Dairy-Free Holiday Beverages: Look at What’s Available!

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Updated for 2016! Did you know that there are almost more brands of vegan “eggnog” on the market than dairy-filled ones? How cool is that? In stores like Whole Foods, dairy-free holiday beverages actually dominate the shelves, but have no fear, you can find many of these delights at “regular” grocery stores, too. The shelf-stable ones (which I will note) can even be purchased online in some cases.

airy-Free Holiday Beverages: A Big Round-Up of Vegan Nog, Pumpkin, and Chocolate Mint Drinks

Unfortunately for eggnog traditionalists and lactose intolerant dairy-free consumers who are not vegan, the market currently lacks “just” dairy-free holiday beverages (I haven’t found any as of yet, anyway). In other words, all of the dairy-free “eggnogs” are also egg-free and vegan. This doesn’t make them any less delicious, but it does put them an extra degree of separation away from the traditional.

The creamy dairy-free holiday beverages don’t stop at (not-so-traditional) eggnog either. I’ve included some other seasonal sips below that you might enjoy.

So Delicious Dairy-Free Holiday Beverages

Perhaps the richest in the bunch, the Nog and Mint Chocolate flavors have received high marks from all of my tasting friends. (Sorry, the Pumpkin Spice was discontinued). And it’s sold in shelf-stable packaging. These dairy-free holiday beverages may still be found in the refrigerated section in some stores, but don’t be fooled. The packages will keep in your pantry until opened or expired. Read our Full Review of So Delicious Dairy Free Holiday Beverages.

Dairy-Free Holiday Beverages - So Delicious Nog and Mint Chocolate (Coconut Milk Based)

Silk Holiday Nog

Silk’s popular Holiday Nog is back (amazing creamy soymilk base) alond with their soy-free Almond Nog! Unfortunately, they also discontinued their Pumpkin Spice Nog, but don’t worry, I’ve got good pumpkin news below. For more details and tasting notes, Read our Full Review of Silk Holiday Nog.

  • Packaging: Refrigerated
  • Base: Soymilk or Almond Milk
  • Availability: U.S. (I don’t think it is in Canada)
  • Info: www.silk.com

Dairy-Free Holiday Beverages: Silk Soy Nog and Almond Nog pictured

Dream Dairy-Free Holiday Beverages (+ Westsoy)

More on the light and refreshing side, Hain Celestial offers their own line of dairy-free holiday beverages in Rice Dream Nog, Westsoy Chocolate Peppermint Stick, and Almond Dream Pumpkin Spice. Read our Full Review of Dream Holiday Beverages.

Dairy-Free Holiday Beverages - Rice Dream Nog, Almond Dream Pumpkin Spice, Westsoy Chocolate Peppermint Stick

Califia Farms Dairy-Free Holiday Beverages

This rapidly expanding almond milk company offers a dairy-free Holiday Nog, but they buck tradition with their unique Pumpkin Spice Latte cold brew coffee almond milk and Peppermint Mocha cold brewed coffee almond milk. Read our Full Review of Califia Farms Holiday Nog.

Dairy-Free Holiday Beverages: A Big Round-Up of Vegan Nog, Pumpkin, and Chocolate Mint Drinks (Califia Farms pictured)

Trader Joe’s Dairy-Free Holiday Beverages

I just spotted this rich, creamy drink this year, but hopefully it is here to stay. It’s on the thick side, making it versatile for recipes and marvelous when warm. I think it’s quite close to the Dream Pumpkin Almond Beverage based on the ingredients. For more details and tasting notes, Read our Full Review of Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Almond Beverage. But wait, there’s more! They reportedly have a Chocolate Peppermint Almond Milk Beverage, too!

Vitasoy Organic Dairy-Free Holiday Beverages

I believe this elusive brand, including Holly Nog and Mint Chocolate is more readily available in Canada, but here in the U.S., I find the sightings rare. I did see the Holly Nog on shelves in 2013, so I assume it is still popping up each season. Unfortunately, it’s really hard to get information on this one, so let me know if you have insider knowledge!

