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.
My 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!