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just got back from a trip with 2 new bottles of campari and gin, then forgot them for 24 hours in the trunk of my car, in a hot day (30C degrees) :(

Should I just throw them away? or are they still good?

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They should both be fine. Gin is a distilled spirit so it's not a stranger to heat. I just tested ;) a bottle of Gin that's been sitting in my office for over 4 years and seen lots of 30C days. The Campari should be fine, too. – MandoMando Mar 26 '13 at 20:49
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It won't turn bad, in fact it may make it last longer. You may have madeira-ized it (see below)

Madeira wine is known for it's extended "shelf life" after opening because of it's unique process of being heated to as high as 60 degrees C (140 F).

You may find that in the Campari some of the sugar may have crystalised. This may slightly affect the flavour, but it most certainly won't make it turn bad.

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If they were brand new and sealed, I don't think you have anything to worry about. As far as I'm aware, there's nothing in either of them that could go bad in a way that would make you sick, though I can't vouch for the flavor. Were they in direct sunlight? If so, that might cause it to taste off, otherwise, I'd try opening them and testing that for yourself.

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