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By: Laura Moss on Dec. 8, 2010, 11:15 a.m.
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Hard liquor

Mixing drinks at your holiday party? There's no need to replace those decades-old bottles of gin and whisky. Distilled spirits like vodka, rum, whisky, tequila and gin don't ever spoil — even after opening. The taste, color or aroma may fade over time, but it'll hardly be noticeable. Keep the bottles tightly closed and store them in a cool area away from direct heat or sunlight.