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Sweet somethings: The tastiest vices

Skip the too-obvious Cosmopolitan (the drink, not the new resort) and keep warm at the same time with February-friendly hot, sweet cocktails. Brew up a cup of Republic of Tea's seasonal Strawberry Chocolate Red Tea, a caffeine-free sweet treat that benefits equally from a dash (or more) of Kahlua or strawberry vodka (or both). If you've got something (or someone) to stay awake for, start instead with a base of Republic of Tea's Double Dark Chocolate Maté or add half a bottle of Guayaki's Organic Energy Shot in Chocolate Raspberry (you animal!). Then double up your dessert cocktails with dessert in the form of local bakery Red Velvet Cafe's unbearably delicious signature vegan red velvet cake. All specialty items available at Whole Foods, various locations; vegan red velvet cake available at Red Velvet Cafe, 7875 W. Sahara Ave., 360-1972

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