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Cheers! 20 Deliciously Warming Vegan Drinks for Winter

By Lora O’Brien.

It’s officially that time of the year: wine gets hot and spicy, whiskey gets toddied and coffee chains replace their trademark cups with red ones adorned with kitschy Christmas motifs. Ordering an extra dry soya latte isn’t enough; now we crave the addition of eggnog or gingerbread syrup.

But you may want to re-think that: you’d be astounded by the amount of sugar they pump into those Christmas drinks. Sure, they look cute in their snowman cups, sprinkled with edible glitter, but there’s nothing festive about a sugar high followed by a nasty slump hours later. A typical medium eggnog latte packs 24 teaspoons of sugar and well over 500 calories. No wonder most of us start gaining weight in winter!

Luckily, we’ve found the perfect way for you to enjoy festive drinks without the unhealthy additions of sugar and sickeningly sweet syrups. Make these delish Vegan Drinks for Winter at home and take them with you on your commute (ok, maybe not the alcoholic ones!) or re-create them when you’ve got friends over. Most of these can be served hot or cold, and of course if you don’t drink alcohol, our boozy recipes are just as yummy as ‘virgin’ versions too.

1. Pumpkin Spiced Latte

Pumpkin lattes are huge in America. Instagram finds itself hash tagged with thousands of the Starbuck’s Christmas favourite every year, and so we thought we’d bring a little of that American flavour to you. If you’ve never tried pumpkin before it may seem like an odd flavour for a latte, but trust us when we tell you you’re about to fall in love. The sweetness from the vanilla and the delicate touch of spice work together so nicely, you’ll be knocking these back all winter long. And the best part? They’re 100% vegan.

Get the recipe here.


2. Healthy Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate is a faithful favourite. Who doesn’t look forward to a rich and creamy mug of it? But like most things, instant hot chocolates you buy from supermarkets and ones from those chain store coffee shops are packed with hidden sugars. So this recipe is not only vegan, but so much healthier for you. And the addition of mint drops gives this a lovely edge making it taste like chocolate mint thins, yum!

Get the recipe here.


3. Chai Latte

If you’re vegan, you will most likely have faced the awkward stand-off with the coffee assistant when asking which of their drinks are dairy-free. And whilst a few of them may insist they’re made using soy milk, you can never be one hundred per-cent sure. Well this chai latte is 100% vegan, and just as creamy and frothy as those take-out ones. This latte has a little kick to it from the chai spices yet with a delicious sweetness from the vanilla. And that creamy topping? Coconut whip! Genius!

Get the recipe here.


4. Peppermint Mocha 

This just looks exactly like Christmas in a mug. There’s something about the combination of coffee and chocolate that is simply delicious. Whilst you can order this in Starbucks in the most vegan friendly way, you won’t be rewarded with the whip on top (our personal favourite) or will you get that creamy almond milk. So why not take a break and get creative in the kitchen. We can’t guarantee you’ll want to leave after tasting this though, but it will be worth it.

Get the recipe here.


5. Hot Apple Cider Smoothie

If you’re a smoothie fan like us, you might want to adapt your recipe slightly for this festive period. And this hot apple cider smoothie is the perfect recipe for doing just that. It has sweet flavours from the apples yet holds a little spice from the ginger and the cinnamon, perfect flavours for drinking warm. And ginger is also a great preventative for colds, so all the more reason to knock this back and bid farewell to a cold this holiday season.

Get the recipe here.


6. Caramel Macchiato

If you’ve never tasted the absolute heavenly flavours of a caramel macchiato, then you must fix this at once. This is definitely a recipe for those who like their drinks a little on the sweet side. The combination of coconut cream, vanilla drops and caramel sauce make this drink rich and insanely creamy. You’d never even guess it was dairy-free.

Get the recipe here.


7. Green Tea Latte

Not exactly the most festive of drinks, but this scores massive brownie points in the health department. More coffee chains have been adding green tea and matcha lattes onto their drinks menu, hallelujah! But they’re just as quick and easy to make at home and way more cost effective! Matcha green tea is a very acquired taste but is definitely something you should try purely for the wonderful benefits of green tea.

Get the recipe here.


8. Maple, Cinnamon & Chamomile Tea Latte

This is a real game changer for those that aren’t necessarily keen on the flavours of chamomile. The flowery flavours of chamomile blend with the creamy cashew milk and vanilla whilst the cinnamon gives it a real wintery kick. It would be perfect with a cookie, or three.

Get the recipe here.


