Bar Talk: The Tiki Toddy |

Bar Talk: The Tiki Toddy

The Tiki Toddy at Hooch Craft Cocktail Bar. (Kelsey Brunner/The Aspen Times)

Winter has finally arrived in the Roaring Fork Valley and brought with it some frigid temperatures. For these days that are short on sunlight but long on below-freezing temps, you deserve a warm drink.

Instead of opting for a traditional hot toddy, which when ordered at a bar can often be too watery and lack any depth of flavor, I recommend you choose to go tropical with the Tiki Toddy at Hooch Craft Cocktail Bar.

Served in a teacup straight out of a “Bridgerton” episode, this tropical twist on a toddy is everything you never knew you needed this winter.

It’s warming like a toddy should be, but you get more than just the taste of lemon and honey, it’s bright and citrus-forward, made with guava tea-infused bourbon, lemon, pineapple gum syrup, Blackstrap Bitters, and of course, hot water.

The guava tea bourbon provides a nice, very slightly sweet base that allows the pineapple syrup and lemon to be the most prominent flavors, especially as the steam from drink presents you with a tart pineapple scent with every sip.

The Tiki Toddy, created by Hooch bartender Pat Flanigan, is part of underground, cozy living room-style bar’s seasonal menu revamp, which features a long list of libations that I’m excited to work my way through this winter.

Flanigan said he created the winter warmer because he had never seen a hot tropical cocktail and he wanted determined to make it happen.

“When you think tropical, you don’t think hot toddy,” he said.

Each drink on Hooch’s menu comes with a cheeky tagline, and the one for the Tiki Toddy describes the cocktail best, “No one thinks tiki when they think of a hot toddy, but we do. Warm up after the slopes with this comforting libation with tropical flavors.”

If You Go …

Hooch Craft Cocktail Bar

301 E Hopkins Ave., Aspen

5 p.m. to 1 a.m.

*Guests must show proof of vaccine in order to dine/drink indoors. A vaccine card or photo of a vaccine card will be required as proof.