What can I substitute for red wine? (+3 substitutes for white wine)

In this article, we will answer the question “What can I substitute for red wine?”, and what are the substitutes for white wine?

What can I substitute for red wine?

Red and white wine vinegar 

Red and white wine vinegar contain water and acetic acid and are a great substitute for both red and white wine especially for salad dressings, marinades, and other liquid-based dishes. 

Red wine vinegar pairs well with beef, pork, and vegetables, while white wine vinegar goes well with chicken and fish. Mix wine vinegar with water in equal parts to reduce its acidity. 

Pomegranate juice 

The fruity flavor, aroma, and acidity of pomegranate juice are perfect to replace red wine. Mix it with a teaspoon of vinegar to enhance its acidity. Pomegranate juice goes well with sauces, salad dressings, and as a glaze for vegetables. 

Pomegranate juice is full of antioxidants and has been found to reduce blood pressure and the risk of heart diseases.

Cranberry juice 

Due to a comparable flavor, acidity, and color to red wine, It makes for a great substitute for red wine in a variety of recipes. 

It has a sweet taste so adjust the sugar in your recipe or combine cranberry juice with a teaspoon or two of vinegar to enhance its acidity. Cranberry juice prevents urinary tract infections and reduces inflammation due to its rich antioxidant content.

Red grape juice 

Red grape juice has a similar color and flavor to red wine. To mask its sweetness, Mix It with some vinegar. It works great for marinades. Due to the rich content of polyphenol antioxidants, red grape juice promotes immunity and prevents heart diseases and high blood pressure.

Chciken, Beef or Vegetbale Stock

Beef broth, due to its dark color works great in place of red wine. While chicken and vegetable stock are better used in place of white wine. 

Add 1 tbsp of vinegar for every cup of stock in your dish to enhance its acidity since the stock is naturally savory, mild, and less acidic. Substitute stock for red wine in equal parts.

Liquid from canned mushrooms 

The liquid in which the mushrooms are preserved contains some of the savory goodness of the mushrooms. This non-alcoholic substitute on its own works great for savory dishes. 

When combined with cranberry, pomegranate, or grape juice can also be added to sweet dishes. To replace 2 cups of red wine, mix 1 cup of cranberry juice with 1 cup of the leftover liquid of mushrooms. 

Make sure you are using the liquid of low-sodium canned mushrooms to avoid dangerously high sodium levels in your food.

Tomato juice 

Tomato juice has an acidic and slightly bitter flavor profile. Due to its comparable color and acidity to red wine, It works as a great replacement for red wine in cooking. Replace the red wine with an equal ratio of tomato juice. 

Mix some fruit juice in tomato juice to add sweetness. The taste of red wine and tomato juice can be a little different so It is always better to taste-check your dish. 

A cup(237ml) of tomato juice gives us 20 varying nutrients, encompassing 74% of the daily dose for vitamin C and 22% for vitamin A. Due to a high percentage of lycopene antioxidants, tomato juice prevents heart diseases and cancer.


If none of the above-mentioned ingredients are available in your kitchen, you can simply use water instead. This won’t contribute to any flavor, acidity, or color but will keep your dish from becoming dry. 

However, If you want to improve its taste, dissolve 1 tbsp of sugar in a mixture of  ¼ cup water and ¼ cup vinegar. Use this mixture as a 1:1 substitute for red wine.

What are the substitutes for white wine?

Ginger ale 

This carbonated soft drink is flavored with ginger, lemon, lime, and cane sugar. It looks just like white wine and can be used as a substitute in a 1:1 ratio. 

The acidity of ginger ale helps tenderize meats. However, this substitute only works If you do not have a problem with a mild ginger taste in the finished product.

Apple juice 

This sweet and light-colored non-alcoholic substitute can be used in the place of white wine in a 1:1 ratio. However, only use this substitute when the recipe calls for a small amount of white wine. Mix It with some vinegar to improve its acidity.

Lemon juice 

Dilute lemon juice with equal parts of water to replace white wine in a 1:1 ratio. Lemon imparts a tart flavor and helps tenderize meats when added to marinades.


In this article, we answered the question “What can I substitute for red wine?”, and what are the substitutes for white wine?

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