by Tashi Johns
No matter your reason for cutting back or ditching dairy, here are some fun cocktail ideas to keep you warm and fuzzy all winter long. I’ve included remakes of traditional cocktails with my personal recommendations for dairy free alternatives, plus some new festive cocktails to try! Trust me, you don’t have to feel like you’re missing out, dairy free alternatives have come a long way and the possibilities are endless.
Let’s start with some classics…
6 oz fresh coffee
Grab an oversized mug and combine all ingredients.
The Minneapolis Dude
Vanilla oat milk (I recommend Oatly)
Fill a low ball glass with ice, add coffee liqueur and vodka, top with vanilla oat milk.
1 oz Wheatley Vodka
1 oz Vegan Eggnog (I recommend Silk)
In a cocktail shaker, add the eggnog, vodka, and amaretto. Add 1 cup ice, shake, and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with fresh nutmeg and dark chocolate shavings.
Other Festive Cocktails…
Orange Chai Whiskey
1 oz Old Overholt 114
1 oz fresh squeezed orange juice
8 oz vanilla almond milk (I recommend Califia Farms)
1 Chai Tea bag
Heat almond milk in a small saucepan, but do not boil. Remove from heat and steep chai tea bag for 2-3 minutes. Meanwhile, pour whiskey and orange juice into an oversized mug. When tea is steeped, remove the tea bag. Pour almond chai over whiskey and orange juice. Stir well and top with a tiny dash of cinnamon. Garnish with an orange slice and a cinnamon stick.
Brandy Milk Punch
2 oz Sacred Bond Brandy
1.5 oz plain soy milk (I recommend Silk)
½ vanilla extract
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, fill with ice, and shake until outside of the shaker is frosty (about 30 seconds). Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice and garnish with fresh grated nutmeg.
…Plus a Bonus (vegan!) Hack
2 oz Disaronno*
1 oz lemon juice
2 tbsp aquafaba (the juice from a can of chickpeas!)
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker and add ice. Shake vigorously for at least a minute or two so that aquafaba produces foam. Strain into a glass and serve immediately with a garnish of lemon twist and a cherry (we recommend Muddle Me Bourbon Cherries).
*You can use any amaretto you like for these recipes. I have listed Dapper Barons and Disaronno in these recipes for those who are avoiding animal products entirely. They are both vegan friendly!