Debra Taylor Recipe

Alcohol subsitution list

By Debra Taylor sizzlinsweet

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Debra's Story

I love cooking with different spirits, but a lot of people don't so here is a substitution list for those that don't want to use alcohol in recipes.


amaretto: almond extract. as almond extract has a much stronger flavor, only use about ¼ of the amount of amaretto called for.
bourbon: a teaspoon or two of non-alcoholic vanilla extract
brandy: water is a common substitution but, depending on the recipe, cherry syrup (from canned cherries), white grape juice, and apple juice can be used.
champagne: any sparkling fruit juice will do here, such as apple, grape or cranberry juices. ginger ale also works well
coffee liqueur: espresso is a great substitution
cognac: pear, peach, or apricot juice works well
crème de menthe: to substitute for crème de menthe, spearmint extract is a good choice, or spearmint oil, which should be diluted with a small amount of water.
peach brandy: use the syrup from canned peaches. make sure peaches are canned in heavy syrup. peach preserves can also be used
port wine: grape juice,
red wine: cranberry juice, grape juice, tomato juice, even beef or vegetable broth.
rum: vanilla extract
sherry: apple, pineapple, and orange juices

Directions Step-By-Step

Use as directed above

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Sauces

  • Comments

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    Marcy Baha missmarcy - Apr 1, 2012
    Debra, thanks for sharing this!
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    Vanessa Thacker nessa1970 - Apr 1, 2012
    Thank you so much this will help a lot
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    Marcy Baha missmarcy - Apr 1, 2012
    I agree. Sometimes you need just a tablespoon or two of some alcohol and you don't have it. It saves you from running out to buy a bottle.
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    Debra Taylor sizzlinsweet - Apr 1, 2012
    I actually prefer to use juice instead of wines when I marinate meats, it just gives it a more homey taste.
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    Marcy Baha missmarcy - Apr 1, 2012
    I don't particularly care for the taste of wine, so will either use chicken broth, etc. to cook and juice to marinate. I also have a few people that attend get togethers with us who are recovering from alcohol addiction and 1 that is allergic to alcohol and 1 does not care for the taste of alcohol of any kind. So this list will come in handy. I just shared it with the friend who does not like the taste of alcohol. Thanks again for sharing