As a bartender, I have had the pleasure of serving a wide variety of drinks to customers over the years. But one trend that has been on the rise lately is the demand for vegan cocktails.
As more people embrace a plant-based lifestyle, they are also seeking out vegan-friendly options when it comes to their drinks.
But what exactly makes a cocktail vegan? It all comes down to the ingredients. Traditional cocktails often include animal products such as honey, cream, or egg whites.
Vegan cocktails, on the other hand, use ingredients that are free from animal products and are often made with fresh fruits, herbs, and juices.
Creating a vegan cocktail can be a fun and creative process. Bartenders are experimenting with new flavors and ingredients to create unique drinks that are not only delicious but also ethical and sustainable.
Whether you're a vegan or simply looking to try something new, there are plenty of vegan cocktail recipes out there that are sure to impress. From refreshing citrus-based drinks to smoky, spicy concoctions, there's a vegan cocktail to suit every taste.
In this blog post, I'll be sharing some of the best vegan cocktail recipes that I've come across.
These drinks are not only tasty but also easy to make, so you can enjoy them at home or order them at your favorite bar. So get ready to shake things up and discover the world of vegan cocktails!
1. Vegan Whiskey Sour Cocktail
The Vegan Whiskey Sour Cocktail is a refreshing twist on the classic whiskey sour, perfect for those who follow a vegan lifestyle. Instead of using egg whites, this recipe uses aquafaba, the liquid from a can of chickpeas, to create a stable foam.
The combination of whiskey, lemon, and sugar creates a deliciously tart and smooth cocktail that is sure to impress. This cocktail is a great option for those who want to enjoy a classic cocktail without compromising their vegan beliefs. If you're looking for a new vegan cocktail to try, the Vegan Whiskey Sour Cocktail is definitely worth a shot.
2. Vegan Pina Colada
The Vegan Pina Colada is a must-try cocktail for anyone who loves tropical drinks. Made with Malibu rum, fresh pineapple juice, and coconut cream, this vegan version of the classic cocktail is perfect for any festive occasion. The creamy texture and sweet, fruity flavor make it a great choice for sipping on a warm summer day or for serving at a party.
With a slice of pineapple on the side of the glass, this cocktail is not only delicious but also visually appealing. Whether you're a vegan or not, this cocktail is definitely worth trying. So, why not add it to your list of must-try cocktails?
3. Skinny Piña Colada Cocktail
The Skinny Piña Colada Cocktail is a vegan twist on the classic tropical drink that is perfect for those who prefer their cocktails less sweet. Made with natural sweetness from bananas and without any refined sugars, this creamy and dreamy cocktail comes in at just around 160 calories.
It's a refreshing and guilt-free way to enjoy a tropical drink during the summer months. The best part is that the recipe is versatile, allowing you to experiment with different variations to suit your taste buds. So, if you're looking for a vegan cocktail recipe that's light, refreshing, and easy to make, give the Skinny Piña Colada Cocktail a try.
4. Watermelon Mimosas
If you're looking for a refreshing vegan cocktail to sip on during a summer brunch, look no further than the Watermelon Mimosa. Made with freshly squeezed watermelon juice and vegan champagne, this twist on the classic mimosa is light, fruity, and perfect for a hot day. With only three ingredients, this cocktail is easy to make and can be scaled up to serve a crowd.
Plus, it's versatile enough to be adapted to your taste preferences – add a splash of orange juice for a tangy twist, or garnish with a sprig of mint for a touch of freshness. So, whether you're hosting a brunch or just looking for a tasty new cocktail to try, the Watermelon Mimosa is definitely worth a sip.
5. Chunky Monkey
If you're a fan of chocolate and banana, the Chunky Monkey cocktail is a must-try. This frozen cocktail is a delicious combination of chocolate ice cream, banana liqueur, and crème de cacao. While the original recipe is not vegan, it can easily be made vegan by substituting the chocolate ice cream for a vegan alternative and using non-dairy milk.
The crème de cacao adds a rich chocolate flavor to the drink, making it a perfect dessert cocktail. This cocktail is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth and is a great addition to any vegan cocktail menu.
