When the temperature drops and the days get shorter, there’s nothing better than a mug of your favourite winter beverage. Whether you’re a coffee lover or you prefer a creamy hot chocolate, there’s plenty of warming vegan drinks that you can put in an insulated coffee mug for your morning commute, winter outings, or Christmas festivities.
Although many of the most popular winter drinks contain dairy, most can be made vegan friendly simply by switching dairy milk for plant-based milk. In this post, I’ve put together a collection of festive vegan drinks for winter that you can make at home and drink on the go from a reusable coffee mug.
8 Vegan Drinks to Keep You Warm This Winter
Warming Vegan Drinks for The Morning Commute
Vegan Bulletproof Coffee
For anyone who tends to skip breakfast in the morning rush, a vegan bulletproof coffee is a high-calorie drink that will add a bolt of energy to your day. This caffeinated beverage usually contains butter or ghee but the vegan version uses coconut oil instead.
To make: add a cup of hot coffee to a blender with 1-3 tablespoons of coconut oil, depending how creamy you like your coffee. Mix in the blender, or mix by hand with a mini whisk, pour into your travel coffee mug and add sugar if desired.
Ginger & Turmeric Spiced Tea
Kick start your metabolism with a caffeine-free and healthy tea. This spicy vegan beverage is a popular weight-loss drink, but it’s also warming, flavourful, and easy to make.
To make: combine half a litre of water with a tablespoon of ginger (grated or thinly sliced), a teaspoon of ground turmeric, and a stick of cinnamon. Bring to the boil in a saucepan. Simmer for about 5 minutes or longer for a stronger taste. Add a squeeze of lemon and sugar, optional, and pour through a tea strainer into a travel coffee mug.
Vegan London Fog Latte
If you like the smooth flavour of Earl Grey tea, then you’ll love the London Fog Latte. It’s a creamy drink made with Earl Grey and hot almond milk, or a plant-based milk of your choice, and sweetened with vanilla. Perfect for people who prefer drinks with a lower caffeine level.
To make: put an earl grey tea bag in your reusable coffee mug and fill to about halfway with boiling water. Let the tea brew for 5 minutes or until strong. While the tea brews, heat unsweetened almond milk until it starts to froth. Use a saucepan for best results. Add half a teaspoon of vanilla extract, mix well, and pour over the hot tea. For an extra creamy taste, mix in a tablespoon of coconut oil whilst heating the milk.
Warming Vegan Drinks for Chilly Winter Walks
Golden Turmeric Latte
Full of flavour and packed with essential vitamins, a turmeric-infused latte is a healthy caffeine-free drink to get you through the winter. Like all the best warming vegan drinks, this one is quick and easy to make at home.
To make: Combine one and a quarter cups of unsweetened almond milk, or enough to fill your travel coffee mug, with half a teaspoon of ground ginger, half a teaspoon of ground turmeric, half a teaspoon of ground cinnamon, and one or two teaspoons of maple syrup (or your preferred sweetener). Mix and heat in a saucepan or heat the almond milk in a microwave before mixing in the other ingredients.
Peppermint Hot Chocolate
Of course, a classic mint hot chocolate deserves a place on this list. Make it with a plant-based milk and dairy-free chocolate, and it’s a 100% vegan-friendly beverage.
To make: in a saucepan, heat two cups of your favourite plant-based milk. When warm, add a bar of vegan dark chocolate (in small pieces) or dairy-free cacao powder and a tablespoon of sugar. Whisk over the heat until the chocolate has melted and mixed into the milk. Add a quarter teaspoon of peppermint extract, then transfer to an insulated coffee mug.
Spiced Apple Juice
For anyone who prefers a warming vegan drink without plant-based milk, this hot spiced juice is a lighter alternative. It’s simple to make with just a few ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen cupboard. You can even make a batch of it, store it in the fridge and reheat throughout the week.
To make: in a saucepan combine two cups of apple juice, half a cup of water, a stick of cinnamon, a few slices of orange and lemon, a tablespoon of brown sugar, and a pinch of nutmeg (adjust quantities according to taste). Bring to the boil and simmer for five minutes. Strain into a reusable coffee mug and store any leftovers in the fridge.
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Warming Vegan Drinks for Christmas
A rich coffee liqueur is a perfect dessert for your vegan Christmas dinner. It’s also something you can share with friends at the New Years firework displays. Vegan Baileys is lighter than its dairy alternative and has a delicious nutty flavour.
To make: in a blender combine a can of full-fat coconut milk with half a cup of Irish whiskey, a quarter cup of strong coffee, four tablespoons of maple syrup (or another sweetener), and a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Blend for two minutes and serve over ice.
Lighter and healthier than the traditional version but just as tasty, why not try a festive vegan eggnog recipe this winter. Put it in an insulated coffee mug, and you can take it with you for a wander through the Christmas lights at night or to an outside Christmas gathering.
To make: in a blender combine 3 cups of plant-based milk with a can of coconut milk, half a cup of cashews (soaked overnight), 3 to 4 tablespoons of maple syrup (or another sweetener), a teaspoon of ground cinnamon, a teaspoon of vanilla extract, and a pinch of nutmeg. Blend until smooth and enjoy hot or cold from a travel coffee mug. Optionally, add a splash of rum or brandy for an extra warming winter beverage.
Also read: Buying A Reusable Travel Coffee Mug
With a high-quality insulated coffee mug and these winter vegan drinks, you’re sure to stay warm and cosy this festive season.