I am honored to be mentioned in this issue of Cheers! magazine.
I am honored to be mentioned in this issue of Cheers! magazine.
I am honored to be mentioned in this issue of Cheers! magazine.
For the serious cocktail mixologist or herbal enthusiast, the science and history behind cannabis will make any cocktail a bit more creative. From tonics, syrups, bitters or exotic-infused oil, Warren Bobrow shows readers how to combine cannabis and cocktails for a great afternoon pick–up or after dinner herbal-based drink.
Today we’re proud to bring you our first ever interview, featuring a great book by the incomparable and energetic Warren Bobrow, author of Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails & Tonics: The Art of Spirited Drinks & Buzz-Worthy Libations.
Warren has a long history developing his cocktail expertise as the author of Apothecary Cocktails, Whiskey Cocktails, and Bitters & Shrub Syrup Cocktails. He has written hundreds of articles on cocktails and foods for numerous magazines and this book is a world-first deep dive into craft cannabis cocktail making.
As you’ll hear in the interview, Warren is passionate about illuminating the many medicinal uses for cannabis and fighting back against the political and social propaganda that has plagued cannabis for decades.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when Warren offered to send the book for review, but what I received was an incredibly well researched, beautiful, and useful guide for connoisseurs of cocktails and for those seeking to enjoy cannabis in a responsible way. You can find Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails & Tonics at your local bookstore, and available online! Listen until the end of the interview for special instructions to receive a signed copy of the book from the man himself.
We hope you enjoy the interview and raise a glass to Warren for his pioneering work.
(Warren Bobrow, the Cocktail Whisperer, is the author of Apothecary Cocktails: Restorative Drinks from Yesterday and Today, Whiskey Cocktails: Rediscovered Classics and Contemporary Craft Drinks, Bitters and Shrub Syrup Cocktails: Restorative Vintage Cocktails, Mocktails & Elixirs, and most recently Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails & Tonics: The Art of Spirited Drinks & Buzz-Worthy Libations.)
Let’s just do away with the pleasantries and get right to it. Cannabis is great and cocktails are great. When you put the two together, as Warren Bobrow has done in his new bookCannabis Cocktails, Mocktails & Tonics, great things are bound to happen. And hot damn, do they ever.
In order to learn more about cannabis cocktails, we of course had to try them with the man himself. Before we begun, we chatted a little about his book and the purpose of it.
“It isn’t meant as a recreational book,” Bobrow said. “It’s meant specifically for healing.”
Read: Don’t be an idiot and make super strong weed cocktails just because you can and want to get super high. Not only is that not the intent of the book, Bobrow says, but it also ruins the entire experience. Do you want to be that guy? (No one wants to be thatguy.)
Bobrow started by showing us how to infuse cannabis into alcohol. For the purposes of making Dank and Stormies, we used used a dark aged rum. After deciding on a spirit, the process itself is pretty simple. What it boils down to is this: cooking the weed in an oven-safe bag in the microwave to activate the THC (3 sets of 1.5 minutes each), then using a nitrous-oxide charged whipping siphon (think whipped cream or, you know, the other use) to infuse the now-active THC into the spirit using Dave Arnold’s rapid infusion technique.
When using this technique, Bobrow explained, “The nitrous oxide is microencapsulating the rum with the THC from the cannabis. Think of it as micro-infusing.”
Once the infusion is complete, you need to siphon off the built up gases inside. You donot want to inhale what comes out, Bobrow warned.
“Not a good idea. You want to be responsible,” he said.
When infusing cannabis into a spirit, he added while working, you wouldn’t want to do an entire bottle for a batch.
“If you were it would be exponentially weaker. It’s all in the ratios, this will be a lot more concentrated, then I’ll add in the fresh rum and it’ll be equally distributed throughout the entire bottle,” he said.
You don’t even need that much to begin with, just a few grams for a potent potable. “You can add a ton of it, but you don’t need to unless you’re really sick and that’s your medicine. Then you go ahead and add more,” Bobrow said.
Pretty soon, voila, the rum is done and ready for the Dank and Stormy.
With a beautiful nose and color, the now-infused rum blended perfectly with the rest of the ingredients to deliver a wonderfully-rounded, utterly drinkable beverage that started kicking in soon after ingestion. The tropical flavors of the rum blended well with the herbaceous addition, adding a new layer of depth to the cocktail.
Learn to make your own cannabis cocktails by picking up Cannabis Cocktails here.