6. Pomegranate Gin Fizz
The Pomegranate Gin Fizz is a refreshing and vibrant vegan cocktail that's perfect for the summer season. Made with fresh pomegranate seeds, this pretty pink drink is a feast for the eyes and the taste buds. It's a versatile cocktail that can be made with or without alcohol, making it a great option for any occasion.
Whether you're looking for a romantic date night drink or a fun party cocktail, the Pomegranate Gin Fizz is sure to impress. So, if you're looking for a delicious and unique vegan cocktail to add to your repertoire, give this one a try!
7. Pink Elephant Cocktail
The Pink Elephant Cocktail is a fun and whimsical drink with a vodka base and Fentimans' rose lemonade. A twist of lime juice adds a refreshing kick to the drink.
The use of Aval Dor Vodka, a premium 'plough to bottle' vodka made from King Edward potatoes, adds a smooth and creamy texture to the drink. This cocktail is easy to make and perfect for any party or gathering.
8. Blueberry Whiskey Spritzers
The Blueberry Whiskey Spritzer is a refreshing and easy-to-make cocktail that is perfect for summer entertaining. Made with a homemade blueberry simple syrup, fresh blueberries, lemon juice, and a splash of club soda or tonic water, this cocktail is bursting with summer flavor.
What's even better is that it is vegetarian and vegan-friendly. The blueberry simple syrup can also be used for other drinks and recipes, making it a versatile ingredient to have on hand. If you're looking for a delicious and refreshing cocktail to enjoy this summer, the Blueberry Whiskey Spritzer is definitely worth trying.
9. Dirty Chai Martini With Maple and Pink Himalayan Salt
The Dirty Chai Martini with Maple and Pink Himalayan Salt is a vegan cocktail that is perfect for the holiday season. The cocktail is made with espresso, chai, unsweetened almond milk, maple syrup, and a pinch of pink Himalayan salt. It can be served up or on the rocks and is a great after-dinner drink or pre-party imbibe.
The combination of fall, winter, and holiday flavors makes it a wonderful addition to any cocktail menu. If you're looking for a unique and delicious vegan cocktail, the Dirty Chai Martini with Maple and Pink Himalayan Salt is definitely worth trying.
10. Puerto Rican Coquito
The Puerto Rican Coquito is a vegan cocktail that is perfect for the winter months. This creamy and light drink is infused with cinnamon and nutmeg, giving it a taste similar to eggnog. It is made with seasonal spices, coconut, and rum, making it a perfect holiday drink.
The cocktail is traditionally served with a sprinkle of cinnamon and coconut flakes, and sometimes topped with whipped cream for a fun textural element. The recipe can be made vegan with easy plant-based substitutions, making it a great option for those who are looking for a vegan cocktail. If you're looking for a cozy and festive drink to enjoy during the holidays, the Puerto Rican Coquito is definitely worth trying.
11. Pornstar Martini
The Pornstar Martini is a modern classic cocktail that is sure to impress your guests. This visually exciting cocktail is sweet and sour with a frothy top and a floating half passion fruit. The combination of Passoa, vodka, and vanilla syrup give it a smooth and sweet taste, while the fresh lime juice adds a subtle sour taste.
The cocktail is served with a shot of champagne, prosecco, or sparkling wine on the side, making it a perfect drink for special occasions. The cocktail is vegetarian and can be easily made vegan by using a vegan-friendly champagne or sparkling wine. If you're looking for a delicious and impressive cocktail to serve at your next party, the Pornstar Martini is definitely worth trying.
12. Strawberry Basil Kombucha Cocktail
The Strawberry Basil Kombucha Cocktail is a refreshing and healthy option for those looking for a vegan cocktail. Made with fresh strawberries and basil, this cocktail is paired with vodka and Dr. Brew Strawberry Basil Kombucha. Kombucha, a fermented tea, is a lower sugar option as a mixer than most processed juices out there and is full of live and active cultures.
