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Chef-Crafted Vegan Holiday Drink Ideas for Everyone

From decadent gelt martinis to feel-good kombucha carrot cake mocktails, we’ll raise a glass to all of these festive vegan holiday drinks.



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Whether your New Year’s Eve plans involve staying dry or getting twisted, everyone deserves to raise a glass to celebrate the new year. Inspired by the back-to-back holidays and the cozy winter season, these festive vegan beverages will warm your soul and delight your tastebuds. All of the recipes can be modified to suit the mood—spike the mocktails with your favorite vegan libation, or soften-up the cocktails by using zero-proof spirits such as Seedlip, Spirits of Virtue, or Curious Elixirs.  Put a bar cart on your wish list—you’ll want to make these beverages all season long. 


1 Tangerine Cream

An ode to stuffing stockings with oranges, this creamsicle-like cocktail is better than any citrus you’ll pull out of a sock. 

What You Need: 

1 ounce orange vodka
2 ounces Vanilla Schnapps
5 ounces tangerine Italian soda
¼ cup ice 
Coconut whipped cream, to garnish
Shaved vegan chocolate, to garnish

What You Do: 

In a shaker, add vodka, schnapps, and Italian soda and shake to combine. In a tall glass, ice and pour vodka mixture over ice. Top with coconut whipped cream and shaved vegan chocolate.

2 Black Velvet Mazao

For the beer-based cocktail connoisseur, you can’t go wrong with an expertly prepared Black Velvet. Skip the ordinary champagne and serve up this bubbly beverage at your New Year’s Eve get-together. 

What You Need: 

3 ounces deep-flavored fruited beer, try Goose Island Parka Porter or Southern Tier Plum Stout
4 ounces Asti Spumante, or other vegan sweet sparkling wine 

What You Do: 

Into a flute, add beer and then pour in sparkling wine on top. 

3 Home Traveler

Instead of spiking your vegan PSL, try this homemade cocktail to warm up to the holiday spirit. 

What You Need: 

1½ ounces bourbon
1 ounce Aperol
2 ounces pumpkin-spiced apple cider
¼ ounce lemon juice
2 dashes ginger bitters
2 dashes chocolate bitters
Cinnamon stick and orange slices, to garnish

What You Do: 

In a shaker, add bourbon, Aperol, cider, lemon juice, and bitters, stir in ice, and serve in a rocks glass garnished with a cinnamon stick and orange slices.

4 Christmas Golden Ivy 

A seasonal variation of the Golden Ivy, this red- and green-hued libation offers a Christmas (and Kwanza) twist to the standard cranberry drink. 

What You Need: 

1½ ounces Courvoisier
½ ounces Green Chartreuse
1 ounce cranberry juice
¼ cup ice
Sprig of rosemary, to garnish

What You Do:

In a shaker, add Courvoisier, wine, Chartreuse, and juice and shake. Add ice, shake gently, and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary.

5 Rockefeller Center

Shake up the traditional Manhattan—this seasonal spin will warm you right up after an evening spent out on the ice of Rockefeller Center.  

What You Need: 

1 ounce Monkey Shoulder (or other low to no peat scotch)
1.5 ounces Pedro Ximenez Sherry
¼ cup ice
3 ounces citrus Hard Seltzer, try Truly Lime or Willie’s Superbrews Ginger Lemon
Candy canes, to garnish

What You Do: 

In a glass, add scotch, sherry, and ice, and stir.  Into a martini glass, strain mixture and garnish with a candy cane.


6 Pumpkin Juice

Mix up this kid-friendly drink inspired by the wizarding world. Note: if you can’t find pumpkin juice, strain pumpkin purée through a nutmilk bag.

What You Need: 

1¼ ounces apple cider
1¼ ounces pumpkin juice
½ ounce lemon juice
¼ cup ice
4 ounces ginger beer
Cinnamon stick and orange wedge, to garnish

What You Do: 

In a shaker, add cider and juices, and shake. In a tall glass, add ice and pour over cider mixture. Add ginger beer and garnish with a cinnamon stick and an orange wedge.

7 Kombucha Carrot Cake

Unlike other holiday beverages, this fizzy drink will make you feel amazing the morning after. 

What You Need: 

3 ounces carrot juice
2 ounces orange juice
⅛ teaspoon Ceylon cinnamon
⅛ teaspoon ginger powder
¼ cup ice 
3 ounces GT’s “Living In Gratitude” Kombucha 

What You Do: 

In a shaker, add juices, cinnamon, ginger powder, and ice, and shake. Into a tall glass, pour juice mixture. Add in kombucha on top.

8 Pamplette

 A play on the classic cocktail of the same name, this layered drink isn’t too sweet despite all the fruity ingredients. Kids and adults alike will love the mild effervescence and fun colors of this trendy mocktail. 

What You Need:

2 ounces organic grapefruit juice 
4 ounces Izze pomegranate soda
2 ounces lavender shrub, try Bauman’s Lavender Tangerine
Burnt lemon peel, to garnish

What You Do:

Into a coupe champagne glass, pour juice, soda, and lavender shrub. Garnish with burnt lemon peel.

9 Winter Pear and Elderberry Relaxer

We’ve heard winter pears and elderberries are staples up at the North Pole! Find elderberry syrup down south in natural food and alternative medicine stores. 

What You Need: 

1 teaspoon elderberry syrup
2 ounces pear juice
2 ounces ginger lemon tea
Martinelli’s sparkling apple cider, to float
Pear slices, to garnish

What You Do: 

Into a glass, add syrup, juice, and tea, and stir well. Top with desired amount of cider and garnish with pear slices.

10 Festivus for the Rest of Us

If you dream of drinking cranberry sauce, this will be your new favorite mocktail. 

What You Need: 

2 leaves of rosemary, plus a sprig for garnish
3 ounces cranberry juice
½ ounce simple syrup 
¼ cup ice
2 ounces soda water

What You Do:

In a glass, add rosemary leaves, cranberry juice, and syrup and muddle. Add ice and gently shake. Into a coupe glass, strain mixture, top with soda water, and garnish with more rosemary.

11 Oatmeal Coffee Cake

Enjoy this coffee cake beverage hot or cold, but certainly alongside vegan biscotti—or actual coffee cake. 

What You Need: 

4 ounces coffee, caffeinated or decaf
2 ounces oat milk
4 drops mocha bitters
2 ounces Oat Yeah Oatmeal Cookie Creamer, steamed or frothed in a blender

What You Do:

In a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients, then pour into a mug. Pop mug into the microwave for 1 minute for a hot drink. For a cold drink, refrigerate coffee before use.

For more vegan drinks, read:
Vegan Citrus Holiday Punch
Vegan Cream Liqueur 
The Perfect Vegan Amaretto Sour

Suzannah Gerber (Chef Suzi), Plant-Based Chef, cookbook authors, and executive chef of Haven Foods, is a food and medical industry consultant, and the author of Plant-Based Gourmet. 

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