Get a list of 35 dairy-free holiday drinks that are perfect for the Christmas season. Including eggnog, hot chocolate, Starbucks drinks, cocktails, punch, mocktails, and fun holiday drink recipes for kids!
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I don’t know about you, but a fancy holiday drink makes the holiday season feel special. It’s one of my favorite parts of the holidays, because these drinks can be completely off-limits for the entire rest of the year, and then they get their debut in early December and then hide away until the next year.
It’s partially the idea of “absence makes the heart grow fonder” and also how too much of a good thing can become boring quickly.
What I love about the recipes in this roundup is that there’s something in here for everyone who is avoiding dairy this holiday season.
I’m including recipes for dairy-free eggnog, hot chocolate, and even holiday Starbucks copycat recipes that you might be craving! We’ll also go over some delicious cocktail and punch recipes, and some mocktail recipes plus some great dairy-free holiday drink recipes for kids.
If you’ve been looking for a way to make your December a little more special, be sure to try one of these recipes and enjoy the festive season throughout the whole month!
Dairy-free Eggnog Recipes
Eggnog is a quintessential holiday drink, but what about all that dairy? I’m rounding up some amazing dairy-free alternatives that are quick and simple to make at home.
There are brands that sell dairy-free eggnog at the store too, so keep your eyes peeled if that appeals to you as well.
If you want a less sweet, full flavored, healthier alternative to eggnog, you’ll love this dairy-free option! It’s made with bananas (weird, right?), but the texture is spot on and with the additional spices that make egg nog taste like, well eggnog, this recipe is going to be the one you keep coming back to over and over this season!
This dairy free egg nog recipe is made with full fat coconut milk, almond milk, and all the wonderful spices that usually go into eggnog: ginger, turmeric, and nutmeg. You can garnish with a cinnamon stick, star anise, or ground nutmeg to make it look extra fancy.
If you want a “real deal” eggnog but with dairy-free milk, this is a great recipe to try out. You’ll get the authentic eggnog flavor and texture from six large egg yolks in this recipe, plus full fat coconut milk and dairy-free milk, along with cinnamon and nutmeg to give you the full eggnog experience.
This paleo eggnog is dairy-free and loaded with eggs AND egg yolks to give you an authentic flavor and texture of a homemade eggnog. This recipe uses almond milk instead of cream or milk, so you know it’s dairy-free.
Enjoy this vegan eggnog that you can make with any of the following dairy-free milk options: soy, almond, cashew, or oat milk! It’s said to be so easy to make that you’ll never buy dairy-free eggnog again!
Dairy-free Hot Chocolate Recipes
What’s the winter season without hot chocolate? I love sipping on hot chocolate and watching Christmas movies with my family throughout the month of December. If you’re looking for *the* dairy-free hot chocolate recipe this year, be sure to check out these few options until you find your favorite!
This recipe is my go-to standby for making my own dairy-free hot chocolate at home. It’s dairy-free and AIP-friendly! I love this recipe because I get to control the amount of sweetener that goes into it and I don’t wind up with a cloyingly sweet hot chocolate.
If you want a little more festivity added to your hot chocolate, you’ll love this recipe that takes a normal hot chocolate and bumps up the flavor with peppermint! This one is a staple for the holiday season!
This effortless vegan hot chocolate is both rich and creamy, requiring just a few ingredients and minutes to make. Plus, there’s a bonus crockpot method! Customize it with your choice of sweetener, dairy-free milk, flavorings, and toppings for your perfect cup.
Enjoy this simple and sweet dairy-free hot chocolate recipe. It’s made with chopped dairy-free chocolate, maple syrup, cocoa powder, dairy-free milk, and vanilla extract. You might even already have the ingredients on hand!
I love making hot chocolate with oat milk, because the texture feels similar to cow’s milk, a little bit thick and creamy. Enjoy this recipe that’s made with just 5 ingredients!
