Even if the Tropic City team is hard at work on a new project, they’re not slowing down. The back-to-back B.A.D. Bar of the Year winners have just unveiled a new menu at the Talad Noi institution, and, beefed up to 20 signature drinks, it’s bigger than ever.
The new cocktails still revolve around tropical flavors and draw inspiration from the maximalist ethos of atomic age tiki bars, but don’t expect too many ten-plus-ingredient drinks like you’d find at those venues. Like always, here that inspiration means plenty of rum—the bar keeps 90-plus bottles of really good rum on the shelves—the careful use of Caribbean spices and splashes of bold, fruity flavors.
For instance, the Champagne Supernova (B380), a blend of Diplomático Mantuano rum, popcorn-infused vermouth, maple Champagne lactart and Angostura bitters. For the uninitiated—which is probably all of us—a maple Champagne lactart is made by combining old sparkling wine with maple syrup and lactic acid, resulting in a not-too-sweet and slightly tangy infusion that complements the toasted, sweet-salty-umami flavor of the popcorn. Bonus: the drink comes with popcorn you can actually eat, too.
You’ll find clever techniques like this all over the menu. Think tepache reductions, yogurt used in lieu of heavy cream and coconut whey. That last ingredient is made by straining and separating coconut milk, and Arron Grendon and the gang put it to good use in the pre-batch, low-ABV Sweetest Taboo (B350), a subtly tropical easy-drinker made with Mancino Rosso vermouth and Jerez medium sherry.
Fans of the hits, fear not: the bar has retained five of their most popular drinks from their last two menus. Those include the prototypical tiki drink Mumsfilibaba (B420), an awesome blend of cinnamon-infused Appleton Reserve rum, pisco, applejack, blackberry liqeuer, granny smith apple juice, homemade salted caramel orgeat and pimento bitters.
Apart from the cocktails, Tropic City is also offering public rum tasting nights and flights. The latter start at B850 for “Novice” (which are anything but entry-level, featuring labels like Angostura 1919 and Appleton Extra 12 Years) and climb to B1,400 for “Aficionado,” a flight that highlights rare bottles like Worthy Park Single Estate Reserve and Brugal 1888.
Once a month, a member of the team will also lead roughly hour-long tastings of premium rums. Currently, they’re highlighting five different Plantation rums that span the Caribbean, from Belize to Barbados (B2,000/person). Groups of six or more can book private tastings any time throughout the month, too. Check here for the latest information about the tastings.
Tropic City, 672/65 Charoenkrung Soi 28, 091-870-9825