This cocktail is perfect for those who want to indulge in a fancy drink without the guilt. With its unique combination of flavors and health benefits, the Strawberry Basil Kombucha Cocktail is a must-try for anyone looking for a delicious and healthy cocktail option.
13. Grapefruit Strawberry Mojito
The Grapefruit Strawberry Mojito is a refreshing and fruity vegan cocktail that is perfect for spring and summer. This cocktail is made with fresh mint, sliced strawberries, and a large slice of grapefruit, which are muddled together with sugar until the sugar is dissolved. Then, the mixture is combined with rum and grapefruit juice, and topped with a splash of club soda.
The result is a bright and refreshing cocktail that is perfect for sipping on a warm day. The combination of citrus, strawberries, and mint creates a delicious and complex flavor profile that is sure to impress. Whether you're looking for a fun new cocktail to try or just want to mix up your usual drink routine, the Grapefruit Strawberry Mojito is definitely worth a try.
14. Rose Water Lemon Drop Martini
The Rose Water Lemon Drop Martini is a refreshing and delightful vegan cocktail that combines the subtle aroma of rose water with the tangy and irresistible flavor of fresh lemon juice. The sweet and flowery addition of rose water is subtle but adds a touch of elegance to the drink.
The bright and tangy flavor of the lemon juice perfectly complements the rose water and leaves a tingle on your lips. It's perfect for a lazy Friday night at home or a garden party with friends.
15. Pear and Ginger Sparklers
The Pear and Ginger Sparklers is a delicious and boozy cocktail perfect for any festive occasion. This vegan cocktail recipe combines a sweet and sour pear shrub with vodka, lemon juice, honey, and champagne to create a complex and flavorful drink. The homemade pear ginger shrub adds a spicy punch and wakes up your taste buds, while the honey adds a touch of sweetness.
The cocktail is crisp and sparkling from the champagne, and the ginger gives it a nice spicy kick. This cocktail is perfect for a classy New Year's Eve party or a romantic date night in. It's a must-try for anyone looking for a delicious and unique vegan cocktail recipe.
16. Classic Daiquiri Cocktail
The Classic Daiquiri Cocktail is a refreshing and light drink that is perfect for warm summer days. Made with freshly squeezed lime juice, this cocktail has a tart and thirst-quenching taste that is sure to please. The recipe is easy to make and can be doubled or tripled for larger gatherings.
To achieve the perfect chill, the cocktail should be shaken with ice and strained into a chilled glass. Overall, the Classic Daiquiri Cocktail is a must-try for anyone looking for a delicious and easy-to-make vegan cocktail option.
17. The Hermione Granger Cocktail
"The Hermione Granger Cocktail" is a vegan cocktail inspired by the beloved Harry Potter character. This cocktail features a raspberry rosemary shrub that is combined with lemon, apple cider vinegar, vodka, and fizzy sparkling water. The drink is garnished with a sweet lemon rose sugar lined rim and dried edible rose petals.
The deep red color of the cocktail represents Hermione's boldness and strength, while the sweet berries and roses reflect her compassion. This cocktail is perfect for a Harry Potter movie marathon or any occasion where you want to enjoy a sweet and bubbly drink.
18. Daiquiri Cocktail With Violet
Introducing the Daiquiri Cocktail With Violet – a refreshing twist on the classic rum-sour drink. This cocktail is perfect for warm sunny days and takes mere minutes to make. The core ingredients of white Cuban rum and lime are complemented by a subtle sweetness from the violet syrup.
For those looking for a pop of color, a small dab of food coloring gel can be added to achieve a pretty purple hue. The best part? This cocktail can be made in advance and stored for up to 2 days if kept chilled. Overall, the Daiquiri Cocktail With Violet is a must-try for anyone looking for a delicious and visually stunning vegan cocktail.
19. Blood Orange Mocktail
The Blood Orange Mocktail is a refreshing and visually stunning non-alcoholic cocktail that is perfect for any occasion. This vegan cocktail is made with freshly squeezed blood orange juice, lime, agave, and sparkling water, which creates a bright and citrusy flavor that is perfectly balanced.
