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It’s GOT to Be Time for a Gluten-Free Cocktail

holiday cocktailI just got back from Whole Foods. On Christmas Eve. The shocking part was the traffic was not bad, the parking lot was well-attended and there was zero drama. There was even minimal jockeying for position at the ham counter! Even with this smooth Christmas Eve shopping experience, I, however, managed to spill coffee all over myself and the produce department, and spill a box of gluten-free pasta all over the aisle, walk over it, spill more coffee on it, and run away leaving the aisle a crunchy (but gluten-free!) mess behind me.

I need a drink.

Of course, it’s the most festive time of the year so you don’t just want to slug back a shot of vodka and call it a holiday (or maybe you do, hey, I won’t judge) so I decided to use this box of Cuties I was sent to create a fun cocktail.

These California clementines are hugely popular in my house, and in my kid’s school, practically everywhere. Which is why my dream of making an entire punch quickly disappeared after my daughter busted into them. This was all that was left –

cutieboxThe kid loves those Cuties. So instead I created a Cutie Old-Fashioned, minus the cherry because we were fresh out. Which is my husband’s favorite part, but he seemed to get over after a few of these Cutie-infused cocktails. Try it! And happy, happy, happiest of holidays everyone! Keep it g-free.


Cutie Old-Fashioned

Prep time: 5 minutes


1 teaspoon simple sugar (or dissolve a sugar cube)
2 ounces whiskey of your choice (we went bourbon, cuz’ that’s how we do)
Dash or 2 of Angostura bitters
1/2 ounce juice from a Cutie
Splash of seltzer (optional)
One big ass ice cube

1. Combine sugar, whiskey, bitters, and Cutie juice in a shaker.

2. Pour over one large ice cube in an old-fashioned glass. Garnish with cutie peel or cutie slice, add seltzer for taste.

Makes: 1 Cutie Old-Fashioned

7 thoughts on “It’s GOT to Be Time for a Gluten-Free Cocktail

  1. April,
    My younger daughter Hannah gave me your book for Chaka Kahn (Channukah sp?) and I’m reading it now. I love the way you write and I love your point of view. It’s great that you acknowledge
    1. restrictive diets can blow
    2. ‘diet’ books that assert that it can be ‘fun’ to face your restrictive diet can blow it out their ass.
    Nevertheless, we have been gluten free for 6 months before getting your book and welcome your recipes and your sense of humor.
    Laraine Newman

  2. Love your blog!! I’m GF too, and my boyfriend got me your book for Christmas, I read almost all of it.. on Christmas! I love it and love your comical spin on it all!! I have a gluten-free blog too if you care to visit!

    From my [hurt] tummy to yours!

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