Gluten Free Gin and Vodka. Is there Gluten in Gin?
I did a lot of googling on this mysterious subject and some sites will say one thing and the other would say the opposite. I emailed a few companies to see if I could get a straight answer about Gluten Free Gin and Vodka but it doesn’t seem that route is the easy way either. Nevertheless Here is a response from a few major distributors: (these are all gin-related because I wanted to post a gin drink recipe but then ended up 3 different drinks because why not!) (Check out my post on whiskey here)
Check out the sour grapes recipe at the end!
Here is a response from Seagrams:
Thank you for taking the time to contact us regarding glutens in our distilled spirit products, specifically Seagram’s Gin. Glutens are a class of proteins found in certain grains, particularly wheat, rye and barley, and oats.
Distilled spirits are produced from grains such as wheat, rye and barley, and oats. In the distilled spirits production process, grains are allowed to ferment, producing ethanol. The ethanol is mechanically separated from the grain mixture by the process of distillation. The materials from the grains, including gluten proteins, are not retained in the finished distilled spirit product. However, we do not test for the presence of glutens in our finished products.
If you are concerned about a particular product of ours, we recommend that you contact a physician since the decision to consume distilled spirits may be based on your unique medical situation.
We thank you for contacting us and hope the information provided has been helpful.
Pernod Ricard USA
Here is a response from Hendricks’s:
We trust this day finds you in fine fettle.
Hendricks is indeed gluten free!
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Here is a response from Williams Chase:
Yes are vodka and gin products are gluten free.
Here is a response from Gordon’s Gin:
Dear Ms. Trafford,
Thank you for your recent email regarding Gordon’s Gin. It is always great to hear from our loyal consumers.
Our Gordon’s brand team has returned with the following answer in response to your query:
“The alcohol of agricultural origin used in the production of Gordon’s Gin is derived from wheat. No analytically detectable amount of material originally present in wheat can pass through the process of cooking, fermentation and distillation used to produce the alcohol. Accordingly, in my opinion, Gordon’s Gin is wheat / gluten free.” The other ingredients in Gordon’s Gin are cereals, water, botanicals and juniper berries.
As we are not qualified to give medical advice however we must advise all consumers with specific dietary requirements to consult their GP prior to consuming our brand.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact us and for your interest in our brand.
If you need some drink ideas, check out this book: Healthy Drink Recipes, all the recipes in the book are all natural, sugar-free, gluten-free, paleo, vegan and have less than 1 grams net carbs per serving and 5 ingredients or less.
- 2 cups seedless red grapes, plus more for garnish
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (I used homemade)
- 1.5 cups raw grapefruit juice (or freshly squeezed)
- 3 shots vodka
- Puree grapes in a blender. Pour the puree through a fine-mesh strainer set over a medium bowl or large measuring cup. Press on the solids to extract all the juice. Add lemon and vanilla to the juice; stir until mixed. Add grapefruit juice and vodka. Divide among 4 ice-filled glasses. Garnish with whole grapes.
Watermelon & Gin
- 5 cups diced watermelon, divided
- 6 ounces gin, divided
- 8 tablespoons lime juice, divided
- 1 1/3 cups ginger ale, divided
- Lime wedges, for garnish
- Freeze 1 cup watermelon for garnish. Puree the remaining 4 cups watermelon. Strain; divide the juice among 4 ice-filled glasses.
- Top each with 1 1/2 ounces gin, 2 tablespoons lime juice and 1/3 cup ginger ale. Garnish with the frozen watermelon and lime wedges. Non-alcoholic variation: Omit the gin.