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.
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.
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