Before I was vegan, my favourite Christmas drink was a glass of Baileys on ice with a candy cane stir stick. While Baileys is no longer on the menu, I was very excited to learn that most varieties of the equally-festive Kahlua are vegan-friendly (thank you barnivore.com for confirming that!).
This is a very simple drink and so I'm not sure it warrants its own entry, but it makes for such a pretty picture that I couldn't resist. Kahlua and rice milk, who would have thought the Christmas awesomeness that this combo could bring on. I find rice milk makes for the perfect mix because it is the mildest of the non-dairy milks and has a sweet hint to it that is reminiscent of rice pudding. If you're feeling a little extra indulgent, break out the blender and turn it into a milkshake with some vegan-friendly vanilla ice cream (but shh, you didn't hear that from me. I would never condone that many empty calories!......... Who am I kidding, I am totally planning on doing this tonight).
No festive drink is complete without a little candy cane flavour along the rim of the glass. A cool find at the supermarket this year - organic, fair trade candy canes! First time I've seen them around these parts. It's a lot of work to crush them, so go ahead and use one as a stir stick instead. Be careful, they melt quickly and the drink can take on a very strong peppermint flavour (who's complaining though, it's Christmas!)
This is a cute drink that is simple enough to make while entertaining over the holidays (which means you'll have time to enjoy the festivity yourself..what a concept!). It looks fancy enough that it just might impress those you're serving it to. If you're not doing much entertaining over Christmas, it also makes a great treat for yourself while curled up next to the tree with your favourite Christmas movie (may I suggest one that features 25,000 imported Italian twinkle lights?).