Gluten-free cocktails are a fantastic option for those with gluten sensitivities or celiac disease who still want to enjoy a delicious mixed drink. These cocktails are made without any gluten-containing ingredients, such as certain types of alcohol or mixers, making them safe for those with gluten intolerances to enjoy without worry. Whether you’re hosting a party and want to accommodate all your guests’ dietary needs or simply looking for a lighter, gluten-free alternative to traditional cocktails, these drinks are a great choice.
Anyone who loves a good cocktail but needs to avoid gluten can appreciate the availability of gluten-free options. They’re also a hit with health-conscious individuals who are looking to reduce their gluten intake without sacrificing the enjoyment of a well-crafted beverage.
This alcoholic rendition of your favorite orange soda blends orange-flavored vodka with fresh squeezed orange juice, orange liqueur, and orange-flavored sparkling water. Of course, you will have to ensure that the vodka is not wheat or rye-based so this cocktail is certified gluten-free. This recipe makes a pitcher’s worth by throwing all ingredients in a blender with a few cups of ice for a slushie-like texture.
The Bee’s Knees Cocktail is a simple gin-spiked lemonade made from lemon juice and honey simple syrup, hence the name. As honey is a product of flower nectar extraction, it really helps to bring out the floral notes in gin. This is a great cocktail that is easy to make with ingredients you're likely to always have on hand.
The quintessential Cuban rum drink, this mojito recipe gets an extra summery upgrade with the addition of fresh raspberries. It thus requires two muddling sessions; the first to release lime and mint flavors, and the second to infuse raspberries and sugar into the mix. The fruity, zesty, and herbal foundation for white rum and soda makes this cocktail the ultimate summer refresher.
This highly alcoholic cocktail is both refreshing and refined. The sake and gin offer a botanical and dry flavor profile, complemented by sweet and bitter grapefruit and spicy ginger. This recipe makes two cocktails from one shaker. It is the perfect cocktail to enjoy with a sushi dinner or an Asian-style fish platter.
Gin and tonic is a classic cocktail that is refreshing, botanical, and easy to make. This recipe adds an extra layer of herbal, citrus, and fruity notes. It requires a bit more effort than pouring two ingredients into a glass, as you muddle blueberries, lime juice, and rosemary to optimize the infusion of flavors into the gin and tonic. Minimal effort pays off for a tasty and complex cocktail.
Another gin cocktail, the Royal Hawaiian is a beautifully layered cocktail that showcases Hawaii’s most prized fruit, the pineapple. Blending gin with pineapple and lemon juice, this Royal Hawaiian cocktail then gets a layer of orgeat syrup on top which adds both a periwinkle hue and a rich almond flavor.
If you’re a fan of floral cocktails, The Sophia Gluten Free cocktail is as good as it gets. Blending gin, elderflower liqueur, and Aperol with lemon and soda, this cocktail is the definition of fresh and botanical. It’s a delicate and sophisticated cocktail that is perfect for summertime cocktail parties.
Moscow Mules are a classic vodka cocktail, blending lime, ginger beer, and vodka in a copper mug. Many bars serve it with a mint and lime garnish for color. However, this recipe incorporates fresh mint into the cocktail, muddling it with lime juice before introducing vodka and ginger beer.
This cocktail covers various dietary needs while still managing to be a decadently sweet indulgence. This vodka martini tastes like Funfetti cake batter thanks to coconut cream, almond, and vanilla extract. This cocktail is sweet and creamy, with pops of rainbow color from the sprinkles lining the martini glass.
Another cooling and refreshing take on the classic gin and tonic, this recipe adds mint, fresh blackberries, and lemon juice to the mix. It calls for simple syrup, so this gin and tonic is on the sweeter side, but it’s a well-rounded flavor profile that’s also fruity and floral with a bitter finish.
While vodka runs the risk of containing gluten, you’ll never have to worry about tequila, a spicy, smokey spirit distilled from the gluten-free agave plant. The Paloma is second only to the Margarita for its popularity as a classic tequila cocktail. This recipe is a lighter version of the classic, using grapefruit-infused soda water and fresh lime juice for a sugar-free and gluten-free cocktail.
No Taco Tuesday party or Mexican dinner is complete without a Margarita. This Fizzy Lime Margarita recipe is a bubbly version of the classic three-ingredient margarita. It simply adds soda water to tequila, agave syrup, and lime juice to make it that much more refreshing. I also love the lime zest-infused salted rim.
This delicious vodka cocktail showcases all your favorite fall flavors, blending cranberry, ginger, and lime. Instead of throwing whole ginger into a shaker or muddling it, this recipe has you create a ginger-infused simple syrup for a well-balanced sweet and spicy flavor agent that works well with the tart and sweet cranberry and lime.
In case you can’t get enough gin and tonic adaptations, here’s yet another summery treat! It is the most refreshing of the gin and tonic cocktails I’ve mentioned, blending fresh mint, watermelon cubes, lime, and gin in a cocktail shaker. The best part is the sugar and chili-rimmed glass that gives this sweet and tangy cocktail a wonderfully spicy complement.
14 Gluten Free Cocktail Recipes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Savor the delicious freedom of gluten-free cocktails.