Thirsty Thursday: 5 Best Gluten Free Summer Cocktails

June 16, 2011

Sangria

Don't let being gluten free get in the way of enjoying these 5 classic summer cocktails -- all featuring gluten free liquors and liqueurs to help you beat the heat!

Sangria
Yields 1 Cocktail

For when you just want one, and not a whole beautiful pitcher.

1/2 ounce brandy

1/2 ounce Cointreau

1 ounce freshly squeezed orange juice

1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

3 1/2 ounces light-bodied red wine

1 cup ice cubes

1 ounce club soda

1 teaspoon sugar (optional)

1 apple slice

1 orange slice

1 Maraschino cherry

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Margarita
Yields 1 Cocktail

What says summer like a margarita? And we're not talking about the blended kind...

1/4 cup kosher salt (for the salt rim)
1 wedge of lime
1 ounce fresh lime juice
2 heaping teaspoons superfine sugar
1/2 ounce Cointreau
2 ouncea reposado tequila
About 2 cups of ice cube

For the full recipe, click here...

Mint Julep
Yields 1 Cocktail

1 ounce club soda
2 heaping teaspoons superfine sugar
15 fresh mint leaves, plus 5 small sprigs for garnish
3 ounces Bernheim or other high-quality whiskey
2 cups crushed ice

Now this opens up the "Is Whiskey Gluten Free?" debate. Because whiskey (and bourbon, and scotch) are all distilled from "mash" (using wheat, barley and/or rye ingredients) there is concern that the final product is not gluten free. There have been extensive studies by medical professionals, including internationally renowned dietician and New York Times Best Selling Author Shelley Case, which indicate that the distillation process removes any gluten from the final alcoholic beverage. The issue, as I have previously discussed, are the post-distillation additives so please be sure to read the label and/or contact the distributor. 

 

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Daiquiri

Yields 1 Cocktail

 

Touted as Ernest Hemingway's favorite cocktail, the Daiquiri is simple and elegant. 

1 ounce fresh lime juice

2 heaping teaspoons superfine sugar

2 ounces white rum

1 cup ice cubes

Lime wheel to garnish

 

For the full recipe, click here...

 

Mojito
Yields 1 Cocktail

 

A personal favorite, the mojito is a refreshing blend of mint, lime and club soda, lightly sweetened with sugar. 

 

1 ounce fresh lime juice

2 heaping teaspoons superfine sugar

1 cup crushed ice

12 fresh mint leaves, plus 5 small sprigs for garnish

2 ounces white rum

1 ounce club soda

For the full recipe, click here...

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