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The ultimate vegan Christmas drinks recipes to get you in the festive spirit

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Mince pies might represent the Christmas spirit but a boozy eggnog is what keeps us going, from party to party…

Christmas food is great but, let’s be honest, you might need something stronger to survive Christmas, those intense family dinners and, maybe, your in-laws. Here are all the vegan drinks we are going to sip next to the Christmas tree. 

Speyside Coffee

What you’ll need

  • 30ml The Glenlivet Nàdurra Peated Whisky Cask Finish
  • 30ml Drambuie
  • 50ml Fresh Coffee
  • Dash of Simple Syrup
  • Twist of orange zest

What to do

  • Build up all ingredients together and stir
  • Heat ingredients together, either in a coffee machine or a saucepan over medium heat for several minutes – do not allow to boil
  • Pour into an Irish coffee glass
  • Garnish with a twist of orange zest 

Recipe courtesy of the Holborn Dining Room, Rosewood Hotel.

Antep Fistik

What you’ll need 

  • 35ml Bourbon Whiskey
  • 10ml Grand Marnier
  • 20ml homemade pistachio syrup 5ml PX Sherry
  • 15ml Lime juice

What to do

  • Shake all ingredients together and pour into a glass over crushed ice. Garnish with edible flowers, lokum and pistachio crisp

Recipe courtesy of Rüya London.

Real Kombucha Royal Bellini 

What you’ll need

  • 120ml Royal Flush Real Kombucha
  • 10ml Real Peach Syrup
  • Edible flowers

What to do

  • Pour 120ml of Royal Flush Real Kombucha into the champagne glass
  • Add the peach syrup and stir
  • Garnish with an edible flower on top
  • Serve as an ideal non-alcoholic option 

Recipe courtesy of Real Kombucha.

Clementine Margarita 

What you’ll need

  • 50ml Don Julio Reposado tequila
  • 12.5ml Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge
  • 12.5ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 12.5ml pink grapefruit juice
  • 2 large bar spoons of homemade clementine marmalade

What to do

  • Shaken and strained into a chilled glass, garnish with a dehydrated clementine slice 

Recipe courtesy of Don Julio, photography Jade Nina Sarkhel.

Oranje Espresso Martini 

What you’ll need

  • 50ml Ketel One Oranje
  • 25ml Mr Black Spirits: Cold Press Coffee Liqueur
  • 35ml Cold-brew coffee concentrate
  • One dash orange bitters

What to do

  • Shake all ingredients vigorously and fine strain into a chilled coupe
  • Garnish with three coffee beans for health, wealth and happiness, or a lemon twist

Recipe courtesy of Ketel One, photography Jade Nina Sarkhel.

Mulled Winter Margarita 

What you’ll need

  • 200ml Don Julio Blanco tequila
  • 200ml Merlot
  • 80ml mulled spice syrup
  • 100ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 orange for the twist

What to do

  • Fill a large jug with ice
  • Add all ingredients to the jug and stir
  • Serve in tumblers and garnish with orange peel (with minimum pith), twisting the peel over the top of the drink to release the oils

Recipe courtesy of Don Julio, photography Jade Nina Sarkhel.

Hot Toddy 

What you’ll need

  • 40 ml Bulleit Rye
  • 4-5 cloves
  • 1 lemon twist
  • 7 ml lemon juice
  • 1 tsp demerara or fine brown sugar
  • Hot water

What to do

  • To begin, fill up glass or mug with fresh boiling water and let stand
  • While mug is warming up, cut a lemon twist and stud it with cloves
  • Next, throw out the water in the mug and add fresh boiling water
  • Add 1 tsp spoon of demerara or fine brown sugar and stir to dissolve
  • Add lemon and clove garnish, 7 ml lemon juice and stir
  • Finally, add 40 ml of Bulleit Rye or Bourbon and stir a final time 

Recipe courtesy of Bulleit, photography Jade Nina Sarkhel.

Fig and Vanilla Margarita 

What you’ll need

  • 40ml Don Julio Reposado tequila
  • 30ml Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge
  • 20ml lime juice
  • 15ml fig and vanilla syrup
  • 1 star anise (muddled)

What to do

  • Shaken and strained into a chilled glass, garnish with star anise

Recipe courtesy of Don Julio, photography Jade Nina Sarkhel.

Nuked Negroni

What you’ll need

  • 1 grapefruit
  • 300ml gin
  • 300ml sweet vermouth
  • 300ml campari
  • 6 blackberries
  • 1 sprig rosemary

What to do

  • Peel a strip of zest from the grapefruit and add to a microwave-safe bowl with the other ingredients
  • Cover then blast in the microwave for three minutes on full-heat, allow to cool, strain, bottle and refrigerate
  • Pour over ice into a rocks glass to serve with a grapefruit garnish

Recipe courtesy of Ryan Chetiyawardana, photography by Jennifer Pallian. 

Pour Le Meilleur et pour le Pear 

What you’ll need

  • 40ml Don Julio Blanco tequila
  • 30ml Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge
  • 20ml freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 10ml Merlet Pear Liqueur
  • 1⁄2 Juicy pear
  • 5ml to 10ml of agave syrup depending on the pear
  • 2 cardamom pods

What to do

  • Shaken and strained into a chilled glass, garnish with a pear fan 

Recipe courtesy of Don Julio, photography Jade Nina Sarkhel.

Strawberry and Black Pepper Gin&Tonic

What you’ll need

  • Strawberries
  • Mint
  • Bullards’ Strawberry and Black Pepper Gin
  • Ice
  • Prosecco (optional)

What to do

  • Mix the gin with standard Indian tonic water or elderflower tonic to make it slightly sweeter 
  • Garnish with fresh strawberries and mint
  • Top it up with prosecco for a delightful aperitif (optional)

Recipe courtesy of Bullards, photography by Heist Films.

Vegan Eggnog

What you’ll need

  • 415 ml coconut milk
  • 120 ml cashew milk
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

What to do

  • Place all ingredients into a Vitamix container, or a similar blender, in the order listed and secure lid.
  • Select Variable 1 if using Vitamix. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 5. Blend for 30 seconds.
  • Chill the eggnog thoroughly to allow flavours to combine. Stir before serving adding a sprinkle of ground nutmeg on top immediately before serving.
  • Add 2 oz of brandy, cognac or bourbon for a spiked version. Soy milk can be substituted for the coconut milk for another vegan variation of this recipe.

Recipe courtesy of Vitamix.

Sparkling Mulled Wine

What you’ll need

  • 350 ml vegan friendly Brandy or Cognac
  • 450 ml vegan friendly Ruby port, such as Rozes
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 orange, peeled
  • 5 cloves
  • 1 vanilla pod, cut lengthwise, seeds scraped out
  • 1 star anise
  • 3 bottles vegan friendly sparkling red wine (ideally a sparkling shiraz)
  • 20 cherries for decoration

What to do

  • Mix all the base ingredients together. Macerate for 1 day in a large bowl or container. Strain in a sieve then keep in a glass bottle or jug. Pour 40 ml of the base mix into a champagne flute. Top with 100 ml of wine and finish with a cherry or two. 

Recipe courtesy of Le Cordon Bleu school, photography Gaby Dyson. 

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Alessia Armenise is picture editor of Stylist and Stylist.co.uk. In her free time you'll find her tasting vegan street food around east London and sharing her (many) opinions on London Fields Radio.

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