This section is a listings directory by meal type of healthy recipes for vegan cuisine to help you come up with something interesting each time you just can't decide what to eat at the next meal time.
Vegan drinks >
See below our delicious drinks recipes that are suitable for vegans:
Background on Drinks
Beverages are liquids that are specifically prepared for human consumption. In addition to fulfilling fundamental nutritional needs, drinks play important contemporary and traditional roles in many cultures, performing both social and formal functions.
Apart from plain drinking water, perhaps the most popular drink worldwide is tea. It is made by infusing leaves in hot water and the process of preparing and drinking tea has huge significance in some cultures. It can be served hot or iced. Lemon and sugar are often added to sweeten the flavour, and some crazy people insist on spoiling it with milk! ... although vegans can use their favourite non-dairy milk if they desire. There are many popular varieties and strains of tea around the world, though the plant is native to East and South Asia. Herbal infusions are sometimes referred to as teas although they often contain no tea at all; our rooibos tea being an example.
Coffee is another very popular beverage in many parts of the world, especially those influenced by southern European countries, although it is now thought that the drink originated in Arabia. It is made by brewing coffee beans (or dissolving powder) in hot water. Many modern flavours and varieties have cropped up, such as latte, cappuccino, caramel, mocha, iced coffee and Irish coffee.
Juices are another very popular type of cold drink and are nearly always suitable for vegans. These can be extracts from fruits, coconuts, berries and vegetables. They are usually highly nutritious although they do contain more sugar and less fibre than the plants in their natural state.
Milk based drinks are also popular. Some examples include lassi, milk shakes, smoothies, floats, hot chocolate, soy drinks and Horlicks. These can easily be made at home with your favourite non-dairy milk; although until recently it has been quite difficult to buy vegan-friendly versions on the high street.
Carbonated drinks are also popular but these have been linked with health issues, such as excess sugar consumption. They are made by dissolving carbon dioxide into liquid. Popular flavours include cola, orange, lemon, ginger, ... and dandelion & burdock. Flavoured carbonated drinking water is also available.
Another group of drinks are alcoholic beverages. These are made from the processes of brewing, fermenting and distilling food products such as grains, grapes, hops and sugar cane. Alcoholic has been drunk in the form of wine, beer and cider for about 8,000 years, enjoyed for its intoxicating effects (unless consumed in excess quantities). Other popular types includes spirits (liquors) and liqueurs. Some alcoholic drinks are not suitable for vegans (and sometimes vegetarians too) as they contain dairy products or honey, or may use eggs, marine products or gelatine in their production process. For this reason, we have categories within our foodstuffs section dedicated to listing suitable options.
We hope to bring you more vegan drink recipes soon.
Vegan Recipe Listings
If you have a favourite vegan recipe that you'd like to have listed here, we'll gladly add it. Please contact us now to have your recipe listed and help promote veganism in South Africa.