A bubbly, boozy drink that’s vegan, gluten-free, and refined-sugar-free just in time for summer! This fruit spritzer recipe with vodka is the perfect drink to sip poolside or to serve up at a party. With only four ingredients, this drink couldn’t be easier to make.
Buying The Ingredients
When choosing alcohol for a vegan drink recipe, it’s important to be selective. Many liquors are not vegan or are not made from gluten-free ingredients. Technically, once alcohol has been distilled, the gluten proteins are neutralized. But many, especially those who suffer from Celiac disease, still report symptoms after drinking such beverages. For this reason, I recommend choosing a vodka made from potatoes, corn, or even quinoa to make your fruit spritzer truly gluten-free.
FAIR vodka is made from vodka and is certified gluten-free, fair-trade, and reported to be vegan by the company. FAIR vodka is made from quinoa and following Fair Trade Organization’s protocol, is produced by workers who are paid at a fair price in good working conditions. Texas-based Tito’s Vodka is certified gluten-free and generally found easily at liquor stores and grocers. Boyd & Blair vodka is another certified gluten-free vodka brand and can be found in specialty stores, health food stores, and liquor stores.
When buying fruit for this fruit spritzer recipe, I recommend selecting organic strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries. Berries are on the Dirty Dozen list due to the pesticide residue found on those which were conventionally farmed. By buying organic berries, you’ll skip the pesticides and enjoy the natural, sweet flavors.
The agave in the recipe may also be swapped for coconut nectar which is another healthy sweetener. Both are low glycemic and won’t spike blood sugar like corn syrup or other heavily refined and processed sweeteners.
As for the club soda, you can be more lenient since it’s only made from carbonated water and minerals. It’s a much healthier alternative to tonic water which is sweetened and high in calories. The club soda could be swapped with sparkling water in a pinch.
Vegan Fruit Spritzer Recipe
1-liter club soda
1 cup gluten-free vodka
2 cups mixed berries of choice
4 limes, juiced
3 tablespoons agave
Add club soda, vodka, limes, and agave to a large pitcher. Stir until well combined. Add in fruit and stir again. Serve over ice to enjoy immediately or cover and refrigerate until ready. Enjoy!
Karissa Bowers is a fashion and food blogger living a compassionate lifestyle. Karissa is the blogger of Vegan À La Mode where she shares her favorite vegan and gluten-free recipes and also her eco-friendly cruelty-free style. Her love for photographing food and her outfits, drove her to develop a passion for photography. After a few years of honing in on her photography skills, Karissa launched her business, Karissa Bowers Photography, where she shoots weddings and portraits. When she’s not taking photos or in the kitchen, you can find Karissa traveling and trying new vegan restaurants.
Not your typical salad, we know. But with the first local strawberries of the year making their appearance here in Scandinavia, a cookie salad seemed like an appropriate way to celebrate.
Our everyday way to enjoy local strawberries in June and July are simply served in a bowl with just a dash of oat milk or cream. Delicious as that may be, it is not a recipe to blog about (even if I’m a big fan of two-ingredient recipes) or to celebrate summer with. Hence, this cookie salad. We bake a giant cookie that we smash (!) and apart from the childishly pleasing feeling of doing that, all those oddly sized bits and pieces also are what makes the salad interesting. And when mixed with juicy berries, whipped cream and tiny elderflower florets, you have a great mix of textures and flavors. It is also a pretty looking dessert, a very simple and good one to make for your friends or family. You can bake the cookie ahead of time (or use any store-bought cookie) and ideally, you want to smash the cookie and assemble the salad in front of your guests. We’ve gathered a few recipe notes and suggestions how to change it up here below.
But first, check out the recipe video we made. Luise is doing a little intro talk in this video and we’d love to hear if you like us to develop this style more, or if you prefer them with just music. We are having a bit of hard time deciding ourselves.
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Recipe notes: • We made the cookie vegan to make it as inclusive as possible but you can replace coconut oil with butter if you are more into that. Vegans would obviously also use whipped coconut cream or whipped soy cream. • Use cert gluten-free oats if you are gluten intolerant. • The buckwheat flour can be replaced with regular flour if you like. • You can make this into an Eton Mess by adding a larger amount of cream (and maybe even meringues) and serving it in glasses. • You can swap the whipped cream for greek yogurt and serve this as a weekend breakfast. Or do 50/50 cream and yogurt for a more tangy dessert. • If you have mint or lemon balm at home, those would be great additions to the salad. • You can add any edible flowers and they are of course also entirely optional. • If your berries are imported or not sweet enough, simply drizzle a little maple syrup, honey or elderflower syrup over the salad.
