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    Great Gluten-Free Cocktails with Absolut Vodka

    Reviewed and edited by a celiac disease expert.

    Looking for some great gluten-free Absolut vodka cocktail recipes? Look no further.

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    Celiac.com 03/31/2021 - Even with a clear declaration by the FDA that all distilled alcohol is gluten-free, we still get a lot of questions about alcohol, and cocktails. Specifically, which brands of alcohol and what type of cocktails are gluten-free.

    We especially get a lot of questions about gluten-free cocktails with Absolut vodka. Since all vodkas are are distilled, and therefor gluten-free, these recipes can also apply to those brands. Remember, unless you specifically add something to the vodka that contains gluten, any cocktail you make with it will be gluten-free.

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    Here are some great gluten-free cocktail recipes to make with Absolut vodka.

    For more great gluten-free Absolut vodka cocktail recipes, check out the Absolut website.

    Gluten-Free Absolut Vodka Tonic


    • Ice Cubes
    • 1½ Parts Absolut Vodka
    • 5 Parts Tonic Water
    • 1 Wedge Lime

    How to mix

    • Fill a highball glass with ice cubes. 
    • Add all ingredients. 
    • Garnish with a lime wedge.

    Gluten-Free Absolut Vodka & Soda


    • Ice Cubes
    • 1⅓ Parts Absolut Vodka
    • 5 Parts Soda Water
    • 1 Spiral Grapefruit Zest

    How to mix

    • Fill a rocks glass with ice cubes. 
    • Add all ingredients. 
    • Garnish with a twist of lime, lemon or a grapefruit zest.

    Gluten-Free Absolut Vodka Collins


    • Ice Cubes
    • 1½ Parts Absolut Vodka
    • 1 Part Lemon Juice
    • ⅔ Part Simple Syrup
    • Soda Water
    • 1 Whole Cherry
    • 2 Wedges Orange

    How to mix

    • Fill a shaker with ice cubes. 
    • Add Absolut Vodka, lemon juice and simple syrup. 
    • Shake and strain into a highball glass. 
    • Top up with soda water. 
    • Garnish with a cherry and two wedges of orange or grapefruit.

    Gluten-Free Absolut Moscow Mule


    • Ice Cubes
    • 1½ Parts Absolut Vodka
    • ½ Part Lime Juice
    • Ginger Beer
    • 1 Wedge Lime

    How to mix

    • Fill a mule mug with ice cubes. 
    • Add Absolut Vodka and lime juice. 
    • Top up with ginger beer. 
    • Garnish with a lime wedge.

    Gluten-Free Absolut Vodka Martini


    • Ice Cubes
    • 1½ Parts Absolut Vodka
    • ¼ Part Dry Vermouth
    • 1 Twist Lemon Zest
    • 1 Whole Green Olive

    How to mix

    • Fill a mixing glass with ice cubes. 
    • Add all ingredients. 
    • Stir and strain into a cocktail glass. 
    • Garnish with a twisted lemon zest and a green olive.

    Gluten-Free Absolut Bloody Mary


    • 1½ Parts Absolut Vodka
    • 4 Parts Tomato Juice
    • 1 Part Horseradish
    • 4 Dashes Hot Sauce
    • ⅓ Part Worcestershire Sauce
    • ⅓ Part Lemon Juice
    • 1 Wedge Lemon
    • 1 Stick Celery

    How to mix

    • Fill a mixing glass with ice cubes. 
    • Add all ingredients. 
    • Stir and pour into a highball glass. 
    • Garnish with a lemon wedge and a celery stick

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    Scott Adams was diagnosed with celiac disease in 1994, and, due to the nearly total lack of information available at that time, was forced to become an expert on the disease in order to recover. In 1995 he launched the site that later became Celiac.com to help as many people as possible with celiac disease get diagnosed so they can begin to live happy, healthy gluten-free lives.  He is co-author of the book Cereal Killers, and founder and publisher of the (formerly paper) newsletter Journal of Gluten Sensitivity. In 1998 he founded The Gluten-Free Mall which he sold in 2014. Celiac.com does not sell any products, and is 100% advertiser supported.

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