It is almost 2018 and the New Year party I’m going to, at the seaside, is going to go with a bang and one of the things that will help it go with a BIG BANG are cocktails!
So, I bring you New Year Cocktail Ideas that are quick, easy and don’t rely on obscure ingredients and are totally Gluten-Free | Vegan | Allergy-Friendly | Seasonal.
What The Heck Are Cocktails???
In my mind (which I’ll admit is probably very different to your mind…) a cocktail is a drink with more than one ingredient and maybe an umbrella or a straw. Not necessary fancy, not necessarily with alcohol (but the ones with alcohol are good!).
Keepin’ Cocktails and Alcohol Gluten-Free And Vegan
Alcohol can be a tricky path to negotiate. Labelling in the EU (and most of the rest of the world) does not require ingredients to be listed in the same way as food items. This makes a gluten-free, vegan life a little harder. However, most supermarkets have online information for items that will make it easier to buy vegan and gluten-free cocktail ingredients.
Things to watch out for include animal products that may be used to clear wine, beer etc. (e.g. isinglass is from fish). Gluten in beer and many ‘gluten-free’ beers are made in the same way as ‘normal’ gluten containing beer and then processed to remove the gluten. I tend to avoid these drinks. Many spirits (e.g. whiskey) may distilled from grain (e.g. barley, wheat) although they may not technically contain gluten, I also avoid these. Many types of gins and vodka are distilled from potatoes but sometimes grain so be aware.
Manufacturers, producers and suppliers are becoming much more attuned to openly providing the information you need to make an informed choice when shopping for cocktail ingredients and alcohol.
New Year Cocktail Ideas
So, my New Year Cocktail Ideas are all quick, easy, declious and…
All totally Gluten-Free | Vegan | Allergy-Friendly | Seasonal …and… onion-free, garlic-free and coconut-free.
It’s cold outside, you’ve been for a wonderful, long walk… You are home, it’s cold, you need to warm up… Look no further than Mulled Cider. Lower in alcohol than mulled wine but even more delicious. Go for a really dry cider – or you can even use perry.
A sophisticated New Year??? How about a red, rich and super festive looking Cranberry Mojito. Really easy to make and utterly delicious!!!
Festive Bucks Fizz
Start the day with a festive toast? Festive Bucks Fizz (AKA mimosa) is one of the simplest (and best) cocktails there is. Two ingredients, only the glasses you drink from to wash up!!! Classy, simple, delicious and suitable for anytime of day (or night!).
Christmas White Sangria
Another super sophisticated cocktail. A little bit more effort but well worth it… Christmas White Sangria is rich with rosemary and cranberries which work perfectly with a dry white wine (e.g. white Rioja). A great treat for any celebration.
What are Your Favourite Gluten-Free, Vegan, New Year Cocktail Ideas?
There are lots and lots and lots of amazing New Year Cocktail Ideas out there – this is just a tiny selection of ideas. There are lots more…
What are your favourite Gluten-Free, Vegan, New Year Cocktail Ideas? Drop a comment below or ping me on social media! 🙂