Vegan Cocktails | www.drinks.ng

It is a big deal to be vegan – it is even a bigger deal to be a vegan who loves to drink. Why? Because most alcoholic products have imports of animal products in them.

Gladly, nearly all beers and distilled spirits are vegan, so you are a bit safe. But still, you have to avoid some cream-based liqueurs and products that mention honey on (PS: if you call your lover “honey”, you are a half-vegan)

What about cocktails?  Are there any vegan cocktails?

Some cocktails use milk, cream, egg whites, and other animal products, so it takes some good research to know what cocktail to avoid as a vegan, as well as the alcoholic brand used in making them.

Here is a list of some cocktails you can make and enjoy as a vegan.

Vegan Cream Cocktail

How about creating your own home-made Irish cream? Go for a good bottle of rum, say Captain Morgan, and Kahlua, and then your simple magic comes alive.

What you need

How to make

  • Pour the ingredients into a shaker and shake vigorously till well mixed.
  • Serve with ice.

Old Fashioned Cocktail

A good old fashioned cocktail is sure to do some wonders to your vegan taste. This is a bourbon-based cocktail with all the flavour and the style you can think of.

What you need

  • 1½ Oz. Wild Turkey Bourbon
  • 2 to 3 Dashes Angostura Bitters
  • ½ to 1½ teaspoons Superfine Sugar or Simple Syrup
  • Handful of Ice
  • 2 Maraschino Cherries
  • 1 Orange (to make an orange twist from)

How to make

  • Pour the bourbon and bitters into a cocktail glass of choice.
  • Add to 1½ teaspoons of fine sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
  • Fill glass with a big handful of ice. Top with two maraschino cherries and a twist of orange.
  • Enjoy!

White Peach Sangria

This one is simply a delight. Nothing beats a rich combo of white wine, brandy, sparkling water all complete with its fruity embellishments.

What you need

  • ½ of a cup Brandy Torres
  • ¼ of a cup Sugar
  • 2 bottles of Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc
  • 3 tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 6 White Peaches (diced)
  • 2 Lemons (cut into slices)
  • 1 Lime (cut into slices)
  • ½ cup Blueberries
  • ½ of a cup halved Strawberries (about 15 small strawberries)
  • ½ to 1 cup Seltzer Water / Soda Water (optional)
  • 2 cups Ice Cubes

How to make

  • Stir together brandy and sugar until sugar dissolves in a large punch bowl or pitcher.
  • Add white wine and all the fruit and give it a quick stir. Leave in refrigerator overnight for the flavour of the fruit to mix together with the alcohol, this also gives it a nice pink colour.
  • When ready to serve, add seltzer water and more sugar, if needed. Top off with ice cubes to keep chilled.
  • If you are planning on serving it straight away, skip placing the bowl in the fridge and add seltzer water to taste (optional) and ice cubes.
  • Serve!

Vegan Brandy Milk Punch

Go for a non-dairy milk – soy vanilla milk is your best bet here. That done, get ready for the best experience of a cognac and milk combo.

What you need

  • 2 shots of Hennessy VSOP
  • 4 shots vanilla sweetened soymilk
  • Shaker full of ice
  • Nutmeg
  • Crushed ice

How to make

  • Pour the Cognac and milk over the ice in the shaker and shake until very frothy.
  • Strain into two glasses with crushed ice and dust with nutmeg.

Vegan White Russian Recipe

Even the White Russian has a vegan version, and it is simply amazing.

What you need

How to make

  • Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker, mix and serve on the rocks.

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