper storage is crucial to maintain the quality of Campari.

Store in a cool, dark place: Find somewhere away from direct sunlight and heat sources like stoves or radiators. A pantry or cupboard works well.

Avoid temperature fluctuations: Ensure the storage area remains consistently cool.

Fluctuating temperatures can affect the taste and quality of the Campari.

Seal the cap tightly: After each use, make sure the cap is sealed tightly to prevent oxidation, evaporation and maintain the flavor.

Check for leaks or damage: Inspect the bottle regularly for any signs of leakage or damage. If you notice any, transfer the Campari to a new container to avoid spoilage.

Keep away from strong odors: Store Campari away from strong-smelling items like onions or cleaning products. Campari can absorb odors, which may affect its flavor.

Consume within a reasonable timeframe: While Campari has a long shelf life, it’s best consumed within a few years for optimal taste.

Does Campari need to be refrigerated after opening?

Campari does not need to be refrigerated after opening, but it’s best stored in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight and heat sources.

Refrigeration is not necessary due to Campari’s high alcohol content, which acts as a natural preservative.

However, if you prefer to enjoy Campari chilled, you can store it in the refrigerator if you prefer.

Remember to seal the bottle tightly to prevent exposure to air and contaminants.

Tips to keep Campari from going bad

To prolong the shelf life of Campari, follow these tips:

  • Keep it sealed: Always tightly seal the bottle after each use to minimize air exposure.
  • Store it properly: Store Campari in a cool, dark place away from sunlight and heat sources.
  • Avoid temperature fluctuations: Fluctuations in temperature can accelerate spoilage, so maintain a consistent storage environment.
  • Use clean utensils: When pouring Campari, use clean utensils to prevent contamination.
  • Monitor for signs of spoilage: Regularly check the color, aroma, and taste of Campari for any changes indicating spoilage.
  • Consume within a reasonable timeframe. While Campari doesn’t expire like food, it’s best enjoyed within a few years of purchase for optimal flavor.

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