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.
There’s no surer way to make the holidays more festive than with a little cannabis, and now that it’s legal in states throughout the country, there’s no better time than now to gift the ultimate cannabis swag.
From vaporizers and vitamins to pipes and soaks, this past year saw a ton of terrific creation and innovation in the world of cannabis, so we highlighted some of our favorites below to help you turn your holidays into a holidaze and give everyone in the family a little something extra to smile about.
Jólabókaflóð, or “Christmas/Yule Book Flood,” is an Icelandic holiday tradition comprising exchanging books with friends and loved ones on Christmas Eve, then spending the evening reading them aloud to one another, often while gathered in front of a cozy fireplace, or curled up in bed with a partner, and perhaps some chocolate. The Icelandic tradition of exchanging books on Christmas Eve, and then spending the evening reading, is worth importing and incorporating into the holiday season. In the spirit of the Jólabókaflóð (phonetically pronounced yo-la-bok-a-flot) tradition, the following are some selections for the cannabis curious on Christmas Eve.
For foodies, there’s always a keen interest in the latest ingredient or flavor trend, and ways to bring fun, unique experiences to the table. More than ever, cannabis is an option for experimental chefs and gourmets–they don’t call it “herb” for nothing. While its dank flavor maybe an acquired taste, with growing global legalization, cannabis as an ingredient in food and beverage is bound to become more common, especially once innovations in recipes and techniques take hold.
Home cooks in legal states can experiment now with cannabis-infused ingredients, specialty kitchen equipment, and recipes developed by cannabis cooks in almost every cuisine–it’s not just about brownies anymore (though there are some awesome recipes for baked treats. #Yum.). DIY edibles also may be the only option for cannabis connoisseurs in some states (and Canada), as well as a more economical choice for edible lovers.
Here’s a short list of eight cannabis-related fun food options that would make great gifts for adventurous chefs and culinary explorers. Whether it’s a posh holiday potluck or a luxe party spread, a buzz-worthy Sunday brunch or intimate dinner-for-two, there have never been more options for cooking at home or dining out:
“Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails, and Tonics” by Warren Bobrow–Available in hardcover or Kindle editions, this book of drink recipes is from acknowledged adult beverage writer Bobrow, also known by his blogger moniker The Cocktail Whisperer. Not just a roster of recipes; Bobrow, whose work has been published in high-end foodie magazines, is also an educator on the topic of tonics and libations. He gives readers historical background on cocktails and cannabis, as well as 75 recipes, ranging from infused coffee cream to pre-dinner aperitifs to warm remedies for winter colds. One Amazon reviewer wrote, “This is not a get high quick, stoner book. It is a thoughtfully-written, well-researched, creative read showcasing delicious healing cocktails that feature alcohol and cannabis.” At Amazon.com.
Check out these “Buzz-Worthy Libations” by our friend Warren Bobrownow available on Amazon.com
“Combining cannabis and cocktails is a hot new trend, and Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails & Tonics shows you how. Featuring a collection of 75 recipes of cannabis influenced cocktails and drinks; The Cocktail Whisperer Warren Bobrow will show you the essential instructions for de-carbing cannabis to release its full psychoactive effect.”
Create your own cannabis infused cocktails!Combining cannabis and cocktails is a hot new trend, and Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails & Tonics shows you how. Featuring a collection of 75 recipes of cannabis influenced cocktails and drinks; The Cocktail Whisperer Warren Bobrow will show you the essential instructions for de-carbing cannabis to release its full psychoactive effect. Learn the history of cannabis as a social drug and its growing acceptance to becoming a medicinal. Look beyond cocktails and create successful tonics, syrups, shrubs, bitters, compound butter and exotic infused oil to use in any drink. Start your day with coffee, tea, and milk-based cannabis beverages for healing and relaxation. Get your afternoon pick-me-up with gut healing shrubs and mood enhancing syrups. Make cooling lemonades and sparking herbal infusions to soothe the fevered brow. Then, have an after dinner herbal-based cannabis drink for relaxation at the end of a good meal. The options are endless with Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails & Tonics!
The Home Bar by: Henry Jeffreys with Foreword by Alexandre RicardWARREN BOBROW: IPHONE X
The Home Bar: A Guide To Designing, Equipping and Stocking Your Own Bar, by Henry Jeffreys
Foreword by: Alexandre Ricard
Book Review by: Warren Bobrow: The Cocktail Whisperer
The Home Bar, A Guide to Designing, Equipping and Stocking Your Own Bar, written by the elegant and talented Henry Jeffreys is perhaps the most deeply intriguing home bartending guide I’ve ever enjoyed reading and then critiquing. This may sound like a broad reach, at least on a literary standpoint, but I digress. This book is an all-in-one guide to the outlandishly expensive and the studied. The knowing and the unknowing consumer of high-end spirits guide to the best things in life. From the handsome end to end cover photography to the carefully laid out rear photography, with just the right amount of written information, it’s clear that this book was created to impress more than just the casual lager drinker. It’s a richly studied design tome, with crisply worded explanations and historical references that allow the reader to become part of the ultra-riche, opulently luxurious, photographically gorgeous, narrative of this unique book. The stories are so pleasurable to read, and they beg the addition of more exotic spirits into your home and eventually your belly. Sure, these are not your basement wreck-room, dive bar scenes that are visual pleasures, but carefully curated scenarios that evoke the finest in professional cocktail bars-but designed for the home and some cases, small apartment settings. Case in point, the completely, over the top, home bar of Alexandre Ricard, each luxury design element, reminiscent of ultra-riche cocktail bars on the Right Bank in Paris, intellectual in scope, yet encouraging just one more drink of the finest craft spirits that money can buy. Another Absinthe garcon, please!
With 4/20 just around the corner, it seems the perfect opportunity to discuss the merits of stirring cannabis cocktails. I’m usually hard pressed to find bartenders who really know the physical differences between stirring and shaking a cocktail—any cocktail. Now, add to that equation fragile ingredients that you may not want to pulverize and turn into overly green (read: botanical) flavors like cannabis, and those differences become even more important.
One of the most unpleasant of all overly-green flavors is mint. When it is excessively manipulated, the aromatics and essences resemble that of mud. And no one wants to drink mud. You may have witnessed this yourself in batched up Kentucky Derby cocktails, where the mint is added to the ice the day before, frozen, and then topped with bourbon just prior to serving. The end result is a muddy mess that screams for a fresh glass, new mint, and clean ice.
Join us this Saturday, December 16th as we ring in the holidays the best way we know how – with a wine and spirits tasting! This is always one of our biggest and best tastings of the year, and as we have at past holiday tastings, we’ll be handing out festive recipes to pair with each of the wines we’re pouring.
On top of that, spirits expert Brendan Edwards will be here with a selection of cognacs, brandies, and whiskeys, and Warren Bobrow, aka the Cocktail Whisperer, will be here to talk mixology and sign copies of his books. As always, light snacks will be offered, and this tasting is totally complementary.
Stone Ridge Wine and Spirits
2 PM – 7 PM
Stone Ridge Towne Centre, 3853 Main St, Stone Ridge, New York 12484 (845) 687-7125