About 6 months ago, I discovered that I have a gluten sensitivity. Nothing too serious, I would just feel bloated and uncomfortable with indigestion. It wasn’t the end of the world. I can give up bread and pasta. NBD.
The real horror of it was giving up beer. I LOVE LOVE beer. At one point in my life, I drank no other kind of alcohol.
Enjoying a Bud 2 years ago at the Dublin airport.. BECAUSE I CAN. Europe <3
Unfortunately, out of all gluten-containing foods, beer makes me feel the worst. It’s been REALLY hard (1st world problems), but I’ve been resorting to wine and hard liquor and I’m slowly getting used to living my life without my favorite ales.
Honestly, it hasn’t been so bad. I have a newfound like for certain cocktails and I realized I can get creative with making my own.
Like Fruit Infused Vodka. This is as versatile as you can get, since you can use any kind of fruits and herbs in season. I just made my first test batch and it’s pretty tasty, if I do say so myself. You take 1 part vodka of your choice, and 1 part chopped fruit (I used 1 cup to 1 cup ratio) and let the mixture sit in a clean sealed jar for 2-4 days. You can play around with the ratio and the length of the infusion time depending on how strong you like the fruit taste. After 2 days, you can start tasting the mixture and decide whether you want to let it sit longer.
For my 1st batch, I used some beautiful plums I picked up from the food cooperative I’m part of.
I also chopped in some fresh basil because I can’t think of a fruit that doesn’t taste amazing with an addition of basil.
The photo on the right is just 24 hours after the infusion. When you feel like it tastes just right, you can strain the liquid and transfer the vodka into a bottle with an airtight seal. I keep mine in the fridge because I like my vodka cold.
I will definitely double the batch next time and experiment with different fruits. I like to drink this on ice with a splash of seltzer and it’s wonderful and summery.
I won’t lie, I still miss beer a lot (and sometimes do say, fuck it, one ain’t gonna kill me), but having other tasty options available such as this vodka makes it that much easier to stay away from beer and stick to gluten-free alcohol.