What Alcohol is Gluten Free?

gluten free alcohol

And………breathe. Yes, you can still drink. Sure there are things you need to give up, but there is still plenty you can enjoy.

Here’s the Gluten Dude breakdown:

Vodka, Gin, Rum, Tequila

As long as they are non-flavored, they are safe. Yes, I know some of them are made with wheat. But the distillation process removes all gluten, leaving them with a whole lot of goodness behind. And if you want to be extra careful with the vodka, there are plenty made from corn, grape or potato.

gluten free vodkaMy personal favorites:

  • Vodka: Titos
  • Gin: Hendricks, Bombay Sapphire East
  • Rum: Not a big fan, but I’ll drink a Capt. Morgans every blue moon
  • Tequila: Casamigos (amazing!!), Don Julio, Cabo Wabo. If making margaritas, just stick with good old Cuervo Gold

Scotch, Bourbon, Whisky

Although some may disagree with me, these are indeed gluten-free. Like anything else, if it doesn’t agree with you, don’t consume it. I’d offer my personal favorites here, but I don’t drink any of these.

My dad would enjoy one scotch (or two or three) every night after work. This eventually lead to his downfall and early death. Perhaps sub-consciously that’s why I don’t drink it. Or maybe it’s just because I hate the taste.


I am a self-proclaimed beer snob and when I first got my diagnosis, I was crushed. No more 90 Minute IPA?? At the time, my only choices were Red Bridge and Bards. Not a fan of either. But the past few years has been a gluten-free beer smorgasbord. Yes, you can drink real beer again. Joy to the World!!

My personal favorites: Glutenberg, GhostFish, Groundbreaker

And a word of caution: Stay away from the “gluten-removed” beers like Omission and Daura until they can come up with reliable tests to indeed prove they are safe. Oh…and though I’m not a cider kind of guy, there are lots of gluten-free ciders on the market too. 


Wine is gluten-free. And you can ignore the rumors about the barrels being sealed with wheat paste. Wine is fine. Especially when you dine. Just don’t take mine. And don’t drink nine. Ok, that’s my last line.

My personal favorites: Red, White

Wanna learn more? Of course you do. Here are all of the blog posts I’ve written about alcohol. Yes, I have a “writing about drinking” problem.

Cheers! Santé! Salut! L’Chaim!

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    Hey man, thanks for this. I got diagnosed two years ago…while working in alcohol sales. I had no idea what I could still drink and the internet was full of people bickering on Celiac forums about hard alcohol and the weird myths about wheat in wine barrels. I even had people at social gatherings tell me that I “must not really have Celiac disease” because I’m able to drink vodka without issue. Come on, food police, I’m totally on the level about what I can and cannot eat.
    Just discovered Glutenberg…I missed IPA’s. And for any cider drinkers who miss the hoppy flavor of really piney IPA’s, I totally recommend the Anthem Hop cider.

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    Gluten Dude

    Lots of fear mongering and bad info out there. The truth shall set you free ;)

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    Tim Haselman

    Just discovered your website today. I was diagnosed a few months ago so looking for resources and this is a great one!
    I live in San Francisco. Is it hard to find those gluten free beers you mention? Maybe BevMo?

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      Gluten Dude

      Thanks Tim. Glad you found us. Not sure. I’m lucky enough that Glutenberg is a mere 20 minutes away. Contact them directly and see if they’re out west. Cheers.

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        Lisa Creece

        Hi I was diagnosed with CD 2 months ago. I have been eating Gulten Free but I am still feeling exhausted and have bad migraines.
        I live in the Caribbean I think we don’t have the support we need. I have been reading your comments and advice and it’s really great to get support from people who experience the same symptoms that have been feeling for a long time now.



          Hey its great to finally connect with someone from the Caribbean. Please link up

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      Elise Bluemel

      Whole Foods! If Sacramento has them, SF will!

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      Bev Mo Does have gluten free beer and does carry Glutenburg. They also have Red Bridge, Bards and Omission. But as already stated, stay away from Omission. Probably not 100% safe.

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    GF Canadian

    I’m not so sure about rye/whiskey Dude! A few weeks ago I had a reaction to a Rye & coke. I looked into it and interestingly enough most north American resources say the distillation process removes all gluten (which is why I thought I was safe!) however… Many European sources don’t agree and say to avoid it.

    From some of the forums I searched through it seems to be hit/miss. A friend of mine and my mother both also react to it but one of my co-workers does not. It may be brand dependent??

    Would love to hear from others – maybe I am missing something?

    (Thanks for your site!! Diagnosed in Jan – follow up biopsy next week!)

