Texans love their liquor and, while killing a bottle with friends is fun, sometimes you get some good - good that you want to savor and save. Here's how to make yours last longer.

Drinking is pretty popular in Texas and we have loads of Texas made products to choose from when it comes to party supplies.

Texas, overall, seems to prefer tequila which is not made in Texas but, no matter where your hooch comes from, you want to keep it tasting its best, right? Here's how ...

An open bottle of booze that sits too long probably won't make you sick but you will notice a difference in taste after 6 months - 2 years. An UNopened bottle will hold its flavor damn near forever.

Most unopened bottles of liquor can remain in storage indefinitely without impact on their flavor and potency if stored in the proper condition. Base liquors like whiskey, vodka, rum, brandy, gin, and tequila usually don’t have a high enough sugar content in them to kickstart oxidation. Their high-alcohol levels keep bacteria from growing in the unopened bottles. - webstaurantstore.com

Once you open it though, the clock starts ticking. Here's how to get the most out of your special bottle:

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Light and temperature are the biggest taste robbers so keep your bottle in a cool, dark place.

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If your bottle is corked, store it upright. Wines are stored sideways to keep the cork moist while liquor's high alcohol content can eat away the cork. Give it an occasional shake though.

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Know your alcohol content. The higher the ABV, the longer it will hold up. Liquor above 80 proof will show little change in taste or color.

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The amount of liquid is important. If there's less than a third of it left, just finish it off.

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Finally, you don't have to keep it in the freezer but you can.

Some booze is best chilled which is why I keep my tequila in the freezer. Don't worry, it won't actually freeze ... there's too much alcohol in it.

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