Sunday, May 6, 2012

In My Pantry: Gluten Free Alcoholic Beverages

I haven't posted too much about alcohol on my blog, other than a few cocktail recipes for Grown-Up Cake Float, Pineapple Upside Down Cake Martini, Red Mojitos, and Wedding Cake Martini. When I drink an adult beverage, I tend to drink wine or cocktails. But, they aren't the easiest thing to take when we are going somewhere. Today I'm sharing my go-to alcoholic beverages that are bottled and ready for hanging out with friends, warm weather cookouts, and for just having a good time. If you miss beer since becoming gluten free, here are some of my favorite gluten fee substitutes.

Redbridge Gluten Free Beer - Anheuser Busch makes this beer using sorghum. I used to drink light beer before becoming gluten free, so I find Redbridge to be somewhat heavy. Despite this, I still think it is the best gluten free beer.

Lakefront New Grist Gluten Free Beer - this is made from sorghum and rice. While it's somewhat heavy, New Grist is lighter than Redbridge and the flavor profile is good.

Michelob Ultra Light Cider - A friend introduced me to this light cider this weekend. And, we were lucky enough to find it in our local grocery store before it officially launches tomorrow. It is clearly labeled "Naturally Gluten Free" on the front of the bottle, which makes it easy to identify as a safe choice. The crisp apple flavor is really good. Since it is a light cider it has a lighter mouth feel than hard ciders, and is lower in calories. Michelob Ultra Light Cider is definitely my new go-to gluten free drink!

Wood Chuck Hard Cider - This is my favorite cider, and it's clearly labeled gluten free. I love the flavor profile and it is a smooth drink. I've tried the Wood Chuck Amber and the Wood Chuck Spring. Both are great, but I prefer Amber the best.

Angry Orchard Hard Cider - I recently discovered this cider and really like the smooth flavor of the Crisp Apple variety. It also states gluten free right on the pack, which makes it easy to shop for.

Hornsby's Hard Cider - Of the three hard cider's I've mentioned Hornsby's is my least favorite. I like the crisp flavor and don't mind drinking it, but it's just not my favorite because I like the flavor of Wood Chuck better. However, this is my husband's favorite of the three.

Mike's Hard Lemonade - Are you surprised to see a malt beverage on my list since malt is not gluten free? Well, even though Mike's products are malt beverages, they are gluten free. They undergo rigorous testing and have been tested to be less than 5 ppm of gluten, which is considered to be gluten free. You can read all about their testing process here. If you are highly sensitive and cannot tolerate any ppm of gluten, then this might not be the product for you. Personally, I have had no issues with this product. I love many of their flavor varieties and I know I can find this product anywhere.
Mike's Hard Lemonade

What are your favorite gluten free adult beverages?


Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. It's a product I bought, loved, and wanted to share with you!