The BEST Dairy-Free Eggnog Recipe

An easy, five-minute recipe featuring all of the festive flavors of classic eggnog in delicious, creamy, dairy-free oat milk. A healthier take on a typically indulgent treat!

This Dairy-Free Eggnog Recipe uses oat milk as its base and is the perfect lightened up treat for the holidays!

If you’re a fan of eggnog but not all of the calories that come with it, this Dairy-Free Eggnog is going to change. your. life.

First, please tell me you’ve tried my new favorite milk alternative, oat milk. I’m the last person to ever be “dairy-free” (cheese and I are bosom buddies) but I’m also not one to shy away from other delicious milk options. Sure, almond milk is a classic go-to, but if you’ve never experienced the thick creaminess of oat milk, now is the time!

This Dairy-Free Eggnog Recipe uses oat milk as its base and is the perfect lightened up treat for the holidays!

And when we’re making The BEST Dairy-Free Eggnog Recipe, we want it to be just as thick and creamy as the original. Am I right? Well, I’m happy to report that this recipe will give you just that, plus tons of great flavor from a myriad of spices and even a little rum extract (and, if you like your eggnog spiked, feel free to use the real deal!)

The other great thing about this eggnog recipe? It comes together in wayyyy less time than traditional homemade eggnog. We’re talking throw-everything-in-a-blender-and-it’s-ready-in-5-minutes easy. Because who wants to wait hours to enjoy a delicious glass of frothy eggnog? Or perhaps an oat milk version of this Spiked Almond Milk Eggnog Hot Chocolate?

I don’t know about you, but I’m sure looking forward to having this recipe on hand over the next few weeks. It will sure be nice to have a lighter, healthier alternative to enjoy among all of the other cookies, cocktails, sweets and treats!

This Dairy-Free Eggnog Recipe uses oat milk as its base and is the perfect lightened up treat for the holidays!

Do you have a favorite lightened-up holiday recipe? If so, tell me about it in the comments below!

The BEST Dairy-Free Eggnog Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

An easy, five-minute recipe featuring all of the festive flavors of classic eggnog in delicious, creamy, dairy-free oat milk. A healthier take on a typically indulgent treat!

Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Drinks
Keyword: dairy-free, dessert, drinks, eggnog, holiday, oat milk, rum
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 356 kcal
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 4 cups oat milk (I prefer Oatly brand)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon rum extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg, plus additional for garnish
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Couple of handfuls of ice
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender. Blend on high until mixture is frothy but there are still some little chunks of ice left. 

  2. Pour into four glasses and sprinkle additional ground nutmeg over top of each one. Serve immediately.

Maple Apple Old Fashioned: My New Go-To Fall Cocktail

The perfect cocktail for fall, this Maple Apple Old Fashioned is what you’ll want to be drinking all season long. Bourbon, maple syrup and classic apple cider come together in this tasty cocktail that’s ideal enjoyed under warm blankets in front of a crackling fireplace.

This Maple Apple OId Fashioned is a fun fall twist on the classic whiskey cocktail.

If ever there were a way for me to make my entrance back onto the fall cocktail scene, this Maple Apple Old Fashioned would be it.

I’m the first to admit, I’ve been out of the mixology game for quite some time. Sure, I’ve whipped up a simple mixed drink here and there since the little one made her debut last October, but to be honest I rarely sip cocktails these days – my bod just can’t handle the hangovers as well as it used to!

So when I DO drink a cocktail, I want it to be absolutely delicious. And that’s what this Maple Apple Old Fashioned is. Seriously, I wasn’t sure how it would turn out since I’ve been out of practice for so long, but it has now joined the ranks as one of my favorite cocktail creations ever (along with the French 75 and the Twisted Whiskey Kind of Afternoon, of course) and, now that the babe is officially weaned, you can bet I’ll be sipping on these a lot more often over the next few months.

Before I get into the recipe, I have to tell you my reason for being inspired to create a cocktail that involves everyone’s favorite “accoutrement” for buttermilk pancakes and Belgian waffles: maple syrup! You see, I’ve been in Vermont all week for a fun little blogger conference called Blog Brȗlée. I’ve absolutely loved it because it is a small group of health-minded bloggers/registered dietitians with tailored content and wonderful sponsors in a beautiful location. I mean, what more could you ask for?

The Maple Apple Old Fashioned adds your favorite fall flavors to the classic cocktail.

There was a ton of information, bonding and exploring in two short days and now I’ve been exploring a bit on my own until I fly out later this afternoon. It’s the longest I’ve ever been away from sweet Raia (and I miss her soooooo much) but the time on my own has been relaxing and inspiring and has left me reinvigorated for both the business and personal side of my life as we jump into this fall season.

