Chef-Designed Vegan Holiday Drink Ideas for Everyone


Whether your New Years Eve plans involve staying dry or getting writhing, everyone deserves to raise their glass to celebrate the New Year. Inspired by back-to-back vacations and the cozy winter season, these festive vegan drinks will warm your soul and delight your taste buds. All recipes can be modified to suit mood – add your favorite vegan libation to mocktails or sweeten cocktails using zero-proof spirits such as Seedlip, Spirits of Virtue or Curious Elixirs. Put a bar cart on your wishlist, you’ll want to brew these drinks throughout the season.

Cocktails

1 Mandarin Cream

An ode to stuffing stockings with oranges, this creamy-like cocktail is better than any citrus you pull out of a sock.

What do you need:

1 ounce of orange vodka
2 ounces of vanilla schnapps
5 ounces of Italian tangerine soda
¼ cup of ice cream
Coconut whipped cream, for garnish
Shredded vegan chocolate, for garnish

What are you doing:

In a cocktail shaker, add the vodka, schnapps and Italian soda and shake to combine. In a tall glass, put ice and pour the vodka mixture over the ice. Top with coconut whipped cream and vegan chocolate shavings.

2 Mazao Black Velvet

For connoisseurs of beer-based cocktails, you can’t go wrong with an expertly crafted Black Velvet. Skip the regular champagne and serve this sparkling drink on your New Years Eve party.

What do you need:

3 ounces of deep-flavored fruity beer, try Goose Island Parka Porter or Southern Tier Plum Stout
4 ounces of Asti Spumante, or other vegan sweet sparkling wine

What are you doing:

In a flute, add the beer then pour the sparkling wine on top.

3 Traveler welcome

Instead of spiking your vegan PSL, try this homemade cocktail to warm up the holiday spirit.

What do you need:

1½ ounces of bourbon
1 ounce of Aperol
2 ounces of spiced apple cider with pumpkin
ounce of lemon juice
2 dashes of bitter ginger
2 dashes of chocolate bitter
Cinnamon stick and orange slices, to garnish

What are you doing:

In a shaker, add the bourbon, Aperol, cider, lemon juice and bitters, add ice and serve in a highball glass topped with a cinnamon stick and orange slices.

4 Christmas golden ivy

A seasonal variation on golden ivy, this red and green hued libation brings a Christmas (and Kwanza) twist to the standard cranberry drink.

What do you need:

1½ ounces of Courvoisier
½ ounces of green Chartreuse
1 ounce of cranberry juice
¼ cup of ice cream
Sprig of rosemary, for garnish

What are you doing:

In a shaker, add the Courvoisier, the wine, the Chartreuse, the juice and shake. Add ice cubes, shake gently and strain into a cut glass. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary.

5 rockefeller center

Shake up the traditional Manhattan – this seasonal version will warm you up right after a night out on the ice at Rockefeller Center.

What do you need:

1 ounce of monkey shoulder (or other low or peat-free scotch)
1.5 ounces of Pedro Ximenez Sherry
¼ cup of ice cream
3 ounces of Hard Seltzer citrus, try Truly Lime or Willie’s Superbrews Ginger Lemon
Candy canes, for garnish

What are you doing:

In a glass, add the scotch, sherry and ice and stir. In a martini glass, strain the mixture and garnish with a candy cane.

Alcohol-free cocktails

6 Pumpkin juice

Mix this kid-friendly drink inspired by the wizarding world. Note: If you can’t find pumpkin juice, strain the pumpkin puree in a bag of nut milk.

What do you need:

1¼ ounces of apple cider
1¼ ounces of pumpkin juice
½ ounce of lemon juice
¼ cup of ice cream
4 ounces of ginger beer
Cinnamon stick and orange wedge, to garnish

What are you doing:

In a shaker, add the cider and the juices, and shake. In a tall glass, add ice and pour over the cider mixture. Add the ginger beer and garnish with a cinnamon stick and an orange wedge.

seven Carrot Kombucha Cake

Unlike other holiday drinks, this soft drink will make you feel great the next morning.

What do you need:

3 ounces of carrot juice
2 ounces of orange juice
teaspoon of Ceylon cinnamon
⅛ teaspoon of powdered ginger
¼ cup of ice cream
3 ounces of GT ‘Living in Gratitude’ Kombucha

What are you doing:

In a shaker, add the juices, cinnamon, ginger powder and ice, and shake. In a tall glass, pour the juice mixture. Add the kombucha on top.

8 Leaflet

A play on the classic cocktail of the same name, this layered drink isn’t too sweet despite all the fruity ingredients. Kids and adults alike will love the soft effervescence and fun colors of this on-trend mocktail.

What do you need:

2 ounces of organic grapefruit juice
4 ounces of Izze pomegranate soda
2 ounces of lavender shrub, try Bauman’s Lavender Tangerine
Burnt lemon zest, to garnish

What are you doing:

In a champagne glass, pour the juice, soda and lavender bush. Garnish with the burnt lemon zest.

9 Pear and elderberry winter relaxer

We’ve heard that winter pears and elderberries are North Pole staples! Find elderberry syrup in the south at health food and alternative medicine stores.

What do you need:

1 teaspoon of elderberry syrup
2 ounces of pear juice
2 ounces of ginger lemon tea
Martinelli sparkling apple cider, to float
Pear slices, for garnish

What are you doing:

In a glass, add the syrup, juice and tea and mix well. Garnish with the desired amount of cider and garnish with pear slices.

ten Festivus for the rest of us

If you dream of drinking cranberry sauce, this will be your new favorite mocktail.

What do you need:

2 rosemary leaves, plus a sprig for garnish
3 ounces of cranberry juice
½ ounce of simple syrup
¼ cup of ice cream
2 ounces of sparkling water

What are you doing:

In a glass, add the rosemary leaves, cranberry juice and syrup and mash. Add ice and shake gently. In a cut glass, strain the mixture, garnish with sparkling water and garnish with more rosemary.

11 Oatmeal Coffee Cake

Enjoy this coffee cake drink hot or cold, but definitely with vegan biscotti or a real coffee cake.

What do you need:

4 ounces of coffee, caffeinated or decaffeinated
2 ounces of oat milk
4 drops of mocha bitters
2 ounces oatmeal or oatmeal cookie cream, steamed or foamed in a blender

What are you doing:

In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients, then pour into a mug. Microwave the mug for 1 minute for a hot drink. For a cool drink, refrigerate coffee before use.

For more vegan drinks, read:
Vegan Citrus Holiday Punch
Vegan Liqueur Cream
The Perfect Vegan Amaretto Sour

Suzannah gerber (Chef Suzi), Plant-Based Chef, cookbook author and executive chef of Haven Foods, is a consultant in the food and medical industry and author of Vegetable gourmet.

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