The holiday season is upon us, and whether you're vegan or not, it's time to celebrate! As a bartender, I know that the perfect cocktail can be the cherry on top of a great evening.
But as a vegan, I also know that finding the right cocktail can be a challenge. Many traditional holiday cocktails contain dairy, eggs, or other animal products, making them off-limits for those who follow a plant-based lifestyle.
But fear not, my fellow vegans! I've scoured the internet and tested countless recipes to bring you the best vegan holiday cocktails out there.
These drinks are not only delicious and festive, but they're also completely animal-free. From classic eggnog to refreshing cranberry spritzers, there's a drink for every taste and occasion.
And even if you're not vegan, these cocktails are sure to impress your guests and add a unique twist to your holiday celebrations.
So, whether you're hosting a party or just looking to unwind after a long day of shopping, grab your shaker and get ready to mix up some holiday magic. Let's raise a glass to a season of joy and compassion!
1. Christmas Cosmos
If you're looking for a festive and delicious cocktail to serve at your holiday party, look no further than the Christmas Cosmo. This vegan and gluten-free cocktail is a fun twist on the classic Cosmopolitan, with the addition of cranberry juice and a garnish of fresh cranberries.
The bright red color and tangy flavor make it the perfect drink for the holiday season. Whether you're hosting a party or just enjoying a cozy night in, the Christmas Cosmo is sure to be a hit. So why not raise a glass and toast to the holidays with this tasty cocktail?
2. Vegan Coconut Nog
Looking for a delicious and creamy holiday cocktail that's vegan-friendly? Look no further than the Vegan Coconut Nog! This easy-to-make drink is perfect for sipping on while watching the snow fall or enjoying a cozy night in. Made with just seven ingredients, including coconut milk and warming spices like nutmeg and cinnamon, this drink is thick, creamy, and full of festive flavor.
Plus, it's versatile enough to be enjoyed with or without alcohol, making it a great option for any holiday gathering. So why not try something new this holiday season and give the Vegan Coconut Nog a try? You won't be disappointed!
3. Orange Spice Vegan Coquito
The Orange Spice Vegan Coquito is a delightful twist on the traditional Puerto Rican Christmas drink. This vegan version is made with full-fat coconut milk and sweetened condensed coconut milk, along with nutmeg, cinnamon, and spiced rum. The addition of orange spice gives it a unique and refreshing flavor, making it a perfect holiday cocktail.
What's great about this recipe is that it is nut-free, so it is perfect for those with nut allergies. It can be served as a mixer for individual cocktails or combined with rum for a batch cocktail. The flavors get better after a day in the refrigerator, so it's perfect for making ahead. Overall, the Orange Spice Vegan Coquito is a must-try for anyone looking for a delicious and unique holiday cocktail.
4. Iced Cinnamon Whiskey Chai
Looking for a unique and delicious cocktail to serve at your next holiday party? Look no further than the Iced Cinnamon Whiskey Chai! This spicy and cool drink is perfect for those looking for a vegan option that is still packed with flavor.
Made with Rebbl Ashwaganda Chai Super Herb Elixir and coconut milk, this cocktail is creamy and sweet with just the right amount of cinnamon spice from the whiskey. Plus, the use of organic and fair trade ingredients make it a guilt-free indulgence. So why not try something new and impress your guests with this tasty and nourishing cocktail?
5. Homemade Vegan Irish Cream
Looking for a delicious vegan cocktail to sip on during the holidays? Look no further than the Homemade Vegan Irish Cream! This quick and easy recipe is perfect for those who love the classic taste of Baileys Irish Cream but want a vegan alternative.
Made with common pantry ingredients, this liqueur can be enjoyed over ice or as a mixer in your favorite cocktail. Plus, it lasts up to two weeks in the refrigerator, so you can enjoy it all holiday season long! Don't miss out on this tasty and festive drink.
6. Vegan Eggnog
Looking for a vegan alternative to traditional eggnog this holiday season? Look no further than the Vegan Eggnog! Made with almond and coconut milk, and naturally sweetened with dates, this dairy-free, egg-free, vegan eggnog is even tastier than the original.
With the perfect amount of nutmeg and vanilla, this smooth and creamy cocktail is sure to become a holiday favorite. Plus, it's easy to make in just a few minutes with a blender. Whether you're hosting a holiday party or just looking for a cozy night in, the Vegan Eggnog is the perfect addition to your holiday cocktail menu.
