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With the holidays coming up this question seems relevant, so here it goes, would it be possible to make a vegan egg nog?

  • What characteristics of egg nog are you trying to retain -- general flavor, mouthfeel, etc.? – Erica Nov 12 '17 at 17:08
  • General flavor mostly as the question is for the benefit of my stepsister who’s a vegetarian. – Abraham Ray Nov 12 '17 at 17:09
  • @AbrahamRay I see that the question asks about the vegan egg nog, but if this is for your stepsister, as a vegetarian, she probably won't have much trouble with eggs. :) – Alexander Rossa Nov 12 '17 at 21:57
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Traditional egg nog uses eggs, dairy, sugar, booze, and nutmeg. All of these are actually (lacto-ovo) vegetarian ingredients.

If you want to make a fully vegan "egg" nog, eggs and dairy can't be used. The good news, though, is that those aren't the primary flavor characteristics of the drink! I don't get nostalgic about drinking raw eggs, I'm interested in the nutmeg and sweetness -- and you can still include liquor, sugar, and nutmeg.

There are a lot of options available for replacing that "creamy" base of eggs and cream: non-dairy milks, tofu, cashew cream, and so on. (If your traditional egg nog is one that includes a foamy top layer, find a vegan whipped cream alternative.)

One of my personal favorite versions is Tori Avey's Veggnog, but I'd encourage you to search and try a few different options.

  • Personally I prefer the non-alcoholic version of egg nog myself, but that’s just me. – Abraham Ray Nov 13 '17 at 15:39
  • In that case I recommend rum extract; I do find it to be a helpful flavor (I used it to make non-alcoholic nog when pregnant!) – Erica Nov 13 '17 at 15:40
  • When I checked out the veggnog recipe I thought it looked great! – Abraham Ray Nov 13 '17 at 23:46
  • Hope your stepsister likes it too! :) – Erica Nov 14 '17 at 0:02

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