Warm up this winter with these tasty toddies

toddyLas Vegas definitely has its share of cold weather. So cold, you might even be tempted to “chill” in your hotel room a lot longer than you should!

Instead of curling up under your blanket (or wearing so many layers that you can’t even put your arms down like the scene from “A Christmas Story”), these delectable hot drinks will warm you up and leave you feeling  giddy.

And if you can’t see yourself surviving the rest of your winter without them, we have the recipes to bring all your favorites back home with you. So enjoy, stay warm and start the party early with these irresistible hot drinks. Toddy up!

Toddy 46 (Served inside Wynn’s newest restaurant, La Cave)

  • 2 rounded bar spoons spiced apple butter (4 oz. of organic apple butter combined with 2 oz. of Sonoma’s Cinnamon Infused Simple Syrup.)
  • 1 ½ oz. Makers Mark 46 Bourbon
  • 1/2 oz. Vermont Grade A Medium Amber Maple Syrup
  • 5 ½ oz. scalding hot water

Fill an 11-oz. tempered glass mug with scalding hot water. Set aside. In a bar mixing glass, add ingredients and stir to combine with a bar spoon. Discard water from pre-heated mug. Pour toddy into this pre-heated mug. Garnish with a horizontal slice of fresh lemon to float on top of toddy.

ParasolHotChocolateFall2010Mayan Hot Chocolate (Available at Parasol Lounge inside Wynn Las Vegas)

  • 1 ½ oz. Mayan Hot Chocolate Powder Mix (See recipe below)
  • 6 oz. Scalding Hot Water
  • 3/4 oz. Hennessy VSOP Cognac
  • 3/4 oz. Kahlua Coffee Liqueur

Preheat an 11-oz. tempered glass mug with stainless handle with scalding hot water for 30 seconds. Discard this water and add powder with fresh scalding hot water and stir until dissolved. Add liquor. Garnish with 1 oz. heavy whipping cream on top of hot chocolate (make sure to pour over a bar spoon so cream floats). Lightly sprinkle with ground cinnamon.

Mayan Hot Chocolate Mix

  • 1 ½ oz. Boyd’s Hot Chocolate Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Valrhona Dutch Cocoa Powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon Ground Pasilla Chili Powder by El Guapo (make sure powder is very dark like this one, if using another brand)
  • 1/8 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

Combine ingredients into a clean, dry mixing bowl. Slowly stir to combine ingredients. Store in a dry covered container until it’s ready for use (expires six months after made on date).

Highland Toddy

  • 1 ½ orange slice (with skin left on)
  • 1 ¼ oz. Glenfiddich 15-year Scotch
  • 1/2 oz. Marie Brizard Dark Crème de Cacao
  • 1/4 oz. Vermont Grade A Medium Amber Maple Syrup
  • 5 ½ oz. scalding hot water

Preheat an 11-oz. tempered glass mug with scalding hot water. Set aside. In a bar mixing glass, lightly muddle the orange. Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine with a bar spoon. Discard water from pre-heated mug. Pour toddy into this pre-heated mug through a fine mesh strainer, removing pulp. Garnish with a three-inch cinnamon stick.

rumHot Buttered Rum (Available at bars inside Bellagio)

  • 1½ oz. Gosling’s Bermuda Gold Rum
  • 2 heaping bar spoons homemade batter
  • Hot water

Mix for Hot Buttered Rum:

  • 1 lb. of light brown sugar
  • 1 lb. salted butter
  • 2 tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tbsp. ground Allspice
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract

Mix ingredients in a glass coffee mug.

Café Navidad (This is also served at bars inside Bellagio)

  • 1¼ oz. tequila
  • ¾ oz. Kahlua
  • Freshly brewed coffee
  • Fresh whipped cream

In a heated wine glass, add tequila and Kahlua. Fill with coffee and top with half an inch of whipped cream.

If you want to experience more yummy hot drinks to warm you up this wintertime, make sure to check out these taste hot chocolate delights.

And for more ideas of how to warm up this season, grab a drink and sit by one of the fireplaces located inside The Griffin or around the fire pits at Peppermill Lounge.

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