And jump into fall we shall! I mean, I sure got into the mood for fall with my trip to Vermont (gah—that foliage though!) But I have to admit that without a trip like that you almost wouldn’t notice that the seasons have changed in our West Coast seaside town of Santa Barbara. I, for one, am determined to break out all the blankets, pillows and candles as soon as I get home (helloooo hygge) even if it’s still 75 degrees out during the day and EVEN if it means I have to make a Maple Apple Old Fashioned to get me in the mood.

If you like Old Fashioneds, this Maple Apple Old Fashioned will be your go-to fall cocktail this season!

Speaking of Maple Apple Old Fashioned’s, I hope you like bourbon, because otherwise you might want to stop reading right here. Yes, bourbon-lovers, this cocktail is for you. If you’re familiar with the Old Fashioned, then you know that there is not much else other than booze in this classic drink. Now, you may wonder why, for such a booze-infused cocktail, I tried to pack both maple and apple in as accompanying flavors, but trust me on this. A little goes a long way to make this the most happening fall cocktail around.

A typical Old Fashioned is made by first muddling straight sugar with bitters, then adding whiskey/bourbon and a slice of orange rind. If you take a look at this Maple Apple Old Fashioned recipe, you’ll see that we basically have all of the similar components, with a few fall-like twists.

We still use the bitters (I mean, how could we not?) but we sub in maple syrup in exchange for the sugar. And rather than infusing the bourbon with orange rind, we add just the slightest bit of apple cider to really give it that “fall” feel.

Maple syrup and spiced apple cider are the perfect additions to this Old Fashioned Cocktail.

It really is a simple recipe, and for the amount of fall flavor it packs, I hope you give it a try. I, for one, am looking forward to mixing up some of these as soon as I get home. I’m sure the hubby will appreciate it after a week of solo parenting!

Maple Apple Old Fashioned
Prep Time
5 mins
 

The perfect cocktail for fall, this Maple Apple Old Fashioned is what you’ll want to be drinking all season long. Bourbon, maple syrup and classic apple cider come together in this tasty cocktail that’s ideal enjoyed under warm blankets in front of a crackling fireplace. 

Course: Drinks
Keyword: apple, bourbon, cocktails, drinks, fall, maple syrup
Servings: 1 cocktail
Calories: 215 kcal
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 1 ounce apple cider, plus a little more for rimming the glass
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 2-4 dashes angostura bitters
  • Apple wheels for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, mix together the ground cinnamon and sugar. Pour onto a small saucer/dessert plate. Pour some apple cider on a second saucer/dessert plate. (Tip: This cinnamon-sugar combo is PLENTY to rim two to three glasses if you want to up the cocktail recipe.)

  2. Take a rocks glass and dip it first into the apple cider plate and then into the cinnamon-sugar plate. Use a spoon or small ladle to fill the glass with ice and set aside.

  3. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the bourbon, apple cider, syrup and bitters. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds or so.

  4. Strain contents of shaker into the prepared glass and garnish with an apple wheel. Enjoy!

The Most Refreshing Tropical Sangria

A unique, refreshing tropical sangria featuring some of the best flavors of the islands. Pineapple, mango, white wine and RUM all come together in a delicious drink that’s fit for a crowd.

A refreshing, make-ahead Tropical Sangria to feed a crowd!

Okay, I just want to start off by saying I am completely aware that this is the second tropical recipe I’ve posted in a row, but I don’t think you’ll blame me once you see what I have in store for you. This refreshing Tropical Sangria was inspired by our trip to Hawaii a couple of weeks ago, and I have to say it is one of the best sangrias I’ve tasted in a loooooong time.

If you think about it, it’s pretty amazing that there aren’t more recipes for Tropical Sangria out there in the world. I saw it on the menu of the pool bar at the condos we stayed at on Oahu and, although I never got a chance to try that one (well, I had the chance, the mai tai I had from them was just enough to discourage me from trying any more of their mixed drinks), I knew I wanted to try and make my own – and undoubtedly better – version as soon as we got home.

Mix up a pitcher of this refreshing Tropical Sangria before your Labor Day get-together!

If we’re thinking “tropical,” of course we’re going to go with a white wine base. And we’re not talking chardonnay – this white wine needs to be crisp, refreshing, herbaceous and, yes, tropical. I went for a Sauvignon Blanc, but a Pinot Grigio would be great as well.

