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The Little Nell Hot Toddy Cocktail

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.”


1½ ounces Leopold Bros Whiskey
¾ ounce lemon juice
¾ ounce honey
4–6 ounces brewed chamomile tea
Half lemon wheel, for garnish


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