Dairy-free Starbucks Holiday Copycat Recipes
Starbucks puts out holiday drinks every year and people go nuts over them! But if you follow a dairy-free diet or are just trying to keep things a little healthier this year, opt for a homemade version instead.
I love when people turn super sweet Starbucks drinks into less sweet and more healthy versions at home. Try this gingerbread latte that uses molasses and maple syrup as sweeteners, plus espresson, dairy-free milk, cinnamon, and ginger.
So yummy and perfect for the holidays!
This peppermint mocha recipe couldn’t be simpler. Combine almond milk, espresso, cacao or cocoa powder, maple syrup, and peppermint extract! Top with your favorite dairy-free whipped cream and crushed candy canes if you want to be fancy!
If you love this drink from Starbucks and are looking for something you can make at home for less, try this recipe! You’ll start with a homemade sugar cookie flavored syrup, including butter extract (yes, you read that right – and yes, you need to check the ingredients to be sure it’s dairy-free before buying!).
Then you’ll make a latte with espresso, almondmilk, ice, and your syrup! Decorate with red and green sprinkles and it’s easy and done!
Wanting to grab a caramel brulee latte from Starbucks but want to be sure the entire drink is dairy-free? Try making it at home with espresso or strong coffee, caramel syrup (not sauce), vanilla syrup, and almond milk.
If you love the Chestnut Praline latte from Starbucks, you’ll want to give this dairy-free option a try! You need to buy the chestnut praline syrup, then combine it with dairy-free milk, and espresso. It couldn’t be easier!
Dairy-free Holiday Cocktail Recipes
If you’re hosting a party this holiday season, you might want to throw together a festive cocktail to wow your guests. These few recipes not only will taste good, but the presentation is what it makes it really special!
If you love margaritas year round, try this festive one for the holidays with pomegranate juice! With the beautiful red color, you can garnish with a green lime wedge and it’s perfect for mixing up at parties or for a night in with your partner.
I love how light this sangria looks. With green apples and red cranberries, it’s not only beautiful but would be perfect for serving at a Christmas dinner with family or a friends gathering this holiday season.
This recipe calls for white wine, ginger beer, pear brandy, sugar, pears, cranberries, star anise pods, and rosemary for garnish.
If champagne is how you love to celebrate Christmas, don’t miss this pretty pear cocktail! Rim your champagne flute with superfine sugar, then add one ounce of Poire Williams and top your glass with champagne or sparkling wine!
If you’ll be having a Christmas brunch of breakfast gathering, you might love this vanilla cranberry mimosa recipe. With only three ingredients, it’s simple and a showstopper! All you need is vanilla vodka, cranberry juice, and sparkling wine.
I have memories of my mom keeping a tub of Harvey’s hot buttered rum batter in our fridge throughout the winter months and though I never knew what it was as a kid, I can say now as an adult, I can appreciate knowing how she got through the holidays after my sister and I went to bed.
Try this vegan version that contains brown sugar, vegan butter, ground cinnamon, nutmeg, spiced rum, plant-based milk, and water.
Dairy-free Holiday Mocktail Recipes
If you’re avoiding alcohol this season, there are still so many ways to enjoy a fancy drink! I loved putting these recipes together, because my family is always looking for fun ways for all of us to enjoy fancy holiday drinks – my son included!
For a healthier mocktail that’s not all sugary sweetness, try this beautiful sparkling cranberry kombucha mocktail. This one is made with kombucha, cranberry juice, fresh ginger, rosemary, and cranberries!
You’ll love holding this beautiful glass while making your way around a party, and the kids can enjoy them too!
This cranberry mocktail is great if you’re dairy-free or not! With cranberry simple syrup, you get a nod to the season and the fizziness from the sparkling water makes it feel extra fancy.
While this recipe is simple, it just goes to show sometimes the best things aren’t overly complicated.
For a sangria that has no alcohol, you’ll love this recipe that combines pomegranate juice and elderberry juice, then is infused with cinnamon, lemon, lime, pears, apples, grapes, and everything gets topped off with some sparkling water. So yummy!
