Christmas Market Inspiration: Drinks

Non-Alcoholic Mulled Wine & Vegan Hot Chocolate
I´m a big lover of Christmas markets (as can be proven by my blog every December). I just love the atmosphere, the food, the smells, the little huts and that it means Christmas is finally near. However, there are a few downsides. Personally I don´t like the masses of (drunk) people, there is rarely any non-dairy food or drinks that I can enjoy and quite honestly, it´s always freezing cold. So I thought this year I´d bring the Christmas markets to my home. Over the next few weeks I´ll be sharing recipes & diy´s so that you can get the Christmas market atmosphere in the comfort of your own home. Today we´re starting off with drinks!

As someone with a dairy intolerance and someone who doesn´t drink alcohol there´s really not much festive to drink at any Christmas market. I´d really like to hold a warm cup though. I did a bit of experimenting and have found two really great recipes for a Vegan Hot Chocolate and a Non-Alcoholic Mulled Wine. These are honestly so good and always a hit on a girls night in!

Vegan Hot Chocolate with non-dairy whipped cream and mini marshmallows

Vegan Hot Chocolate (makes 4 cups)


What you need:
800ml non-dairy milk
80g cocoa powder
40g dark chocolate
vanilla sugar or caster sugar to your liking

  1. Heat up your milk in a pot on the stove. Don´t forget to regularly stir it so it doesn´t burn or get that icky skin!
  2. Keep the milk on medium heat and stir in your cocoa powder until its fully dissolved.
  3. Take the pot from the heat and add in the dark chocolate. Keep stirring until the chocolate has completely melted.
  4. Sweeten to your liking with vanilla sugar or caster sugar. Pour in a cup and add a dollop of non-dairy whipped cream (and maybe some marshmallows.


Non-Alcoholic Mulled Wine with cinnamon stick

Non-Alcoholic Mulled Wine (makes 4 cups)


What you need for the mulled sirup:
150ml orange juice
2 tsbp sugar
1/2 tbsp honey
1 cinnamon stick
2 star anise
10 cloves
a bit of cinnamon
a pinch of ginger
a pinch of nutmeg

What you need for the "wine":
600ml cranberry juice
250ml apple juice
a sip of lime juice
honey to your liking

  1. Heat up your orange juice on the stove. Stir in the sugar and honey once it starts boiling. Now let it boil until it becomes a thicker, sirupy consistency.
  2. Add all your spices to the orange juice and let it simmer for  a few minutes before taking it off the hat.
  3. Pour your mulled sirup into a container and let it sit for at least 2-3 hours so the spices can work their charm. The longer you let it sit, the stronger (and better) the taste.
  4. Once you actually want to serve your mulled wine heat the cranberry, lime and apple juice on the stove but don´t let them boil. When there´s steam coming from your pot sieve in your sirup and stir well.
  5. If you´d like you can sweeten your drink with a bit more honey. Serve with a few decorative spices.


Cups on christmas drinks with decorative fairy light from Primark

One thing I´ve realized working on this post is that I´m actually not a massive fan of hot drinks. I tried to make a festive tea and an eggnog coffee but just couldn´t find the right composition. However, these two recipes are the two I actually like to drink a cup or two of. Yay! I can also highly suggest just trying them out for the christmassy smells in your kitchen. It immediately makes me feel like I´m in winter wonderland! Also you could use the mulled sirup for other juices as well (e.g. apple-lime for a non-alcoholic apple cider).

What is your favourite festive drink?

16 comments

  1. These look amazing! Love that the hot choc is vegan! Yum xx

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  2. These look so delicious and festive - I really need to try making mulled wine this year!

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    1. Thank you. It´s honestly so easy. I think you could just use the sirup and heat up some red wine & you´re good to go!
      xx Lisa

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  3. Thank you for sharing these two recipes. I was wondering the other day how to make vegan hot chocolate, do you think it would be ok if I used half water half milk, or it would be ''too watery''? I am not very font of full milk drinks and I always add water to make it lighter!

    Yiota
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    1. Thank you for reading. I haven´t tried it with water yet but I´m sure it´ll work just fine. Maybe experiment a bit with the water/milk ratio. I do find rice milk to be very neutral as a milk. I don´t feel like it´s too milky but maybe that´s just a personal preference.
      xx Lisa

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  4. The vegan hot chocolate is something I'd love to make, it sounds delicious! Honestly all of these appeal to me though.

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    1. Thank you. It´s absolutely delicious. It´s not as sweet as the usual hot chocolate but the taste is so much richer!
      xx Lisa

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  5. These both look delicious!

    Love, Lindsey
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    1. Thank you. I think they are delicious too :)
      xx Lisa

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  6. These both sound delicious, must try! Sophie x

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    1. Thank you. Let me know if you do try them!
      xx Lisa

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  7. This is such a cute post! I love anything festive, but always struggle to branch out from my classic green tea or hot chocolate- I'll definitely be giving these a go XXX
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    1. Thank you. Yes, I find it hard to go out of my comfort zone with food & drinks but sometimes it´s so worth it!
      xx Lisa

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  8. The vegan hot chocolate sounds so delicious. I could really need some right now :)
    Dora
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    1. Thank you. With the weather I´m always in need of a hot drink, so I´ve been making these almost every day
      xx Lisa

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