As anyone who has attempted a gluten-free lifestyle knows, gluten can be lurking in some fairly unsuspecting places. Beyond the more obvious betrayals of cereal and baked goods, commonly used liquors, like vodka, are frequent offenders. While vodka can be made from a range of raw materials (potatoes, corn, and fruit, just to name a few), it’s often made from wheat, making it a less-than-ideal choice for those with an aversion to gluten. Luckily, there are a handful of quality gluten-free vodkas to transform your next cosmo or Moscow mule.
1. Deep Eddy
This Austin-based distillery is all about getting back to nature (and providing some of the most delectable gluten-free vodkas on the market). From its standard 10-times distilled vodka, to flavors like ruby red and sweet tea, Deep Eddy makes all their vodkas with nothing but premium juices, essential oils, natural sweeteners, and local honey.
2. Ciroc Ultra-Premium
While not every vodka in the Ciroc canon is gluten-free, its ultra-premium variation is crafted from French grapes and is distilled five times at the historic Distillerie de Chevanceaux in France. Its clean, lightly citric flavor profile makes this an ideal addition to your arsenal of gluten-free vodkas.
3. Cold River
This beautifully bottled small-batch vodka is crafted entirely from Maine potatoes, and has won a slew of awards touting it one of the best vodkas in the world, gluten-free or otherwise. The flavor is crisp and nuanced, making it an ideal vodka for martinis.
Like Deep Eddy, Tito’s hails from the cocktail capital of the south: Austin, Texas. This deliciously balanced vodka is perfect for simple mixed drinks and cocktails. It's also a great value, staying true to the founder's core mission of offering quality vodka at a reasonable price.
5. Boyd & Blair
A favorite among the craft cocktail set, Boyd & Blair vodka is nothing if not artisanal. Crafted in Pennsylvania, this vodka is handmade in small batches (the brand doesn't use computers at any point during the distillation process), and has an incredibly smooth, delicately sweet flavor.
Choose this gluten-free vodka for gift giving as it's delicious and gorgeously packaged.
6. Crystal Head
Known for its outstanding purity, Crystal Head is distilled from a combination of peaches and cream corn, lending a touch of sweetness. During the filtration process, semi-precious stones called Herkimer diamonds are used to further purify the vodka. Bottled in the shape of an eponymous crystal head, this is also bound to be one of the most unique additions to your home bar.
Newfoundland, Canada is one of the best spots in the world for water used in the distillation process, and that’s exactly where Iceberg vodka comes from. This award-winning spirit is exceptionally crisp and smooth, and makes an outstanding addition to mixed drinks and vodka-based cocktails. If you’re feeling adventurous, it also offers variations like cucumber, chocolate mint, and crème brûlée.
Hailed as the South’s best-tasting vodka, Dixie is made from 100% non-GMO corn. While its six-times distilled flagship vodka makes a smoothly balanced, versatile addition to any liquor cabinet, this one also offers a range of flavors, including mint, citrus, and black pepper (a must-have for your next Bloody Mary).