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.
135 W. Ocotillo Road, Chandler
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
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
3 ounces Crown Royal Apple
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:
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