I first became acquainted with Kiva Confections when a friend of mine passed me one of their tiny blueberry/chocolate confections. You know the ones, the tiny infused blueberries are offered in a lovely tin, enrobed in lusciously smooth chocolate, without a tinge of the grittiness that sometimes plagues lesser brands of THC infused chocolates. These tiny gems come micro-dosed, as not to overwhelm the beginner by too much THC, too fast. You’d have to eat a couple handfuls to really get buzzed, and I don’t think that’s the reasoning behind these infused treats. They do pack a nice buzz, so start slowly as I always recommend. Try one, wait an hour or so if you need more, take more. Otherwise sit back and enjoy the good feeling. The chocolates are beguiling too from a product standpoint. They are soft across the tongue and teeth, well blended buttery and rich to the mouth. The blueberries are perfectly ripe and plump. A gorgeous treat that also gets you buzzed. A win/win for people like myself who enjoy medicating without drawing attention to ourselves. When you light up a joint, no matter what state (of mind, or otherwise), you are in- it’s going to attract all kinds of attention. But pluck a couple Kiva Blueberries into your mouth and all is better. It’s uncanny to think that everything should be sweet- Kiva is well balanced in the flavor quotient. Not too sweet, just right.
Beverage connoisseurs will delight in Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails & Tonics, an informative collection of cannabis cocktails and medicinal drinks that, when released, was a top selling book at Tales of the Cocktail (the largest cocktail festival in the world). Mixologist Warren Bobrow, the author of a handful of other cocktail recipe books and creator of the blog The Cocktail Whisperer, artfully pairs the fascinating science behind cannabis chemistry with detailed instructions on how to make stimulating tonics, bitters, syrups, herbal infusions, and more to create a book that any drink and cannabis enthusiast would be excited to check out.
Sjoerd Broeks, Director of Cultivation WARREN BOBROW: IPHONE X
Visiting one of the largest indoor grows of cannabis in the USA is terribly humbling to say the very least. There are what we call Seven Wonders of the Earth, but whatever greatness is described as the Natural Wonders, I have to say without any hesitation that the vast, three-hundred, thousand sq. ft. indoor growing space at the Pharm, is without a doubt the most impressive thing I’ve ever seen in my life.It was absolutely stunning. And, in reverence to the universe, the entire indoor space is lit by the sun. Each intensely lit day, offering medicine to the plants, and then in turn to consumers. I would also without any hesitation like to be on record, describing myself as cannabis snob. (A burden, I know!) That would mean that I’m probably not known to scoff at cannabis, but it’s been a very long time since I’ve enjoyed the intrinsic experience of smoking really fine cannabis. This would be, in simple terms, getting a buzz, even feeling something. Nothing wrong with that at all. Not to dismiss my New Jersey medical cannabis providers who do a very nice job with the rules as they are in New Jersey. Or the multitude of fantastic micro-craft growers who have tantalized my intellectualism and my verbosity with their hand nurtured wares. All are remarkable because it’s so very hard to be completely objective in this space. It’s not like wine where you can buy it on every corner, and then again it’s exactly like wine, if you live in Arizona.
WB: In my former life working in the craft-spirits business, I created a life for myself as a Master Mixologist for a global liquor company. Through this intriguing dialogue of flavor, over sheer intoxication, and through the magic of global events such as the Moscow Bar Show, and Tales of the Cocktail, I came to the realization that most cocktail syrups and mixers are corn sugar soaked messes, without much natural flavor, nor aromatics of real fruit. These ubiquitous mixers that force less than natural flavors upon the consumer are not my focus, nor my friends, as I seek the real thing. Flavor that leaps from that glass sitting in front of you. Color that is vibrant, and natural in scope. There is an unspoken-magic that takes place when a well-crafted cocktail is built with the finest hand-produced ingredients available. This product is Fruitations. My life changed that moment that I started using it in my craft cocktails. I took bottles of this salubrious liquid elixir to the Moscow Bar Show in Russia, and then used them to blast the antiquated concept that all cocktails must be overly sweet, out into space. The back-story is most cocktails in Russia are made to be overly sweet, as this comes from being denied sugar for a hundred or so years, so their deeply potent, sweet-tooth is well-known. When the participants of my master-classes on mixology tried the Tangerine Fruitations, they were astonished. It’s not overly sugared, and then any sugar that exists in the mix is pure cane, instead of corn based sugar! This is brilliant! So I learned, by utilizing Allison’s brilliant syrups in my creative mixology, her flavors were going to make me a star. Later on I discovered that we are both May 20th babies, and the friendship was cemented. Just as I found by utilizing Fruitations in my craft cocktail experiments.I even used Fruitations Grapefruit and the above mentioned Tangerine- (brilliant stuff) in my appearance, making cocktails on the TV Show named Viceland Live recently. Allison’s Tangerine Syrup made me look fabulous! Thank you, my friend for creating such deeply passionate and positive flavors for others to enjoy.
I’m constantly intrigued by young people who have big dreams. Especially those who understand how hard it is to make a success out of themselves, like Nadir Pearson. Through my digging a bit deeper, I found that he has a personal connection to the Ardent Lift, which is the little machine that I find irresistible when I decarb cannabis. The Magical Butter Machine, or the LEVO are great next steps for edibles and drinkable cannabis, but that’s another topic for another day.
Mixologist, Author and Cannabis Alchemist, Warren Bobrow shares his views on Cannabis Infused Drinks Market.
Warren Bobrow is a Banker-turned-Chef, Bartender/Mixologist and a world-renowned author. He is better known as “The Cocktail Whisperer”. Warren is a Cannabis Alchemist and is currently involved in the development of cannabis-infused craft drinks. Bobrow also writes for Forbes Website and many magazines and publications. He has published 5 books on mixology such as Apothecary Cocktails, Whiskey Cocktails, Bitters and Shrub Syrup Cocktails, Cannabis Cocktails, The Craft Cocktail Compendium. Warren in an exclusive interview with Cannabis Drinks Expo team shared his views on emerging Cannabis Infused Drinks Market.
Chongo=Bong Crystal Voyager=pipe WARREN BOBROW: IPHONE X
A couple months ago, the extremely kind and generous artists at Summerland sent me a Chongo and a Crystal Voyager for review. I had a bong already from an earlier article, a Session Bong, with its good looking and easy to hold lines, but when the Chongo arrived it was shelved. Mostly because I’m not a bong guy. I am pretty old-fashioned in my cannabis consumption, and I am not looking to maximize my experience by ingesting large amounts of smoke in a forthright, concentrated manner. I utilize my Genius Pipe, so easy on the lungs, and just the right amount of smoke. But when I have the hankering for something a bit more intense, I reach for my water-pipe to cool that smoke, and offer a bit of a lift. So, my writing about the Summerland Bong and pipe in Forbes, took a Social Media note from Summerland to remind me of my obligations, one that I take very seriously. Sorry for my negligence, I’ve been a bit busy…