The addition of mint leaves and ginger adds a subtle warmth to the drink, making it a perfect choice for colder months. The beautiful color of the blood orange juice makes this mocktail a showstopper, and the garnishes of fresh berries and mint leaves make it even more visually appealing. Overall, the Blood Orange Mocktail is a delicious and impressive vegan cocktail that is sure to impress any guest.
20. Blood Orange Vodka Sour
Looking for a Vegan Cocktail that's both delicious and easy to make? Look no further than the Blood Orange Vodka Sour. Made with fresh blood orange and Meyer lemon juice, Effen blood orange vodka, and a secret ingredient, this cocktail is perfect for those who love a good sour.
What sets this cocktail apart is the use of Aquafaba, a starchy liquid from chickpeas that gives the cocktail a smooth, velvety, creamy foam without the use of egg whites. The result is a dreamy, citrusy cocktail that's perfect for any occasion. So why not give the Blood Orange Vodka Sour a try and see for yourself why it's one of the best Vegan Cocktail recipes out there?
21. Berry Vodka Cocktail
The Berry Vodka Cocktail is a refreshing and colorful drink that is perfect for summer entertaining. Made with fresh berries, basil, and Absolut America vodka, this cocktail is naturally sweetened and refined sugar-free.
What makes this cocktail stand out is its sparkling finish, thanks to the addition of club soda. It's a quick and easy cocktail to make, and you don't even need a shaker. Whether you're hosting a backyard BBQ or looking for a festive drink to enjoy on a special occasion, the Berry Vodka Cocktail is a must-try.
22. Lavender French 75 Cocktail
The Lavender French 75 Cocktail is a refreshing and floral twist on the classic French 75 cocktail. Made with Empress 1908 gin, fresh lemon juice, and homemade lavender simple syrup, this cocktail is perfect for any garden-themed party or celebration.
The addition of lavender gives it a fresh and unique taste that will leave your taste buds wanting more. The cocktail is garnished with flowers and a slice of lemon, adding a feminine touch to its presentation. This cocktail is a must-try for anyone looking for a vegan cocktail recipe that is both delicious and visually stunning.
23. Limoncello Prosecco With Blueberries and Thyme
If you're looking for a refreshing and vegan-friendly cocktail to celebrate any occasion, the Limoncello Prosecco with Blueberries and Thyme is definitely worth a try. This Italian-inspired cocktail combines the sweet and tangy flavors of limoncello with the light and bubbly taste of prosecco, creating a perfect balance of flavors.
The addition of blueberries and thyme not only adds a touch of elegance to the drink but also enhances its taste. Whether you're planning a summer party or just want to unwind after a long day, this cocktail is sure to impress your taste buds. So, why not give it a try and add a touch of Italian flair to your next celebration?
24. Cucumber Melon Cocktail Slushie
The Cucumber Melon Cocktail Slushie is a refreshing and easy-to-make frozen cocktail that is perfect for summer. Made with frozen honeydew melon, lime, honey, cucumber, and vodka, this cocktail is a vegan-friendly option that is light and naturally sweetened. The use of fruit instead of sugary syrups makes it a healthier option compared to other slushie cocktails.
The Absolut® America vodka used in this recipe is perfect for summer parties and adds a festive touch to the cocktail with its limited red, white, and blue bottle. If you're looking for a unique and refreshing summer drink, the Cucumber Melon Cocktail Slushie is a must-try.
25. Pink Squirrel
The Pink Squirrel is a sweet and creamy vegan cocktail made with creme de cacao, creme de noyaux, and vegan ice cream. Its unique pink color and smooth texture make it a standout among other cocktails.
Perfect for after-dinner drinks or as a dessert in cocktail form, the Pink Squirrel is a must-try for those who love visually appealing and delicious vegan cocktails.
26. Blood Orange Spritzer
The Blood Orange Spritzer is a refreshing and light cocktail that is perfect for any occasion. This vegan cocktail is a twist on the classic Tom Collins, made with either gin or vodka, and features the sweet and tangy taste of blood oranges. It's a perfect combination of bubbles and fruit juice, balanced out with a bit of simple syrup.