Strawberries, Cookies & Cream
Vegan Chocolate Oat Cookies 200 g / 2 cups rolled oats 65 g / ½ cup buckwheat flour 4 tbsp cacao powder 3 tbsp chia seeds ½ tsp sea salt ½ cup / 110 g coconut oil or butter ½ cup /125 ml maple syrup ½ cup /125 ml plant milk
Salad elements 1 lb / 450 g fresh strawberries 1 knob fresh ginger, grated 1 small lemon, juice elderflower and lilacs or other edible summer flowers 2 cups whipped cream or coconut cream (or Greek yogurt)
Set the oven to 200°C/400°F. Mix together the dry ingredients in one bowl. Add maple syrup, plant milk and coconut oil. Stir together and let sit for 20 minutes to allow the chia seeds and oats to thicken. Pour onto a baking sheet covered with a baking paper. Flatten out and shape a large, round cookie using your hands. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes or until golden. Leave to cool and crisp up and then crush the cookie into large pieces. Rinse the strawberries, cut in halves and place in a ixing bowl. Add grated ginger, lemon juice and a few elderflower florets, let sit while you whip the cream or coconut cream. Then transfer the juicy strawberries to a large serving platter. Add dollops of whipped cream (or yogurt) and tuck in the pieces of broken cookie. Scatter over the cookie crumbles and decorate with more elderflowers and lilacs. Serve & enjoy!
My grandma had rhubarbs growing in her garden and would cook them into a sweet, tangy and unfortunately quite stringy soup with lots of little bits in it. I never liked that soup. I was only 11 when she passed away so I don’t remember a lot about her. But I do still remember that soup. How annoying is that!? One of the few memories you have of a person is something they cooked for you that you didn’t like. Eight year old David preferred supermarket box carton soups and powder soups that you just added water to. That ungrateful little schmuck.
Since then, I have of course come to my senses and learned to appreciate any food that someone cooks for me. Even tangy and stringy rhubarb soup. But since I don’t want to risk being remembered for a stringy soup, we give you a smooth one instead. It’s approved by eight year old David. And his children.
We like this soup because it’s so simple and fresh and comes together in just over 10 minutes. Just a handful ingredients that you simmer, blend, (chill, if you like) and eat. It has a fruity and tangy flavour and a nice fresh punch from fresh ginger. It’s ideal as a weekday dessert, weekend breakfast or on a brunch table.
The soup begs to be topped with something creamy. We used greek yogurt, but mascarpone, whipped cream, ice cream or any dairy free option would also work. All to your preference.
I’m a licorice fan and was surprised by how well it matched the flavors when sprinkled on top of this soup. However if you don’t like licorice, cardamom or vanilla would also be great flavor additions. We also sprinkled some edible flower petals on top because it looked pretty but chopped pistachios will probably taste better and add some crunch 😉
Rhubarb, Ginger & Strawberry Soup Serves 8
Don’t focus too much on the exact amounts. You can use more or less rhubarb, strawberries, dates, water etc. It all depends on how sweet or tart the different fruit is, how large the dates are and how sweet flavor you want. We usually add vanilla powder to this but it’s so expensive at the moment so we left it out. If you have some at home, add it together with the rhubarb in the sauce pan.
5 stalks rhubarb (1/2 kg / 1 lb / 2 cups chopped) 350 – 500 ml / 1 1/2-2 cups cold filtered water 1 big chunk fresh ginger 1 lime, zest 250 g / 1/2 lb strawberries 8-12 soft dates
To serve Yogurt (or mascarpone, whipped cream or ice cream) Licorice powder Edible flowers (or replaced with chopped nuts or seeds)
Trim the rhubarb and chop into 1 inch bits. Add to a wide sauce pan along with 1 cup filtered water and freshly grated ginger and lime zest. Bring to a boil, turn down the heat and let simmer until the rhubarb is starting to dissolve, around 5-8 minutes.
Pour over into a blender. Add strawberries, dates and a little more water. Mix until smooth. Taste and add more dates, strawberries, lime juice or ginger, if needed. And more water if you like it thinner. Place in the fridge too cool or serve it warm. Top with a dollop yogurt and sprinkle with licorice powder and some dried edible flower petals.
