Peaks Lounge holiday cocktails should get you in the Christmas spirit

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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