Edibles are an awesome way to consume cannabis, whether for recreation or medical purposes. Edibles are yummy treats infused with marijuana, that deliver the medicinal and psychoactive ingredients to your system without having to smoke anything. Edibles can take the form of anything from brownies to borscht, with the help of infused oils like cannabutter. You can make savory cannabis foods like spaghetti, sweet treats like cookies and candies, or even drinks like cocktails and marijuana tea. If you want to get started making your own edibles at home but do not know how, don’t worry – there is a cannabis cookbook out there for you! In this list we will go over our top 10 favorite edibles cookbooks, featuring recipes for all tastes, budgets, and skill levels. You will find omnivorous and vegan treats, sweet and savory, more involved recipes and some that take as little as five minutes to prepare.
One of the newest ways people are enjoying cannabis is by combining it with cocktails and mocktails. This is especially popular at dinner parties in the any states where cannabis has recently become legal for recreation. But, with a strong taste and a particular method of infusion necessary, beginners may not know how best to make cannabis cocktails. This book has a collection of 75 cannabis drink recipes by “The Cocktail Whisperer” Warren Bobrow. It also includes a full history of cannabis as a social and medicinal drug. You will find recipes not only for cocktails but for shrubs, bitters, butters, oils and even coffee, tea and milk-based drinks for the morning hours. This is a really fun book for anyone who loves drinks and cannabis.
High Times Magazine is well known and definitely well loved by marijuana aficionados all over the globe. They have been reporting on cannabis culture for decades, and have become the world leader in cannabis entertainment. They even have their famous Cannabis World Cup each year, which draws thousands of enthusiasts to sample different strains and celebrate cannabis in all of its different forms. They have struck culinary gold with The Official High Times Cannabis Cookbook, which features foods from many different cultures and for all occasions, from munchies to Thanksgiving dinner. Some of the recipes include Time Warp Tamales, Sativa Shrimp Spring Rolls, Pico de Ganja Nachos and Pineapple Express Upside Down cake. This cookbook is a must have for any home chef who wants to bring cannabis to their table.
Here is a cookbook that takes the art of cooking with cannabis to a whole new level of skill and mastery. Written by the authors of The Stoner’s Cookbook, Parks and Wolf definitely have a professional level understanding of the perfect dishes to cook with cannabis. This book covers the whole spectrum of recipes and includes gorgeous photographs of each dish. It is well written and very highly reviewed, as would be expected from the people behind the most active online community in the cannabis industry today.
This cookbook may be written by a humorous pseydonym, but the recipes inside are no joke! The Marijuana Chef is back with a full color edition of the much loved stoner cookbook. This book has been a best seller for over 10 years, with easy to follow recipes that make marijuana cooking easily accessible to anyone, regardless of skill level and experience. The author is a Le Cordon Vert trained French chef and has worked in fine dining for years. He has even worked as a personal chef for rock stars, and currently works as a consultant at a major ice cream company, which has to be every stoner’s dream job!
The Ganja Kitchen Revolution was written for cooks of all skill levels in the kitchen. It explores international cuisines and goes the extra mile by pairing each recipe with a specific strain of cannabis, much like you would find with fine wines or craft beers. Many different extraction methods are$18.97 detailed, including cannabutter, vegetable oils, and even nut butters. The thing that makes this cookbook really unique is the dosing chart, which allows you to find exactly the right dose while you are cooking and measuring out your cannabis infused oils. This means no more surprises and doses that you can customize for your particular needs. No more unexpected nights glued to the couch!
Here is a cannabis cookbook that focuses on what most people associate with edibles – brownies, cakes and cookies! While most marijuana chefs assume that you can just take cannabutter and stick it in any recipe the same as you would regular butter or oil, you will soon find out that cannabis has a spicy and harsh flavor all its own. This can add a nice flavor and depth to some recipes, while in others it just plain tastes bad. Baked takes this into account and shows you how to make cannabis infused baked goods that taste great and look great too. There are over 60 recipes including Baked Fudge, Marshmallow Meltdown and Coco Nutty Lime Cookies, and even gluten free recipes for anyone who cannot eat wheat.
