8 Gluten-Free Cocktail Recipes

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When adjusting to a gluten-free diet, it can feel like everything is suddenly off-limits, including your favorite cocktails! Fortunately, there are tons of options. Consider these recipes a jumping-off point.

1Wine

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There are many wines that people with gluten sensitivity can enjoy without symptoms, especially varieties aged in stainless steel casks. You could stick to a glass of red, white or rose, but why not try this pretty spritzer instead?

Ingredients:

2 oz rose wine

1 oz St. Germain elderflower liquer

Dash of bitters

Club soda or seltzer

Ice

Directions:

Pour wine, St. Germain, and bitters into a glass, over ice. Top with club soda and stir.

 

2Champagne

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Like wine, many champagnes and sparkling wines are safe for those on a gluten-free diet to consume. This classic Kir Royale will make you feel like you’re at a sidewalk café in Paris.

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon Crème de Cassis or Chambord

4-6 oz Champagne

Directions:

Pour Crème de Cassis into a champagne flute.

Top with Champagne.

 

3Beer

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Gluten-free beers can be used to create a refreshing Shandy—perfect for summer afternoons!

Ingredients:

8 oz gluten-free beer

8 oz lemonade

Directions:

Pour lemonade over beer in a pint glass.

 

4Vodka

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Gluten-free vodka (try Chopin or Ciroc) can be used in countless cocktail recipes. This lemony refresher is perfect for your next summer party.

Ingredients:

2 oz vodka

Juice of 1 lemon

1 teaspoon sugar or simple syrup

Directions:

Shake vodka, lemon juice, and sugar together. Pour over ice and garnish with a lemon slice.

 

5Whiskey

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Gluten-free whiskey (try Queen Jennie) allows you to enjoy classic concoctions without worry. This Mint Julep recipe hits all the right notes on a hot summer day.

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon water

1 teaspoon sugar

4-5 mint leaves (or more)

ice

2 oz gluten-free whiskey

Directions:

Mix together water and sugar in a glass until sugar is dissolved. Add mint and muddle with a wooden spoon (or muddler, if you have one). Add ice and whiskey. Stir well.

 

6Rum

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Most brands of rum are gluten-free and absolutely perfect for concocting a Dark & Stormy—just make sure your ginger beer is gluten-free (most are, but never hurts to double-check).

Ingredients:

2 oz dark rum

6 oz ginger-beer

Lime wedge

Directions:

Pour rum over ice and top with ginger beer. Squeeze in the lime wedge.

 

7Gin

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Though often grain-based, gin is generally considered gluten-free because it’s distilled. Some brands may be better tolerated by those with gluten sensitivity than others, though, so seek out one made from a non-grain source like potatoes or grapes. Maine Distillery’s Cold River Gin and G-Vine’s gins are suitable options.

This classic Negroni is a refreshing option for those who prefer bitter to sweet when it comes to cocktails.

Ingredients:

1 oz Campari

2 oz gin

1 oz sweet vermouth

Juice of ½ an orange

Directions:

Shake all ingredients together in a shaker. Pour over ice. Garnish with an orange wedge.

 

8Tequila

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Most tequilas are naturally gluten-free. Though you could mix up a margarita, this super-simple drink is a less-sweet sipper.

Ingredients:

2 oz tequila

Juice of 1 lime

Club soda or seltzer

Directions:

Mix tequila and lime juice. Pour over ice and top with club soda. Garnish with a lime wedge.

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