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Peaks Lounge holiday cocktails should get you in the Christmas spirit

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When you gaze out those big picture windows of the Peaks Lounge, on the 27th floor of the Hyatt Regency Denver, you may not spot much snow on the mountains -- but inside the bar, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Particularly if you try one of the holiday drinks that the Peaks introduced this month. See also: - Five amazing fast-food holiday treats for 2012 - Guess where I'm drinking Barracuda Punch? - Best view outside a restaurant: Peaks Lounge

When we asked for a few of the recipes, Maryann Yuthas, director of communications for the hotel, obliged with the basics behind several of the cocktails -- enough to give you a taste for what delights await on the 27th floor.

Apres-tini ($11)

1 ¾ oz. 3 Olives chocolate vodka ¼ oz white crème de menthe ¼ simple syrup

Mix and serve in a chocolate-rimmed martini glass The Snow Man ($10)

1 ¾ oz vodka 1 oz hazelnut Kahlua

Top with half-and-half and serve on the rocks

The Night Cap ($10)

Coffee Bailey's Caramel

Top with whipped cream and a caramel drizzle

The Peaks is located on the 27th floor of the Hyatt Regency Denver, and opens at 4 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and at 3 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. And if you enjoy your holiday spirits less on the sweet side, there's a full bar -- with more than forty wines offered by the glass.


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