9. Vegan Eggnog Recipe 

This vegan-ised eggnog recipe is the perfect replacement for those overly sugary take-out options. This is SO quick and easy to make, and the additional shot of rum in this recipe makes this a wonderful drink to serve at a Christmas get-together.

Get the recipe here.


10. Hot Apple Cider (with Superfood Power!) 

Lets all take a moment to hail Leanne of Helpful Pursuit for coming up with this, dare we say it, healthy way of enjoying cider? Okay, well we may be leading you on a little as this drink doesn’t contain any alcohol content, but you really don’t need it. This recipe proves just how the power of healthy food combined with additional spices can create something so packed with flavour. We’re thinking oversized blankets, a good book and a massive mason jar of this. Perfect!

Get the recipe here.


11. Cinnamon Latte

This recipe can oh so quickly be transformed into a vegan friendly one by the addition of almond milk (which tastes better anyway) and by using coconut sugar if brown sugar isn’t your deal. Whilst its nice to go out and treat yourself to a coffee shop beverage, sometimes it’s just as nice to stay indoors in your winter socks and enjoy a drink you can just as easily make yourself. We don’t know about you, but there’s something so delicious about cinnamon.

Get the recipe here.

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12. Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie

If you’re still looking to keep those smoothies packed with plant based goodness over winter this smoothie may just be the perfect recipe for you. Granted, mint chocolate is a taste we like to enjoy all year round, but minty chocolate especially reminds us of those After Eight chocolates we used to enjoy before going Vegan. The ones your grandma would always whip out at exactly the right moment. You can still feel festive yet healthy at the same time with this smoothie recipe, as it omits calorific contents that coffee joints would use. Making it perfect for adding in additional goodness such as hemp seeds.

Get the recipe here.


13. Boozy Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate 

What part of this doesn’t just sound incredibly amazing? Hot chocolate has always been a firm favourite, but if you’ve never witnessed the creamier taste of a white hot chocolate . . . prepare to have your taste buds rewarded. And with the naughty addition of bourbon, the spicy edge from the pumpkin and spices, this makes the perfect little Christmas drink.

Get the recipe here.


14. Vegan Bailey’s Irish Cream

The creamy taste of a Bailey’s is so festive and delicious. If since going vegan you never thought you’d be able to enjoy a glass of Bailey’s ever again, we’re here to tell you otherwise, sister. Angela Liddon of Oh She Glows has come up trumps (as she always does) to bring us this vegan friendly version. You can also add a shot of coffee for a unique twist.

Get the recipe here.


15. Cranberry & Rosemary White Christmas Sangria 

Sure, we usually only associate a pitcher of sangria with pool sides and glorious tans. But this twist is oh so festive and delightful. And our favourite part? Most of the ingredients are most likely items we already have in our kitchen. Surely that’s the perfect excuse to go whip up a glass of this right now . . .

Get the recipe here.


16. The Drunk Uncle Christmas Cocktail 

Firstly, we just love the name of this cocktail created by Lauren and John of Hot for Food blog. Secondly we just love how quaint and tasty they look. Alongside the mulled apple cider, cinnamon and not forgetting the gin we’re picturing cosy fireplaces, loved ones and a tray of these to simply wow everyone.

Get the recipe here.


17. Cranberry & Ginger Cocktail 

This is such a simple recipe, but so quick to throw together, making it the perfect go-to drink for those last minute guests that pop round over the Christmas season.

Get the recipe here.


 18. Pomegranate Christmas Punch

This is a seriously boozy one! But if you can’t indulge over the holidays, when can you? This festive drink blends rum with pomegranate juice and hibiscus tea and pulls them together to create something very tasty indeed! Of course, you can make this without the alcoholic ingredients: just add a few drops of natural rum flavouring if you like, or a touch more lemon.

Get the recipe here.

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19. Almond Milk Breakfast Smoothie

It’s official: almond milk is now ‘a thing’ and what better way to incorporate it into your diet than at breakfast? This miracle ‘milk’ is way lower in calories than soya, is better for the environment (no rainforests cut down to grow almond trees as yet!) and there’s no danger your milk could be GMO. This smoothie is packed with goodness from oats, nuts and bananas. The best part: you can have this hot or cold!

Get the recipe here


20. Classic Mulled Wine

The process of making mulled wine is very similar to mulled cider, but the key difference comes down to the wine that you choose. For a traditional wassail bowl, aim for a dry red wine and a full-bodied brandy. This is a perfect punch for Thanksgiving, Halloween, or any number of winter holidays.

Get the recipe here



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    Erica Di Pede
    Nov 23, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    thank you for sharing my recipe!!! LOVED THE POST!!

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