there is question as to whether or not liquor distilled from grains containing gluten actually still contain gluten after the distillation process - two following two credible sources offer conflicting views - Celiac Sprue Association and Celiac Disease Awareness Campaign. FYI beer is NOT distilled-celiac's should only drink gluten free beer (as for me - count me out - i'm off both yeast and hops). i myself have decided to avoid grain/corn based liquors - if you decide to do the same the below product information could be helpful.
most brands of vodka produced in the US are grain based. vodkas are typically distilled from either wheat, rye or corn. not to fear, there are a few decent potato (or grape) based vodkas out there. here are four potato vodka options that i've found readily available at liquor stores. if your local package store doesnt carry any of these - request them!
|chopin vodka distilled from potatoes|
|ciroc vodka distilled from grapes|
|monopolowa vodka distilled from potatoes|
|blue ice vodka distlled from potatoes|
other 'safe' alcohols include rum - distilled from sugar cane and tequila - my personal favorite - distilled from agave (i always purchase brands that claim 100% agave). over the past few years i've really gotten to know my tequilas - at first i was a slave to blanco - white tequila. it was my default for shots/mixed drinks. however, over time, i've opened up and have really started to enjoy drinking anejo's - especially in mixed drinks. the aged smokey flavor of oak aged tequila adds depth to margaritas that blanco's just cant bring.
i was craving a marg recently and was desperately searing for the right ingredients. it turns out my fav tequila mixer - pineapple was in low supply at mi casa. not to fear - i found organic grapefruit juice in the pantry! i mixed myself up a great sweet, salty, citrusy marg.
grapefruit + lime margarita
- 1+1/2 oz good tequila - i used tres generaciones anejo
- 2 oz grapefruit juice
- 1 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
- 1 tsp agave nectar (plus more if desired)
- 1-2 round lime slices for garnish - optional
- kosher salt to rim glass - optional