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Rum balls, brandy ice cream, bourbon fruit cake… alcohol can add to the flavor and texture of many traditional holiday drinks, entrees and desserts. If you're trying to avoid or limit alcohol this holiday season, it's easy to make flavorful substitutions in your favorite recipes.
- In a recipe that calls for ¼ cup or more of port wine, rum, brandy or sweet sherry, use an equal amount of apple juice plus 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
- In soups, stews and other cooked dishes that call for ¼ cup or more of beer, use an equal amount of non-alcoholic beer, apple cider or broth.
- In a recipe that calls for 2 tablespoons of almond-flavored liqueur, use ¼ to ½ teaspoons of almond extract.
- In a recipe that calls for 2 tablespoons of bourbon, use 1 to 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract.
- In a recipe that calls for 2 tablespoons of orange-flavored liqueur, use 2 tablespoons of orange juice concentrate.
Keep in mind that extracts may have small amounts of alcohol and make sure to taste and adjust your recipe as the flavor may be affected by substitutions.
For more information on leading a healthier lifestyle, consult a registered dietitian in your area and visit our Eat Right Nutrition Tips.
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