Here are five spirited ways to celebrate National Cocoa Day, which is Dec. 13.
1. Cocoa Fashion
Where: Alibi Cocktail Lounge, Aria
What: Cocoa Puffs-infused Pierre Ferrand 1840, Scrappy’s Chocolate Bitters, Angostura bitters and simple syrup are strained over custom-cut spherical ice in a rocks glass and garnished with Cocoa Puffs and an orange peel, $18.
2. Coco Press
Where: Hard Rock Cafe
What: Amaretto, Bacardi Oakheart and hot chocolate are served in a coffee press over whole marshmallows, $13.
3. Cioccolato Bianco
Where: Hyde, Bellagio
What: Italian for “white chocolate,” the cocktail features Tuaca, Godiva White Chocolate and chocolate bitters and is sprinkled with cocoa powder, $18.
Where: Tacos & Tequila, Luxor
What: Pronounced “so-co-laht,” the cocktail is a blend of Casamigos Reposado, Grand Marnier, Carpano Antica and mole bitters, with a rim of sugar, cinnamon, cayenne and dark cocoa and garnished with an orange twist, $12.
5. The Griswold
Where: The Ice Rink, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
What: Hot cocoa is blended with Wondermint Liqueur, coconut cream and vanilla syrup, $14.
Send information to Heidi Knapp Rinella, P.O. Box 70, Las Vegas, NV 89125. You also can send faxes to 702-383-4676 or email her at Hrinella@reviewjournal.com. Follow @HKRinella on Twitter.