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These alternative holiday beverages will get you in the spirit

It may be the iconic holiday drink. But if you’ve got a case of eggnog fatigue or simply don’t care for the stuff, there are festive alternatives that are just as lip-smacking as, if not more than, the traditional standby. 

Here are four merry non-eggnog concoctions, where to find them and how you can recreate at home if you wish. 

Candy Cane Martini

A candy cane rim adds a kid feel to this adult cocktail. 

Crushed candy canes

1 ounce Stoli Vanilla 

½ ounce Rumchata

½ ounce peppermint schnapps

Dip a chilled martini glass in simple syrup and roll it in the crushed candy canes. Fill a shaker with ice and the remaining ingredients. Shake until frosty. Strain into the prepared martini glass. 

Ginger Monkey

135 W. Ocotillo Road, Chandler


El Diablo

Ginger syrup and a ginger beer float make this deep and bold-flavored tequila-based drink festively zingy.

1½ ounces of Casamigo’s tequila

½ ounce crème de cassis

½ ounce lime juice

½ ounce ginger syrup

Ginger beer

Lime wedges

Place the tequila, crème de cassis, lime juice and ginger syrup in a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Top with ginger beer and garnish with lime edges. 

Cuisine & Wine Bistro

4991 S. Alma School Road, Chandler


Fall Apple Ol’ Fashioned

A bit of cinnamon and Luxardo cherries carry autumn’s popular fruit into winter in this warming fireside cocktail. 

1 orange slice

2 Luxardo cherries

½ teaspoon raw sugar

Dash cinnamon 

3 ounces Crown Royal Apple

Cinnamon stick 

Muddle the orange slice, one Luxardo cherry, sugar and cinnamon in a glass, preferably a rocks glass. Add Crown Royal. Top with ice. Garnish with the cinnamon stick and remaining cherry. 

Meridiem Kitchen + Lounge

1245 S. Price Road, Chandler 



Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie (non-alcoholic)

A creamy blend of holiday flavors partners with clean, plant-based ingredients in this indulgent yet guilt-free concoction. It contains six nutrient-packed ingredients:




Peppermint oil

Agave nectar

Housemade cashew milk

Start with cashew milk and add the remaining ingredients depending on your preferences. Blend to frosty perfection.

Nekter Juice Bar

4041 S. Gilbert Road, Chandler