It is Summer and every single Summer I get the same question: Does alcohol have gluten in it?
I laugh at this question because, I am not even allowed to drink alcoholic beverages at this point even if I wanted to; per doctors’ orders. When you have a rare genetic heart condition you listen to docs and stay clear of the things that can trigger more issues. But, with that being said… I am not a prude either (I’m sure you know that by now!), so in true Mandi-style I am providing the answer for you and a few more tips too. Also, I have included a nice, sweet little recipe to include in your Summer adventures. But, remember always drink responsibly. Don’t get coo coo, ya hear?
What is Gluten?
First thing is first…. What is Gluten?
Gluten is a general name for the proteins found in wheat (wheatberries, durum, emmer, semolina, spelt, farina, farro, graham, KAMUT® khorasan wheat and einkorn), rye, barley and triticale – a cross between wheat and rye. Gluten helps foods maintain their shape, acting as a glue that holds food together. Gluten can be found in many types of foods and drinks, even ones that would not be expected like alcohol.
Gluten can cause illness in people with celiac disease and tummy aches amongst other things in people with gluten sensitivities, like myself and my family. My family and I started going gluten-free when my son broke out in eczema. Once we stopped consuming anything with gluten in it, I realized my own problems and seeing a lot of my sensitivities were starting to diminish. Ever since, we have been a gluten free family and we haven’t looked back.
Gluten Can Be Found In Some Types of Alcohol
Did you know gluten can be found in alcohol? Well, it can! Crazy, huh?!
Below is a list of tips you can keep handy for your cocktails:
- Avoid beer unless it is specifically brewed to be gluten-free
- Rum, tequila, and potato vodka are gluten-free
- Whiskey and bourbon are not universally accepted as gluten-free, so proceed with caution
- Wine is typically gluten-free and safe to drink, but some can have additives you need to be aware of, so proceed with caution
- Most ciders are gluten-free and are a great option
- Always drink responsibly – gluten-free or not, you don’t get crazy!
Want To Know Where Else Gluten Is Hiding?
Gluten is hiding in a lot of places you would have never dreamed of, so if you are planning on eliminating gluten make sure you know where gluten can be hiding! And guess what? I can help! Check out my easy to follow video tutorial, so you can go Gluten Free safely, easily and even budget-friendly! Gluten Free 101 is the answer to all of your Gluten questions! It’s time to invest in your health and go Gluten Free!
I love making this recipe by CookieandKate.com for my friends! It actually reminds me of a few of the margaritas at my favorite tequila bar in Disney World, La Cava del Tequila. They are made with fresh ingredients, they are gluten free and they have less sugar! Go check out this amazing recipe, invite the girls over and start reminiscing about the days you actually could stay up passed ten pm…. Cause you know it is impossible now, you light-weight!
Always remember, drink responsibly!
Until next time…
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