Here is another cookbook focusing on sweet confections laced with cannabis, but this time taking a more high-end approach. Sweet Mary Jane was written by Karin Lazarus owner of Sweet Mary Jane bakery in boulder, Colorado. Sweet Mary Jane is one of the first legal cannabis themed bakeries in the united States, and focuses on making the highest quality and best tasking baked treats with medicinal cannabis doses in each bite. Some of the recipes that she included in this cookbook include Smashing Pumpkin White Chocolate-Pumpkin Bars, Sweet Temptation Mango Sorbet, and Chocolate Almond Delights.
The title of this book says it all: The Cannabis Cookbook features nearly 40 recipes written by Tim Pilcher aimed at enjoying marijuana edibles without having to smoke anything. Recipes include Stoned Starters or appetizers, Mashed Main Courses, Doped Out Desserts, Bombed Out Beverages, and even Crazy Cocktails. You will definitely find recipes to suit your tastes in this classic cookbook. It is great for newcomers or medical patients who do not have experience cooking with marijuana. With this book you will be able to expand your general cooking knowledge along with your knowledge of cooking with this special ingredient.
9. ‘The Vegan Stoner Cookbook: 100 Easy Vegan Recipes to Munch’ by Sarah Conrique
The Vegan Stoner Cookbook is a favorite on this list, because it includes easy vegan recipes that do not take a lot of cooking knowledge to prepare. Vegans can get the short end of the stick much of the time when it comes to cannabis cooking, as most recipes fall back on the old standard cannabutter to add THC to their recipes. Of course, you can always sub vegan butter or oils, but most recipes also include meat, other dairy, or eggs as well. Instead of buying a regular cookbook and having to veganize all of the recipes, try out this easy cookbook with recipes that feature accessible ingredients and cute illustrations to go along with them.
Here is a book for the busy cook who does not have a lot of time to spend chopping, sautéing, and learning a bunch of complicated culinary techniques. If you don’t have a lot of skill in the kitchen and you don’t really care to learn, this is the perfect cookbook for you. You do not have to be a pro chef to cook delicious edibles. This cookbook is written by Kief Preston, host of Weekly Weed News on youtube and is part of his Time Tested Edibles series. It is easy to follow,and the recipes are delicious!
By: A.C. Burgess @theloudbank
Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails & Tonics © is a great name for this incredible bible of bud laced beverages by the King of Cannabis Cocktails, Warren Bobrow. Some of you may have heard of him and some may not have. If you enjoy cannabis, then he is one to get to know. He is not someone who decided to mix some drinks with weed. What he did do is create a book of history, direction, philosophy, with a creativity in mixology and a natural approach to spirited drinking using cannabis.
Warren is the author of a few other books related to syrups, bitters, whiskey cocktails and more. He has lived a very interesting life after working in the private banking industry for 20 years. Since that time he has been traveling, teaching & writing globally for magazines, cocktail & food blogging, doing restaurant reviews, and attending festivals. He has put all of these experiences together and now presents this wonderful book called Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails and Tonics, The Art of Spirited Drinks and Buzz-Worthy Libations.
This well crafted cannabis cocktail catalog, shows us a different way to consume cannabis without smoking or effecting our surrounding. As the legalities of cannabis continues to be of concern to some of us, we will still need to be discrete in the way we consume cannabis, and coffees, teas, fruit drinks and cocktails are all ways to achieve privacy when indulging. Warren has loaded this book with great information on how to pick your cannabis, prepare your cannabis, strengthen and maximize it with a method called decarbonization. He shows you how, what and when to indulge medically, even ways to gain composure after a little too much. He has covered all the bases with this one.
We received our copy of Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails & Tonics © and was impressed how well put together the hardback collection of 75 cannabis infused drinks and tonic recipes was. At first glance we knew this would be one for the recipe collection for a long time. It was built that way. At LoudBank, we already have this magnetic attraction to cannabis, so this was another monumental moment to learn something new. A change of pace from smoking, dabbing, vaping, the trial and errors of learning those techniques. The thought of chilling with a cannabis based cocktail and nobody knows, was relaxing. Guess whats in my drink? The ever so clear instructions from Warren on how to blend them was comforting. Bringing life back to the bar in the kitchen or basement by introducing new flavors, stocking the bar with cannabis infused preps. adding new garnishes and spices to bring a whole new element to drinking.
Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails and Tonics © is great for the first timers also. Guiding a conscious drinker or beginner mixologist with basic measurements and ingredients to make syrups and creams for a perfect cocktail. Let Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails and Tonics be the teacher and before you know it your mixing the right strain for the right situation. All of the details and procedures are here, step for step, to make anything from a hangover curing Bloody Good Remedy, (mocktailing the Bloody Mary), to a simple refreshing salty sweet lemonade.
