There's a whole lot of spirit around the holidays. Not just in the air — on the bar cart, too. (Get it? Spirit?) For instance, eggnog is the season's model mixed drink, and it's typically dressed up with rum. But, whether you're detoxing or simply not interested in alcohol, there are plenty non-alcoholic eggnog drink ideas for your 2017 holiday season. And, don't worry, you'll still get a glass full of spirit... just without the alcohol spirits.
Eggnog is like a winter specific milkshake. Just without the ice cream. It's typically concocted of eggs, cream, milk and sugar to give it a sweet sip similar to a custard that's the base of ice cream. It can be served cold or warm and your family probably guzzles it down a minute after it's set on the table. Serving it with alcohol is the norm amongst those that are 21+, but it's not necessary. And it totally isolates the other members of your family who aren't of age just yet. Good news, alcohol doesn't ~make~ the holiday drink what it is. You don't need a touch of rum or whisky or tequila to get into the spirit. All you need are the key ingredients for you to be chugging this classic alongside the whole family lounging by the fire.
This recipe might have rum listed as an optional ingredient, but you can ignore that altogether. It only calls for 1/8 teaspoon of the alcohol anyways. Mel's Kitchen Cafe adds freshly grated nutmeg to the eggs and cream for a splash of spice.
Slow Cooker Eggnog
There's nothing like whipping up homemade eggnog for the entire family. Gluten Free on a Shoestring uses cinnamon sticks to warm up this concoction and offers the idea of using coconut milk in place of heavy cream for a new kind of flavor flair.
Quick And Easy Dairy-Free Eggnog
Got a house full of dairy adverse family members? They need not be excluded from merry drinking traditions any longer! This recipe brought to you by The Healthy Foodie calls for almond milk and coconut milk to achieve the creamy texture everyone loves so much about eggnog. Sugar is absent in the ingredient list, instead listing maple syrup as a more natural sweetener.
If you thought you couldn't have eggnog without the eggs, you thought wrong. Tori Avey brings vegan eggnog to our holiday party menus by creatively using silken tofu.
This homemade eggnog recipe by Vikalinka brings more spice to the sip by using a blend of nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and caraway seeds that are sure to alert your tastebuds its ~that~ time of year again. A vanilla bean is also utilized to soak all that sweet flavoring deeper into the liquid mix while also contributing a warm aroma.
Okay, who says you have to wait until the evening to get a taste of eggnog? This recipe by Savory Sweet Life combines caffeine instead of alcohol to make a mixed drink perfect for your morning meditation.
Vegan Eggnog Coffee Creamer
Forget eggs, cashews take the place of eggs to make for the thick texture. Cashews are a fan favorite in vegan reimagining of creamy dairy delights. Healthful Pursuit recommends storing these creamer in the fridge for up to four days and using in your morning cup of coffee!
Spoon-Up Homemade Eggnog
This recipe is so creamy you'll be slurping it up with a spoon. Willow Bird Baking recommends omitting the alcohol listed in this recipe if you're not too keen on brandy and rum. You'll still be left with a scrumptious glass of eggnog so thick it's like eating spiced whipped cream.
Peppermint Eggnog Milkshake
In which all our dreams are answered because I guess we're all on the nice list after all. This peppermint eggnog milkshake combines the best drinking available this holiday season in a soda glass. Mom on Timeout brings all the cheer with this recipe absent of alcohol.
Iced Eggnog Lattés
You might be in the mindset that now is the time for sweaters and hot drinks. But, if you're perched in front of a roaring fire place, you might want to stay balanced with a cool drink. Enter the Iced Eggnog Latté from How Sweet Eats.
Coconut Hazelnut Eggnog
Though this recipe by Kitchen Confidante calls for Hazelnut Liqueur for that nutty flavor, you can easily substitute hazelnut syrup to achieve the same affect.
To achieve the creamy, thick texture without eggs, Oh She Glows invites banana and avocado to take a turn in the spotlight. You have the option here to make your alcohol free eggnog classic or spruce it up further with peppermint.
One of the greatest gifts of The Kitchn is the step by step visual guide accompanied with excellent recipes. Here, you'll be walked through how to achieve a no-fail eggnog that the whole family can enjoy.