So – the stories on Gluten-Free Vodka are mixed as a 21-year old’s birthday cocktail. Many vodkas are distilled from grains that contain gluten, but experts (and science) say that the gluten is removed during the distillation process. I’ll provide you with the info, you make the decisions for your health.
Here’s a little more info from folks who know – it seems like they’re a little confused too:
The European Food Safety Authority considers distilled alcohol “unlikely to cause a severe reaction” in those with grain allergies and the Canadian Celiac Association allows distilled alcoholic beverages for celiacs even if they’re made with wheat, rye, or barley, since “the distillation process should remove the reaction-causing proteins”. However, the Celiac Sprue Foundation recommends no hard liquor from grains containing gluten, at least during the early phases of a gluten-free diet. So, some of the experts say your Vodka Collins is fine no matter what, some advise waiting a few months after going gluten-free. I say check the Collins mix to make sure it’s GF too.
Here’s a list of popular Vodkas & what they’re distilled from:
– Wheat: Stolichnaya (blend), Grey Goose, Ketel One, Snow Queen, Pearl, Van Gogh (blend), La Chance, Vox, Polar Ice, Absolut, Trump, X-Rated (blend), Purity (blend), Three Olives (blend)
– Rye: Belvedere
– Barley: Finlandia, Koskenkorva
– Corn: Smirnoff, SF Vodka “Baker Beach”, Tito’s (Tito’s is certified GF)
– Potato: Chopin, Teton Glacier, Monopolowa, Vikingfjord, Luksosowa, Blue Ice
– Grape: Cîroc, Bombora, DiVine, SF Vodka “China Beach”
For the record, I’m with P.Diddy. I drink Ciroc at home and where I can find it, and wine the rest of the time.
PS: Wine is Gluten-Free, as are Cognac & Grappa. They’re all made from grapes. If you’re concerned about contamination from barrel paste (which I am NOT AT ALL concerned about for a number of reasons) then choose wines that are stainless-steel fermented or are not aged in new barrels.
Wine Coolers, Fruit Flavored Wines & other wine-based drinks that aren’t 100% wine can contain Barley Malt, colors & flavorings.