The next step is to find the most tropical fruit that you can. Pineapple and mango always seem to be a safe bet here on the mainland, but you could also incorporate things like passion fruit, guava or even lychee if you can find them.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I like my sangria to be a little more “high octane” than just your average bottle of wine. And don’t even talk to me about adding any sort of soda water. I think it just waters things down wayyyyyy too much, especially since our Tropical Sangria is going to be served over plenty of ice. This is where the rum comes in! I mean, come on, there’s no liquor that’s quite more tropical than that.

Finally, there are a couple of other not-so-secret ingredients that really seal the deal, and they’re ingredients you’ll find in many of your favorite tiki drinks. We’re talking orange curacao and orgeat. Sure, you could leave them out, but I love the extra dimension they give the drink and they truly do make it taste much more tropical.

A great batch cocktail, this Tropical Sangria is perfect for your next cocktail party.

One thing I love about this drink (aside from how tasty it is) is that, unlike many other cocktails, this makes a huge batch. In other words, it’s perfect for a party! I recommend mixing it up in a pitcher in advance and getting the sangria nice and chilled – sans ice – until you’re ready to serve. When it comes time for your guests to whet their whistles, just scoop the ice into the individual glasses and pour the sangria over it. Don’t forget to scoop out some of the fruit into each glass! That booze-infused juiciness is the best part.

A glass of refreshing, boozy Tropical Sangria is just the cocktail you need for your next party.

If you ask me, this Tropical Sangria is the perfect drink for your long Labor Day weekend. No matter where you find yourself, everyone can use a little island flavor in their life, right?

The Most Refreshing Tropical Sangria
Prep Time
5 mins
Refrigerator time
30 mins
 

A unique, refreshing tropical sangria featuring some of the best flavors of the islands. Pineapple, mango, white wine and RUM all come together in a delicious drink that’s fit for a crowd.

Course: Drinks
Keyword: batch drink, cocktails, drinks, entertaining, mango, pineapple, rum, sangria, tropical, white wine
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 335 kcal
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 2 cups cubed mango
  • 1 whole pineapple, cut into wheels and cored
  • 2 750mL bottles white wine (I recommend Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio)
  • 3/4 cup rum
  • 1/2 cup orange curacao
  • 1/2 cup orgeat
Instructions
  1. Place mango and pineapple in the bottom of a large pitcher. 

  2. Pour all other ingredients into pitcher and stir.

  3. Refrigerate until ready to serve (I recommend at least 30 minutes.)

  4. Pour into individual wine glasses filled with ice to serve. Be sure to scoop in some of the fruit!

THE MOST Refreshing Watermelon Aperol Frozé

Yupppp…I’ve gone and done it.

THE MOST Refreshing Watermelon Aperol Frozé is the perfect cocktail for any summer get-together, BBQ or pool party!

And just in time for #nationalroséday! Yes, it’s a thing and yes, it’s tomorrow! So I hope you’re ready to make some of THE MOST Refreshing Watermelon Aperol Frozé to celebrate. I’ve got my blender ready and my watermelon in the freezer. This weekend is looking reallllll good.

I realize I may be a little late jumping on the frozé bandwagon, but since I was preggo last summer and couldn’t partake in the boozy fad as it took America by storm, cut me a little slack, will ya? I actually just had my first taste of this hip adult slushie a couple of weeks ago (which was, TBH, just so-so) but then I tasted it again when we got back to Santa Barbara and MAN did it blow me away. I guess the moral of my story is, you never know what you’re going to get, so if you want to guarantee yourself some tasty frozé, make your own recipe! And make my own recipe I did.

A frosty glass of THE MOST Refreshing Watermelon Aperol Frozé is the only cocktail you'll need all summer!

Chances are, if you’ve seen frozé being served somewhere, it’s being poured out of one of those fancy freezer machines. You’re also probably quite aware that alcohol does not freeze completely. Now, both of these factors alone are enough to discourage anyone from attempting to make their own frozé (um, yes, I’m well aware that the average joe does not have a freezer machine in their kitchen), but I have the magic answer for you, and that answer is frozen watermelon and a high-powered blender.

That’s right, we’re going to use frozen watermelon and blend it up real nice to give it that frozé feeling, without shelling out the serious dough for a freezer machine or watering down our beverage with silly ice cubes.

Watermelon, rosé and Aperol – that’s all we need to get this party started! I hope you’re as ready as I am.

All you need is just three ingredients to make THE MOST Refreshing Watermelon Aperol Frozé a part of your summer cocktail rotation!

Okay, enough building this up. Let’s get to the good stuff. THE MOST Refreshing Watermelon Aperol Frozé can’t wait any longer.

