Acclaimed mixologist Warren Bobrow isn’t boastful by nature. Although he’s published 6 books – including the 2016 hit ‘Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails and Tonics‘ – Bobrow is more prone to smiling and laughing than bragging. But when it comes to discussing his craft, he has no qualms with saying that his concoctions will leave you dissatisfied with mediocre mixed drinks.
Before he he became known as the “cocktail whisperer,” Warren Bobrow worked in private banking. An affinity for sophisticated solutions led him to became an authority on the mixed drinks, and he’s since parlayed a lifelong enthusiasm for marijuana into yet another career as cannabis cocktail guru. Whether he’s at SXSW giving talks about disrupting the cannabis kitchen, touring food and drink shows dispensing tips or fielding questions from his perch at Forbes magazine, the cannabis alchemist (and trained chef and bartender) is at the vanguard of the emerging medicated mixology field.
What’s that? You’ve never infused alcohol with cannabis? Well, Rick and Kate’s guest has. And he wrote a book to teach you how to do it yourself: “Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails and Tonics”. Warren Bobrow is a trained chef, mixologist, and Cocktail Whisperer, and he’s here to talk about his journey to becoming a Cannabis Alchemist. Did you know that in the 1800’s alcohol was a way to preserve cannabis? Warren talks with your hosts about medicinal and healing properties of cannabis, why you might choose to infuse cannabis into alcohol instead of food, which strains go with which alcohols, and the process of decarbing the cannabis so it has an effect when turned into a cocktail. They also touch on what’s legal (and not). Warren is a 5-time published author and was a Speaker at SXSW 2018 Conference and Festival. He has written articles for Forbes.com, Saveur magazine, Vodka magazine, Chilled, Prohbtd, and many other national and global periodicals. He was nominated for a Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Award in 2013, was a Ministry of Rum Judge in 2010 and a Rum XP judge in 2017, and was in the Saveur Magazine “100” in 2010.
Alley Twenty Six presents the June event in our “Dinner With Friends” monthly charity event series benefiting the Jose Andres foundation World Central Kitchen. Our guest bartender on July 30th is writer and cocktail enthusiast Warren Bobrow. Warren is a five time author on all things cocktails and is a contributing writer for such notable publications as Saveur and Forbes Magazine.
Monday, July 30th, 2018 5 Course Cocktail and Food Pairing Dinner
320 East Chapel Hill Street Durham, NC, 27701
Starts promptly at 6:30pm. Cost: $95 per person plus gratuity and taxes
Payment will be collected at the end of the dinner.
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Dinner With Friends Menu – Warren Bobrow
Gin and Basil Punch
Grilled Watermelon, Pickled Watermelon Rind, Black Olive, Arugula, Lime
Gin, Creme de Cassis, Tonic, Roasted Grapefruit Juice, Soda, Fino Sherry Float
Citrus, Fennel, Soy, Ginger, Thai Chili, Radish, Mint
Rye, Muddled Roasted Peach, Tonic, Soda, Celery Bitters
Confit of Duck Leg
Sweet Corn Puree, Spinach, Fingerling Potato, Bacon Lardons, 63° Egg
Bourbon, Averna, Orange Wedge, Chocolate Bitters
Herb Crusted Lamb Chops
Polenta Cake, Charred Heirloom Tomato Salsa, Pickled Red Onion, Rosemary Jus
Banana Pudding Parfait
Vanilla Wafer Cookie, Chocolate Ganache, Whipped Cream, Bruleed Banana
This uniquely chunky, light saber looking device is going to revolutionize the art of smoking medical cannabis. Within the smoothly formed, hefty build of borosilicate glass, aircraft grade aluminum, and finely polished stainless steel lays inner workings that include a ceramic heating chamber and the above mentioned high heat glass. There are parts that securely snap on by powerful magnets and everything has a utilitarian feel of the finest workmanship. Each finely manufactured section is built with extreme care by talented and inquisitive engineers who have tested and retested the Hydrology 9 for perfection. This is no ordinary smoking device! It is a nerd’s way of bringing a very specific, Star Wars Light Saber looking technology to the friendly simplicity of smoking your favorite strain of cannabis. (Or even finely minced tobacco, should you desire) A puff of healing vapor becomes cooled by fluid dynamics. How does this work? It’s pretty basic although the technical engineering of the device precludes a flow-chart, so don’t ask! The Cloudious 9 will change the way you imbibe cannabis, forever! You can really taste the fine Terpenes of the cannabis flowers. Lush. Gorgeous. Pure. Friendly. Elegant? Absolutely!
Have you toyed with the thought of adding cannabis to your cocktails? Now that many states in the U.S. have legalized some form of marijuana use, the conversation about mixing alcohol and cannabis is more important than ever.
Before you mix up a cannabis-infused cocktail, there are a few things you should know. This is not a matter that should be taken as casually as the average cocktailor smoking a joint.
Editor’s Note: I first came across the MagicalButter (MB2e) machine at a party I attended several years ago. There was a novice cook turning out professional results that only a trained chef could perform, at least from a culinary perspective. Of course, the final results were infused with certain botanicals, which at that time were no more than whispers under hushed tones. The MagicalButter machine, standing stoic on the counter, whirred away nearly silently. And, that light show! What a marvelous experience. How delightful to deliciously melt away the afternoon while admiring the swirling lights, so lovely! And the end results? Always perfect.
A rather fat hand rolled-cone stuffed with the California Bud Company strain named Cookies was just passed my way with a knowing smile. I knew at that very moment, encapsulated in that slowly burning cherry at the tip, was more than just mere enlightenment. Inside this perfectly crafted cone contained their namesake product, the most wonderful cannabis, hand-tended and sunshine grown. It was, quite simply; “Cultivated Happiness.” There was deep love and his company’s cannabis grower’s passion spilling out of the spiraling smoke. This experience was way more than just another perfect Cali-type moment in time. Buckets of bountiful California sunshine came spilling out of each hit of the joint and the timeless Beatles’ song, Blue Jay Way reverberated throughout my sun-drenched memory of the day. A curiously sweet aroma of freshly crushed California coastal grown herbs: rosemary, thyme and sage, enveloped our heads as we gazed out over that endless horizon, purple and red and yellow in color. Sometimes the sky looks like it is even on fire, it’s that kind of place. Los Angeles’ sprawl spilled out over hundreds of square miles under this well-traveled road.