Is there anything more iconic to a traditional Christmas or Holiday celebration than a classic eggnog cocktail?Thick, creamy, spiced and not too sweet-eggnog hits all of the indulgent check marks on my must have holiday treats. This Vegan Eggnog Cocktail will not disappoint. Being egg and dairy free does not mean you need to give up this sweet and spicy Christmas drink!
What is eggnog?
Eggnog is a thick, creamy drink, usually served chilled. Traditionally it is made from milk or heavy cream, and thickened over a stove with eggs to make it extra creamy. This holiday cocktail is then spiced with cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. To make the eggnog extra special it’s usually spiked with bourbon, or rum to give it a kick!!
Why do we drink eggnog?
When researching this post I came accross a lot of information on the history of eggnog and why it is still relevent today!
A post from “Delish” says that eggnog was originally enjoyed by the rich (no surprise!) Milk was heated and thickened with egg. It was then spiced with *expensive* and rare spices such as cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. They would then add Sherry or Brandy to keep the drink from spoiling. And probably to make it even more enjoyable!!
What Country invented eggnog?
Eggnog’s roots make it back to Britain. During the Medieval times if you can believe that!! A post from “Insider” says that the eggnog we all know and love has been associated with Christmas since the 1700’s, but apparently people have been consuming something very similar since even before that! The post continued to explain that a drink called the Posset was the very beginning of eggnog. Although this simpler recipe probably wouldn’t make you think of the holidays. This drink was a mixture of curdled milk, ale or wine and spices. It was only later that people began adding in the delicacies like figs, sherry and eggs.
Why is it called eggnog?
Eggnog is a mixture of milk, spices and sugar, thickened with eggs heated over a stove. The name “Eggnog” stems from a combination of egg (the thickening agent) and nog. Nog is debated to stem from either a strong beer or possibly from a noggen which refers to a type of mug used to drink alcohol according to this post from Wikipedia
How can you make eggnog vegan?
So there are two primary ingredients in traditional eggnog which are a complete no go for vegans. Milk and eggs. That leaves us with spices, sugar and alcohol. Hey-I might *actually* be ok with that!!
But, to stick with our original post and get to a vegan version of eggnog we will be using a couple sneaky, readily accessible ingredients to really make our egg free and dairy free eggnog delicious!
What is vegan eggnog made of?
To make eggnog vegan we will be using the following easy ingredients:
Raw cashews. These guys are going to thicken up our vegan eggnog nicely and add a smooth, rich texture.
Turmeric. I love the look of our vegan eggnog when just a touch of turmeric is added. It really makes it look beautiful!
Warming spices. You know the ones! Cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and my secret ingredient-a little black pepper!
Alcohol to really kick it up a notch!
Dairy free whipping cream and spices to serve.
What alcohol do you mix with eggnog?
If you want your eggnog recipe with alcohol you have quite a few options!
I have always used a dark rum to serve my eggnog. My favorite is Appelton Estates. This rum is vegan, and I’ve been drinking it since before I was actually allowed to.
If you would prefer a different flavor you could go with a Bourbon, Sherry, Brandy or Cognac.
Check out Barnivore to see which ones are vegan to keep this eggnog cruelty free!
If you need an alcohol free eggnog recipe, you can still use the exact same ingredients and method that follows for this vegan eggnog. You could experiment with adding in a touch of rum extract to give the eggnog a nice flavor and still make it alcohol free.
Is Vegan Eggnog Healthy?
This is one of those vegan recipes you wish was healthy because it tastes so damn good.
There are some healthful ingredients included in this vegan cocktail that would win over a traditional eggnog. The addition of raw cashews and turmeric is great. But, unfortunately the added fat (calories!!), sugar, and alcohol does not make this vegan eggnog healthy in my opinion. FYI: my opinion is not that of a nutritionist or dietary expert (just sayin…)
The holidays tend to center around indulgence and decadence. Save this eggnog for special occasions and you are good to go!
Looking for more Holiday recipes to make this vegan Christmas special??
Alright guys, Time to make this awesome vegan eggnog. You’re going to need a high powdered blonder, like the Vitamix. If you don’t have a high powered blender, you will need to soak your raw cashews for 12-24 hours to soften them first!
If you are thinking of buying a new blender, this is the one I have. I’ve been using it *almost* daily for the last 4 years and it’s a dream. Check out the reviews!!!
This vegan version of the classic eggnog is thick, creamy, warmly spiced and absolutely decadent! No need to heat and chill-we're making this one in the blender!!! 4 ingredients and a blend of spices come together to make this Holiday nog quickly!!
1cupNon-dairy vanilla ice cream
1 cup raw cashews
1cup cold water
1/4tspground black pepper
non-dairy whipping creampurchase in store (So Good brand) or make your own!
warming spices to sprinkle on top and/or rim the glass
Add the raw cashews and water into the blender.
Blend on high speed for 2 minutes, until thick, creamy and smooth.
Add in the ice cream and blend for an additional minute.
Pour in the alcohol if using, and sprinkle in the spices. Blend for 30 seconds, or just until combined.
Serve in low glasses, with a dollop of vegan whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon!
***If you do not have a high powered blender, you will need to soak your cashews for 12-24 hours in water for best results and the ultimate creaminess.
***Nutrition and caloric information are estimates. This will vary according to type of ice cream used and if you are using alcohol.
You might want to increase the sweetness of the vegan eggnog-especially if you are not using a whipped topping. You could add 2-4 tbsp of maple syrup along with the ice cream to really make this a treat.
Taste it with out any added sweetness first, then add a few tablespoons of syrup and taste again.
IMHO There’s nothing worse than having a too sweet, thick drink.
How long does Vegan Eggnog Last?
This recipe makes enough for 4 servings. You could keep whatever you have leftover in the fridge for 2 days. As a mom, my disclaimer is to just be careful who has access to the fridge *ahem* (all of my children).
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Megan Kerry is a Vegan Lifestyle Educator and Licensed Practical Nurse. Her content focuses on vegan recipes and ethical living. She is a mom of four children, a long time vegan, and an even longer time foodie. She loves veganizing any and all dishes and sharing her recipes and lifestyle tips with all of you!