I must admit, I’m not much of a drinker. But on occasion it’s nice to have a little alcohol – especially when it’s time to celebrate New Year’s Eve and I’m in my own home and can control the situation.
(Remember, if you order a mixed drink at a bar or restaurant, you need to inform the bartender you have celiac disease or that you follow a strict gluten free diet for health reasons and need all items to be cleaned prior to use). Just because the alcohol and mix are gluten free doesn’t mean the tools used to create your drink haven’t been used to mix other, non-gluten-free drinks. Cross contamination is rampant at bars!)
I’ve pulled together a basic list of gluten free alcohols and places where you can find additional information on what is safe and isn’t safe for you to enjoy this New Year’s Eve. After all, you want to ring in the New Year feeling good – not bloated and icky!
Basic Overview of Gluten Free Alcohols:
- Rum (naturally gluten free – watch for added coloring and flavors)
- Brandy (naturally gluten free – watch for added coloring and flavors)
- Vodka (look for non-wheat derived vodka and marked either corn-, grape-, or potato-based)
- Beer (only if marked gluten free, typically marketed as hard apple cider)
- Hard Cider (only if marked gluten free)
- Tequila (naturally gluten free, but only if marked 100% agave)
I am no expert when it comes to gluten free drinking. So I’ve researched a few sites and articles that I found very useful in figuring it all out. Enjoy!
- Gluten Free Liquor List provided by the Glutenista – another great list of alcohol brands that are okay for gluten free people.
- Is Wine Gluten Free? An explanation about whether wine is safe by About Health
- Is Champagne Gluten Free? An explanation about champagne’s gluten safeness by The Gluten Free Blog
Thank you for reading the Good For You Gluten Free blog. As you can see, this is a fairly new blog and a labor of love. I’m excited to grow the site in 2015 and hope you’ll continue to support me by reading and sharing GF content.
I wish you a happy, healthy and gluten free New Year! -Jenny