The Little Nell Hot Toddy Cocktail

Chamomile tea takes the place of water to top up this riff on a classic hot toddy cocktail. Whiskey, lemon juice, and honey complete this winter drink.
Photo by Aaron Graubart

Courtesy The Little Nell, Aspen, CO

Equal parts sporty and luxe, this town attracts moneyed A-listers as well as low-key ski bums, some of whom are attracted by mellow vibes of nearby Woody Creek, where famed gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson once lived. This not-too-fancy riff on the classic toddy can appeal to both sets.

Compared to a regular toddy that’s topped up with hot water, this version uses chamomile tea to add nuanced flavor to whiskey made by Colorado producer Leopold Bros. Ricky Leyvas, bar manager at Aspen resort The Little Nell, created this cocktail. He says that hot drinks are all about the spices: “They can add so much flavor and balance to the drink.”

Après-Ski Cocktails to Channel Winter Delight
Ingredients
  • 1½ ounces Leopold Bros Whiskey
  • ¾ ounce lemon juice
  • ¾ ounce honey
  • 4–6 ounces brewed chamomile tea
  • Half lemon wheel, for garnish
Directions

Stir all ingredients except garnish in latte glass or mug. Garnish with half-wheel of lemon floated on top of drink.

Published on November 24, 2017
About the Author
Kara Newman 
Spirits Editor

Kara Newman reviews spirits and writes about spirits and cocktail trends for Wine Enthusiast. She's the author of several cocktail books, including Shake.Stir.Sip. and NIGHTCAP: More than 40 Cocktails to Close Out Any Evening, which debuts in September 2018. Email: spirits@wineenthusiast.net



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