I know what you are thinking. Where is the cake and what is that red sauce? In most other countries this would be called a trifle or a parfait, but in Denmark we call this an old-fashioned apple cake (although our version is modernized). I have the fondest memories leaning over a huge bowl of Gammeldags æblekage at my grandmother’s kitchen table. It’s made of smooth apple sauce (our version is red) topped with crushed cookie crumbles and whipped cream and it was my favorite dessert in the world. Me and my twin brother spent every other weekend and school holiday at my grandmother’s house. She was the warmest and calmest person we knew, always smiling. My memories are fading but whenever I think of her I can smell the cigarillos she loved to smoke and the hair spray she always wore. And I remember her huge black & white marble coffee table that we often sat around and her warm hugs. She had a big house and rented out one room in the basement, one on the top floor and one in the garden to various tenants. On weekends she baked for everyone in the house. Large batches of spiced pound cake, chocolate cake or her famous (in my world) old-fashioned apple cake. I never thought of it back then but – damn! – she must have been the best landlord. When my twin brother and I were 10 years old she sadly passed away, two days after Christmas, and she left a big hole of emptiness in me. I have been thinking about her so much lately as I have been making this recipe for our kids and telling them stories about her. So this cake and this video is for you grandma. /Luise
We have actually changed quite a few things from my grandmother’s recipe. We ditched the sugar in the apple sauce (because it’s really not needed if you use sweet apples), replaced cookie crumble with a simple nut and date crumble and used whipped coconut cream on top to make it vegan. But it still tastes a lot like the ones she made. And the texture is ace! It’s sweet and tangy and soft and rich and crunchy. And it’s pretty easy to make as well. 1) Cook apple sauce (or use readymade). 2) Chop toasted nuts and mix with sticky dates. 3) Whip cream. 4) Layer. 5) Dive in.
While testing the first version of the recipe, David’s main concern was that it didn’t look pretty enough (typically him). I peeled the apples and didn’t blend the sauce so it did look rather yellow/brownish. But he figured out that by using the most deep red apples we could find, kept the peel on, cooked on low heat and then blended the sauce, it got a beautiful pink/red color. I’ve never seen an apple sauce looking radiant like that before.
Make sure to cook a double batch of the sauce. It’s crazy good on top of yogurt and porridge bowls.
We are definitely not experts on whipped coconut cream. We have failed at making it numerous times as different brands behave differently and some simply don’t work at all. Key is keeping it chilled to get the cream to separate from the liquid and the chilling is also essential when whipping. Usually, the cream solidifies so you scoop it out with a spoon, but when making the video above, we used a brand that separated without solidifying so we could simply pour the cream into the bowl while the rest of the liquid stayed at the bottom of the can. If you want to learn more about Whipped Coconut Cream (and which US brands that work best), go read Ashlae’s post on Coconut Whipped Cream.
I should also mention that if you are not vegan or too fond of coconut cream, regular whipped cream is just as delicious.
Grandma’s Danish Apple Cake Serves 4
If you cant find red apples like ours, you can add a little pomegranate juice or grated beetroot to the apple sauce while mixing to make it more red.
Red Apple Sauce 1 kg / 2 lb red apples (use local produce if available) 250 ml / 1 cup water 1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated 1/2 tsp ground vanilla powder 1 tsp ground cinnamon (or cardamom) 1 tbsp lemon juice
Date & Nut Crumble 180 g / 1 cup almonds 100 g / 1 cup walnuts 8 dates
Whipped Coconut Cream (or regular cream) 1 can coconut milk, placed in the fridge for a few hours (or coconut cream or heavy cream)
Rinse the apples and chop them in bite size pieces, discarding the core. Place in a large sauce pan along with water, fresh ginger, vanilla powder and cinnamon. Let simmer on low heat for approx 20 minutes or until soft.
Meanwhile, place the nuts on a tray and roast at 150°C / 300°F for approx 15 minutes. Remove the stone from the dates and use a knife to chop them or a fork to mash them. Chop the nuts medium fine, reserve a handful a nuts for topping and mix the rest with the date paste into a crumble. Set aside.
When the apples are done, use a hand (immersion) blender to mix into a smooth apple sauce. Stir lemon juice into the sauce, leave to cool or scoop into a large jar and place in the fridge.
Scoop out the solid cream from 1 can of chilled coconut milk. Use a hand mixer to whip the coconut cream until it’s fluffy and forms soft peaks. If it feels too runny, place the bowl in the freezer for 10-15 minutes and then try whipping again. If you like it sweetened, you can fold in some maple syrup or vanilla into the cream after it is whipped. If using regular cream, simply whip it until soft peaks form.
Place apple sauce as bottom layer in 4 glasses or jars (or use 1 big glass bowl). Top evenly with nut and date crumble and then scoop over whipped cream. Sprinkle chopped nuts on top. Enjoy!
They sit quite well in the fridge so they can be prepared a few hours ahead.
PS! Yesterday also happened to be Noah’s first birthday! Happy day little man! David usually post a little letter to the kids here on their first birthday but he’s been a little busy lately but promises that he will write it in a later post.
Oh, one more thing! The Dutch edition of Green Kitchen At Home has been nominated for Cookbook of the Year in Holland. There are two awards, one is decided by a jury and the other is people’s choice. We’d be super happy if our Dutch readers (or anyone) would like to vote for us. It only takes 30 seconds. Here is the link!