7. White Russian
The Vegan White Russian is a must-try cocktail for anyone looking to get into the holiday spirit. This creamy and rich drink is made with only three simple ingredients, making it an easy and quick cocktail to whip up for a crowd or to enjoy as a nightcap. The best part? It's 100% dairy-free, making it a perfect choice for vegans or anyone looking to avoid dairy.
The combination of vodka, coffee liqueur, and a creamy non-dairy milk creates a deliciously indulgent drink that's sure to impress. This Vegan White Russian is a festive and delicious cocktail that's perfect for sipping by the fire on Christmas Eve or for hosting a holiday party. Don't miss out on this delightful holiday treat!
Eggnog is a traditional holiday drink that has been enjoyed for centuries. This vegan version of the classic cocktail is a delicious and creamy alternative to the original. Made with plant-based milk, spices, and a touch of sweetness, this vegan eggnog is perfect for those who are looking for a healthier and more sustainable option.
It has a light and creamy texture that is perfect for sipping on a cold winter night. Whether you enjoy it warm or cold, this vegan eggnog is sure to become a holiday favorite. So, why not try something new this holiday season and give this vegan eggnog a try?
9. Blood Orange Manischewitz Cocktail
The Blood Orange Manischewitz Cocktail is a unique and exciting vegan holiday cocktail that is sure to impress your guests. Made with reduced Manischewitz wine and freshly squeezed blood orange juice, this cocktail is sweet and flavorful, with just the right amount of depth. It's perfect for any food-centric Jewish holiday celebration, and is even kosher for Passover.
This cocktail is the brainchild of Gabi Moskowitz, a food blogger and cookbook author, and is a great way to celebrate the sweet and fruity flavors of Manischewitz wine. Whether you're a fan of Jewish cuisine or just looking for a fun and festive holiday cocktail, the Blood Orange Manischewitz Cocktail is definitely worth a try.
10. Candy Cane White Russian
The Candy Cane White Russian is the perfect holiday cocktail for those who love a little kick in their drink. This vegan version of the classic White Russian is made with vodka, Kahlua, peppermint extract, maple syrup, and vegan cream.
The candy cane rim adds a festive touch to this creamy and luscious cocktail. It's the perfect drink to cozy up with on a snowy day while watching your favorite holiday movie. If you're looking for a festive and delicious cocktail to enjoy this holiday season, the Candy Cane White Russian is a must-try.
11. Eggnog Espresso Martini With Rum
If you're looking for a festive and indulgent vegan cocktail to enjoy during the holiday season, look no further than the Eggnog Espresso Martini with Rum. This creamy and rich cocktail is made with vegan eggnog, rum (or whiskey or vodka), coffee liqueur, cold brew or espresso, vanilla, and cinnamon.
It's the perfect spiked eggnog recipe to sip on while snuggled up next to the Christmas tree or to serve at a holiday gathering. The combination of the warm spices and the kick of caffeine make this cocktail a decadent treat that will leave you feeling merry and bright. Don't miss out on this delicious and easy-to-make vegan holiday cocktail.
12. Apple Cider Cocktail
If you're looking for a vegan holiday cocktail that's sure to impress your guests, the Apple Cider Cocktail is definitely worth considering. This cocktail is a festive take on the classic whiskey smash, featuring apple cider and bourbon as its main ingredients. What's great about this cocktail is that it's simple to make and can be easily adapted to suit your taste preferences.
Whether you prefer your cocktails sweet or sour, this recipe can be adjusted to your liking. The addition of fresh rosemary and apple slices as a garnish also adds a touch of elegance to the cocktail. So, if you're in the mood for a delicious and refreshing holiday cocktail, give the Apple Cider Cocktail a try!
13. Sparkling Pomegranate Margaritas
The Sparkling Pomegranate Margarita is a perfect cocktail for the holiday season. The drink is a combination of lime juice, silver tequila, and 100% pomegranate juice, shaken with ice and then topped with sparkling wine. The drink is garnished with pomegranate arils, which add a festive touch to the drink.
The cocktail is refreshing, naturally sweetened, and bubbly, making it perfect for ringing in the new year. It's an easy and foolproof drink that will make you look like a pro bartender. If you're looking for a drink that's sweet, tart, and perfectly balanced, then the Sparkling Pomegranate Margarita is the perfect choice.
14. Blood Orange Mocktail
Looking for a refreshing and colorful mocktail to serve at your holiday party? Look no further than the Blood Orange Mocktail! This citrusy and naturally sweetened drink is perfect for those who want to celebrate without the alcohol.
