Find out if gin has gluten, if it’s safe for a gluten-free diet, if your favorites are gluten-free, and what brands to look for.
Do you follow a gluten-free diet or are just getting started with one? If so, you may be wondering what types of food and drinks are safe for you. There are tons of naturally gluten-free foods, but what about drinks? Are all drinks safe on a gluten-free diet?
Believe it or not, some alcoholic drinks contain gluten, and that’s what we’re talking about here on the blog in this post.
We’re going to dive into the topic of gin, find out if there are gluten-free gins, and discuss brands that are safe for a gluten-free diet.
This post is part of the Gluten-free Alcohol Series, where we’re going to discuss different types of alcoholic drinks and how they fit into a gluten-free diet.
What is gin made from?
Gin is made from distilled malt or grains (usually wheat or barley) that have been infused with juniper berries and/or other botanicals. Gin is first made from a distilled alcohol, then many different botanicals can be infused to create a unique flavor.
Botanicals that may be added are juniper, coriander, angelica root, orris root, lemon, orange, cardamom, licorice, Chinese cinnamon, black pepper, and cucumber. (source)
There are a number of different types of gin that you can find in common drinks or at the grocery store, including:
- London Dry Gin
- Plymoth Gin
- Old Tom Gin
- Navy Strength Gin
- Gin Liquers
What is gluten?
Gluten is a protein found in most wheat products, and acts as the “glue” that helps to hold wheat, barley, kamut, spelt, farro, durum, bulgur, rye, and semolina together to maintain their shape.
Gluten is naturally occurring, and therefore is impossible to strip away from the grain. If a grain naturally has gluten in it, there’s no way to make that food gluten-free.
Read on: Is barley gluten-free?
Is gin gluten-free?
Even though gin contains gluten-containing grains, such as wheat or barley, it is in fact gluten-free.
Through the distillation process, the gluten is separated from the alcohol that’s left behind. After the distilled alcohol is removed, herbs and botanicals are added to infuse the gin to give it it’s signature taste.
Does gin have gluten?
Most gin does not contain gluten, due to the distillation process. However, it never hurts to check that any additional gluten-containing ingredients have been added to flavor the drink.
Check the websites of brands you love before purchasing just in case.
Now that we know that most gin is gluten-free, let’s go over some of the most common brands of gin and answer some questions related to specific brands.
Gluten-free gin brands
When you’re at restaurants or picking up gin at the grocery or liquor store, be on the lookout for some of these common gluten-free gin brands.
- Bombay Sapphire
- Gin Mare
- Martin Miller’s Gin
- Aviation American Gin
What are some other options?
If you have been following a gluten-free diet and have had reactions to gin before, you may want to opt for choosing a gin that’s made without grains.
There are a few brands of gin that use potatoes or grapes instead of wheat-based grains. Opt for one of these brands:
- Cold River Traditional Gin (made from potatoes)
- Chase Gin (made from potatoes)
- Ebra Gin (made from grapes)
- G’Vine Floraison Gin (made from grapes)
- Monopolowa Dry Gin (made from potatoes)
- O.R.E 118 Raw Vegan Gin (made from grapes)
- Priory Gin (made from potatoes)
- Schramm Gin (made from potatoes)
- Sing Gin (made from grapes)
What gin is gluten-free?
Some folks ask about specific gluten-free gin brands, so I thought I’d go over those questions and answers here.
Is Hendrick’s gin gluten-free?
According to the Hendrick’s gin website, yes, this brand is gluten-free! You can feel safe purchasing and drinking this brand of gin while following a gluten-free diet.
Is Tanqueray gin gluten-free?
Yes, Tanqueray gin is gluten-free, thanks to the distillation process.
If you’re following a gluten-free diet, I hope that this information has been helpful for you. With any other food when sticking with a gluten-free diet, do your research just to be sure before you purchase.