Boozy Vegan Mashed Potatoes

Boozy Vegan Mashed Potatoes

Ready for your Thanksgiving crowd, even those who are dairy-free and vegan. These full-bodied mashed potatoes are creamy and have that extra-special taste of whisky for the holidays. Nut-free and migraine-friendly options. Created for Thankful in Texas Thanksgiving menu plan for peeps with food sensitivities.

By, variation of fluffy mashed potatoes

These are the best mashed potatoes ever! I've been playing with this recipe for several years, and with my Mr. Wonderful's addition of whisky, well, they just went over the top! See all the warnings in "suggestions" if you're concerned about adding booze to your toddler's Thanksgiving plate...I'm not, but I'm an auntie, and we don't worry about such parental things (I was eating rum-filled chocolates at 3-years of age!).

Besides the rich and warming flavor of the whisky, what our family loves about these potatoes is...well, everything. Isa Chandra's original recipe is full-flavored on its own with the use of almond milk and olive oil to enhance the natural buttery flavor of the Yukon gold potatoes. The simplicity of not peeling the thin-skinned Yukons shaves minutes off of meal prep. And...whipping these tubers into a creamy wave of savory goodness really throws non-vegans for a loop! They won't believe their tastebuds, so don't even tell them it's dairy-free, 'K?

Created for Thankful in Texas Thanksgiving menu plan for peeps with food sensitivities.


  • 3 lbs Yukon gold potatoes
  • Cold, filtered water
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ cup Almond Milk or coconut milk, at room temperature (use coconut milk if sensitive to migraine or to nuts)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ¼ cup (or to-taste) single malt Scotch whisky (I use Glenfiddich)


  1. Thoroughly wash potatoes. Cut potatoes into halves or quarters, depending on how large your potatoes are.
  2. Into large stock pot, add potatoes. Cover with cold water. Add to water 1 tsp salt.
  3. Place pot onto stovetop at high heat. Bring to boil, cover pot with lid, reduce heat to simmer. Simmer for 12 minutes or until fork-tender.
  4. Turn off stove. Remove pot, and drain potatoes. Return potatoes to pot. Mash with potato masher or fork.
  5. Add to mashed potatoes milk, oil, 1 tsp salt, pepper, and whisky. Taste and have your partner in crime taste as well. Add more booze if y'all choose.
  6. Wait, you're not done! Time to whip those potatoes into creamy goodness. Using hand whisk, electric whisk, or immersion blender, whip potatoes until super smooth like silk sheets.
  7. Serve piping hot.


  • Great dish for make-ahead prep. Assemble without whisky up to 3-days in advance and refrigerate. Reheat on stove or in oven and then add whisky; give it a good whipping before serving.
  • Alcohol Warning: Whisky. Although the potatoes are quite hot when the whisky is added, some alcohol remains. Please use good sense when serving to minors and those who are or may be pregnant.
  • Gluten Warning: Barley. Glenfiddich is made from barley, which is a gluten-containing cereal. Many celiac foundations report that distilled alcohols made with gluten-containing grains are not troublesome for persons with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivities as the distilling process removes gluten. Please use caution and your own best judgement. If worried, then simply enjoy these delicious potatoes without the booze.
  • Migraine Warning: Alcohol (whisky) and Nuts (almond milk). These potatoes are lovely without the alcohol, so if you can't handle it, don't worry about it; simply eliminate this ingredient. If sensitive to nuts, then use coconut milk in place of almond milk.