MAY 18, 2011
IMPORTANT: READ UPDATE ON THE BOTTOM OF THE POST.
I AM NO LONGER RECOMMENDING THIS BEVERAGE AS GF. BUT PLEASE make your OWN CHOICE.
I had a reaction, thus the withdrawal of my recommendation.
SEE UPDATE/EDIT BELOW.
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So there are quite a few questions about Mike’s via email already. First and foremost, let me just say this: It is a PERSONAL choice the GF foods you choose to eat or not. Here is the answer provided by Mike’s in regards to the gluten free status of the Lite Hard Lemonade (which is what they claim to be GF) (the regular Hard Lemonade is NOT gluten free) when I posed the question about it’s gluten free status of the LITE version:
I wish that Mike’s would have used the Gluten Free Certification Organization to certify their product. (In fact, I posted such a request/suggestion on their facebook page AND have sent an email to the company. Please feel free to do the same.) PLEASE make your own decision about this and ALL of your gluten free products.
I, for one, am thrilled that manufacturers have “discovered” us as a market with the money to demand changes. Now, let’s see if they respond to our absolute needs of having a standard for the term GLUTEN FREE. (And to lend your voice to this effort, please don’t forget to support/stop by the “1 in 133” organization who is pushing for these efforts.)
For now, this batch of Mike’s is OUTTA here. =( After having a 1/2 a bottle last night, my body is REBELLING today. I’m CRUSHED. And these remaining bottles are on the way to a buddy’s house tomorrow. My health is NOT worth it. I’m back to my wine-every 3 Thanksgivings for now.
Well… until I can get another Cosmo like I had in San Antonio at that piano bar on the river. oh YEAH!
……….ORIGINAL POST…………. 5/17/2011
*Ages ago* before my GF diagnosis, I went on a conference trip to Boston. (Incredibly RARE event for teachers!) I couldn’t believe I was at a professional conference – in another state (!), being treated to a cocktail party (hello? shrimp platters and waiters?? I’m a teacher!), and with an open bar (!). It was surreal. And it was outside and SWELTERING. I was dying. My bottle of water was good, but I wanted something refreshing. The bartender suggested I try a Mike’s Hard Lemonade (NOT GF). Oh, yes! I love lemonade and it was good. (And this endorsement comes from someone who drinks less often than Thanksgiving comes around, people.)
Since being diagnosed, I have occasionally sipped a glass of wine (ho hum) or a bottle of hard cider (better, but still). Until NOW. Yesterday, swung into GF Joe’s (our local GF rockin’ market) and BEHOLD: A shelf filled with Mike’s LITE Hard Lemonade ( which they claim to be GF). It’s on! Summer most definitely MUST be coming now, right?
Wahoo! GF Lite Hard Lemonade! Thank you, Mike’s! (SEE EDITED NOTE BELOW)
Now… stop raining, Seattle! Bring on the sun, the fun, and the BBQing!
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