The Great Gluten Free Vodka Debate – The Answers, Please.
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 most experts 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 – I think even they’re confused:
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.
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), *Three Olives is also Wheat-distilled, but declares itself to be Gluten-Free on the Three Olives website
- Rye: Belvedere
- Barley: Finlandia, Koskenkorva
- Corn: Smirnoff, SF Vodka “Baker Beach”
- 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. It’s Ciroc at home and where I can find it, and wine the rest of the time. I’ve had Grey Goose & Absolut without a problem, but I don’t see any reason for me (or you) to risk it.
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.