Winter-themed cocktails in Vegas keep you warm during the holidays

It may be hard to believe, but Las Vegas gets its fair share of chilly weather. Summer temps reach more than 100 degrees, but it can get as brisk as the low 30s in the winter. Vegas offers tons of fun, holiday drinks to keep you warm, toasty and entertained during this cuddling weather. Take a break from hot tea and dive into these tantalizing concoctions. Happy sipping!

Hyde Bar, Bellagio

Drawing inspiration from winter fruits, vegetables and spices, Hyde’s holiday libations (seen right) use fresh ingredients while incorporating custom-infused whiskeys, sparkling vodka and liquid nitrogen.

  • Hyde’s own whiskey infusion, the Rock and Rye is an adaptation of a once-common liqueur traceable to the pre-Prohibition era. Created in-house by allowing rock candy, cloves, spices and winter citrus fruits to mull in Old Overholt Rye for more than a month, this smooth and flavorful infusion is served on the rocks in an old-fashioned glass.
  • Hyde’s Snowflake is a delicate and pure drink that packs an icy bite thanks to a splash of liquid nitrogen. Served in a glass “frosted” by freshly fallen coconut “snowflakes” and sweetened with Malibu Rum, the cocktail is as delicious to sip as it is to admire.
  • Tart and seasonal pomegranate juice gives the Ponce di Granada its rich holiday color, while lychee liquor adds a sweet twist. The star of the cocktail is Le Grand Saint Sparkling Vodka, an effervescent liquor also known as the champagne of vodkas.
  • Traditionally served piping hot, Irish coffee is a traditional Gaelic whiskey drink created to warm sailors after long voyages. Hyde’s Iced Irish Coffee puts a refreshing spin on the drink as Jameson Irish Whiskey and Illy brand espresso blend deliciously over ice in a traditional mug brimming with a frothy, house-made mint whipped cream.

The Ice Rink, The Cosmopolitan

An ice skating experience wouldn’t be complete without a tasty drink and s’mores over a fire pit. The Ice Rink bar features warm drinks like Mom’s Hot Buttered Rum ($12) and Cocoa Spice ($12). The Ice Rink offers non-alcoholic options like Crazy Little Monkey (banana puree, vanilla, almond-Cinnamon, warm milk, $12) and Pumpkin Chai Pie (pumpkin butter, coconut cream and chai tea, $8).

If you’re cool with getting a cold drink, the Ice Rink bar also features a spiced eggnog ($12), Apple of My Eye (Belvedere Red, Eight Spice, apple cider, lime juice, Gosling’s ginger beer, $12) and Campfire Delight (Van Gogh Dutch chocolate vodka, crème de cacao, RumChata and a marshmallow, pictured right, $12).

35 Steaks + Martinis, Hard Rock hotel

Whether you’re enjoying a hearty dinner or catching up with friends at the bar, 35 Steaks + Martinis offers its creamy Peppermint Stick Martini — a mix of Absolut Vanilla, Peppermint Schnapps, White Crème de Menthe and crème garnished with a mini peppermint candy cane. Or, try The Nutcracker, a tasty libation with infectious hints of raspberries and Godiva White Chocolate mixed with Amaretto, Frangelico, Chambord and Smirnoff Raspberry Vodka.

Trevi, The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace

Take a break from holiday shopping and enjoy Trevi’s cocktail, the Happy Hollytini. The frosty candy cane-inspired martini includes a blend of vanilla vodka, Peppermint Schnapps and Bailey’s. The Christmas cocktail is swirled with a red stripe made of white chocolate and rimmed with crushed peppermint candy ($9).

Photo by Bryan Steffy.

Tabú, MGM Grand

Featuring decadent delights now through the end of March, you can enjoy Tabú’s winter drinks for $12 each. These include the following:

  • Red Apple Shandy: Cocktail and beer, together as one: This perfect pair will keep the party going into the new year with a blend of Jameson Irish Whiskey, Disaronno Amaretto, Apple Pucker, lime juice, cranberry juice and a dash of ground cloves shaken and strained over ice. The cocktail is topped with an apple cider flavored beer and garnished with an apple wedge.
  • Pumpkin Patch: Keep the sweet taste alive this winter with the Pumpkin Patch. It’s the perfect combination of vanilla vodka, Tuaca, Frangelico and cream. Shaken and strained, the mixture is poured into an ice-filled glass and completed with a graham cracker rim.
  • Winter White Mini-Tini: This minty cocktail (pictured right) is one that will keep guests warm this blustery season. The chilled drink consists of Frangelico, Rumplemintz and cream, strained into a martini glass and garnished with a dash of cinnamon.

Sugar Factory Brasserie, Paris Las Vegas

Specialty holiday cocktails at the popular Sugar Factory Brasserie include a Peppermint Patty Martini made with Three Olives Chocolate Vodka, Godiva Chocolate Liqueur and Rumple Minze ($10). Sugar Factory’s holiday cocktail selection also includes the signature Spiced Apple Pie cocktail, made with Stoli Gala Applik, Schonauer Apfel, apple juice, rock candy syrup and garnished with a red apple slice and cinnamon ($10). You can also enjoy a traditional hot toddy.

Rhumbar, Mirage

If you’re looking for seasonal flavors with a Caribbean twist, Rhumbar features its apple cobbler cocktail. This drink fuses a crisp blend of Pyrat XO Reserve Rum, apples, ground cinnamon, simple syrup, lime juice and Sprite, topped with an apple slice garnish ($12). If you want to practice your mixology skills, here’s the recipe:

  • 4 apple cubes
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 oz Pyrat XO Reserve Rum
  • Splash of Sprite

Muddle apples and simple syrup. Combine lime juice and rum. Shake and strain, then pour over ice in a double rocks glass. Add Sprite and garnish with apple slice.

Or, try Rhumbar’s pumpkin spice martini. A rich mix of Montecristo Spiced Rum, molasses and oven roasted puree, this smooth martini is sweetened with orange juice and seasonally spiced for the perfect holiday flavor. Show off your skills and practice making these for your next party:

  • 2 oz Montecristo Spiced Rum
  • 2 oz oven roasted pumpkin puree
  • 1 oz Molasses
  • ¾ cup orange juice
  • Pinch of allspice

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass. Shake, then strain and serve in a martini glass.

Petrossian Bar, Bellagio

Whether you’re strolling through the Conservatory or admiring the stunning Dale Chihuly floral glass fixtures in the lobby, stop at Petrossian Bar or any of the bars at Bellagio and try ‘Tis the Season (pictured right).  This festive libation is made with Absolut Mandarin, Amaretto, Monin Ginger Bread Syrup, POM Wonderful and topped with pomegranate juice. Garnished with a sweet smelling orange clove and served in a martini class, this beverage is sure to make the season bright.

Commonwealth, Downtown Las Vegas

If you’re venturing off the Strip and want to check out one of the newest bars in town, look no further than Commonwealth, located on Fremont and 6th Street. While this nippy weather may want to keep you indoors, sipping on a hot drink at the bar’s amazing patio makes chillin’ here worthwhile. Priced at $10 each, you can enjoy these cocktails, served only at the rooftop level. Guess The Snuggle Stains features Sailor Jerry spiced rum, Frangelico, hot cocoa and a pinch of cinnamon. If you’re into hot cider, try The Lumbergh, made with Hangar One Spiced Pear Vodka, Sailor Jerry spiced rum, honey, hot cider, star anise and grated cinnamon. The names alone are worth bearing the cold.

Now that we got you all thirsty, it’s only a matter of choosing where you want to start. Let’s toast to a tasty (and responsible) time.


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