Alcohol Substitutes for Recipes

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Here’s a helpful list that suggests substitutes for a variety of alcoholic
beverages. Quantities and substitutes vary, depending on the recipe used.alcohol-substitutes-for-recipes

Amaretto: non-alcoholic almond extract; orgeat Italian soda syrup; or marzipan.

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: For light beer use chicken broth, ginger ale or white grape juice

Bourbon: Non-alcoholic vanilla extract.

Calvados:apple juice concentrate or juice

Chambord: raspberry juice, syrup or extract

Champagne and other sparkling wines: Sparkling apple cider; sparkling cranberry juice; or sparkling grape juice.

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

Claret: non-alcoholic whine, diluted currant or grape juice, cherry cider syrup

Cognac: peach, apricot or pear juice

Coffee liqueur or brandy: Espresso; non-alcoholic coffee extract; or coffee syrup.

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

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

Creme de menthe: Mint Italian soda syrup; or non-alcoholic mint extract.

Curacao: orange juice from concentrate (frozen)

Dark Beer: use beef broth, chicken broth, mushroom stock, apple juice, root beer or coke

Framboise: raspberry syrup or juice

Frangelico: hazelnut or almond extract

Galliano: licorice extract

Grand Mariner: frozen concentrated orange juice

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

Grappa: Grape juice

Hard Cider: Apple Juice

Kahlua- strong coffee or espresso with a touch of cocoa powder stirred in

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; or cranberry juice mixed with lemon juice

Red wine: Grape juice; vegetable stock; cranberry juice; tomato juice; or concord grape jelly.

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

Rum: Non-alcoholic vanilla or rum extract.

Sherry: Apple cider; non-alcoholic vanilla extract; coffee; or coffee
syrup.

Southern Comfort: Peach nectar mixed with a touch of cider vinegar

Tequila: cactus juice

Triple Sec: concentrated orange juice (thawed)

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

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

White wine: White grape juice; apple cider; apple juice; vegetable stock; or water with 2 tsp white vinegar added

Whiskey– large amounts cannot successfully be substituted, small amounts can be eliminated.

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10 Comments

  1. Sadiqa, thanks for the alcohol substitutes. These are great! I rarely
    have any alcohol in the house and when I come across a recipe with
    alcohol in it, I skip it.

    Now I have an alternative!

    Nancy Ann
    Date: Thu Feb 6, 2003 9:27 am
    Subject: Re: Budget101.com : Alcohol Substitutes for Recipes

  2. These are a great idea, sometimes recipes I use call for wine and I just don’t have any around.

    For the cherry flavoring you can also use a touch of almond extract, it tastes like cherries in small quantities

    Thanks for sharing.

  3. these are awesome substitutes and convenient for me too because i have most everything for every substitution ~ thank you so much! …now, is there any substitutions for cooking wines or cooking sherry?

  4. This may be a silly question, but is there anything that can be used to substitute for beer in a batter coating for fried foods?

  5. Thanks so much for posting these substitutes. I hate to go out and buy alcohol just for a recipe especially when it calls for such a small amount. These are great because I have most of these items or can buy it and use it for other things.

  6. This is great. I never have alcohol of any kind in my home so I usually skip over recipes that call for it. Now I can try a few.

  7. Thank you so much I did know a few but generally just skip over it in the ingredients and wonder what if ? I was never brought up around alcohol so didn’t feel to comfortable trying to cook with it then I married my 2nd husband who is a recovering alcoholic since he was 21 so we do not have it in the house. So this will give recipe a new flavor without bringing temptation into the house.

    Even if it has been over 30years sober

  8. I try to avoid buying bottles of alcohol just for a particular alcoholic flavor that a recipe calls for. This information is great.

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