Ahh, January. The time for resolutions, reformations and, well, terrible weather. Veganuary has become a staple feature, with people of all ages now determined to embrace the month-long lifestyle change. While vegan produce can be found in every corner of your supermarket these days, a slightly more deceptive item is alcohol.
“Alcohol?” You ask, raising one brow at your screen. Yes, alcohol. Although typical ingredients such as barley, hops and fruit are free of animal products, it’s a little more complicated than that. Often beverages that may seem well-meaning and Morrisey-approved, may in fact be otherwise.
Don’t be discouraged, however - we’ve got you covered. Offering an entirely vegan range of alcoholic beverages, at NOVELTEA we’re experts in plant-based mixology.
We’ve listed our top five vegan cocktails, each with a step-by-step guide to get you through Veganuary seamlessly. Taking on dry January too? You can find mocktail alternatives beneath each recipe.
Each of these serves 1.
1. Moroccan Mint Fizz
Festive feasting can leave your stomach in a rather peculiar position come January. There’s no regrets, of course, but we do wish our tums would be slightly less grumbly and bloated… Enter: the Moroccan Mint Fizz. Moroccan mint is famed for digestive relief properties and this zingy version promises a pinch of rum to wash it down.
12.5ml Elderflower liqueur
12.5ml Fresh lime juice
Prosecco, to top
- Shake with ice
- Double strain into a chilled glass
- Top with Prosecco
- Garnish with lime
Make it a mocktail by using 50ml of iced mint green tea and 12.5ml of sparkling elderflower soda.
2. Espresso Martini
Nothing beats a strong coffee - especially to dust of those January cobwebs. While you may prefer your coffee first thing in the morning, you might want to postpone this one until after lunch. Keep it vegan by using Tia Maria or Patrón XO Café Coffee Liqueur as your liqueur of choice.
50ml Vodka (Absolut and Smirnoff are both vegan)
25ml Coffee liqueur (Tia Maria or Patrón XO Café)
25ml Freshly brewed espresso
Coffee beans, to serve
- Shake with ice
- Pour into a chilled martini glass
- Serve - preferably in a classic martini glass
- Top with a few coffee beans
Make it a mocktail by using 50ml espresso, 25ml vanilla syrup and 25ml water.
3. Bloody Mary
Famed for its hangover-healing properties, it’s no surprise that New Year’s Day is National Bloody Mary Day. For anyone trying to marry beating the January blues with a fitness-focused resolution, a Bloody Mary counts as one of your five a day. Tenuous, we’ll admit. However, we won’t tell if you don’t…
Typically non-vegan due to the Worcestershire Sauce, pick up a vegan Worcestershire for Veganuary or simply swap it out for 1:1 soy sauce and a dash of allspice!
250ml Tomato juice
2 tsp Lemon juice
Few drops of vegan Worcestershire sauce (or soy sauce and allspice)
Few drops of Tabasco
Pinch of salt and pepper
Celery stick, lemon wedge and olives, to serve
- Pour the vodka, tomato juice and lemon juice onto ice in a tall glass
- Add the Worcestershire sauce (or soy sauce and allspice)
- Dust in the salt and pepper, and stir
- Finish with garnishes
Make it a mocktail by simply removing the vodka.
4. Hot Toddy
Bloody Marys aren’t the only cocktail celebrated in January. The 11th of the month is National Hot Toddy Day. The perfect winter warmer for those frosty January eves, you may also recognise it as a grandparent’s favourite remedy for a cold.
200ml Boiling water
50ml Single malt whisky (Jura, Glenmorangie and Glenfiddich are all vegan)
1 tsp Maple syrup
1 tsp Lemon juice
1 Cinnamon stick, to serve
- Pour the whisky into your favourite mug
- Add the maple syrup, lemon, cloves and cinnamon stick
- Top with boiling water
Make it a mocktail by swapping out the whisky and water for 250ml apple juice you’ve simmered in a pan.
5. Old Fashioned
Not for the fainthearted, this short, sipping cocktail made a name for itself in the 1920s. Seeing as we’re all in unspoken agreement that 2020 didn’t count, let’s celebrate the ‘20s for real this time with the perfect drink to mark the occasion.
60ml Bourbon (Jack Daniels is suitable for vegans)
2-3 Dashes of Angostura bitters
1 tsp Demerara sugar
1 tsp Water
Orange peel, to serve
- Mix the bitters, sugar and water until the sugar has dissolved
- Add the bourbon and stir
- Pour into a separate glass over ice
- Finish with an orange peel
Make it a mocktail by replacing the bourbon with iced spiced tea, and the bitters with a pinch of fine orange rind and allspice.
Easier than you thought, right?
For many, Veganuary becomes way more than a month-long resolution. If that’s you, we’ve got a range of delightful, vegan-friendly treats you can enjoy. Blending complementary flavours of tea and alcohol, our products are a hedonists dream. See for yourself and explore our drinks collection.