You can adjust the sweetness to your liking, making it a versatile drink that can be enjoyed by anyone. The spritzer version is non-alcoholic, making it a great option for those who prefer not to drink or for those who want to enjoy a refreshing beverage without the buzz. The Blood Orange Spritzer is a must-try for anyone looking for a delicious and easy-to-make vegan cocktail.
27. Raspberry Gin Fizz
The Raspberry Gin Fizz is a refreshing and flavorful cocktail that is perfect for any occasion. This vegan cocktail is made with a raspberry simple syrup that infuses maximum raspberry flavor into the drink. The addition of gin, lemon juice, and soda water creates a bright and cheery drink that is perfect for summer.
The cocktail is garnished with fresh raspberries and a sprig of mint, adding to its visual appeal. The recipe is versatile, and you can use any fruit or berry to make the simple syrup, making it perfect for any season. If you're looking for a vegan cocktail that is easy to make and bursting with flavor, the Raspberry Gin Fizz is a must-try.
28. Hot Buttered Rum
Hot Buttered Rum is a delicious and creamy vegan cocktail that is perfect for the holiday season. Made with vegan butter, brown sugar, spices, and The Kraken rum, this cocktail is full of flavour and warmth. The addition of plant-based milk and water gives it a creamy texture, while a dollop of coconut cream and sprinkle of cinnamon on top adds the perfect finishing touch.
This cocktail is dangerously good and perfect for sipping on a cozy winter night. If you're looking for a vegan cocktail that will impress your guests and warm you up from the inside out, Hot Buttered Rum is definitely worth a try.
Mojitos are a classic cocktail that has been enjoyed for many years. This refreshing drink is perfect for a hot summer day, and it's also a great vegan option. The cocktail is made with fresh mint, lime juice, sugar, and rum. However, this recipe takes it up a notch by blending it with ice and serving it like a slushy.
The result is a delicious and refreshing drink that is perfect for any occasion. The use of fresh mint gives it a unique and fresh flavor that is hard to replicate with mint extract. If you're looking for a vegan cocktail that is both refreshing and delicious, then this Mojito recipe is definitely worth trying.
30. Passion Fruit Margarita
The Passion Fruit Margarita is a perfect cocktail for those who love fruity and spicy drinks. This vegan cocktail recipe features the classic combination of tequila and lime, with the added twist of fresh passionfruit. The cocktail is served in a small fancy salt-rimmed tumbler, making it perfect for sipping while enjoying some Mexican-inspired canapés.
This cocktail is a great option for those who want to try something new and exciting, while still maintaining their vegan lifestyle. If you're looking for a unique and flavorful cocktail, the Passion Fruit Margarita is definitely worth a try.
31. Purple Gin + Tonics
Looking for a spooky and unique cocktail to serve at your next Halloween party? Look no further than the Purple Gin + Tonics! Made with natural ingredients including acai powder, gin, tonic water, and lime, this cocktail is not only visually stunning but also packed with nutrients.
The acai powder gives the drink its vibrant purple color and adds a subtle fruity flavor. For an extra spooky touch, add a chunk of dry ice to create a smoky effect. Whether you're hosting a Halloween party or just looking for a fun and festive drink, the Purple Gin + Tonics are sure to impress.
32. Blackberry Elderflower Ice Cream Soda
The Blackberry Elderflower Ice Cream Soda is a refreshing and sophisticated vegan cocktail that will make your taste buds dance with joy. This dreamy concoction is a combination of a dairy-free and vegan elderflower ice cream, blackberries in syrup, and a float of elderflower soda. The subtle effervescence of sparkling elderflower lemonade makes the dreamiest topper to these ice cream floats.
The blackberries, lightly cooked with a touch of sugar, are complimented by a dairy-free and vegan ice cream flavored with elderflower liquor. This cocktail is a perfect summer treat that will take you back to the carefree summer vacation vibes of your youth. If you're looking for a vegan cocktail that is both delicious and sophisticated, the Blackberry Elderflower Ice Cream Soda is definitely worth trying.