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Not everyone wants to use alcohol in their cooking, or their might be times when it makes for an economical alternative to use a substitute, so here is a helpful list that suggests substitutes for a variety of alcoholic beverages. Quantities and substitutes vary, depending on the recipe used.


Non-alcoholic almond extract; orgeat Italian soda syrup; or marzipan.

Applejack or apple brandy:

Unsweetened apple juice concentrate; apple juice; apple cider; or apple butter.

Apricot brandy:

Syrup from canned apricots in heavy syrup; or apricot preserves.


Non-alcoholic vanilla extract.

Champagne and other sparkling wines:

Sparkling apple cider; sparkling cranberry juice; or sparkling grape juice.

Cherry liqueur or brandy:

Syrup from canned cherries in heavy syrup; Italian soda cherry syrup; or cherry preserves.

Coffee liqueur or brandy:

Espresso; non-alcoholic coffee extract; or coffee syrup.

Creme de Cacao:

Powdered white chocolate mixed with water; non-alcoholic vanilla extract and powdered sugar.

Creme de Cassis:

Black currant Italian soda syrup; or black currant jam.

Creme de Menthe:

Mint Italian soda syrup; or non-alcoholic mint extract.


White grape juice mixed with lemon juice, water, and a pinch of powdered sugar.

Licorice or anise flavored liqueur:

Anise Italian soda syrup; or fennel.


White grape juice mixed with lemon juice or zest.


White grape juice mixed with water and powdered sugar

Orange liqueur or brandy:

Unsweetened orange juice concentrate; orange zest; orange juice; or marmalade.

Peach brandy:

Syrup from canned peaches in heavy syrup; or peach preserves.

Peppermint Schnapps:

Mint Italian soda syrup; non-alcoholic mint extract; or mint leaves


Concord grape juice mixed with lime zest; or cranberry juice mixed with lemon juice

Red wine:

Grape juice; vegetable stock; cranberry juice; tomato juice; or concord grape jelly.


White grape juice mixed with water and a pinch of powdered sugar.


Non-alcoholic vanilla or rum extract.


Apple cider; non-alcoholic vanilla extract; coffee; or coffee syrup.


Apple cider; or apple juice mixed with lemon juice and water.


Water; apple cider or white grape juice mixed with lime juice.

White wine:

White grape juice; apple cider; apple juice; vegetable stock; or water.

Source: Veggie Life Magazine, November 1998 Issue

Martin James

Martin JamesThis cooking tip comes from Dancer and Graphic artist Martin James. Martin, who originally comes from New Zealand, is now living with his wife and children in Copenhagen as he is currently principal Dancer with The Royal Danish Ballet. You will be able to find out more about Martin when his Biography page is published.

Being so gifted it seems unfair that Martin should also be talented in the kitchen as well but he has agreed to share some of his recipes with us which is great news.

Martin used to do his own recipe Newsletter (which is where this item came from). If you would like to visit Martin's own website click here