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How Long Does Evan Williams Eggnog Last? Storage Guide

How Long Does Evan Williams Eggnog Last

Have you ever wondered, “How long does Evan Williams Eggnog last?”

Well, you’re in for a treat. In this post, I’ll share some insights on how long you can enjoy this holiday favorite.

I’ll share tricks based on my experience and handy storage tips to make your store-bought or homemade Eggnog last longer. Let’s go!

How Long Does Store-Bought Evan Williams’ Egg Nog Last?

Person Holding Bottle of Evan Williams' Egg Nog

How long store-bought Evan Williams Original Southern Egg Nog lasts depends on whether it’s been opened or not.

  • When stored (opened), Evan Williams Eggnog can last up to five days to more than one week in the fridge.
  • When stored unopened, Evan Williams Eggnog can last up to six months after its sell-by date and up to 1-year after its expiration date.

Unlike homemade Eggnog, which is best after 3+ weeks, store-bought versions have shorter shelf life (when opened) due to preservatives and pasteurization.

Our easy to enjoy beverage adds a twist to the traditional Egg Nog, blending extra-aged Evan Williams Bourbon with real dairy cream.” – Heaven Hill

As observed, enjoy your opened Evan Williams Eggnog within seven days to guarantee its freshness.

But before consuming Eggnog, inspect the sell-by or expiration date, and exercise discretion if it smells sour, has a lumpy texture, and has unusual tastes to avoid food poisoning or foodborne illness.

Evan Williams’ Eggnog’s Shelf Life

Evan Williams' Egg Nog Bottle and a Glasses


As mentioned, Evan Williams Eggnog lasts about five days in the fridge. If you properly store it in an airtight container, it can last for an extended period of up to more than a week.

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Unopened Williams Eggnog lasts six months to a year past its sell-by or expiration date. But know that the longer the Evan Williams Eggnog sits, the more intense the alcohol content flavor gets.

In short, Evan William’s Eggnog can taste more alcoholic Eggnog (because it’s made with real bourbon) the more you store it.

Quick Tip: This crowd-pleaser, seasonal favorite – Evan Williams Eggnog – is made with Evan Williams Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, rum [1], blended whiskey, and brandy with Eggnog. It’s perfect for any holiday gathering and pairs well with peppermint schnapps, cognac, Scotch, and brandy. 

Does Evan Williams Egg Nog Go Bad?

Yes, Evan Williams Egg Nog may go bad even before its expiration due to improper storage since it contains dairy products like pasteurized eggs (or raw eggs), which triggers harmful bacteria to develop.

Although this popular Holiday drink is claimed to be a non-perishable product, it can go bad depending on how it is stored.

Remember, Evan Williams Eggnog should be refrigerated to keep the Eggnog fresh and safe.

How Long Does Evan Williams Eggnog Last In The Refrigerator

Man Holding Bottle of Evan Williams' Egg Nog

How long is Evan Williams Eggnog good for in the fridge depends on its condition. It can last 5-7 days in the fridge if opened and six months to one year if unopened.

For store-bought Eggnog, store it in the fridge immediately once opened. Do not leave your Williams Eggnog at room temperature for more than two hours, as it might spoil quickly due to the dairy ingredients.

“Cheers to happy holidays, and eggnog memories that linger warmly.” – Liquor Laboratory 

If you opt for homemade ones, consider using premium quality heavy cream, whole milk, egg yolks, nutmeg, vanilla extract, and bourbon [2] for fresher and longer spans.

How Do You Know It Has Gone Bad?

  • The creamy texture becomes lumpy.
  • The pleasant nutmeg aroma and creamy taste have turned sour.
  • The cream color changed unusually, with some lumps.

FAQs Related to How Long Does Evan Williams Eggnog Last?

Can you drink a year-old eggnog?

You can drink a year-old Evan Williams Eggnog, but it’s not recommended, particularly if opened.
There’s no rule against letting it mature for a year, but personally, I’ve never tried drinking a one-year-old eggnog. It’s best to enjoy Eggnog immediately when it’s fresh.

Does Eggnog from the liquor store go bad?

Yes, Eggnog bought from the liquor store can go bad. Like any dairy-based product, it has a limited lifespan and can spoil if not stored properly or consumed within a certain timeframe.

What is the recommended method for storing Evan Williams eggnog after opening?

It’s best to store Evan Williams eggnog in its original container with a tightly sealed lid in the refrigerator to maintain freshness and prevent spoilage.

Can Evan Williams eggnog be frozen to prolong its shelf life?

Yes, Evan Williams eggnog can be frozen if you wish to extend its shelf life beyond the recommended storage period. Transfer the eggnog to an airtight container, leaving some space for expansion, and freeze it for up to 2-3 months.

What is the best way to determine whether Evan Williams’ eggnog has turned awful?

Signs that Evan Williams eggnog has gone bad include a sour or off smell, visible mold growth, or an unusual change in texture or appearance. If you notice any of these signs, it’s best to discard the eggnog.

Can I use Evan Williams eggnog past the expiration date printed on the container?

It’s generally not recommended to use Evan Williams eggnog past the expiration date, as its quality and safety may be compromised. It’s best to adhere to the expiration date for optimal enjoyment.

Can I mix Evan Williams eggnog with alcohol to extend its shelf life?

Mixing Evan Williams eggnog with alcohol, such as bourbon or rum, does not extend its shelf life. While alcohol can act as a preservative, it won’t prevent spoilage indefinitely, so it’s still important to refrigerate and consume the eggnog within a reasonable timeframe.

Are there any tips for serving Evan Williams eggnog to maximize its freshness?

Serve Evan Williams eggnog chilled over ice or lightly warmed with a sprinkle of nutmeg or cinnamon for added flavor. Avoid leaving the eggnog at room temperature for extended periods to maintain its freshness.

Key Takeaways

Remember that opened Evan Williams Eggnog should be enjoyed within a week for the best flavor and safety.

Unopened bottles have a longer shelf life of several months to one year, but I highly suggest consuming them immediately to savor their rich, creamy flavor fully.

If you really need to store this delicious drink for the holiday season, proper storage is key – refrigerate it, but not for more than one year or so.

Whether you’re ready to indulge immediately or age it, storing your egg nog correctly ensures a delightful and safe experience. Happy sipping!


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