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Nothing says holiday season quite like a cozy cup of something delicious in your hand. Whether you’re making a cup of coffee to start your day or winding down by the fire with nog at night, beverages can really make these wintry months feel festive and comforting. Plus, some flavors, like maple or peppermint, are simply warm and nostalgic, reminiscent of happy memories with loved ones. Even if you follow a plant-based diet, you can still find plenty of holiday drink options that will suit your needs. Here are the top vegan holiday drinks at grocery stores this winter.
Vegan Holiday Coffee Drinks
Coffee-based drinks are normally made with milk products, but there are more and more dairy-free options hitting shelves.
Califia Farms Peppermint Mocha Cold Brew
For the person who loves to drink iced coffee year-round, this minty cold brew brings the wintry spirit while still offering a refreshing drink. This limited-time offering is a rich, chocolatey caffeinated beverage to help you jumpstart your mornings, even if it’s cold and dark when you’re waking up. The drink is made with Arabica coffee, almond milk, cocoa powder, and a hint of minty flavor.
Malk Pecan Malk and Cold Brew Coffee
Sure, you can enjoy pecan goodies all year long, but it’s a flavor that is especially comforting when the temperatures drop. This drink from MALK combines fair-trade coffee with pecan-based milk, maple syrup, vanilla, and Himalayan salt for a sweet, salty, and nutty drink that you’ll be jumping out of bed for.
Vegan Holiday Tea Drinks
If coffee isn’t your thing or you like to swap your morning cup of joe for afternoon tea, there are also some festive tea offerings that are vegan-friendly to look for this time of year.
Health-Ade Holiday Cheer Kombucha
With flavors of warming spices, vanilla, and cocoa, this unique kombucha offers probiotic benefits that taste delicious. It’s made with black tea, green tea, ginger, vanilla, and cocoa, plus it’s certified raw, vegan, and organic.
Bigelow Peppermint Bark Herbal Tea
For caffeine-free sipping, this herbal tea offers a minty, chocolatey flavor that will warm you right up and excite your taste buds. Drink it plain or combine it with your favorite sweetener, plant-based milk, and a peppermint stick.
Vegan alternatives for eggnog are some of the most popular vegan holiday drinks on the market. In fact, you might find just as many, if not more, vegan nogs than traditional eggnogs at the grocery store! Here are some of the most delicious options to consider.
MALK Holiday Pecan Nog
Available for a limited time in the winter, MALK’s Pecan Malk Nog – Holiday Edition is an eggnog alternative made with pecans plus maple syrup, vanilla, and spices like cinnamon and nutmeg to achieve that comforting, nostalgic taste.
Not a single egg was used in the making of this very believable nog alternative, which is made instead with soy milk. Flavors like cinnamon and nutmeg make it taste like the real deal, and the consistency is thick and creamy to boot.
Califia Farms Almondmilk Nog
This ultra-creamy nog is made with almond milk and features spices such as cloves, ginger, and nutmeg to taste like traditional egg nog. Enjoy it warm or cold all winter long, mix it in coffee, or make an eggnog-flavored pound cake.
Elmhurst Oat Nog
It’s no secret that oat milk has exploded in popularity in recent years, because it tastes delicious and creates a smooth beverage consistency. Now, you can even get vegan eggnog made with oats, too. Elmhurst’s oat nog features the flavors of wintry spices, like cinnamon and star anise, in an oat- and cashew-milk blend.
So Delicious Coconut Milk Nog
There’s a nog out there for just about any type of plant-based milk preference. So Delicious’ nog is made with coconut milk, which lends a naturally sweet taste that works well with cinnamon and nutmeg spices.
Vegan Flavored Milks
Flavored, plant-based milks are great for mixing into baked goods or adding to coffee or tea. They are a surprisingly versatile beverage that is also delicious enjoyed as-is.
MALK Maple Pecan
We’ve “milked” almonds, cashews, oats, and coconuts, so MALK is taking things a step further with pecan milk. This version, perfect for holiday baking, has a touch of maple flavor, too. The impressive ingredients list includes pecans, maple syrup, vanilla, and Himalayan salt.
Milkadamia White Chocolate Peppermint Milk
This seasonal, flavored milk is made with regeneratively grown macadamias. The beverage is sweet and minty, like peppermint bark, and is sure to make you feel jolly. Enjoy it on its own, mixed into tea or coffee, or even poured over oatmeal for a cheerful breakfast.
Vegan Holiday Creamers
Creamers help tame the bitterness of coffee or add some sweetness to tea. Thankfully, there are plenty of plant-based options that also embody wintry flavors to get you in the holiday spirit.
Nutpods Peppermint Mocha Creamer
It’s not the holidays without plenty of peppermint mocha flavors in drinks and baked goods. Nutpods is making spirits bright this season with a chocolatey, peppermint-flavored creamer made with a coconut and cashew blend.
Califia Farms Dark Chocolate Truffle Almondmilk Creamer
Maybe you’re not a fan of peppermint or you’ve exhausted yourself on plant-based nogs. The Califia Farms dark chocolate truffle creamer is vegan-friendly, because it is made with almond milk, but it offers a different holiday flavor. It has a rich, chocolatey taste that will remind you of your favorite holiday truffles.
So Delicious Snickerdoodle Creamer
Made with an oat milk base, this snickerdoodle creamer tastes like the holidays in a cup. The cinnamon-sugar goes great with coffee and a side of warm cookies. Be warned that Santa will probably want some coffee and snickerdoodle creamer over regular ol’ milk this year.
Silk Dark Chocolate Peppermint Creamer
Another option for peppermint lovers, this version combines peppermint with dark chocolate and almond milk for a rich, indulgent flavor that complements coffee perfectly.
Based in Los Angeles, Paige is a writer who is passionate about sustainability. Aside from writing for EcoWatch, Paige also writes for Insider, HomeAdvisor, Thrillist, EuroCheapo, Eat This, Not That!, and more. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Ohio University and holds a certificate in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She also specialized in sustainable agriculture while pursuing her undergraduate degree. When she’s not writing, Paige enjoys decorating her apartment, enjoying a cup of coffee and experimenting in the kitchen (with local, seasonal ingredients, of course!).