Made with fresh blood orange juice, lime, and agave, this mocktail is topped off with sparkling water and garnished with fresh mint and citrus slices. The beautiful pink color and fresh flavors are sure to impress your guests and make any occasion feel special. Don't miss out on this delicious and festive drink!
15. Chai Espresso Martini
The Chai Espresso Martini is a delicious and cozy twist on the classic espresso martini cocktail. This vegan holiday cocktail is made with homemade vanilla chai and honey simple syrup, mixed with vodka, Kahlúa, a shot of espresso, and a shot of coconut milk. The chai syrup adds a special holiday touch with warming flavors of chai and vanilla, while the coconut milk adds a touch of creaminess.
The frothy top is achieved by shaking the drink together with ice for a good minute. The glass is rimmed with a sweet vanilla-sugar for a festive touch. This cocktail is perfect for both Thanksgiving and Christmas entertaining. Overall, the Chai Espresso Martini is a must-try for anyone looking for a cozy and delicious vegan holiday cocktail.
16. Puerto Rican Coquito
The Puerto Rican Coquito is a vegan holiday cocktail that's creamy, light, and infused with seasonal spices, coconut, and rum. It's a cozy and festive drink that's perfect for sipping by the fire during the cold winter months.
The recipe uses plant-based substitutes like sweetened condensed coconut milk and evaporated coconut milk, which make the drink lighter and enhance the coconut flavor. Top it with whipped coconut cream, cinnamon, and a cinnamon stick for an impressive presentation. It's a must-try drink that's perfect for celebrating the season with family and friends.
17. Hot Buttered Rum
Hot Buttered Rum is a delicious and creamy vegan cocktail that is perfect for the holiday season. This cocktail is made with vegan butter, brown sugar, spices, and a shot of rum, all mixed together in a small mug or teacup. The mixture is then topped with simmering plant-based milk and water, creating a warm and comforting drink that is perfect for sipping on a cold winter night.
The addition of coconut cream and cinnamon adds an extra layer of creaminess and flavor to this already decadent cocktail. If you're looking for a vegan holiday cocktail that is sure to impress, Hot Buttered Rum is definitely worth trying.
18. Cranberry Constellation
Looking for a festive and flavorful vegan cocktail for the holidays? Look no further than the Cranberry Constellation. This bourbon-based drink features a tangy cranberry compote that adds complexity and depth to the cocktail. Fleur de Sel bitters provide a welcome contrast to the sweetness and acidity of the compote.
Even better, the compote can also be used as a delicious topping for pork, oatmeal, yogurt, or ice cream. Whether you're celebrating with family or having an intimate dinner with friends, the Cranberry Constellation is sure to impress.
19. Cranberry Molasses Mulled Wine
The Cranberry Molasses Mulled Wine is a must-try vegan holiday cocktail that will warm you up on chilly winter evenings. This cocktail has a perfect balance of sweetness from molasses and tartness from cranberries, making it a great choice for those who enjoy fruity flavors. The addition of mulling spices gives it a spicy kick that will leave you feeling cozy and satisfied.
This cocktail is perfect for serving at holiday events or for a relaxing night in. The recipe is easy to make and can be prepared in big batches, making it ideal for entertaining. Overall, the Cranberry Molasses Mulled Wine is a delicious and festive cocktail that is sure to impress your guests.
20. Pornstar Martini
The Pornstar Martini is a modern classic cocktail with a sweet and sour taste, frothy top, and floating half a passion fruit. It's made with Passoa, vodka, vanilla syrup, fresh lime, passion fruit puree, and passion fruit juice.
The cocktail is named after its provocative name, given by its inventor, Douglas Ankrah, who thought it was a stylish and confident drink. The cocktail is perfect for any occasion, and its glamourous appearance makes it a great choice for the holiday season.
21. Pear Prosecco Punch
Looking for a vegan cocktail to serve at your holiday party? Look no further than the Pear Prosecco Punch. This sparkling cocktail is made with only three ingredients, including fresh pears and pear nectar, making it a healthier option for those looking to indulge without the guilt. The dryness of the Prosecco allows for the flavors to be built up without becoming too sweet.
Freeze the fruit to keep the drink cool longer and add some fresh ginger for an extra kick. This cocktail is perfect for a brunch party or an evening gathering, and can easily be made into a mocktail for those who prefer a non-alcoholic option. Try the Pear Prosecco Punch for a festive and elegant addition to your holiday party.
