Gluten may have become a #fitstagram buzzword recently, but celiac disease is a serious and very real medical condition. And while most liquors and mixers are safe, those diagnosed with celiac may want to take extra precaution before imbibing lest happy hour turn into intestinal discomfort hour(s). Here are a few great gluten-free cocktail options.
The 5 Best Gluten-Free Cocktails for Celiacs and Confused Drinkers
Any spirit can be mixed with club soda to make a tall, sparkling cocktail. Opt for a quality rum, distilled from sugarcane rather than grain, that will benefit from some bubbles. Or go for agave-based tequila for a South of the Border Highball. If the cocktail seems a little basic, try infusing your spirits with herbs or fruits to add some depth.
Cachaça, the spirit of choice in Brazil, is made from sugarcane just like rum. Mixing the spirit with sugar and some lime yields a basic Caipirinha, but the cocktail also lends itself to remixing. Muddling fresh fruit beyond the usual lime or swapping in aged cachaça can provide endless variation. If you’re worried about cocktails for your gluten-free friends, you could even host a DIY Caipirinha-making party, and let them concoct their own mixture of GF ingredients.
Punch can be a difficult prospect for the gluten intolerant—who knows what’s in there? Back when gluten paled in comparison to other gastric threats like dysentery—the bane of countless Oregon Trail gamers—punches were often filled out with ale in place of water, but good old FLOTUS Martha Washington bucked the trend. Several rums, spices, GF orange curaçao and citrus come together in a big batch that doesn’t require any suspect mixers.
The safest mixers are those you make yourself. Following our recipe for Hibiscus Grenadine—which is made from pomegranates, sugar, water and dried hibiscus flowers—means you’ll never doubt the contents of your fruit syrup. Plus, it’s way tastier than the store bought version. Mixing this DIY syrup with applejack, a spirit distilled entirely from apples, along with a dash of lime juice gives you a Jack Rose, the perfect worry-free fruity cocktail.
While a lot of dishes are prohibited by gluten-free diets, sweets are perhaps the greatest offenders, stirring unresolvable cravings and serious FOMO. Dietary restrictions can become especially frustrating around the holidays, with seasonal pastries plastering Instagram. Get in on the wintertime culinary fun by getting your gingerbread pastry in the form of a spiked latte. A mix of Cognac, coffee and GF-approved Baileys Irish cream come together to form an unimpeachable base, while a homemade syrup and custom whipped cream topping leave no doubt about the ingredients.