A Welcoming Holiday Beverage

Spirited holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years beg for a celebratory cocktail with spicy personality that measures up to the energetic vitality of the season. The quantity of brandy in this nog is a gentle starting point.

Brandied Holiday Nog

I often serve a tiny pitcher of extra brandy with this so guests can crank up the holiday spirit a notch or two. You can also serve this tasty nog without the brandy and still enjoy a well-spiced festive beverage.

Pumpkin Apple Nog copy

This rich and satisfying nog is one of the delicious recipes in my Vegan for the Holidays cookbook.


Yield: 6 (6-ounce) servingsVegan Holidays highres


2 cups vanilla soymilk

1 cup cashews

1/2 cup apple juice

3/4 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup brandy

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg, plus more for garnish

1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

1/4 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves


  1. Put 1 cup of the soymilk and the cashews in the blender. Process on high speed for 1 minute, or until smooth and creamy.
  2. Add the remaining 1 cup of soymilk, the apple juice, maple syrup, brandy, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves and process until thick and creamy, stopping occasionally to scrape down the blender jar.
  3. To serve, pour the nog into glasses and sprinkle each with a pinch of nutmeg if desired. If preparing in advance, pour the nog into a 1 1/2-quart pitcher and refrigerate.

Note: The nog will thicken slightly and tends to separate when refrigerated. Refresh with a brief whirl in the blender or whisk vigorously just before serving.

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