Cool nights, hot drinks

The temperatures outside may be getting a bit chilly, but things are just heating up at several local restaurants.

From spiked coffees to adult hot chocolates, here is a rundown of some of the Valley’s best hot cocktails – and some of the most interesting seasonal ingredients – this holiday season:

Thirsty Lion - Salted Caramel Moroccan Coffee (submitted photo)

Thirsty Lion – Salted Caramel Moroccan Coffee (submitted photo)

The Salted Caramel Moroccan Coffee at Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill

  • A perfect blend of 151 Rum, Kahlua Coffee Liqueur, Irish cream, buttershots, caramel, coffee and Kosher salt
  • $8
Waltz Weiser Whiskey Bar & Cantina - Nutty Scotsman (submitted photo)

Waltz Weiser Whiskey Bar & Cantina – Nutty Scotsman (submitted photo)

The Nutty Scotsman at Waltz & Weiser Whiskey Bar & Cantina at the Westin Kierland Resort

  • With Baileys, Frangelico, whipped cream and a cinnamon stick, this wintery coffee cocktail pairs perfectly with the resort’s bagpiper performance each evening and its 3-D Holiday Light Show offered nightly
  • $10 (the bagpiper performance and holiday light show are free)
32 Shea - Erótico Coco Caliente (submitted photo)

32 Shea – Erótico Coco Caliente (submitted photo)

The Erótico Coco Caliente at 32 Shea

  • A ménage à trois of hot creamy chocolate, orgasmic smoky Mezcal Tequila, a pleasurable touch of spiciness topped with an erotic spread of whipped cream.
  • $10
Toro - House-Made Hot Buttered Rum (submitted photo)

Toro – House-Made Hot Buttered Rum (submitted photo)

The House-Made Hot Buttered Rum at Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar at the TPC Scottsdale

  • Aged rum combined with a top secret formula including all spice, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and – yes – actual butter
  • $14

The Mood Swing at The Market Restaurant and Bar by Jennifer’s

  • Local Danzeisen Dairy chocolate milk mixed with just the right amount of Chambord and Espresso Liqueurs
  • $12
La Hacienda - Tequila Navidad Coffee (submitted photo)

La Hacienda – Tequila Navidad Coffee (submitted photo)

Tequila Navidad Coffee La Hacienda at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

  • Vanilla beans, cloves, orange peels and even raisins are infused overnight into Silver tequila and mixed with fresh coffee for a dose of caffeine – and a special kick
  • $14
Barrio Queen (submitted photo)

El Chiapaneco Coffee at Barrio Queen (submitted photo)

The El Chiapaneco Coffee at Barrio Queen

  • Patron XO café dark chocolate with Godiva white chocolate liqueur, horchata and Chiapas coffee
  • $9

Desert Hot Toddy at BlueFire Grille and Oasis Bar at Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas

  • A Southwestern-infused cocktail flavored with local farm ingredients and desert citrus garnish.
  • $12

Ms. Bailin is a volunteer correspondent at the North Valley Office of Independent Newsmedia.

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