“Gluten free” is the trending term resonating with the American consumer. It has been discovered that gluten is the cause of painful celiac disease and while the number of people with this affliction is estimated at 1 in 141, about one third of adults want to cut down on gluten in their diet or avoid gluten altogether. Apparently many people are gluten intolerant or have a gluten allergy. Gluten is found in wheat, barley and rye so we’re talking bread, pasta, pizza, cakes, pastry and so on. All the good stuff!
Which brings us to vodka. Potatoes are gluten free so a distiller in Idaho – where else – has been certified by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau as producing a potato-based gluten free vodka. It is the only vodka to have this certification.
21st Century Spirits of Los Angeles has been working with Distilled Resources of Idaho for three years to obtain this certification for their handcrafted Blue Ice brand of vodka which was introduced in 2000. It is now being distributed nationally in their iconic blue bottle with a distinctive red “Gluten Free” sticker. The vodka, made from Idaho Russet Burbank potatoes is priced at around $19.99 for a 750 ml bottle.
The Blue Ice brand also includes Blue Ice Organic Wheat Vodka and Blue Ice G Vodka, which is multi grain. There are fewer than a half a dozen certified organic vodkas available for those seeking organic products.