There’s really not much more to tell, because this recipe is just THAT easy, but I’ll walk you through it anyway. You’re only going to need three ingredients and one handy-dandy blender. Oh, and lots of friends because this recipe makes about 6 servings. You’ve been warned!

Aside from the frozen watermelon, you’ll need a bottle of your favorite rosé and about a cup of Aperol. Sure, you could leave the Aperol out if you’re a purist, but I love the bitter kick it gives to an otherwise sweet drink – plus another hit of bright red color.

THE MOST Refreshing Watermelon Aperol Frozé | CaliGirlCooking.com

Once you have all of the ingredients thrown into your blender, you’ll want to whir it up and serve it immediately. THE MOST Refreshing Watermelon Aperol Frozé is best served poolside, lakeside, beachside, or basking under the sun in your favorite hammock or lounge chair.

Oh, and on #nationalroséday 😉

THE MOST Refreshing Watermelon Aperol Frozé
Prep Time
15 mins
Freezer Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins
 

An easy-to-make recipe for the hip new boozy adult beverage, utilizing just three ingredients and one high-powered blender!

Course: Drinks
Servings: 6 drinks
Calories: 269 kcal
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 8 cups cubed watermelon, frozen (about 1 small seedless watermelon)
  • 2 1/2 cups rosé
  • 1 cup Aperol
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. If mixture seems to runny, place in freezer for about 15 minutes to freeze into a more slushie-like texture.

  2. Garnish with a slice of watermelon, if desired.

Lavender Collins

There’s no better way to get back in the cocktail game than with a light and refreshing Lavender Collins!

This Lavender Collins is a fun, fresh take on the classic gin cocktail.

It’s been a hot second since I’ve done a cocktail Friday post, and I figured that, this being the first official weekend of spring and all, it’s the perfect time to do so with a drink that just epitomizes the season. And it’s my favorite kind of cocktail – not too boozy, not overly sweet, tons of intriguing flavor…Oh, I do hope you enjoy this Lavender Collins as much as I did.

I’ve been wanting to  whip up a cocktail using lavender and gin for quite some time now – ever since I saw the combo in a cocktail recipe in Food & Wine mag – but then this little thing happened where I got pregnant and, well, I really couldn’t think of any nonalcoholic version that would do the flavors justice. So I shelved the idea and I’m so glad I’m just now circling back to it because it really is the perfect drink for the season!

A Lavender Collins is the perfect cocktail for Easter, Sunday brunch or any spring get-together.

We’ve endured quite the rainstorm over the past couple of days, but today the sun is finally starting to poke back through again. I realize our “storm” is probably quite miniscule compared to what all you out on the East Coast ever experience, but I must say it’s days like the ones we’ve just had that remind me how lucky we are to live in an area that only sees this type of weather a few times a year.

Weather aside, I couldn’t be more excited to step into spring with this Lavender Collins. I mean, not only am I totally jazzed that I can enjoy cocktails again, I’m also pretty stoked about the flavor of this boozy beverage.

Make a delicious Lavender Collins with just gin, lavender simple syrup, fresh lemon juice and club soda!

And it doesn’t take much! We’re talking about a four-ingredient recipe right here (okay, maybe six if you count the simple syrup ingredients separately) and about 15 minutes between you and your new favorite Friday cocktail for the foreseeable future.

The most difficult (and really, not that difficult) part of this whole recipe is making the lavender simple syrup, but as long as you can boil water and get a hold of some fresh (or culinary) lavender you should be a-ok.

Other than that, all you need is your favorite gin, some fresh lemons and club soda. Who knew something so delicious could be so easy?

A Lavender Collins is the perfect cocktail to kick off the first weekend of spring!

If you’re a fan of floral, botanical flavor and a light, refreshing drink to kick off your weekend, then this Lavender Collins is for you.

How will you be spending the first weekend of spring??

Lavender Collins
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

A light, refreshing take on the classic gin cocktail with tons of botanical flavor - the perfect drink to enjoy all spring!

Course: Drinks
Servings: 1 cocktail
Calories: 223 kcal
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 2 ounces gin
  • 3/4 ounce lavender simple syrup (see Notes)
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 2 ounces club soda
  • Culinary lavender and lemon wheels, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients except garnishes in a rocks glass filled with crushed ice. Stir to combine.

  2. Sprinkle on culinary lavender and hang a lemon wheel on the rim for garnish. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

To make the Lavender Simple Syrup: Combine 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar and 3-5 sprigs of fresh lavender in a small saucepan and bring to a heavy simmer. Turn down to a low simmer and let cook until mixture has reduced by half (about 10-15 minutes.) Pull out lavender sprigs and bring to room temperature before making your cocktail.