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2011 List Of Safe Alcoholic Drinks

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Hello all,

I do quite a bit of searching on this site and try to look for recent threads relating to whatever I'm looking for, not old outdated threads (and some threads here are quite old indeed). I really do check all my food and drink carefully now; I was diagnosed Celiac about six months ago after my liver became very angry with gluten and rewarded me with jaundice and a week in the hospital. Better now, back to normal.

Is there a 2011 list of "safer" alcoholic beverages? With the taste of a real beer fading into memory (no offense Redbridge--which sucks) and having friends who want to go out I'd like to not continue resorting to carrying a small flask of Tito's Handmade Vodka and pouring a little into a Coke in the bathroom but that's where it's at. At these summer places nobody knows what the hell a hard cider is and forget a gluten free beer--that's all from another planet to these folks. You ask them if they have a potato vodka and the question is lost.

Soooo...what are the safer alcoholic drinks? I say "safer" because I know we all react in different ways.

And what about mixers? I know Coke/Pepsi are usually ok...but what about Ginger Ale and Club Soda? That might be a dumb question but after a bout with the runs I now feel entitled to ask.

Any list should probably point out Hornsby's Hard Cider as NOT safe, as I've read a recent thread about that here. Is it the coloring and because it's the cheapest cider I could find? Gosh darn, if I gotta even be wary of hard ciders....jeez.

So if anyone can point us to a RECENT thread of safer bar drinks I may have missed, or put their experienced opinions down here that would be great. It's a great site, usually my first search option.

Thanks!

I'll start it off:

Hard ciders I've known (without regret):

Strongbow

Woodchuck

Crispin

These are the only ones I'll drink WHEN I can find them at a bar which is almost never.

Hard cider bad for celiacs I'm told:

Hornsbys (as of summer 2011)

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The only thing I have to contribute would be that you might want to aim for pepsi as opposed to coke as something to mix in. I rarely hear of someone having issues with pepsi, but there are sporadic reports of some people having reactions to coke. No idea if it's a sensitivity issue, or if perhaps pepsi has better practices when it comes to avoiding cross-contamination or what. Just the last I've heard.

Tequila of most kinds is probably among the safer bets, too, although I don't know brand names.

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Clear Rums are going to be safe, I like Bacardi's. Gin is safe if you like it. Tequila is also safe. Many celiacs do tolerate distilled gluten, I am not one of them so I go with either Rum or Woodchuck cider or wine if I am out.

Club soda should be fine as well as Pepsi but use care with mixers. I also try to use a bottled soda rather than the speed bar when I do go out and have a mixed drink as I am very sensitive and don't want any CC risk.

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I have no problem with Coke...don't care much for Pepsi. Personal choice, I guess. And I'm fine with most any old ginger ale.

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Yay for gin being on the safe list <happy dance>

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Yay for gin being on the safe list <happy dance>

:D :D :D

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Scott's list has a lot of generally helpful info.

http://www.celiac.com/articles/222/1/Gluten-Free-Alcoholic-Beverages/Page1.html

As far as ciders I've checked:

Strongbow

Magner's

Blackthorn

The manufacturer of Hornsby's states that a barley enzyme is used in processing but that the finished cider tests below 20 ppm. No loss to me. I prefer the imported ciders anyway.

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I have 3 hornby's in the fridge from last January. Sooo..I should toss it out?

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I have 3 hornby's in the fridge from last January. Sooo..I should toss it out?

Or get a safe one for you and invite some non-gluten free friends over for cider.

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Or get a safe one for you and invite some non-gluten free friends over for cider.

What's up with Hornsby's?

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What's up with Hornsby's?

Just spoke to Hornsbys. The Crisp Apple flavor is gluten-free. The Amber flavor has a trace amount of gluten. whew! I have been drinking the crisp apple flavor & enjoying it on a hot day!

I wish they had to list ingredients like food does.

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Are there any safe vodkas of the more common varieties? I've been OK with Tito's, which I've tried very infrequently since it's labeled gluten free, but never tried any of the other ones. If they are clear are they ok?

I suppose whiskey is out just on the coloring alone.

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I suppose whiskey is out just on the coloring alone.

Nope, caramel color is safe. That's an old celiac myth that just won't seem to go away.

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Are there any safe vodkas of the more common varieties? I've been OK with Tito's, which I've tried very infrequently since it's labeled gluten free, but never tried any of the other ones. If they are clear are they ok?

I suppose whiskey is out just on the coloring alone.

Many celiacs are fine with distilled gluten so if you are in that group the whiskey should be fine as would any of the vodkas. If your one of the unlucky few like myself that react to distilled gluten grains then sticking with a potato vodka or something like clear rum (I only go with Bacardi) or tequila would be the better choice.

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Captain Morgan Information:

Thank you for taking time to contact Captain Morgan. Your feedback is important to us.

In regard to your inquiry, please be advised that due to the distillation process, the proteins that make up the allergen are removed and is considered gluten free. Captain Morgan rum is gluten free but not the flavored malt beverages.

Once again, thank you for contacting Captain Morgan.

Sincerely,

Jennifer H.

Captain Morgan Consumer Representative

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