Let’s admit it – the holidays can be a tough time for vegans (and anyone who ascribes to a plant-based diet). Whether it’s responding to the insensitive questions of older family members regarding your diet or simply trying to find something to eat at a holiday get-together, you might feel challenged on all sides in your efforts to stick to your lifestyle of choice during the month of December. Well, I’m here to tell you – nothing will make you feel better like a delicious vegan hot beverage (If it’s spiked? Even better!). These seven recipes for vegan hot drinks feel like a warm hug on a cold day. They’re full of holiday spirit and offer a festive way to celebrate the season.
Not even eggnog – a drink traditionally prepared with eggs and dairy products, making it 100% NOT VEGAN – is off the menu with a little clever tweaking. Whip up a batch of one of these comforting drinks, pour yourself a mug, and create some vegan cheer for yourself in the midst of this busy season. Or bring your drink with you to a party and share the joy with your loved ones. No one can argue with a delicious homemade drink. And the best thing about these drinks is that they’re as nutritious as they are delicious (which truly can’t be said of most traditional holiday drinks). Toast to your good health and your commitment to veganism this holiday season.
1. Homemade Vegan Eggnog: Essentially homemade nut milk with flavorings added, this “egg”-nog is made by soaking and blending raw almonds, toasted coconut, vanilla bean, dates, and nutmeg and then straining the mixture to form a rich, flavorful “milk”. This recipe is somewhat labor-intensive, but it’s a labor of love and the resulting nog is filling enough to stand in for a traditional dessert. Rum or bourbon optional but recommended (via Edible Perspective).
2. Vegan Hot Buttered Rum: If you’ve never had it before, hot buttered rum is something like a rum latte with butter and whipped cream added. Indulgent and sweet, but definitely not vegan. Never fear, however – everything can be veganized! For this version, you’ll combine brown sugar, vegan butter, spiced rum, nondairy milk of choice, spices, and coconut whipped cream to create an amazing mug of deliciousness that just screams, “Relaxation!” (via It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken)
3. Vegan Hot Cocoa: Probably the healthiest drink on this list, this vegan hot cocoa is made with a DIY cacao superfood blend that will nourish your body from the inside out. It may also help your immune system fend off seasonal colds and flus, always a bonus during the holiday season. Stock up on turmeric, maca, and raw cacao, because you’ll be making this recipe a lot! The superfood blend would make an adorable gift if packaged in a mason jar with the hot cocoa recipe attached (via The Glowing Fridge).
4. Vegan Matcha Latte: Matcha is super trendy right now, and I for one am not mad about it. Matcha is simply green tea leaves ground up into a concentrated and super flavorful powder. It can be used to simply make tea or to add green tea flavor to a wide variety of foods, such a baked goods and pancakes. For this simple latte, simply froth together warm nondairy milk, matcha powder, peppermint extract, and maple syrup. The resulting drink is both soothing and refreshing, with a bright, grassy mint flavor! If you don’t have peppermint essential oil you can sub peppermint flavoring (via Vegan Gretchen).
5. Mulled Blackberry Wine: This unique hot drink, similar to mulled cider but made with homemade blackberry syrup and wine, is so very cozy and elegant. It would pair perfectly with a vegan pot pie or vegetable roast on a snowy night. Serve each mug garnished with apple slices and cinnamon sticks for an eye-catching presentation (via The Veg Space).
6. Vegan London Fog Latte: London Fog lattes are the ideal hot drink for people who don’t like coffee. They’re traditionally made with honey, milk, and Earl Grey tea – nondairy milk and coconut oil stand in for dairy and add plant-based richness, as well as energy from the medium chain triglycerides in coconut oil (helpful if you have a lot of gifts to buy or wrap!). If you prefer a sugar-free version, choose stevia for your latte. Pair with scones or crumpets for a classy British-inspired holiday tea party (via The Blenderist).
This coffee shop favorite is even more delicious when made with DIY chai tea, cashew milk, and toasty coconut sugar. This recipe makes a big batch of chai concentrate that you can enjoy throughout your week (via The Blenderist).
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