Thinking of storing some of your liquor bottles in a freezer? While higher-proof alcohol will not freeze in a home appliance, some flavored spirits and liqueurs certainly will.
If you ever wondered if butterscotch schnapps will turn solid in your freezer, we can help answer that for you. We researched this spirit from multiple professional sources, so you'll know what will happen.
Butterscotch schnapps will likely freeze in your home's freezer. Whether or not it will do so depends on the alcohol content of the spirit.
Now that we know that butterscotch schnapps will likely freeze, we'll take a look at what temperatures you can expect it to happen. You might also be curious if schnapps needs to be refrigerated or if alcohol will freeze if it is mixed with juice.
For the answers to these questions and more, read ahead in this post to see what our research has uncovered.
The temperatures that various butterscotch schnapps will freeze
We all know that putting water inside a home freezer will soon turn into ice. The freezing point of this liquid is 32 degrees F. But if you put pure alcohol in the freezer, it stays in liquid form no matter how long you keep it there.
That's because alcohol has a lower freezing point than water, meaning you'll need a lot more refrigerant than your home appliance can provide to turn it solid.
But we don't drink pure alcohol. The spirits that some of us imbibe average 40% alcohol [80 proof] for liquor and range from 15% to 35% alcohol for liqueurs [30 proof and 70 proof, respectively].
This "watered down" form of alcohol will undoubtedly freeze at higher temperatures than pure alcohol, but that doesn't mean they will all turn into ice cubes.
The alcohol content of butterscotch schnapps varies by brand, and so will the temperature at it freezes at
Butterscotch schnapps has an alcohol content that will vary from brand to brand. With minimal exceptions, this liqueur has an alcohol content of 15 to 21% [30 proof and 42 proof, respectively]. But will an alcohol content this low turn to ice in your freezer?
Based on alcohol percentage, here are the rates your spirits will freeze:
- 50% alcohol will freeze at -25 degrees F.
- 40% alcohol will freeze at -10 degrees F.
- 30% alcohol will freeze at 5 degrees F.
- 20% alcohol will freeze at 15 degrees F.
- 10% alcohol will freeze at 25 degrees F.
- 5% alcohol will freeze at 28 degrees F.
Your freezer at home will get as low as 0 degrees F. Assuming it is on the lowest setting, you can expect the butterscotch schnapps to freeze so long as its alcohol content is roughly 37% or lower.
As most butterscotch schnapps have an alcohol content below this, count on it becoming solid as a rock if it's left in the freezer too long.
Does schnapps need to be refrigerated?
You might be aware that some liqueurs need to be kept refrigerated once they are opened.
Whether it's to keep the dairy in some from spoiling or to help keep warmer oxygen from ruining the flavor in others, home bars should always leave a bit of room in the fridge for a few bottles.
But when it comes to schnapps, you can just keep it on the liquor shelf.
The alcohol content of schnapps and the sugars added to the liqueur help preserve the flavor. Additionally, there are no ingredients in a schnapps that would make it spoil. So once you have opened up the bottle, leave room in the fridge for your sweet vermouth and your Irish cream.
Some do prefer to take sips or shots of various forms of schnapps chilled, however. Tossing a bottle of this spirit in the fridge won't harm it. Just be sure that if you place it in the freezer, you don't keep it in long enough for it to freeze!
Will alcohol freeze if it is mixed with juice?
Earlier in this post, we discussed how alcohol has a freezing point much lower than water. Spirits higher than 38 percent alcohol can sit in the freezer forever and still not become ice.
But once a spirit is diluted with a liquid that has a higher freezing point, the game changes some.
Juices are mostly water and will freeze at 32 degrees F. So if you add juice to a standard spirit, you will raise the temperature so that it will become frozen.
A little bit of juice added to a bottle of spirits won't make it freeze in your freezer. But dilute it too much, and you'll find your concoction solid like an ice cube.
In short, alcohol will freeze if too much juice is used to dilute it. So if you are adding these two liquids together and planning on chilling them in the freezer, it's best to keep a close eye on them to be safe.
Why do some people freeze vodka?
You might have known someone that offered you a drink only to retrieve a bottle of vodka from their freezer.
We know from our earlier discussion that vodka, with an alcohol percentage of 40, will not freeze. So why keep it chilled with the meats and the ice?
Vodka is mostly odorless and tasteless. When you lower its temperature, you are adding a bit more consistency and thickness to the spirit. This makes vodka easier to drink, especially if you are imbibing on shots.
A perfectly chilled vodka will also make for a better vodka martini. Shaking an already 0-degree spirit with lots of ice will dilute it less as the ice will not melt as quickly.
This is why many older Americans kept their vodka bottles tucked neatly away inside their kitchen appliance.
Can you get drunk off of butterscotch schnapps?
By now, you're aware that butterscotch schnapps has a lower alcohol percentage than liquor. This might make you tempted to drink more of it, as you may think that it won't get you to the point of intoxication.
Or at least as quickly. While it will take a bit more of this liqueur to get your blood-alcohol content to the legal limit, butterscotch schnapps will still get you drunk.
The rate at which a person becomes intoxicated is based on many factors. It's not just based on what spirit a person is drinking, although that is a big component. Gender, how much you've eaten that day, your drinking rate, and more will determine how your body processes the alcohol.
While there are mathematical formulas out there that can ballpark your blood-alcohol content based on what you are drinking, it's best to drink moderately and with some caution.
You can still get beyond the legal limit, whether you are drinking a higher-proofed whiskey or a lower-alcohol liqueur. Play it safe, and always use an Uber or a designated driver if you consume too much alcohol.
What can butterscotch schnapps be mixed with?
As a liqueur, butterscotch schnapps will give a rich and warm element to cocktails and shots. While some might prefer to drink it straight as a shooter, others will use it as a liqueur that enhances other spirits and flavors.
Mixing butterscotch schnapps with an excellent Irish cream has been a bar favorite for decades. Many bar patrons will also use a bit of this spirit to tone down a whiskey.
And at holiday time, butterscotch schnapps can be the perfect spirit to liven up your homemade eggnog recipe!
The butterscotch flavoring really stands out if mixed with a flavorless spirit like vodka. Try combining these two spirits with a good coffee liqueur and feel your taste buds explode with sensation.
Butterscotch schnapps is a popular liqueur used for various cocktails and shots. Many people do prefer to have this spirit chilled and will do so in their home freezer. Do this with caution, however, as it will freeze in hours.
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