Apple cider is a fall and winter favorite in my house, so I’ve included this non-alcoholic apple cider martini for both my husband and I and our son to all enjoy and feel fancy!
This recipe includes simple syrup, apple cider, ice, and cinnamon sugar for the rim of the glass. Garnish with an apple slice or cinnamon stick!
For a party, this Christmas punch mocktail is perfect for all ages. This drink includes cranberry juice, orange juice, pineapple juice, sparkling cider or juice, ginger ale, fresh fruit, and ice.
It’s all about the presentation so make sure to use beautiful serving ware to make this come together!
Dairy-free Holiday Punch Recipes
For a big gathering, nothing is better than a punch bowl where people can serve themselves.
These punch recipes are all non-alcoholic so kids can enjoy them too, but if you want to make your punch boozy, consider having guests add that into their own cups so they can control the amount.
This delightful non-alcoholic holiday punch is an enjoyable addition to Christmas dinners and festive gatherings.
Packed with the fizziness from ginger ale and a refreshing fusion of cranberry, pomegranate, and orange juices, you know it’s going to taste good! Best of all, it has no alcohol so everyone in the family can enjoy it!
Looking for a wow-worthy holiday drink? Try this sugar-free sparkling apple ginger aid punch—perfect for everyone, kids and adults alike! Packed with holiday spices, apple juice, ginger aid, and fresh fruits, it’s Paleo, sugar-free, and dairy-free.
This easy, non-alcoholic Christmas punch is bursting with holiday flavors, like cranberry juice, ginger ale, orange juice, lime zest, cinnamon, star anise, thyme, and fresh cranberries. Everyone in the family will love it!
This recipe has two versions: winter and summer. For the holidays, we’ll enjoy this punch with ginger ale, lemon-lime soda, frozen orange juice concentrate, frozen lemonade concentrate, pomegranate juice, raspberry sorbet, and pomegranate seeds. What’s great about this recipe is it’s versatility!
Here’s a simple, non-alcoholic Christmas punch for your holiday gatherings! It’s sweet, spiced, a touch fizzy, and its vibrant red hue adds the perfect festive touch to your celebrations.
Dairy-free Christmas Themed Drinks for Kids
I know that my son loves a good themed drink for the holidays, so it was fun to gather these recipes up so I can reference them later.
Don’t forget half the magic is in the presentation so don’t be shy on the garnishes and fun straws for kids!
This recipe is made with cranberry juice concentrate, lemon juice, whiskey sour mixer, maple whiskey sour mixer, apple ginger juice, and is garnished with rosemary. While it contains mixers for alcoholic drinks, this one doesn’t actually have any alcohol in it, making it safe for kids!
What better way to add some festive flavor to your holiday than with this Christmas peppermint julep! Combine peppermint simple syrup with cranberry ginger ale, and a sprig of fresh pine or mint. This one looks as pretty as it tastes!
Try this Grinch Punch recipe that’s made with green Hawaiian punch, lemon lime soda, and vanilla ice cream. Just choose a dairy-free vanilla ice cream that your family enjoys to make this one safe for the dairy-free folks!
This recipe couldn’t be easier (or more pretty!) with cranberry simple syrup, cranberry juice cocktail, fresh squeezed lemon juice, and lemon-lime soda or sparkling water.
The kids will love this one! You can add sliced lemons, limes, cranberries, or a sprig of mint or rosemary to add some extra garnish!
Serving a big crowd of kids for the holidays? Make a hot cocoa station and let them serve themselves and put on their own fun toppings!
This recipe includes dairy-free chocolate chips, unsweetened baking ppowder, sugar, vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract), dairy-free milk, coconut cream, and your choice of toppings!
If you’ve been looking for some great dairy-free drink options for your next holiday gathering or Christmas dinner, I hope you enjoy giving some of these recipes a try! If you find one you love, be sure to share it in the comments!