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      Gluten Dude

      Strange. I’ve reached out to a few distillers but have not heard back from any of them. Would love to know more about this.

      Good luck on the follow-up. May your intestines be full of villi once again :)

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      It you have dermatitis herpetiformis like me, you will likely react to any trace of gluten. I didn’t want to except it at first because I hated to give up my Bourbon’s but eventually I had to. It seems the longer I’m without gluten, the more sensitive I become. So, if it was distilled from gluten, you will react.

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        Hi Alex, I’m trying to live with DH too… stressful. You mentioned the longer you’re without gluten, the more sensitive you become?



          Very interesting comment. I have multiple auto-immune disease. I did a hard core elimination diet (white rice, chicken or lamb, salt, pepper, lemon squeeze) for all meals + breakfast shake w/ water from one of the clean doctors… I did it for 60 days… my blood work improved dramatically.. and then fell off the wagon on vacation.. and got hit with dermatitis herptiformis for the first time in the days post vacation. NEVER got it before. I am convinced that doing such a long elimination diet made me more sensitive to something.

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        It’s possible that the whiskey that gave you a reaction had a ‘flavor enhancer’ or a ‘mash’ added back into after the distillation process, which adds gluten back in. This has been difficult to research, but the little info I can find, Whiskey and Bourbons do this more often than vodkas, etc. I too have DH and could not figure out why I was breaking out. It was the Bacardi Rum Silver. It’s not flavored, but they add a mash/enhancer back into after the gluten was gone.

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    Thank you for writing this blog! I’m planning on writing one myself. After years of health problems I discovered that I had celiac disease a couple of months ago. Eating and cooking gluten free is a whole learning process for me. So far I have lost 30 lbs but I can olny afford to lose another 15 before I start looking like a underfed model. Any suggestions on how to maintain my weight?

    Thx. :)

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    Have we heard any news on if Champagne is considered Gluten-Free? I have heard SO many mixed reviews!

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    Have you had a chance to try Green’s GF beer yet? Great stuff, especially the amber ale.

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    I’m not too hip on the gluten free beers, but Growers Raspberry cider is really nice. For the hard stuff there’s Gran Marnier, Sambuca , and chocolate liquor,( hooray martinis!)

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    Ashley Bailey

    I literally just found out I has Celiac disease last night. Hahaha. Right away I started looking up what alcahol I can drink especially because I like beer. But fortunately I love wine to. (: So all in all it’s fair game for me. This blog helped me from making myself rule out fun every once in awhile. Keep it up! I’ll most likely be back. Since I’m a newbie to all of this. But a very good researcher and could also care less about gluten. (; Now.

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    I have a gluten allergy called dermatitis herpetiformis (DH) and it causes skin rashes. Its one of those thing that hit you mid life. In my case, I am ultra sensitive to ANY trace of gluten. Any thing with or ever in contact with gluten, including alcohol that was distilled, I have a reaction. So, not all gluten is removed in the distillation process. If you are still having reactions like I was, it might be the alcohol. I’m sad because I really miss a good bourbon like Makers Mark.

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      Do you get rashes in your scalp, on your face or chest? My daughter suffers from a rash all of the time in these areas and it’s a mystery to us. A dermatologist once told her the rash in her scalp is dandruff and her face has rosacea. I believe they were totally wrong.;(

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    First off, thanks so much for this site! Ive been doing a poor job of managing Celiac on my own for the last 6 months or so. My brain fog comes in such strong spurts that the doctors have repeatedly suggested going on disability. Finally, I’m finding good information that isn’t just fear mongering and making me feel like my life is over.

    Quick thought, I used to work in the beer industry and have several friends who still do. In a conversation about the distillation process we’ve come up with a working theory as to why some people might not have a reaction to whiskey while others do. Caramel coloring. Many whiskeys, including expensive stuff has caramel coloring added after the distillation process. If the color was derived from a gluten source, it might explain some of the differences people experience.

    So I stay with Bourbon to be safe!

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    “Wine is fine. Especially when you dine. Just don’t take mine. And don’t drink nine. Ok, that’s my last line.”

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    Can anyone tell me about Cayman Jack Margaritas or their new Cuban Mojitos? It does say malted beverage but I heard the margaritas are gluten free or under the 20ppm. Wondering about the Mojitos. I have emailed the company but haven’t heard back yet. Thank you in advance

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      What did you find out about the mojitos!

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    George Thomas

    Potato vodka and red wine is best for gluten-free drinking.

