Thoughts of snowy winter days bring to mind a toasty fire,
slippers, sweaters, blankets and warm drinks. It makes sense,
because they all equate to the perfect combination of coziness.
While traditional tea or coffee is a lovely choice, it’s fun to
explore new flavors. For those that are vegan by choice or by
circumstance, traditional drinks can be limiting. We’ve conjured
up a varied blend of hot drink options to fit your vegan lifestyle.
Note that most of these options can also be adapted for the over-21
Apple cider quickly comes to mind in any discussion of hot
drinks, and it is undisputed as a sweet, delicious option. But
cider encompasses a host of other possibilities as well. Because
fruits and herbs are
naturally vegan, there are endless combinations to suit your
preferences. How about some apple-berry cider? Cranberry makes a
colorful, flavorful and delightful cider that you can drink as-is
or use as a base for any number of warm drinks. Take advantage of
mint, basil and lavender for tasty spins on the classic ciders,
Another age-old vegan option is coffee. However,
contemporary methods have turned this once black-only option into
dairy-filled whipped, stirred and frothy concoctions. The advantage
of modern inventions is that they’ve also come up with an
assortment of creamy options that don’t come from an animal
source. Replace the cow’s milk and heavy cream with rice milk,
almond milk, coconut milk or the sturdy oat milk. From there, you
can embellish with a dash of almond or peppermint extract and top
with vegan whipped cream and chocolate shavings. There’s no
reason to miss out on the seasonal peppermint mocha or
cinnamon-spice latte you see everywhere when you can recreate it at
Cocoa is a childhood favorite with its sweet flavor and creamy
texture. It became a classic for a reason — it’s delicious! But
even the classics are due for an upgrade at some point, so take
cues from the coffee suggestions above with the addition of
extracts, vegan chocolate, milks and
whipped cream. You can even mix it up with white chocolate or dark
In the family of cocoa is a vegan Mexican favorite called
champurrado, made from masa and either water or milk. You can
enhance the flavor with anise, cinnamon or nutmeg for a yummy
Gingerbread coconut milk hot cocoa is another delectable option
to consider. Simply combine a can of coconut milk with cocoa powder
and season with maple syrup, ginger, allspice and vanilla. Top with
vegan whipped cream if desired.
Tea might be the oldest hot beverage on the planet. For
thousands of years, native communities around the world have
infused leaves into water to create a calming brew. While English
breakfast and peppermint varieties are divine on their own, jazz
them up a bit for an extra special treat.
London Fog tea latte is one such treat.
To make it vegan, substitute your favorite milk product. Steep a
cup of earl grey tea with some fresh lavender. Meanwhile, steam
alternative milk. Combine the two and use a milk frother if you
desire. Top with sweetener and a dash of vanilla.
Chai tea latte is another notable culinary combination. Make the
tea and steam the milk separately. Then, froth the milk and combine
with the tea. Add honey or another sweetener to taste and top with
cinnamon or nutmeg.
Mulled wine is an alcoholic beverage made from wine infused with fruit.
Cinnamon, cloves and orange are the typical options, but star
anise, clementines and other citrus or sweeteners can be added too.
To make mulled wine, simmer a bottle of inexpensive red wine on the
stove with the added ingredients. You can alternately let the
mulled wine simmer in a slow cooker.
Did you know you can make eggnog from scratch? Yep, you can. The
great part of that news is that it means you can make it from your
favorite vegan milk,
too. Try coconut or cashew milk. The following recipe is from the
2 cups homemade cashew milk or other non-dairy milk of your
½ cup full fat coconut milk
⅓ cup raw cashews, soaked overnight or for at least 30 minutes
4-6 Medjool dates
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
pinch of ground cinnamon
pinch of ground cloves
pinch of sea salt
Add all of the ingredients to your high-speed blender and
process until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately as-is or add
spiced rum, bourbon, brandy or whiskey for a spirited version. Add
a pinch of freshly ground nutmeg on top.
If you’ve never had wassail, you’re in for a treat. It’s
kind of a combination of apple and cranberry cider with an extra
kick of spices. It’s fabulous warmed, and you can even throw in a
shot of rum or vodka for an extra warming affect.
Winter is the
perfect time to cozy up to a warm cup of goodness. Enjoy!
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Source: FS – All – Ecology – News 2
Get cozy this season with these 7 hot vegan drinks for winter