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organic and gluten-free. Also, FeverTree mixers (tonic water, bitter lemon, ginger ale and ginger beer) are all natural—again, not all sugar free—and amazing. Organic or fresh-squeezed fruit juices also make good mixers. Monin has a sugar-free pomegranate syrup that can substitute for grenadine.”

Gluten-Free Spirits, Wine and Beer

HOLIDAY CHEER Special Drinks Help Make a Party Memorable by Judith Fertig


his year, glassMusician Dave Matthews’ Spirits and the Woodinville Whises of choice Dreaming Tree wines of key Company.” holiday cheer might help everyone Sonoma County, California, feel jollier the mornOrganic tout lighter bottles for a ing after, as well as Wines and during festive getsmaller carbon footprint, Bubbly togethers. As party labels made of 100 per- “Much like spirits,” hosts or guests, we Rathbun says, “you can stock or bring cent recycled paper and may have to do gluten-free beversustainably grown corks. some research on ages and organic wines and sparspirits, wines, mixers He recently partnered with kling wines, and and cocktails that then find the finest The Wilderness Society. avoid sugary syrups organic options to help keep our “fain your area.” Some good choices for la-la” spirit going stronger and longer. organic wines include Nuova Cappel Leave it to award-winning author letta, from Italy’s Piedmont region and A.J. Rathbun, a Seattle-based wine and Snoqualmie wines from Washington spirits expert, to steer us away from State. Also, the Organic Wine Company ingredients that can turn naughty on of San Francisco imports a variety of orthose that are nice. He leads us off with ganically produced French Languedoc some of his favorite beverages. wines. For a sparkling wine, Rathbun suggests La Cantina Pizzolato’s prosecOrganic Spirits co, produced in Italy’s Vento region. In the category of organic spirits, Rathbun likes Square One organic vodka, Organic and Low-Sugar Casa Noble tequila and Juniper gin. “Also, if you can find their products,” Mixers he advises, “great organic and sustainKeeping the artificial ingredients to a ably made spirit-makers from the state of minimum in mixers is important, too. “I Washington include Bainbridge Organic strongly suggest Rachel’s Ginger Beer,” Distillery, Side Track Distillery, Sound says Rathbun. “It’s not sugar-free, but is


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Rathbun found that small-batch distillers that use local and organic ingredients assure customers that they’re getting the real thing, with no unwanted extras. Koval, in Chicago, for instance, offers a naturally gluten-free millet whiskey that’s distilled from organic grain, and then aged in oak barrels made in Minnesota, deemed free of even trace amounts of gluten. Other gluten-free alcoholic beverages can include wines, vodka, tequila, brandy, bourbon and scotch. By contacting the maker or company directly, gluten-free fans can find out more about their beverage of choice. Captain Morgan’s spiced rum, for example, which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau permit to be designated as glutenfree, is not labeled as such on the bottle. Gluten-free beers are appropriately labeled and include Sapporo, a Japanese beer brewed from rice; Green’s, a British beer made from a blend of sorghum, buckwheat, millet and brown rice; and O’Brien’s, an Australian beer using a blend of sorghum, millet and rice. Gluten-free beer lovers can also check locally for micro-brewed options.

Crafting a Holiday Cocktail

Signature cocktails have become a holiday specialty of Andrea Currie, who recently appeared on the Discovery Channel’s Craft Wars. “A cocktail is kind of like a dessert,” says the San Diego, California, creativity specialist. “You don’t have one every day, and when you do have one, you want it to be really, really good.” Moreover, she adds, “When you make cocktails by hand, you get to control the ingredients.” Currie blogs and crafts at Hand, with her husband, Cliff. His becoming gluten-free three years ago prompted her to develop her

Natural Awakenings Magazine ~ December 2012  

Natural Awakenings Magazine is West Michigan's premiere natural health, holistic living, green magazine focusing on conscious living and sus...

Natural Awakenings Magazine ~ December 2012  

Natural Awakenings Magazine is West Michigan's premiere natural health, holistic living, green magazine focusing on conscious living and sus...