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small guide to gluten free drinking – Italian Cuisine

small guide to gluten free drinking


Are grappa, whiskey, gin and vodka gluten free? And the liqueurs? Which cocktails are safe and which are not? How can a celiac orient himself in the purchase of spirits and spirits? We find out with expert guidance

A glass of grappa after dinner, an amaro, a fresh limoncello in summer, or a gin-based cocktail. Alcoholic beverages (always responsibly and with measure) are a pleasure, even for those suffering from celiac disease: but as in many areas of taste, those who cannot consume gluten must always keep their eyes open. "We have to make a distinction between alcoholic beverages," he explains Laura Diodovich, Project Professional AFC – AiC (Italian Celiac Association) Marche, which specifies: «it is in fact necessary to distinguish between distillates which are always good, and which do not necessarily have to bear the words "gluten free", as long as they are free of flavorings or other substances, and liqueurs. The latter are considered at risk: this means that they are only suitable if they have the wording “gluten-free” . From AiC therefore, you have a traffic light green for grappa, gin, whiskey, tequila, vodka etc., even when they come from raw materials containing gluten. How is it possible? We asked those who deal with spirits for work.

Gluten-free spirits: spirits, 100 per 100 safe

Luca Sala Trade Marketing Manager of Meregalli Spirits, a leading company in Italy in the distribution of national and international wines and spirits, explains how the gluten contained in the raw material of gin, whiskey, vodka, obtained from cereals, does not pass into the distillate because: «distillation serves precisely to separate the heavy parts from the light ones, leaving all residues as production waste. Also what is called "head and tail" or the initial and final part of distillate (where a trace could be found) is thrown away. Particular attention should be paid to Gin because some flavors are made by maceration, so they may have gluten . After all, the list of aromas that may contain gluten “is endless, but it's not just aromas that are at risk. To be sure of a gluten-free product, you should work in an aseptic laboratory, an environment that almost no one has in the distillery or liqueur factory .

More explanations about Gin come from the distillery Bunches of Altavilla: «Gin, if obtained through the distillation process, is to be considered gluten-free. In particular, Gin Mazzetti, being “London Dry”, is obtained precisely from the distillation of a macerate with traditional stills, which makes it gluten free . Absolutely sure is grappa, as the Mazzetti d'Altavilla experts demonstrate: "First of all, since it is a distillate that uses pomace as a raw material, therefore the skins and seeds (called grape seeds) of the grapes, gluten is not contained in the raw material . Secondly, the same distillation process foreseen in direct steam stills means that the final distillate, resulting from the condensation of the steam coming from the stills, cannot – even if there is a presence – acquire any trace of gluten through this processing method " .

Liquors without contamination

More complicated is the discussion with regard to liqueurs: contamination, explains Luca Sala di Meregalli, «occurs by presence in the raw material or by contamination by external agents. The same goes for the aseptic laboratory . To be sure of the absence of contamination, it is necessary to have certifications available. This is what they do in Mazzetti d’Altavilla: "our liqueurs are all consumable even by those with gluten intolerances. Not being distilled in purity, in this case the certification that the raw material does not contain gluten and does not foresee the possibility of contamination with materials containing gluten. For blended products, it would be good to indicate the gluten-free symbol on the bottle or on the packaging to ensure its consumability by those with intolerances. We are gearing up for this! " A brand or a legible wording on the label would certainly make life easier for those suffering from celiac disease, at least as regards the choice of what to drink.

Let's free up the spaces! 10 tips for tidying up (even in the kitchen) – Italian Cuisine

Let's free up the spaces! 10 tips for tidying up (even in the kitchen)


Because freeing ourselves from the superfluous allows us to make room for what makes us happy. Three moves and a handbook are enough to take inspiration

During the lockdown we had cleaned the whole house, we had got rid of the superfluous, cabinets and drawers were perfect, but once we got back to the routine, the chaos took over our house (and our everyday life). This is not necessarily negative: a quote says that "chaos generates life, where order generates habit". But if this is sometimes true, it is also often true tidying up the house (and not only) it can help us to put order in our life too.

How and why to free up spaces

In other words, it's good to get rid of what we don't need it for have more space for what makes us happy. With this idea, Ikea launched the first movement of Liberation of Spaces proposing a change based on three pillars of order, namely Decluttering, Organizing and Displaying. Getting rid of clutter and what is no longer needed, giving objects a second life from a circular economy perspective, is the first step to find space for new memories and for what makes us happy. We then move on to tidying up, creating a space where you can find everything exactly when you need it: green light for labels, boxes and everything that allows you to leave nothing to chaos. The final touch, displaying, then allows us to show the objects that make a house our home. Therefore, rethinking spaces becomes a need to live better, especially now that we are forced to stay indoors for a long time again. So let's get to work, maybe starting from kitchen: optimization, organization, but also creativity are needed.

10 tips for tidying up

Any advice to get started? Here is the decalogue of Manifesto of the Movement for the Liberation of Spaces designed by Ikea in a playful and ironic tone. The last point is what we like best!

1. If nothing is upside down in the house, everything will be fine. Yes, even on Monday morning.

2. Get rid of what you don't need: you will have more space for what makes you happy.

3. Give a second life to what you don't use. So, you are good for the planet!

4. Labels are your best friends.

5. Do not leave anything to chaos, not even the wardrobe.

6. Remember: if the order reigns supreme, live like a king.

7. Keep everything you care about in plain sight. Not really everything, everything …

8. Plan your way, perhaps by color.

9. Say goodnight to clutter: you will have better dreams.

10. Order everything and then reward yourself with a box. Yes, but say cookies.

Cilento, free coffee for those who clean the beach – Italian Cuisine

Cilento, free coffee for those who clean the beach


In establishments that use Cilento coffee, just go to the bar with a bag of garbage collected on the beach to receive a glass of coffee in exchange

A "prize" for those who contribute to keeping the beach clean: those who collect waste left on the coast are entitled to a free glass of coffee. It is the initiative, launched for the second consecutive year, by the Coffee Roasting Cilento, active for years in Laurito, in the province of Salerno: the "Clean Cilento" project it was created to sensitize bathers to take care of the beach.

On the other hand, according to the investigation Beachlitter by Legambiente, on every meter of sand of the 93 beaches examined are located almost 10 waste, and plastic alone accounts for 81%. But what is visible to our eyes on the beach is only 15% of the waste entering the marine ecosystem: the remaining 15% float on the surface of the sea and 70% remain suspended in the water column or sink. Among the 10 most found wastes there are pieces of plastic and polystyrene (and it is worrying because they are the "precursors" of microplastics, irreversible and incalculable pollution), the caps and lids of drinks – one for each meter of beach is found -, cigarette butts (the equivalent of 359 packets has been found of cigarettes in just 9 kilometers), cotton swabs (7.4% of all waste monitored) and construction material (with over 4,000 wastes linked to illegal spills on the beach). There are also 45 plastic bottles every 100 meters and 34 plastic dishes such as plates, glasses, cutlery and straws, every 100 meters.

To sensitize all swimmers, Caffè Cilento will distribute i leaflets which indicate how long it takes for the various materials to decompose. In the bathing establishments that use the Caffè Cilento brand, just go at the bar with a garbage bag collected on the beach to receive a glass of coffee in exchange. Which, of course, won't be plastic.

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