You may want to rethink how you’ve been storing your bottle of Baileys, as the brand has issued a warning.
The Irish cream liqueur, which first hit shelves in 1974, is a staple drink to enjoy over the festive period.
It’s ideal for those who have a love of both alcohol and chocolate.
If you plan on enjoying a tipple or two of Baileys anytime soon, it’s probably best that you know how to store it properly as apparently, many have been doing this wrong.
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It turns out, you don’t need to store it in the fridge if you want it to remain fresh.
Although it may seem obvious to some that this is fine, many people have taken to X (formerly Twitter) and shared that they store their bottles of Baileys in the fridge.
“Woo hoo! Can’t wait. Baileys is chilling in the fridge,” tweets one fan.
Another adds: “Baileys is so f****** delicious. I can’t help but take a little swig whenever I pass the fridge…”
Over on the alcohol brand’s official website, the brand explains: “Baileys Original lasts two years from the day of bottling, opened or unopened when stored at the optimum temperature (0 to 25°C/32 to 77°F).
“No, Baileys does not have to be stored in the fridge. The recommended storage temperature for Baileys is 0°C to 25°C and not in direct sunlight.”
Plus, Baileys’ fans should not freeze the Irish cream liqueur as the alcohol won’t freeze but the cream will.
It’s still a good idea to check whether your bottle of Baileys is still fine to drink.
Simply Called Food advises you to analyse its smell and check if the texture has changed. If anything is different, it’s best not to drink.
And when it comes to getting rid of your gone-off Baileys, it’s also important that you don’t pour it down the sink!
Apparently, it can cause your drain to become blocked.
Alex Saunders, head of Southern Water’s wastewater network, tells the Irish Mirror: “Something like Baileys, which has a cream content could add to problems. No one likes a nasty surprise over the festive season and a blocked drain is no different.”
While Director of Blockbuster Drainage, Kevin Began, explains that the alcoholic drink can get stuck in the ‘U’ bend under the sink due to ‘its thick consistency’, as it prevents other liquids from passing through.
Instead, it’s advised that you pour the drink into a ‘sealable container and dispose of it in your general waste bin’.
Jamie Woodhall, UK Technical and Innovations Manager at Rentokil Specialist Hygiene, adds: “You should only pour water-based products down a sink, or those that are water-soluble.”