Shelf Life of
Soft Drinks

How Long Does Soda Last?

How Long Does Soda Last?

Shelf Life of Coca Cola

Coke – How long does Coke last? Does Soda go bad? Whether the flavored carbonated beverage is called a soft drink, soda, pop or soda pop, Coke is the world’s most popular brand. The shelf life of Coke (Coca Cola) depends on a variety of factors, such as the sell by date and how the Coke was stored. All pop, soda or soda pop including Coke, Pepsi, Sprite, Mountain Dew, Dr. Pepper, Ginger Ale, Orange Crush, A&W, and 7-Up (to name a few have) have the same expiration date. So, how long does soda last? When properly stored, the shelf life of Coke past the sell by date is approximately …

(Unopened) Pantry Refrigerator
Past Printed Date Past Printed Date
Coca Cola last for 6-9 Months 6-9 Months
Diet* Pepsi last for 6-9 Months 6-9 Months
7-Up last for 6-9 Months 6-9 Months
(Opened) Pantry Refrigerator
Diet* Coke Can last for 1 Day 1 Day
Pepsi Bottle last for 1-3 Days 2-5 Days


Of course, Coke lasts for a shorter period of time if it is not stored properly. But remember, Coke and Pepsi, like a lot of other soft drinks, usually has a best by date and not an expiration date. Because of this distinction, you may safely use Coke to compliment your favorite meal form months after the best before date has lapsed.

How to tell if Coke is bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. Although not a perfect test, your senses are usually the most reliable instruments to tell if your soda has gone bad. The first thing to go bad with any soft drink is the loss of CO2 (the carbon dioxide which makes the soda fizz when you pour a glass). So, it is not harmful to drink soda if the bubbles begin to diminish and then eventually disappear (6-9 months past the best by date), but it will taste flat.
*What you need to be careful of is Diet Sodas because of the artificial sweeteners. Artificial sweeteners in diet sodas begin to chemically break down over time and the diet soda will actually taste worse the further away you get from the eat by date (plus being flat). There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled soda, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your Coke prior to the eat by date.

How to store coke to extend its shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food and drink. You can help Coke keep fresh longer by storing it in a cool dark place with a constant temperature. If the coke is unopened, you can store it in your pantry. A sealed bottle of soda will keep it’s CO2 a day or two longer than an open can will. The little plastic lids that are made to close up a soda can may be beneficial for keeping your soda fresh for about a day longer than the above table. Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

Interesting Facts about Coke, Pepsi, Sprite and other soft drinks:

  • On the East Coast (of the US) they call soft drinks “pop” on the West Coast (of the US) they call soft drinks “soda”. Middle America tends to go with “soda pop”.
  • Yet “Coke” remains a universal term for the world.

  • How long is Coke good for when prepared in a dish?

    How long does Coke last? That depends. How long does ice cream last? In general, coke lasts only as long as the quickest expiring ingredient in the dish. To find out how long those other ingredients are good for, please visit the Dairy, Drinks, Fruits, Grains, Proteins, Vegetables and Other sections of Eat By Date or search below!

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    What are our shelf life resources?

    Our content incorporates research from multiple resources, including the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Food & Drug Administration. In addition, we scoured the web for informative articles and reports related to food safety, food storage and the shelf life of Coke.

    *An important note about expiration dates …

    Although the Coke shelf life information on Eat By Date is generally reliable, please remember that individual cases will vary and that our advice should only be taken as an opinion. Please drink responsibly!