Celiac disease affects roughly 1% of people worldwide, and as many as 2.5 million Americans may be undiagnosed. The odds might not be high, but eventually, someone will order a gluten-free drink, and you must know what to serve them when they do.
Luckily, there are plenty of winter cocktails that are festive and safe for gluten allergies and sensitivities. Practice making some—or all—of the following so you’re always ready to serve even the pickiest guests!
1. Vanilla Chai Tea White Russian
If you love a good dirty chai, you’ll thoroughly enjoy this boozy holiday beverage. Spice up your classic White Russian with cinnamon sticks and homemade chai tea simple syrup. Serve it as a nightcap or a midday pick-me-up. This recipe yields one cocktail and enough syrup to make six drinks.
2. Holiday Sangria
If you’d rather sip a glass of vino, try making holiday sangria. This festive drink is simple, flavorful, and just bubbly enough. Plus, if you use gluten-free wine, it’s safe to drink for those with celiac.
3. St. Germain Pomegranate Spritzer
‘Tis the season for holiday spritzers, and this one takes the cake. Sparkling white wine, elderflower liqueur, club soda, and fresh pomegranate combine to create a colorful pink drink that tastes even better than it looks.
4. Spiced Apple Cider Moscow Mule
Most people consider the Moscow Mule a summer drink because it’s light, citrusy, and refreshing. However, you can just as easily turn it into a holiday cocktail by swapping lime juice for apple cider. As long as you use gluten-free alcohol, it’s safe for those with sensitivities, too.
5. Bailey’s Irish Coffee
Yes, Bailey’s is gluten-free, which means you can serve guests a classic Irish coffee without worries. That’s good news for bartenders who serve dozens of hot Irish coffees throughout the holiday season.
6. Boozy Pumpkin Hot Chocolate
Pumpkin might be a quintessential fall flavor, but that doesn’t mean you can’t serve it throughout the winter, too. The addition of whipped cream and rich caramel sauce makes this hot cocktail just as comforting after shoveling snow as it is after raking leaves. Plus, it’s completely gluten-free. Sensitive sippers, rejoice!
Cheers to Safe, Festive Drinks!
Once you have a few gluten-free recipes up your sleeve, you’ll be just as ready to serve those with celiac disease as those without it. Stock your bar with all the necessary ingredients so you can whip them up on short notice and keep your guests happy all season long.