Each month, we of the PHOENIX Magazine creative team ask ourselves a different question about our favorite dining and drinking experiences in the Valley. Our picks are usually hidden in the back of the magazine among our Dining Guide restaurant listings. Not any more. Our picks are going digital! Feel free to follow us on social media (at least, those of us who tweet) and be sure to tag us (@PhoenixMagazine on Twitter and @PHXMagazine on Instagram) on pics of your favorite picks.
Craig Outhier, editor
"This is going to sound weird and un-Christmas-y, but a Sunkist – basically Red Bull and orange juice. I had a couple of them at the Coach House on one particularly warmly remembered Christmastime evening and now it's Pavlovian. Sunkist = Christmas."
Leah LeMoine, managing editor
"The holidays wouldn't be complete for the LeMoines without pastries, cookies and cannoli from New York West Pastry and Bake Shop. Coffee, cannoli and my sisters are my Christmas essentials."
Lauren Loftus, associate editor
"Come Christmastime, my Irish family starts spiking everything with Bailey's Irish Cream. Try it in your cup o' Joe while walking among the thousands of luminarias at Desert Botanical Garden and pretend you're in Éire. Sláinte!"
Follow on Twitter: @thelaurenloftus
Mirelle Inglefield, art director
"When the temps are down, it's nice to warm up with a sweet cup of hot chocolate. The best I've had is the Parisian hot chocolate from Chez Vous. It's silky and rich and topped with fresh whipped cream, of course!"
Follow on Twitter: @MirelleMeow
Angelina Aragon, associate art director
"Nothing says holiday spirit like the hot cocoa from Zak's Chocolate. It's full of richness, and you won't ever want hot chocolate from anywhere else."
Follow on Twitter: @absolutely_ange
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