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Gluten Free Alcohol
Some people are not sure what alcohol they can have on a gluten free diet, so here is a list for you!
Added 24th August 2015
Updated 10th November 2020
Alcohol is a controversial subject when it comes to what is and isn't gluten free, especially when it comes to spirits, it is believed that the distillation removes gluten in those made with gluten containing grains, however those that are particularly sensitive may find they still react to them. If you are particularly sensitive we suggest playing it extra safe and sticking to spirits made without gluten containing grains, these include potato vodka, rum and tequila. However if you find you don't react to distilled spirits when they fall below the 20ppm threshold you have a bigger range and beverages to choose from.
Here's our guide to the products which are 100% gluten free or fall within the 20ppm threshold and are deemed safe for Coeliacs. There is probably a lot missing, so feel free to comment with any you think need to be added!
Beer Gluten free beers are starting to pop up everywhere now, your local might not be stocking it but if you ask a lot of them can get it in for you, it may not be as cheap as regular beer but if want to safely enjoy a cold one you can guarantee these are fine to drink. There are also other beer alternatives such as alcoholic ginger beer
Against The Grain Ambar Amber Blonde Ale Celia Crabbies Alcoholic Ginger Beer Crop Circle Daas (Ambre and Blond) Estrella Damn Daura Glebe Farm Greens Gluten Free Beers Nick Staffords Hambleton Gluten Free Lager Saxon Scarborough Fair Strong Ale St Peter's G-Free
Vodka Vodka can be made from a variety products from wheat, rye and barley to grapes, potatoes and corn. The wheat, rye and barley varieties are mostly distilled to such a level that the gluten falls to less that 20ppm however some don't so be careful. If they have come from the other souces they are 100% gluten free and safe for even the most sensitive Coeliac.
Absolut Blue Ice Bombora (produced from grapes) Boyd & Blair (produced from grapes) Chopin (poroduced from grapes) Cold River (made from potato) Monopolowa (made fom potato) Smirnoff Red Label Titos (made from corn)
Wine There are rumours that the end process can introduce gluten to wine due to the sealing of the barrel, but no testing has even found gluten in any wines are far as we know...all these are fine for Coeliacs.
Brandy Campari Champagne Cognac Cointreau Grappa Midori Kirschwasser Pinot Grigio (Australian or New Zealand brands only <10ppm detected) Prosecco Sambuca Sauvignon Blanc (Australian or New Zealand brands only <10ppm detected) Sherry (most but check for colours) Vermouth
Cider Most ciders should be fine but always check the label!
Aspall Cider Blackthorn Cider Brothers Cider (most if not all) Bulmers Hunts Cider Kopparberg (all contain 5ppm) Magners Cider Scrumpy Organic Hard Cider Strongbow Stella Artois Apple and Pear Cidre Woodpecker Cider
Other Alcohol (Whiskey, Gin, Rum etc) There are variety of other gluten free alcholic beverages, whatever you are a fan of hopefully there is something out there you can safely drink
Bacardi (regular bacardi is gluten free) Baileys Bourbon (most is gluten free) Brandy Jack Daniels Jagermeister Jamaica Rum Malibu Scotch Whisky Single Malt Whiskey Tequila (most is naturally gluten free, but watch out for cheaper brands)
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