The trendy Moscow Mule, is it Gluten-free? When a product has more and more components the risk of being glutened starts to climb. While dining out and at the mercy of someone else handling your food, you are always at increased risk. Are Alcoholic beverages safe? Can you get a gluten-free Moscow Mule?
It would be so nice to be able to go out and order anything, from any dining or drink establishment and feel secure in simply consuming. But what type of mix do they use here? Is that a gluten-free option? The thought in the back of your mind, “Is it TRULY gluten-free?”
Many alcohols, even grain alcohols have no gluten left in them by the time they make it to the store shelf. Beer is a definite exception, although there are certified gluten-free options. With that thinking, the Moscow Mule is made with vodka. We’re safe.
Unless!!! Unless it’s one of the mixers or flavoured vodkas in which case the addition of the flavouring may be the culprit. So, as always, consumer beware. Wouldn’t it be so glorious to just order what you choose without having to question everything?
Asking your wait-staff “Excuse me, could you please find out if the ginger beer you use is gluten-free?”, can be unnerving. Even this may not be enough. Do you trust that they know? Often times we have to get up and go to the kitchen door, and read the labels ourselves, or read an outdated product and nutrition sheet they might have on hand.
Safer at Home
This can lead you to feel like it would just be so much simpler and safer to eat at home. When we choose this safer at home option, we are doing 2 things that can be detrimental long term. Firstly, we are cutting our own social opportunities, and secondly, we are not making the service industry as carefully aware as they need to be.
When we are going to try to recreate a recipe at home or risk it while dining out it’s good to know your products. In this case, I visited the companies websites for my continent. I say continent because what is available in European countries will vary from what is available in North America, or elsewhere. Absolut Vodka’s Canadian branch has an allergy statement here on their website, and you can always email a company’s customer support department. Most food product companies have a website with a “contact us” option, usually near the bottom.
Essentially the Absolut statement is that their regular vodka, is allergen-free, but they cannot guarantee that for their flavoured varieties.
Check your mix too! I will be using Fever-Tree Ginger Beer in this recipe and with my email to them, asking about Canadian manufactured products I was sent this response.
“Our Ginger Beer does not contain any gluten.
Currently, two of our products contain barley malt extract, these are Madagascan Cola and Smoky Ginger Ale; in both our standard and Refreshingly Light Range. The barley malt extract is glutenfree and such suitable for those intolerant to gluten or coeliac. Nevertheless, please always check the label for accurate ingredient and allergen information.
Kind regards, Seema Patel Quality Assurance Co-Ordinator Fever-Tree, 186-188 Shepherds Bush Road, London W6 7NL“
Now, Onto The Recipe!
Now knowing, I should be safe to go ahead with sharing this with you, but still, follow their recommendation. Always read the labels of everything. What was fine before a company changed the packaging may not be the same product now. Or what was fine a few months ago may have been made “New and Improved”. While that is their theory, it may now be worse for food allergy sufferers.
Traditionally this drink is served in a copper mug because it gives the impression of being cooler. Not only in its appearance, but also in its temperature. The trick works. Although the drink isn’t actually any colder, it’s just the copper feels cooler against your lips than glass does. A quick fix if you don’t have copper mugs, chill the glasses beforehand. Now, On to the goods.
Gluten-Free Moscow Mule
Gluten-Free Moscow Mule
- 2 Ounces Vodka Check for gluten-free status
- 1/2 Ounce Fresh Lime Juice About 1/2 lime
- 4-5 Ounces Fever Tree Ginger Beer Reed's is apparently Gluten-Free as well, but I am not familiar with that brand.
- 5 Ice Cubes Fill the Glass, cubes are preferred for this drink
- Lime Wedge
- Mint Sprig I like to use Anise Hyssop because I like the licorice flavour with the ginger.
- Add ice cubes to chilled glass or copper mug
- Pour Vodka and Fever Tree Ginger Beer over ice
- Squeeze half a fresh lime into drink
- Stir and garnish with a lime wedge and mint sprig.
Variations to Try
- Mexican Mule: Use GF tequila instead of vodka.
- Kentucky Mule or Horsefeather: Use GF bourbon/whiskey instead of vodka.
- Jamaican Mule or Cuban Mule: Use GF rum instead of vodka.
- Dark ‘n Stormy: Use GF spiced rum instead of vodka.
- Gin-Gin Mule: Use GF gin instead of vodka.
In the heat of summer, this is wonderful served with a steak, some corn on the cob, and some tomato-cucumber salad.
Oh Dear! I’m getting hungry!