When you’re following a strict gluten free diet, you not only need to be aware of what you can and can’t eat, but also which drinks you consume. Alcohol is something I find to be more on the difficult side when trying to determine what is and isn’t gluten free.
There is a big debate in the gluten free world regarding distilled alcohol. Most experts believe that distilled alcoholic beverages, even those made with gluten containing grains are safe to drink because all the gluten is removed during the distillation process. For me personally, I avoid all alcohol made with gluten containing grains, even those that have been distilled. It’s important that everyone does what works best for their body!
Here are some popular brands that are gluten free.
To see a complete list be sure to get The Gluten Free Alcohol Guide where you will find over 40 pages of alcohol categories, brands, flavors and mixers that are gluten free!
Gluten Free Beer (*Some of these brands are strictly gf and others offer gf options):
Gluten Free Hard Cider:
Gluten Free Vodka (I did not include gluten containing grains that have been distilled):
Gluten Free Tequila: When tequila is made the traditional way from a blue agave plant, it will be gluten free. In order to make sure your teguila is gluten free make sure the bottle says, “100% agave”.
Gluten Free Rum:
- Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum
- Bacardi 8
- flavored rums
- Captain Morgan Rum (Parrot Bay flavored malt beverages are not gluten free)
- Malibu Rum
- Malibu Mango
- Malibu Pineapple
- Malibu Passion Fruit
- Malibu Tropical Banana
Wine and Champagne: Wine is made from grapes, so it’s considered gluten free. The only time wine can be a concern is when a wine sealant is used in wine barrels, and this can cause cross-contamination. Most wineries no longer use this wheat paste as a sealant, however if you’re concerned I recommend you call the winery.
Whiskey: Whiskey is made from gluten grains, however they’re distilled. As mentioned above, many people say the gluten is removed during the distillation process. Please drink with caution.
I get asked a lot about wine coolers. Wine coolers contain barley malt, so they’re not gluten free!
For a more detailed list, you can purchase the complete Gluten Free Alcohol Guide.
This is a complete guide listing categories, brands and flavors. I also explain some of the controversial issues to help you make safe decisions when choosing which ones to consume. Included in the guide are ten of my favorite cocktail recipes made with gluten free alcohol and mixers!