When cooking for kids, don’t use ingredients containing alcohol.

When cooking for kids, don’t use ingredients containing alcohol.

Recent research indicates that when cooking with wine or other spirits, not all alcohol content is “cooked off”.  So, when cooking for children, we always recommend using non-alcoholic cooking wine or substituting non-alcoholic ingredients from the chart below.  When using substitutions for wine and spirits expect the final flavor of the dish to be slightly different from the original.  These substitutions will not be an exact replacement of the flavors imparted to a dish whose ingredients contain wine and sprits.

Non-Alcoholic Substitution Chart

Amaretto Substitutes: Non-alcoholic almond extract; Amaretto flavored syrups or sodas; or marzipan.

Apple Jack or Apple Brandy Substitutes: Unsweetened apple juice concentrate; apple juice; apple cider; or apple butter.

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

Beer or Ale Substitutes: Chicken broth, white grape juice, or ginger ale.

Bourbon Substitutes: Non-alcoholic vanilla extract. Sparkling apple cider; sparkling cranberry juice; or sparkling grape juice.

Brandy Substitutes: Raspberry extract, brandy extract.

Champagne Substitutes: Ginger Ale or Sparking apple cider.

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

Cognac Substitute: Juice from peaches, apricots, or pears.

Coffee liqueur Substitute: Espresso, non-alcoholic coffee extract, or coffee syrup.

Cointreau Substitute: Orange juice, or frozen orange juice concentrate.

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

Creme de Cassis Substitutes: Black currant syrups or black currant jam.

Creme de Menthe Substitutes: Mint Italian soda syrup, or non-alcoholic mint extract or spearmint extract.

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

Kahlua Substitutes: Chocolate extract, 1 teaspoon per 2 tablespoon of Kahlua. Or, 1 teaspoon instant express powder per 2 tablespoon of Kahlua

Kirsch (Cherry) Substitutes: Syrup or juice from black cherries, raspberries, boysenberries, currants, or grapes.

Licorice or Anise flavored liqueur Substitutes: Anise Italian soda syrup or fennel.

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

Muscat Substitutes: White grape juice mixed with water and powdered sugar

Orange liqueur (Grand Marnier) Substitutes: Unsweetened orange juice concentrate; orange zest; orange juice; or marmalade.

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

Peppermint Schnapps Substitutes: Mint Italian syrups, non-alcoholic mint extract; or mint leaves

Port Substitutes: Concord grape juice mixed with lime zest; or cranberry juice mixed with lemon juice

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

Rum Substitutes: Non-alcoholic vanilla or rum extract, pineapple juice or syrup flavored with almond extract.

Sherry Substitutes: Apple cider; non-alcoholic vanilla extract.

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

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

Wine, Red Substitutes: Non-alcoholic wine, red grape juice, apple juice, or broth, if necessary, to get the specified amount of liquid called for in the recipe.

Wine, White Substitutes: Non-alcoholic wine, white grape juice; apple cider; apple juice; chicken broth, vegetable broth, or water.

Wine, White, Dry Substitutes: Non-alcoholic wine with 1 tsp. vinegar to cut the sweetness, water, chicken broth, bullion, consommé, ginger ale, or white grape juice.

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Categories: Parenting

Author:Rebecca Rogers

Author-Food Journalist-Food Photographer

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