After reading about all the different drinks, coffees, spirits and mocktails we thought it was time time to have our first cannabis infused mocktail. We choose to make the popular and refreshing Mock-Cosmopolitan. With this one, we could put together with a few ingredient already in stock and compare to something we already know. It was enlightening, adding the special medicated rich cannabis infused syrup ingredient, instead of using alcohol. To my surprise it was very good. Just a great combination of balanced refreshing flavors. I am already looking at the book for another cocktail recipe. Beware though, Warren would suggest that you treat these delicious beverages with the same respect you would give any other alcoholic drink. They are very good and just as potent!
As we see it, this book of Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails and Tonics © will be around for ages. You’ll love this book for special occasions, holidays and as a special treat for the 420 friendly guest. Its a must have for those who prefer not to smoke, those who would love to medicate in more social and less offensive manner. Are you ready to try something different? If you love cannabis period, Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails and Tonics is great book to start or add to you recipe collection.
Our rating is based on good instructions, good recipes, being well written, a solid hardback, and how much a benefit to all medical and recreational cannabis users.
According to New Jersey-based mixologist, author, and “cocktail whisperer” spirit expert Warren Bobrow, cannabis-infused cocktails like Durkin’s Dank & Stormy are the future of mixology, what he expects to become a growing trend as the decriminalization, legalization, and normalization of marijuana occurs nationwide. Bobrow recently met Durkin during the 2016 Rum Renaissance Festival in Miami that took place April 15 through 17, where the two discussed the potential for professional collaboration. “We were talking about cocktails with cannabis infusions and how recipes like mine — mixed with premium liquors — can be a match made in heaven,” says Bobrow. “When you mix marijuana and alcohol together, they play beautifully together.” –
He should know; Bobrow’s most recent work is called Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails, and Tonics, a 160-page book featuring 75 cocktail recipes that use cannabis. When it hits store shelves June 1, it will be the first of its kind, according to Library of Congress records. “To be clear, I’m not promoting this from the distillers’ level but rather on the bar-tending level — creative bartenders interested in the homeopathic history of cannabis as a medicinal tonic, the same recipes that were being used right up until the 1940’s,” says Bobrow. “I believe, with this book, I’m in the right place to help make history.” Durkin hopes to make history too — as the first Florida distiller to legally brand and sell a cannabis-infused rum. Despite the fact that he can’t promote, bottle, serve, or even make Sour Diesel Fwaygo as such, more than anything else, Durkin says his goal is to open people’s minds to a different — and equally pleasurable — cannabis experience. “From a bottle instead of a bong,” says Durkin. “It’s a great way for people who have never smoked — or don’t want to smoke — to experience all the benefits of marijuana.” While it may seem ludicrous to think the federal regulators will ever allow the two substances to be combined and sold in the same product, the idea actually isn’t that far out there. Right now you can find a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, allowing it to be regulated and taxed like alcohol, meaning The Food and Drug Administration would have the same authority over marijuana as it does for alcohol. As the regulatory landscape surrounding cannabis changes, distilleries already skilled at making a quality, cannabis-infused product will have the upper hand, adds Durkin. “First and foremost, I’m an advocate for legalizing marijuana,” says Durkin. “I believe that — in the next 5 to 10 years — cannabis will be a federally regulated substance and — like Warren — I see an opportunity to make an innovative and delicious product, while also making history.”
I’m a huge fan of Manhattan-style cocktails; they make great aperitifs. This one is named after Milton “Mezz” Mezzrow, a jazz musician who lived in Harlem in the 1920s. And, as Mezz himself would have known, the term for a well-rolled cannabis cigarette was a “mezzrole”—so I just had to commemorate both man and medicine in this elegant cocktail. It combines cannabis-infused sweet vermouth, handmade cocktail cherries, and quality bourbon into a small, but well-formed, libation that’s deeply healing.
When you’re infusing your vermouth, consider choosing a Sativa-Indica hybrid strain called Cherry Pie. It’s redolent of sweet and sour cherries, and it complements the toasty, oaky flavors inherent in the liquors. As for making crushed ice, it’s best to place the ice in a Lewis bag—a heavy canvas bag that’s made for the job—before whacking it with a wooden mallet or rolling pin.
This recipe calls for Greenish Cocktail Cherries.