Drink, drink and be merry ... Part 3

Drink, drink and be merry ... Part 3

With the holidays upon us, just as sure as Santa will come down the chimney sales of coffee-friendly liqueurs such as Kahlua and Frangelico will go through the roof. As Canadians, we are java junkies and cold weather coupled with the holidays provides the perfect excuse to dress up a cup of joe with a few tasty tipples. If you’re counting calories (kudos for trying at this time of year), bartender Elizabeth De Jager at InterContinental Toronto Centre says that this drink is lovely even without the whipped cream thanks to the glorious flavour combo of hazelnut, chocolate, vanilla and good strong coffee.  

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Drink, drink and be merry with these festive fusions

Drink, drink and be merry with these festive fusions

It's that time of the year again when bartenders are working their magic to come up with festive gifts for our tastebuds. Happily, the folks at InterContinental have agreed to share a few of their best holiday cocktails so you can create them at home. Of course, yours truly has tested them all for you but, if you'd like to do your own tasting, head to the birthplace of these babies -- the first of which, the North Pole Haze, is currently being served at Azure Restaurant at InterContinental Toronto Centre. Stay tuned for more yummy bevvy recipes as well as cool tips for holiday entertaining as we countdown the days to Christmas.

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Serve up a Colorado cocktail from Denver's "gastro brothel"

Serve up a Colorado cocktail from Denver's "gastro brothel"

In a town teaming with bars and restaurants, it’s tough to pick a favourite but among the most memorable establishments I visited in Denver was Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox. Housed in the historic Airedale building, the vibe is lively and lustful, as it ought to be given the structure’s past. Over the course of the last century it’s served as a saloon and hotel, brothel, peep-show parlour and adult video bookstore. 

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