Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Alcohol Substitutions

We had a request by one of our readers to list common alcohol substitutions. After looking through various books and websites, we have come up with this list below. Please let us know if you have a specific request that we can look into or any other substitutions that you commonly use and would like suggestions on.
Amaretto: almond extract, almond Italian soda syrup, or marzipan.

Anisette - anise Italian soda syrup or fennel

Applejack or apple brandy: Unsweetened apple juice concentrate; apple juice; apple cider; or apple butter.

Apricot brandy: Syrup from canned apricots in heavy syrup; or apricot preserves.

Beer or Ale: Non-alcoholic beer, chicken stock, beef stock or mushroom stock

Bourbon: Vanilla extract, orange or pineapple juice or peach syrup.

Brandy: Brandy extract with water or grape juice.

Chambord - raspberry juice, syrup or extract.

Champagne and other sparkling wines: Ginger ale, sparkling apple cider, sparkling cranberry juice, or sparkling white grape juice.

Cherry liqueur or brandy: Syrup from canned cherries in heavy syrup; Italian soda cherry syrup; or cherry preserves.

Coffee liqueur or brandy: Coffee Extract

Cognac - juice from peaches, apricots, or pears

Cointreau - orange juice concentrate

Creme de cacao: Powdered white chocolate mixed with water; vanilla extract and powdered sugar.

Creme de cassis: Black currant Italian soda syrup; or black currant jam.

Creme de menthe: Mint Italian soda syrup, mint extract or spearmint extract diluted in a little water.

Grand Marnier or other orange-flavored liqueur: Unsweetened orange juice concentrate or orange juice and 1/2 tsp. orange extract.

Gewurztraminer: White grape juice mixed with lemon juice, water, and a pinch of powdered sugar.

Kahlua: Coffee and chocolate extracts or flavors with instant coffee or coffee extract.

Licorice or anise flavored liqueur: Anise Italian soda syrup; or fennel.

Mirin: White grape juice mixed with lemon juice or zest.

Muscat: White grape juice mixed with water and powdered sugar

Orange liqueur or brandy: Unsweetened orange juice concentrate; orange zest; orange juice; or marmalade.

Peach brandy: Syrup from canned peaches in heavy syrup; or peach preserves.

Peppermint schnapps: Mint Italian soda syrup; non-alcoholic mint extract; or mint leaves

Port: Concord grape juice mixed with lime zest, cranberry juice mixed with lemon juice or unsweetened apple or orange juice plus 1 tsp. vanilla or other flavored extract.

Red wine: Grape juice, vegetable stock, cranberry juice, tomato juice, or Concord grape juice, or red wine vinegar.

Riesling: White grape juice mixed with water and a pinch of powdered sugar.

Rum: Rum Extra, white grape juice, apple juice or apple cider flavored with almond extract.

Sherry: Apple cider, vanilla extract, orange or pineapple juice or peach syrup.

Sweet White Wine: White grape juice with a pinch of powdered sugar added.

Vermouth: Apple cider; or apple juice mixed with lemon juice and water.

Vodka: Water, apple cider or white grape or apple juice mixed with lime juice.

White wine: White grape juice, apple cider, apple juice, vegetable stock, water, or white grape juice with a little white wine vinegar added.
Do you have any other suggestions?
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Natalie Jane said...

I cook with alcohol :) It cooks out and leave just the flavor. In fact, I got a great bottle of wine for Christmas and I am just itching to make a great stew.

Alison said...


I'm not against cooking with it, but don't want to go out of my way to buy it.

Madeline and Family said...

Your Welcome Alison. I don't have wines and other things like that around the house because I don't cook with them that often. So, it is nice to know I can substitute them so I don't have to make a trip for the little I might use. Thanks for all your nice comments.

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