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    Mary Lou

    I may have mentioned this about 100x, but when the doc called me to tell me I had celiac. I asked what that meant. He said my life was going to completely change and I would have to make huge adjustments to my lifestyle and diet. My only question was ‘are vodka and Chardonnay GF?’ He said yes and I said I will be fine! That was 8 years ago and other than overdoing, never had a problem! 😎

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      What did you find out about them?

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        Sorry commented on the wrong one!!

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    My wife drinks La Messagre here in Canada. She has tried quite a few others but says it’s the best tasting. She prefers the blonde but is still happy with the red. Cheers

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    Is there a reason I react to red wine though? I got mouth ulcers and gut pain from red wine, is it the alcohol?

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      You might be sensitive to the tannins in the red wine. (Just a thought – something to research)

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    Ref: “Sharon
    October 20, 2016 at 11:52 am
    Do you get rashes in your scalp, on your face or chest? My daughter suffers from a rash all of the time in these areas and it’s a mystery to us. A dermatologist once told her the rash in her scalp is dandruff and her face has rosacea. I believe they were totally wrong.”

    I had all of this too. It was gluten hidden in things. Body gels, shampoo, lotions, hand soaps etc…I threw them all out and went to LUSH where I could see all their ingredients. Then i got chickens- started rashing out again- I was polluting myself with the pet food. Detergent- Tide free & clear or dreft. I pray this information helps you with your daughter.

    There are a ton of great vodka’s out there- Tito’s & Blue Ice are my fav’s. Be careful many others are not GF.
    Also, I have ventured into the hard ciders- yum. Just make sure it isn’t a malt beverage- malt=gluten!

    Best wishes!

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    I too was diagnosed in 2007 with celiac disease. I stumbled across this blog post tonight because I feel like I have been glutened, and the only thing different I have done is tried a new gin last night called Esme, departing from my normal Hendricks. I was trying to look Esme up, but you sidetracked me.

    This post is very informative and also quite amusing. Great job! My favorite line is, “Yes, I have a ‘writing about drinking’ problem”!

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    Lauren Hodson

    Hello can someone help me please going out in to weeks time and I am so worried about what cocktail i can have and can.not have can someone help me

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    Hey I wanna knw abt celiac i m suffering from celiac frm past 7 years n day by day my muscles are loosing their elasticity sply my face ,eyes n breast muscles are getting loose though m on glutenfree diet even then things are getting worst people with gluten allergy usually have weight loss prob but with me it’s different my weight is increasing plz guide if u knw somethng to make things better

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    Hi. I’ve just come across your forum and some of the advice you have given concerns me greatly. Whilst all distilled alcohols, regardless of source , are classed as suitable for those with a gluten sensitivity they are not truly gluten free. I have a gluten allergy and react badly to grain based gins. If you are coeliac or have a gluten allergy even that small trace of gluten will affect you. It’s very different to a sensitivity.

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    Paul C.

    Can a person with celiac disease drink a strawberry daiquiri or a miami vice without problems?

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      In theory….yes! But….and it is a big but….some bars use pre mixes or strawberry syrup instead of fresh strawberries. In these cases you run the risk that a gluten based ingredient has been included as a thickener. A good bar that makes the cocktails from scratch and crushes the strawberries in front of you should be fine. Also check if they use sugar syrup in case that has any added ingredients.


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    I have been living without gluten for 6 years and I have had many problems with alcoholic beverages for all these years.
    Are there approved medical resources for your content about wine and vodka?

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    I just stumbled upon this page…

    I’ve struggled with chronic idiopathic urticaria (hives) off and on for many years, my last outbreak lasting 8 months. I also get unexplained mouth sores (canker sores) which sometimes cover my entire mouth. Joint pain is also an issue when I have an outbreak of hives and/or sores.

    I sometimes get abdominal pain that may or may not be associated with ingesting dairy and/or wheat. I often wonder if a reaction is a delayed one. I’m mostly vegan, but occasionally am more vegetarian out of convenience and always seem to regret it.

    My sister was diagnosed with Celiac Disease over a decade ago by biopsy via EGD/colonoscopy. My blood work has always been normal, even when completely covered in hives for months. I tested positive for Lyme antibodies, but the follow-up tests were inconclusive. However, a 23 and Me report showed I had a variant for Celiac Disease and have a “slightly increased risk” for the disease. So, I’ve decided I should try going gluten-free for a year and then re-evaluate. I realize I should probably get the EGD/colonoscopy, but I literally don’t want to go there, yet.

    I don’t drink much, but I’m really hoping Corona is safe… So, if anyone reads this and has any nuggets of wisdom to impart, TIA! :)

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