Liqueurs & Alcohol
Often we're asked what can be used in place of alcohol in our recipes.
Liqueurs add a special flavor to desserts that is difficult to replace,
but if you choose to make a substitution, here are some tips. Note,
however, that the flavor will change, and it may take some practice to
find the flavor you like the best.
- If the recipe calls for 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier or other
orange-flavored liqueur, substitute 2 tablespoons unsweetened orange
juice concentrate or 2 tablespoons orange juice and 1/2 teaspoon orange
- For 2 tablespoons rum or brandy, substitute 1/2 to 1 teaspoon rum or
brandy extract for recipes in which liquid amount is not crucial. Add
water, white grape juice, or apple juice, if necessary to get the
specified amount of liquid.
- For 2 tablespoons amaretto, substitute 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon almond
- For 2 tablespoons sherry or bourbon, substitute 1 to 2 teaspoons
- For 2 tablespoons Kahlua, coffee, or chocolate-flavored liqueur,
substitute 1/2 to 1 teaspoon chocolate extract plus 1/2 to 1 teaspoon
instant coffee in 2 tablespoons water.
- For a 1/4 cup or more port wine, sweet sherry, rum, brandy, or
fruit-flavored liqueur, substitute an equal measure of unsweetened
orange juice or apple juice plus 1 teaspoon of corresponding flavored
extract or vanilla extract.
- For a 1/4 cup or more white wine, substitute an equal measure of white
grape juice or apple juice.
- For a 1/4 cup or more red wine, substitute an equal measure of red
grape juice or cranberry juice.
Other substitutions include chicken broth, beef broth, vegetable broth,
clam juice, flavored vinegars, fruit juices, apple cider, and
nonalcoholic wines. If you use a nonalcoholic wine, you may need to add
a tablespoon vinegar (red or white depending on which color wine is
specified) to help cut the sweetness of the fake vino.
Here are some more substitute ingredients for recipes that call for
- 1 tablespoon sweet sherry substitute 1 tablespoon apple cider.
- 1 tablespoon dry vermouth 1 tablespoon apple juice.
- 2 tablespoons sherry or bourbon 1 to 2 teaspoons vanilla extract.
- 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier or other orange-flavored liqueur 2
tablespoons unsweetened orange juice concentrate.
- 1/4 cup or more of white wine equal amount of white grape juice.
- 4 cup or more of red wine equal amount of red grape juice.
When we are grateful for the good we already have, we attract more good into our life. On the other hand, when we are ungrateful, we tend to shut ourselves off from the good we might otherwise experience. ~Sylvia