The holidays are my absolute favorite time of the year. I love spending time with family and friends, enjoying the lights, putting up and enjoying the decorations, and of course, eating the food. There are too many vegan holiday food items to list them all, so I would like to focus on some of my favorites: the holiday drinks.
Egg nog has always been one of my favorite holiday treats, but when I became vegan, I obviously cut it out. I don’t have to go without, however, thanks to all of the awesome options that are now on the market! Here is a review of the ones I could find in my area, followed up with my favorite.
Consistency: Creamy, thin.
Taste: Cinnamon, nutmeg, traditional taste.
Tips: Serve with a dash of nutmeg and a cinnamon stick for a festive presentation. Visit the Silk website for recipes such as Eggnog Cheesecake that can be made vegan with some creative substitutions (use nondairy cream cheese, egg replacer, and vegan graham crackers). I don’t generally drink, but others have reported that this blends well with alcohol.
So Delicious Nog
Consistency: Thick and creamy, close to the egg nog I remember.
Taste: Perfect balance of cinnamon and nutmeg, tastes close to the egg nog I remember.
Tips: Again, I don’t generally drink, but others have reported this blends well with alcohol since it is so thick and creamy. Add some vegan rum and a sprinkle of nutmeg for an adult treat. It also goes great with cookies!
Rice Dream Rice Nog
Consistency: Thin and watery.
Taste: Very strong on the nutmeg, but not a lot of other flavor. Fairly bland.
Tips: The appearance is a bit weird…it’s a pinkish color.
In addition to all of the nog themed drinks, there are some other tasty holiday beverages out there:
So Delicious Mint Chocolate
Consistency: Thick and creamy.
Taste: Strong chocolate mint flavor.
Tips: Serve hot with a vegan marshmallows (I recommend Dandies Vegan Mini Marshmallows) and a vegan candy cane (I recommend TruJoy Sweets Organic Candy Canes). Alternatively, serve cold and top with So Delicious Coco Whip and vegan chocolate chips (I recommend Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Chips). This is my go-to beverage for driving around and looking at Christmas lights.
So Delicious Pumpkin Spice
Consistency: Thick and creamy.
Taste: Strong, almost overpowering pumpkin spice flavor that borders on chemical-tasting. When I first tried it, I wasn’t a fan, but it sort of grew on me.
Tips: Better when combined with something else to cut the very strong taste. I can imagine this would be great in a smoothie. Another idea would be to add it to coffee for a morning treat full of pumpkin spice goodness.
West Soy Chocolate Peppermint Stick – POSSIBLY NOT VEGAN
Consistency: Thin, somewhat watery
Taste: Mild chocolate mint flavor.
Tips: This was the first vegan holiday beverage I ever tried, and I was hooked on it the first year I became vegan. I loved it, and probably went through four or five cartons my first vegan holiday season. HOWEVER, I stopped drinking it because although it was being sold on multiple vegan websites at the time, I was worried about the source of the Vitamin D and the natural flavors they used. When I emailed the company a few years ago and they were unable to confirm it was vegan (and sounding more like it wasn’t), I stopped drinking it. I recently emailed West Soy to ask about the product, and haven’t yet received a response. It is still being sold on Vegan Essentials.
Overall, I have to say that the So Delicious Nog was the winner, with the So Delicious Mint Chocolate coming in a close second. They are both thick, creamy, and tasty, and can be found in my refrigerator during the holidays.