Warren Bobrow is a brand ambassador, former bank executive and the author of four cocktail books. His latest is Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails and Tonics: The Art of Spirited Drinks and Buzz-Worthy Libations.
And if there were any doubts as to the possible commercial success of a book on cannabis drinks—I’m in New Orleans this week—and it’s totally sold out.
One caveat Bobrow offers is that he cannot tell people the correct doses for the different strains or the risks inherent in using cannabis tinctures. He offers up the Thai food spice principal: Start low, as “you can always add more spice.” He suggests waiting an hour between drinks.
VUE spoke with the author about his training, his book, and reinventing himself at 50-years-old.
VUE WEEKLY: How did you get your start with cocktails?
WARREN BOBROW: I trained as a chef in the ’80s. I started in television, that didn’t work out so well. I always wanted to work in a kitchen so I got a job as a pot-scrubber. I worked my way up the line as an apprentice to become a saucier. Cocktails came easy to me after being trained in flavours.
VW: When did you know you wanted to write cocktail books?
WB: That came about after a Ministry of Rum event in 2010. The founder, Ed Hamilton, encouraged me into it. I left corporate banking in 2009, and there was a short window before I met Hamilton. I took classes with celebrated writers and instructors Andy Smith, at The New School, and with Alan Richman, at the International Culinary Center of New York. The writing came easy to me. There is good writing out there, but I truly felt I could do better. I was going to write about food and wine. I didn’t look at cocktails until I talked to Ed Hamilton.
The only ingredient missing from my last book Apothecary Cocktails: Restorative Drinks from Yesterday and Today was cannabis. Cannabis is a very dicey subject. I didn’t want to make the book a ‘get-high quick guide’.
VW: What’s been the hardest part of this journey?
WB: I’m 55 now and I didn’t know what I was going to do with my life until I was 50. I was 48 when I lost my banking job and I worked for two years without a pay cheque. When I left they gave me severance and I used that to reinvent myself. This has not been easy, financially.
VW: What’s your favourite cocktail to make from the Cannabis Cocktails book?
WB: It’s a well-made Absinthe Frappé. Good luck getting one in most places. The absinthe is usually terrible, the ice is even worse. I love to use Cuvée Edouard absinthe, and got permission to use it in the book. I infuse it with THC. I also love a Sazerac with the THC infused absinthe.
I am honored to be mentioned in this issue of Cheers! magazine.
Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails, and Tonics: The Art of Spirited Drinks and Buzz-Worthy Libations by Warren Bobrow – Fair Winds Press
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.
1. ‘Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails and Tonics: The Art of Spirited Drinks and Buzz-Worthy Libations’ by Warren Bobrow
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.
2. ‘The Official High Times Cannabis Cookbook: More Than 50 Irresistible Recipes That Will Get You High’ by The Editors of High Times Magazine
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.
3. ‘Herb: Mastering the Art of Cooking with Cannabis’ by Melissa Parks and Laurie Wolf
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.
4. ‘The Marijuana Chef Cookbook’ by S. T. Oner
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!
5. ‘The Ganja Kitchen Revolution: The Bible of Cannabis Cuisine’ by Jessica Catalano
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!
6. ‘Baked: Over 50 Tasty Marijuana Treats’ by Yzabetta Sativa
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.
7. ‘Sweet Mary Jane: 75 Delicious Cannabis-Infused High-End Desserts’ by Karin Lazarus
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.
8. ‘The Cannabis Cookbook: Over 35 Tasty Recipes for Meals, Munchies, and More’ by Tim Pilcher
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.
10. ‘Kief Preston’s Time-Tested FASTEST Edibles Cookbook: Quick Medical Marijuana Recipes – 30 Minutes or Less ‘ by Kief Preston
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.