The holiday season can be rough. Really rough. Between all the running around, gift shopping, getting the house, the food, and yourself prepared – things can get quite hectic. Let’s face it, many of us could probably do with at least one cocktail this time of year…
That is why I rolled up my sleeves and surfed the net, to bring you the top 10 vegan cocktails out there. The Cocktails that will keep a smile on your face, and on the faces of those around you…
So here goes:
Cocktail # 1: the Apple Jack Rabbit
A cocktail for the rum lovers out there. The combination of the maple syrup with the rum and apple brandy, just sounds irresistible to me….
Key ingredients: Rum, Apple Brandy, Orange juice, Maple syrup.
For the full recipe by Kori Ellis, see Every Joe.
It’s just not Christmas without Mulled Wine, my partner explained to me when he introduced me to this drink for the first time. And indeed, for many amongst us it’s just isn’t Christmas unless they enjoyed this warm spiced drink at least once. This is the cocktail variation of the traditional drink.
Key ingredients: Red Whine, Cointreau, Clementines, Cloves.
For the full recipe by Mary Cadogan, see BBC Good Food.
Now how about this one for a festive cocktail? This rum-based drink is dressed in the right holiday colors. Don’t be lazy now; add that candy cane and red-sugar-coat the rims of those cocktail glasses for the festive finishing touch!
Key ingredients: Rum, Pink Lemonade.
For the full recipe by Summer Wind, see Summer Wind.
Oh so girly and oh so light. Don’t let this bubbly drink fool you, I find these type of cocktails very intoxicating, but oh so much fun… Easy to make and very popular.
Key ingredients: Champagne, Cranberry juice, sugar, Cointreau.
For the full recipe, see Pink Frosting.
This Vodka-based cocktail will be perfect for all you sour-sweet drink lovers, as its main ingredient, apart from the vodka, are lemons and sugar! I also like the display of lemons in the background- they can make an interesting centerpiece along with some red festive decor.
Key ingredients: Vodka, Lemons, sugar.
For the full recipe, see HGTV.
Who doesn’t love this all-time classic? Let’s face it, before the “Sex and the City” and the Cosmopolitan craze, we were all drinking this girly strawberry drink. Return to it this coming Christmas for some red nostalgia in a cocktail glass…
Key ingredients: Strawberries, Lime juice, Rum.
For the full recipe, see Easy Strawberry Recipes.
I know, I know – Sangria is not a cocktail. But add to it some bubbly champagne and it is! This is a fantastic recipe as it encourages you to use lots of fruits, and not just the citric ones. Personal recommendation for this one: add pears, and two or three black peppercorns for the perfect aroma.
Key ingredients: Fruits, Wine, Brandy, Champagne.
For the full recipe by Kathy Patalsky, see Babble.
For some reason I always connect Cognac and Brandy to a warm, cosy holidays atmosphere. Maybe it’s their color, maybe its their warmth, or simply their unique aromas – but how lucky are we that this gorgeous looking cocktail combines them both. Talk about capturing the holiday spirit in a glass!
Key ingredients: Brandy, Pear juice, Ginger, Cognac, Lemon rinds.
For the full recipe by Laura Zapalowski, see My Recipes.
Now here is another bubbly champagne-based cocktail that you could hold in your hand with pride and delight. This cocktail combines Cognac, Apple juice and Apple chunks to make this gorgeous light golden colored festive drink.
Key ingredients: Apple juice, Cognac, Champagne.
For the full recipe by Andrea Meyers, see Andreas Recipes.
Come on now, you didn’t really think we will finish this list without at least one chocolaty drink? So here, how about this Vodka and Espresso-based drink to satisfy all you chocolate lovers out there? Just be careful not to get yourselves into a chocolate rush!
Key ingredients: Dark Chocolate, Vodka, Espresso Orange juice.
For the full recipe by Michelle Borboa, see Vegan She Knows.
I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to get tipsy! Just remember, alcoholic drink labels can be quite confusing/ incomplete. If you are not sure whether that tempting bottle is cruelty free, try contacting the manufacturer, or consult with vegan alcohol guides such as Barnivore: The Vegan Beer, Wine and Liquor Guide.
Have a happy, relaxed, and a little bit tipsy holiday; and if you’re drinking, please drink responsibly.