Dairy-Free Holiday Beverages: Vitasoy Vegan Holly Nog and Mint Chocolate

Almond Fresh Noel Nog

I’m not sure why Earth’s Own doesn’t promote their holiday nogs, but thanks to Vaalea for emailing me about this option. It’s rumored that they also have a soy-based nog under their So Nice / So Good line, but I haven’t been able to confirm it’s availability as of yet.

  • Packaging: Refrigerated
  • Base: Almond Milk
  • Availability: Canada
  • Infoalmond-fresh.com

Dairy-Free Holiday Beverages: A Big Round-Up of Vegan Nog, Pumpkin, and Chocolate Mint Drinks (Almond Fresh pictured)

Almond Breeze Nog

New this year, Almond Breeze has released not one, but two flavors of dairy-free holiday nog. They’re offering Original and Vanilla Chai Spice.

  • Packaging: Refrigerated
  • Base: Almond Milk
  • Availability: U.S. (not sure on Canada)
  • Info: www.almondbreeze.com

Dairy-Free Holiday Beverages: Almond Breeze Nog varieties pictured

Pecan Malk Nog

Malk makes a rich, ultra-pure line of nut milks with not binders, fillers, gums or carrageenan! They also sweeten naturally with maple syrup. This Nog holds up to those same standards, and I’m sure is amazingly indulgent. Full Review of Malk Pure Nut Milks.

  • Packaging: Refrigerated
  • Base: Pecan Milk
  • Availability: U.S. (Whole Foods – limited distribution so far)
  • Infomalkorganics.com

Dairy-Free Holiday Beverages: A Big Round-Up of Vegan Nog, Pumpkin, and Chocolate Mint Drinks (Pecan Malk Nog pictured)

Rebbl Spiced Coconut Milks

They aren’t technically dairy-free holiday beverages. In fact, you can get these flavors year round. But we think the creamy, healthy Ashwagandha Chai Elixir and Vanilla Spice Protein beverages have a festive feel that fits the season.

  • Packaging: Refrigerated
  • Base: Coconut Milk
  • Availability: U.S.
  • Inforebbl.co

Dairy-Free Holiday Beverages: A Big Round-Up of Vegan Nog, Pumpkin, and Chocolate Mint Drinks (Rebbl pictured)

Prefer Homemade Nog?

Enjoy our Coco-Nog recipe (pictured below) in Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook!

Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Vegan, Gluten-Free Coco Nog from Go Dairy Free

Or you might like my Wild Blueberry Egg Nog with both “just dairy free” and vegan options.

Dairy-Free Wild Blueberry Egg Nog Recipe (with Vegan Option)

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airy-Free Holiday Beverages: A Big Round-Up of Vegan Nog, Pumpkin, and Chocolate Mint Drinks

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

18 Comments

  1. All the above is well and good but absolutely useless for me.
    I live in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia and guess what lactose free eggnog we can get here.
    NONE, Nada, nothing.

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    • Yes, for lactose-free I bet that is a good option! As a heads up to other readers here though, Lactaid is not dairy-free, it’s only suitable for those with just lactose intolerance.

  3. Alisa, I make my own eggnog and when making it for dairy-free friends I can use almond milk or another dairy-free choice. But if I have a guest who is vegan or allergic to eggs, I’ll have to try one of these because I wouldn’t know how to make my eggnog without the eggs. I cook the egg custard base and use an instant-read thermometer to ensure a high enough temperature is reached to eliminate any salmonella danger. I think it has a better texture than recipes made with raw eggs.

    • Thanks for sharing that tip Jean! I don’t typically cook / temper the eggs myself – I will have to try it. I must say that if you are used to traditional egg nog, vegan nog isn’t the same, but still offers the same nog flavor vibe and many of them are quite delicious in their own right. I created a Blueberry Egg Nog recipe a couple of winters ago, making both dairy-free (with egg) and egg-free / vegan versions. The two are notably different (the egg gives it distinct body and richness that is hard to mimic), but still very good. My own little at-home experiment 🙂

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