Overdone it on the mulled wine? Here are our favourite winter hot drinks for warming up on a cold day
There’s no better way to warm up after a frosty winter walk than wrapping your hands around a hot mug of something festive. There are plenty of options here: all can be served alcohol-free, with a few that would be tasty with a warming tot of rum. Perfect for parties (make up a big batch and keep warm on the hob) or a chilly day at home with a book in front of the fire, these vegan festive favourites are sure to get you in the holiday spirit.
Eggnog is an American festive classic, usually made with eggs, cream and rum or bourbon. Most recipes for vegan eggnog are much lighter than the traditional version, but just as delicious. Try this one with coconut milk and cashews from Simple Vegan Blog: it’s alcohol-free, but you could definitely add rum if you want to.
Hot Spiced Apple Juice
If you’re not a fan of mulled wine, this festive spiced apple juice from The Spruce Eats is a tasty alternative, and you can adjust the amount of sugar to suit your liking. It’s great with a splash of brandy or rum but just as good without!
Creamy Vegan Hot Chocolate
There are days when only hot chocolate will do: this creamy vegan hot chocolate from Minimalist Baker is delicious and only takes five minutes to make – you can even make it in the microwave. For a special treat, you could even buy some vegan squirty cream (available from TheVeganKind, some Sainsbury’s stores or online) or make your own by whipping some coconut milk (buy full-fat and use just the solid part rather than the watery liquid).
Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte
It may seem like the world has gone pumpkin spice mad, but the combination of pumpkin pie spices and strong coffee are truly a match made in heaven. Unlike the super-sugary version from coffee chains, this healthy pumpkin spice latte from Chocolate Covered Katie uses real pumpkin and is low on sugar: use your favourite non-dairy milk and enjoy on a frosty winter morning.
A hot, spicy mug of chai is the perfect way to warm up when it’s cold out. This vegan chai from Holy Vegan Cow is the real deal, and so much better than a chai teabag in hot water – plus it’ll make your kitchen smell incredibly cosy.
Homemade Vegan Baileys
OK, so you can buy vegan Baileys from most supermarkets now (and it’s delicious). This homemade version from Simple Vegan Blog is even better, and it’s pretty quick and easy to make. It would also make a great Christmas present for a lucky vegan – pour it into a glass bottle and add a brown paper tag. Sorted!
Hearty, Healthy Soup
At this time of year, sometimes all you need is a hot, full-to-the-brim mug of soup, and happily Tidefords has a whole host of amazing, vegan-friendly soups that tick all the boxes – including gluten-free too! There are no nasties to be found in these tasty delights, and we highly recommend the High Protein, Red Pepper, Coriander, Lime and Coconut Superfood Soup!