5 alcoholic beverages that need to be refrigerated


While most alcohol can be stored at room temperature, some favourites like a bottle of bubbly or white wine must be refrigerated for optimum serving preferences – chilled and/or frosted. In this post, we look at 5 alcoholic beverages that need to be refrigerated- perhaps you’re a restaurant owner preparing for a renovation project and need mobile cold room hire for temporary storage, or you’re interested in learning more about what types of alcohol you need refrigerated, whichever your motivation, we hope you’ll find our simple guide helpful.


You might already be storing leftover Rose and white wine in the fridge, but don’t forget to give an open bottle of red the same treatment. Though most red wines are served at room temperature, they quickly develop off flavours unless refrigerated. Once opened, wines should be consumed within a few days. Most “ready to drink” wines (meaning they are made for direct consumption and will not get better over time) can be safely stored for up to 8 to 12 months or so without significant loss of quality as long as it is kept in an area with the following minimum conditions: away from direct sunlight; kept between 4°C and 18°C, temperature doesn’t fluctuate more than 2 to 3°C and relative humidity levels are greater than 50%.

Sherry, Port and Madeira

Fortified wines do not have a high enough alcohol content to keep fresh without refrigeration. While these wines had a shelf life of approx. a month once open, more delicate varieties oxidise and lose their lustre quickly and should be consumed within a week, any remaining wine can be used for cooking.

Lillet, Cocchi, and other wine-based aperitifs

These will keep their flavour for a month or two if refrigerated but will spoil much quicker at room temperature.


One of the most commonly chilled alcoholic beverages however it comes down to taste preference, with some keeping it at room temperature and then serving it over ice cubes.


Who doesn’t love an ice, cold beer after a hot day in the sun.Beer benefits from cool temperatures. Store beer in an upright position in a cool place with a temperature of around 13°C. Quality is affected by both temperature and light. Higher temperatures and you’ll risk shortening the lifespan of your beer, lower and you’ll induce chill haze (cloudy). Also don’t place bottles horizontally as this can create a yeast ring inside the bottle that doesn’t settle.