Alcohol substitutes to use in recipes


We're not big drinkers but often come across a recipe that has alcohol as one of the ingredients.  While we're not opposed, we usually don't want to drive out of town (we live in a dry county) and spend money on a bottle of something we only need a few teaspoons or tablespoons of so through research, trail and error we have a list of fairly common liquors and types of alcohol used in cooking and baking.  If you know others, please leave a message or email us and we'll add them.

Amaretto:
Almond extract; orgeat Italian soda syrup; or marzipan to taste.

Anisette, Absinthe, Ouzo or other licorice or anise flavored liqueur:
Anise Italian soda syrup or fennel to taste.

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

Beer or Ale:
Equal amount chicken broth or stock; ginger ale; white grape juice to taste.

Brandy:
Equal parts water, white grape juice, apple cider or apple juice.
Diluted peach or apricot syrups or syrup from canned apricots in heavy syrup; apricot preserves to taste.
Syrup from canned peaches in heavy syrup or peach preserves to taste.

Bourbon:
Vanilla extract; champagne or other sparkling wines; sparkling apple cider; sparkling cranberry juice; sparkling grape juice to taste.

Champagne and other sparkling wines:
Equal amounts ginger ale; sparkling apple cider; sparkling cranberry juice; sparkling grape juice.

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

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

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

Creme de menthe:
Mint Italian soda syrup or peppermint extract to taste.

Dry Vermouth:
White grape juice or white wine vinegar to taste

Grand Marnier or other orange liqueur or brandy:
Unsweetened orange juice concentrate; orange zest; orange juice; marmalade to taste.

Kahlua or other coffee liqueur or brandy:
2 Tablespoons  = 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of chocolate extract mixed with 1 teaspoon of instant coffee, which has been mixed in 2 tablespoons of water.
Espresso; coffee extract or coffee syrup to taste.

Kirsch:
Syrup or juice from black cherries, raspberries, boysenberries, currants or grapes to taste.

Mirin:
Equal amount white grape juice mixed with lemon juice or zest to taste.

Muscat:
Equal amount white grape juice mixed with water and powdered sugar to taste.

Peppermint schnapps:
Mint Italian soda syrup;  peppermint extract or mint leaves to taste.

Rum:
2 Tablespoons rum = 1/2 to 1 teaspoon rum or vanilla extract or 2 tablespoons water, white grape juice or apple juice.
Pineapple juice or syrup flavored with almond extract to taste.

Sake:
Rice vinegar

Sherry:
Equal amount apple cider or apple juice mixed with lemon juice and water or vanilla extract; coffee or coffee syrup to taste.

Southern Comfort:
Peach flavored nectar combined with a small amount of cider vinegar.

Sweet Vermouth:
Apple juice, grape juice, balsamic vinegar, sweet wine, or water with lemon juice to taste.

Triple Sec:
Orange juice concentrate, orange juice, orange zest or orange marmalade.

Tequila:
Cactus juice or nectar to taste

Vermouth:
Apple cider or apple juice mixed with lemon juice and water to taste.
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Vodka:
Water; apple cider or white grape juice mixed with lime juice to taste.

White wine:
Equal amount white grape juice; apple cider; apple juice; vegetable stock or water.
Sweet white wine:
White grape juice plus 1 Tablespoon Karo Syrup

Wine:
1/2 cups = ¼ cup of wine vinegar (red or white, depending on which is called for in recipe) and 1/4 cup water mixed with 1 Tablespoon of sugar
 
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