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Thursday, March 31, 2011

grapefruit + lime margarita -- gluten free + dairy free

hootch, booze, sauce. call it what you will. for those of us rocking food allergies/intolerances finding 'safe' alcohol can be a challenge. before you hit up the packy (as we call it back in massachusetts) - check out this post. i've got some tips on whats safe, whats not and what brands are out there. to boot - i've included a new drink recipe that i came up with a few weekends ago - a refreshing grapefruit + lime margarita thats got me lusting for summer. before you read on - i wanted to let you know that this recipe was featured on two websites - Little Brick Ranch + Simple Home Life be sure to click thru to check out these great blogs and the other amazing recipes and DIY projects that they feature!

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
pour tequila, grapefruit juice + lime juice into glass (or mixer if you prefer) add in 1 tsp agave nectar to start. stir or shake well. taste for flavor. i like mine less sweet and only added 1 tsp of agave, add more to your liking! serve in a kosher salt rimmed glass with lime slices.



  1. Hey Katie....tomorrow I'm hosting my first link party, maybe you could link up one of you recipes?

  2. YUM!! Thanks for linking up to Foodie Friday - I have to say, I am quite thirsty now. Is it too early?

  3. Oh boy...this looks fabulous...perfect for the weekend!

  4. OK. We're lushes on this end. He loves grapefruit juice but we're pretty lame in the mixing department. I'm a lime gal, you know, will drink anything with a lime. This is an economical and tasty compromise. Thanks!

  5. Congratulations are in order! I just wanted to drop you a line to let you know that this recipe will be featured at Little Brick Ranch tomorrow for Foodie Friday!! Don't forget to stop by and pick up your button! :)

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