By, Alison Vellas
Native Foods Cafe
There’s few things more suited to get you through the cold, harsh winter than a delicious warm drink to cozy up with by the fire. Here are 5 vegan recipes for winter beverages to keep you happy and toasty.
1. Hot chocolate: The obvious and first choice for most people’s winter beverage. If you’re feeling lazy, most coffee shops can easily make a vegan version of their hot chocolate using soy milk. If you want the real deal, however, MapleSpice has an “Ultimate” gourmet recipe that is thick, rich, and decadent enough for dessert. For more of an “everyday” hot chocolate recipe, I would follow her alternate version, which is below:
50g dark vegan chocolate
100ml reduced fat coconut milk
100ml rice milk
1/4 tsp peppermint extract
more rice milk to thin
Place the chocolate and milks in a saucepan and heat up gently until all the chocolate melts, whisk up until super smooth, you don't want any little flakes of chocolate left. Stir in the extract and heat up till hot. Pour into 2 mugs then top up with some more cold rice milk to thin out and cool down a bit. Drink right away!
Using actual chocolate rather than cocoa powder results in a deliciously rich and creamy texture. For the full hot chocolate experience, top with Soyatoo vegan whip (I recommend the rice version), and Dandies vegan marshmallows.
2. Peppermint tea: You can’t go wrong with a refreshing cup of delicious peppermint tea. The calming effects of peppermint tea can be beneficial for your digestive system, too. This Harney & Sons tea comes in a beautiful tin, but you can find a good peppermint tea at almost any grocery store.
3. Warm apple cider: The perfect drink for fall and winter, cinnamon-spiced apple cider will warm you from the inside out. Cinnamon is known to help lower blood sugar, manage cholesterol, and even ease pain. Emma from A Beautiful Mess has the recipe for a perfect apple cider.
4. Butterbeer: YummyPlants.com has a delicous-looking recipe for this magical fizzy drink, and it has just three ingredients: soda, syrup and vegan butter.
5. Homemade eggnog latte: If a caffeine pick me up is what you need, look no further than a creamy vegan eggnog to sweeten up your brew. Take 2 shots of espresso, or ½ cup of triple strength coffee and mix with ⅔ cup of vegan eggnog (try Silk’s version) and ⅓ cup non-dairy milk. Heat the milk mixture in the microwave before you mix it in (and add sugar or agave if you like it sweet). Then top with cinnamon and freshly grated nutmeg!