Discover the best recipes for vegan eggnog, mojitos, mulled wine, Christmas punch, and spiced hot chocolate, plus tips for finding vegan-friendly alcohol in stores!
A quick heads up if you’re looking to buy vegan-friendly drinks this Christmas: There are plenty of options out there, but not all alcoholic beverages are vegan.
Weird, I know! Most hard liquors like gin, rum, whiskey, vodka, and bourbon are free from animal products – apart from a few that contain honey – but many wines and beers are filtered using egg whites, isinglass (derived from fish bladder), and gelatine (derived from animal bones).
Thankfully, more and more brewers these days are using animal-free filtration alternatives like bentonite clay, limestone, carbon, plant casein, or kaolin clay, which frankly all sound like much more palatable options 😅🌿
I highly recommend bookmarking Barnivore’s directory of vegan-friendly beer, wine, and liquor to save yourself from having to squint at any ingredient labels in stores.
With that tipple-tip out the way, here are some of the VegKit team’s favourite cocktails, winter warmers, and mocktails to get you in the Christmas spirit:
It’s actually super easy to make decadent, creamy eggnog without using any egg! So … just ‘nog’, I guess? Short and definitely sweet, this classic drink is a must-have for any self-respecting Christmas menu.
Dare you to find a more ironic refreshment for the inevitably muggy Aussie Christmas day we have every year … If we can’t have an actual white Christmas, the next best thing is to stay cool by sipping on one!
Add another burst of colour to the table with these ridiculously easy-to-prepare cranberry orange mimosas. Only four main ingredients required!
No festive drinks list would be complete without at least one cosy mulled wine recipe. This one’s my absolute favourite because it includes specific tips about which wines work best, which is great for mulled wine first-timers – taking out all the guesswork!
This ginger cranberry fizz recipe is amazing spiked with gin or white whiskey, but you could easily leave it out and serve it as a mocktail instead. Such a good flavour combo!
Because one vegan eggnog recipe just wasn’t enough 😉 This version features a slightly different blend of spices, uses a light oat milk base rather than soy, and has sweet chocolate cream dolloped on top!
Another lively recipe that’s easily converted into a mocktail if you prefer. It looks gorgeous either way and is packed with the bright, zesty notes of cranberries, oranges, and pomegranate.
This golden, spiced mulled cider only takes 20 minutes to brew, and it tastes just as glowy and comforting as it looks!
With subtle notes of chilli, turmeric, and orange bringing out the richness of the dark chocolate, this might just be the best hot chocolate recipe around.
This homemade soda is packed with bright holiday flavours like cinnamon, vanilla, ginger, maple, and cherries. Best served with sparkling water, over plenty of ice!
That’s drinks sorted! Onto the rest of the menu …
Whatever it is you still need recipe ideas for – whether it’s a ’meaty’ main course, sides, salads, vegan cheeses, platter ideas, pastas, ‘seafood’ alternatives, Christmas puddings, mince pies, or other decadent desserts, VegKit’s got you covered.
And who says the feast has to be all home-cooked? There are heaps of delicious vegan Christmas food items available in stores and online that can help simplify your festive meal plan (and save you some time and energy).
As someone who firmly believes we all deserve to spend less time in the kitchen and more time luxuriating in a blissful food coma over the holidays, I’ll cheers to that!