Alcohol Substitution

IngredientDescriptionSubstitution
AmarettoItalian almond-flavored liqueurAlmond extract.
Beer or aleVarious types.For light beers, substitute chicken broth, ginger ale or white grape juice. For heavier beers, use a stronger beef, chicken or mushroom broth or stock.
CalvadosApple brandyApple juice concentrate or juice.
ChampagneSparkling white wineSparkling white grape juice.
Coffee LiqueurCoffee LiqueurTo replace 2 tablespoons of liqueur, use ½ to 1 teaspoon of chocolate extract mixed with 1 teaspoon of instant coffee, which has been mixed with 2 tablespoons of water. Can also substitute with expresso.
Cognac / BrandyAged, double-distilled wine or fermented fruit juice. Cognac is considered the finest brandy.Peach, apricot or pear juice. Not replaceable in flambé dishes.
CointreauFrench, orange-flavored liqueur.Orange juice concentrate or regular orange juice that has been reduced to a thicker consistency.
Creme de mentheThick and syrupy, sweetened mint liqueur. Comes both clear and green.Mix mint essence with a little water or grapefruit juice. Use a drop of food coloring if you need the green color.
FramboiseFrench raspberry liqueur.Raspberry juice or syrup.
FrangelicoItalian hazelnut liqueur.Hazelnut or almond extract mixed with water.
Grand MarnierFrench liqueur, orange-flavored.Orange juice frozen concentrate or reduced fresh orange juice.
GrenadinePomegranate syrup, sometimes alcoholic.Pomegranate syrup or juice.
KahluaSyrupy Mexican liqueur made with coffee and cocoa beans.Strong coffee or espresso with a touch of cocoa powder.
Kirsch (Kirchwasser)Colorless liqueur made of cherries.Black cherry, raspberry, boysenberry, currant, or grape juice or syrup.
Orange LiqueurOrange LiqueurOrange juice concentrate, orange juice, orange zest or orange marmalade.
Red wineSweet or dry wine.Beef or chicken broth or stock, diluted balsamic vinegar OR red grape juice diluted balsamic vinegar.
RumLiquor distilled from molasses or sugar syrup.For light rum, use pineapple juice flavored with almond extract. For dark rum, use molasses thinned with pineapple juice and flavored with almond extract. Or use rum extract flavoring.
SakeFermented rice drink.Rice vinegar.
SherryFortified dessert wine, sweet or dry, some with a slightly nutty flavor.Balsamic glaze
Triple SecOrange-flavored liqueur.Orange juice frozen concentrate or reduced fresh orange juice.
VermouthWine-based drink infused with herbs, sweet or dry.For sweet, use apple or grape juice or diluted balsamic glaze. For dark rum, use molasses thinned with ineapple juice flavoured with almond extract. Or use rum extract flavouring.
Whiskey (whisky)Distilled liquor.Small amounts may be eliminated. Large amounts cannot be effectively substituted.
White BurgundyDry French wine.Non-alcoholic wine, white grape juice diluted with white wine vinegar.
White wineSweet or dry wine.Chicken broth or stock, diluted white wine vinegar or cider vinegar, white grape juice diluted with lemon juice, ginger ale, canned mushroom liquid, water. For marinades, substitute ¼ cup cider vinegar plus 1 Tbsp sugar plus ¼ cup water.