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Gluten free ginger wine subst

gembellina Dec 7, 2012 11:47 AM

Hi All,

I have a friend with coeliac coming for dinner tomorrow night. I made a beef stew that contains ginger wine, star anise and clementine juice. I have just discovered that Stone's Green Ginger Wine contains gluten, dammit! I will make a new small batch for her. What do people think is a good subst for the ginger wine - brandy and ground ginger?


  1. maria lorraine Dec 8, 2012 04:55 PM

    You can sub ginger ale:

    "The last time I checked, both Canada Dry ginger ale and Schweppes ginger ale were GF. Stay away from Seagram's ginger ale....I called them and was told it contains gluten."


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    1. re: maria lorraine
      gembellina Dec 10, 2012 06:21 AM

      Good to know they're gluten-free, we were debating on Saturday night whether she would be able to drink a Dark and Stormy. As a substitute for the ginger wine though I don't think it's quite right - the ginger wine is not very sweet and is quite an intensely flovoured fortified wine.

      The version with just stock and tangerine juice was fine but a bit sweeter and lacking in depth compared to the original. Thanks for your help everyone!

    2. g
      gembellina Dec 8, 2012 11:52 AM

      Thanks for the input everyone. I remembered that she is apparently unable to drink vodka even though most websites say its fine for people with coeliac. So even though cognac, sherry etc should be fine I decidedly not to risk it and just to use stock and fresh ginger along with the clementine juice. It's cooking now and I may add some ground ginger to taste.

      And the those asking, yes it is the waitrose recipe. I know that Christmas is coming when someone in my family cooks it!

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      1. re: gembellina
        hotoynoodle Dec 8, 2012 12:33 PM

        vodka is most often either potato or grain-based. cognac and sherry are only ever grape-based.

        1. re: hotoynoodle
          gembellina Dec 10, 2012 06:23 AM

          And yet she drinks gin which I thought could be grain-based. Various gluten free websites seem to say that all distilled spirits are GF, which would include vodka. Logically I know you're right about cognac and sherry but I would have thought the same about ginger wine too! Poor girl, it must be very difficult for her.

      2. t
        travelerjjm Dec 7, 2012 03:11 PM

        You might try contacting or visiting a local homebrew store. There is a ginger wine concentrate, but I am not sure they will have it as ginger wine is far more common in the UK and Ireland.

        The suggestion here sounds close: http://ask.metafilter.com/4136/Can-I-...

        1. c
          Cliocooks Dec 7, 2012 02:38 PM

          Just googled--is it the Waitrose recipe you're making? Did it turn out well?

          1. c
            Cliocooks Dec 7, 2012 02:35 PM

            I too would love the recipe!

            1. meatn3 Dec 7, 2012 12:18 PM

              I find Stone's to be a little sweet flavor-wise. I think substituting a medium-dry sherry and a little ginger juice (The Ginger People make a good one) would come close.

              BTW- would love your recipe. It sounds absolutely delicious!

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