22. Simple Mulled Wine
Looking for a cozy and comforting cocktail to warm you up during the holiday season? Look no further than the Simple Mulled Wine recipe. This vegan-friendly cocktail is filled with seasonal spices, bold red wine, and bright orange, making it the perfect drink for a night in or a holiday party.
Traditionally served at European Christmas markets, this recipe is easy to make at home and can be adjusted to your taste preferences. The best part? You can store and reheat any leftovers for up to 5 days. So, grab a cozy mug or glass and enjoy the warm and comforting flavors of this delicious Simple Mulled Wine.
23. Lavender French 75 Cocktail
The Lavender French 75 Cocktail is a refreshing blend of champagne, gin, fresh lemon juice, and homemade lavender-infused simple syrup. The addition of lavender gives it a fresh and floral twist that is perfect for any garden-themed party.
The use of fresh herbs in cocktails is a trend that has been gaining popularity in recent years, and the Lavender French 75 Cocktail is a perfect example of this. It's easy to make and can be served in a variety of glasses, making it a versatile addition to any cocktail menu.
24. Elderflower Gin Cocktail
Looking for a vegan holiday cocktail that will impress your guests? Look no further than the Elderflower Gin Cocktail. Made with Empress 1908 gin, Drillaud Elderflower liquor, and 1804 Grand Imperial orange liquor, this cocktail is a refreshing and citrus-forward drink that is perfect for any holiday gathering.
Infused with butterfly pea tea, the gin changes color from deep indigo blue-purple to lighter purple with a squirt of lemon juice. The subtle flavors of the butterfly pea tea are masked by the flavors of the gin and liquors, making for a well-balanced drink. Serve it up in a pretty crystal glass to show off its beautiful color. Whether you're a gin lover or just looking for a festive drink, the Elderflower Gin Cocktail is sure to be a hit.
25. Plum Ginger Gin Sour
The Plum Ginger Gin Sour is a refreshing and sophisticated cocktail that is perfect for autumn. This vegan cocktail is a variation of a traditional gin sour, with the addition of homemade plum ginger simple syrup and aquafaba foam. The sweetness of the plum is balanced by the tartness of the lemon, while the ginger adds a subtle warmth that is perfect for cooler evenings.
The gin provides an herbal counterpoint to the fruit flavors, making it a delightful drink for any occasion. If you're looking for a delicious autumn cocktail that's easy to make and perfect for sipping on a cool fall evening, the Plum Ginger Gin Sour is a must-try.
26. Eggnog White Russian
Looking for a vegan-friendly cocktail that's perfect for the holidays? Look no further than the Eggnog White Russian! This delicious cocktail is a twist on the classic White Russian, substituting eggnog for heavy cream and adding whipped vodka for a sweet, creamy flavor.
The result is a perfectly balanced cocktail that's sure to be a hit at any holiday party. And if you're looking to cut down on calories, try using almondmilk nog instead of traditional eggnog. It's dairy-free, egg-free, and only 70 calories per half-cup serving! So why not give the Eggnog White Russian a try this holiday season? You won't be disappointed!
27. Festive Gin Smash
If you're looking for a festive and colorful cocktail to serve at your holiday party, the Festive Gin Smash might just be the perfect choice. This cocktail features layers of fresh fruit, including white lychees, red strawberries, and green mint, all mixed with gin and topped with sparkling water.
The result is a refreshing and visually stunning drink that's sure to impress your guests. Plus, it's vegan-friendly, making it a great option for those with dietary restrictions. So why not add some festive flair to your holiday celebration with the Festive Gin Smash?
28. Winter Gin & Tonic With Elderflower & Sloe
The Winter Gin & Tonic With Elderflower & Sloe is a delightful twist on the classic G&T. This vegan cocktail is perfect for the holiday season, with a dash of elderflower liqueur, sloe gin, and Campari that create a pretty blush and a hint of fruit.
The sloe gin and Campari add a warming hue to the drink, while the elderflower gives a touch of summer. The cocktail is garnished with delicate orange twists, making it a visually appealing drink. This vegan cocktail is a must-try for those who want to add a little twist to their holiday drinks.
29. Cranberry 75
The Cranberry 75 is a festive twist on the classic French 75 cocktail. It features gin, sparkling wine, and a bright burst of cranberry and lemon flavors. The addition of cranberry simple syrup adds a lovely tartness to the drink, while the sparkling wine and gin keep it light and refreshing.
It's incredibly easy to make – simply pour everything into a glass and enjoy! The Cranberry 75 is the perfect cocktail to serve at any holiday gathering, with its vibrant red color and festive flavors.