Fizzy drinks are very popular, whether drunk on their own or as a mixer with a spirit such as vodka or gin. However, is it possible to freeze fizzy drinks? The answer is yes but it’s not really the best idea as they will go flat when put in the freezer. The same goes for ice lollies made out of fizzy drinks.
In addition, fizzy drinks usually have a long shelf life so why would you want to freeze them? However, perhaps you really do want to freeze fizzy drinks if, for example, they are near their best before date. If so, we will tell you how to do so here.
How To Freeze Fizzy Drinks
The most important thing to remember is to be careful. Don’t put a bottle or can of fizzy drink directly in the fridge because the liquid will expand. This could lead to the bottle cracking or the can exploding, leaving a mess in your freezer.
This is the way to freeze fizzy drinks:
1. Put the fizzy drink into an airtight container.
You can put it in a Tupperware box (see also Can You Freeze Food In Tupperware?) or a freezer-safe bottle. Make sure that you don’t fill it right to the top as the liquid will expand. You can put it in multiple containers so that you only defrost what you need at a time.
2. Put a label on the container with the date and contents.
If you want to make ice lollies out of the fizzy drink, just pour the drink directly into the molds.
How To Freeze Popular Fizzy Drinks
How To Freeze Lemonade
Lemonade is a very popular fizzy drink and it can be frozen in the way detailed above. It will lose its fizz but as you can buy a still lemon-flavored drink, it probably won’t taste so bad. You will still get a strong lemon flavor (see also Freezing Limoncello).
How To Freeze Cola
Cola can be frozen in the way we have described above. However, it will go flat, and unlike lemonade, flat cola isn’t particularly appetizing. It might be better to make ice lollies out of cola rather than freeze it for drinking purposes.
Tips For Freezing Fizzy Drinks
- It is better to make ice lollies rather than freeze the fizzy drinks as they are. You won’t notice the lack of fizz quite as much.
- Don’t freeze your fizzy drinks in cans or bottles as the liquid will expand and the can will explode or the bottle, crack, making a mess in your freezer.
- Make sure that you don’t fill your container or freezer-safe bottle right up to the top because the liquid will expand.
For How Long Can You Freeze Fizzy Drinks?
You can’t freeze fizzy drinks for long. We suggest that you don’t freeze them for longer than two or three weeks. We recommend that you don’t freeze them at all unless you don’t mind a flat drink. They have a long shelf-life so there seems little point in freezing fizzy drinks.
How Do You Defrost Fizzy Drinks?
To defrost a fizzy drink, all you need to do is to take it out of the freezer and leave it to defrost for a few hours. You will end up with a lovely cold drink, albeit flat!
If you have frozen the fizzy drink in a lolly mold, all you have to do is take a lolly out and enjoy it as it is.
Can You Refreeze Fizzy Drinks?
We don’t recommend refreezing fizzy drinks. It probably won’t make you sick but the drink is already flat after one freeze, and after a second freeze, even the flavor will deteriorate.
Is It A Good Idea To Freeze Fizzy Drinks?
No, it isn’t a good idea to freeze fizzy drinks because they go flat. Freezing them as ice lollies is a better idea as you won’t notice the lack of fizz as much.
Frequently Asked Questions
Hopefully, you now know all there is to know about freezing fizzy drinks but in case you still have questions, we have answered a few here.
Yes, you can freeze carbonated water like soda water. However, like all fizzy drinks, it will lose its fizz and you will end up with flat water.
Fizzy drinks become flat when they are frozen because the bubbles expand and pop. This takes away the fizz.
You can freeze Pepsi in the same way as you would freeze any fizzy drink but it will still go flat. The same goes for any other brands such as Sprite, Dr. Pepper, and 7-Up.
Yes, you can. Don’t fill the slots right up to the top as the liquid will expand. Cubes are a good addition to a long drink such as a gin and tonic. Make the drink fresh and then add cubes of frozen tonic water. You won’t notice the flatness when they are put in the drink.
All you have to do is pour the orangeade into lolly molds and freeze. It will lose its fizz but it shouldn’t be too bad in lolly form. You will still get a lovely orange hit.
If you want to freeze soft drinks for use at a later date, it is better to freeze juice such as orange, apple, tomato, or mixed fruit juices. Other soft drinks which are better for freezing include lemon or peach iced tea, and flavored water. They will all taste the same as before you put them in the freezer. Non-carbonated lemonade is also a good choice as are herbal infusions and coconut water. Many of these are healthier than carbonated drinks.