The Perfect Cannabis Cocktail & Mocktail Recipes for the End of Summer

Images courtesy of Warren Bobrow: the Hoochie Coochie Man cocktail (left) and the non-alcoholic Rose, Saffron and Cardamom Lassi (right) from his latest book Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails and Tonics: The Art of Spirited Drinks and Buzz-Worthy Libations.

Earlier this year, Warren treated our readers to a sneak peek of the book before it was available for purchase! If you missed that post, click here to get his recipe for the Mezzrole Cocktail, with a little dose of history regarding cannabis beverages.

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Story Of The Vine: Portland’s Division Wines Unites Oregon’s Best, Global Wine

Author’s note: Originally, I sought to work in the wine business. My parents encouraged the enjoyment of wine at the table and in our deep European travel in the 60s and 70s. This eventually evolved to a career in the culinary arts. Writing about wine, tasting wine, wine travel and, of course, the study of culture through wine became a career. As a former trained chef who started at the very bottom— the dish sink, wine appreciation is a wonderful way to teach the palate (and the mind) about the best things in life. Culturally, wine is part of our civilization. We learn to follow the drinking of wine and history is written shortly thereafter. Soon, the creation and the documentation of cocktails became another passion of mine, but in life, I believe that things happen for a reason. A lifetime of tasting wine has offered me knowledge, making it easier to enjoy small-producer, hand-crafted organic and biodynamic wines— my favorites! These are the ones that almost always grace the dinner table because they go so well with the kinds of foods I prepare, from scratch with love. For me, wine is the art that inspires memories and deepens relationships. A special bottle of wine shared between friends makes for experiences that never end. Every sip in the future reminds one of the past. It’s just that easy!

Photo credit: Sam Gehrke

Pouring a glass of wine at Division Wines’ wine bar.

 

When owners Will and Danyelle Prouty first opened Division Wines in 2011 on Portland’s Division Street, they did so with the intention of creating a small wine store they believed would add value to their neighborhood. After all, the shop would be a mere 12 blocks from their home of 23 years, where they currently raise two teenage boys and their accompanying two cats, an anecdote mirrored on the Division Wines website. Danyelle and Will have 30 and 35 years experience, respectively, in the restaurant business–Will, positioned at downtown Portland’s South Park for the past 19 years, running their esteemed wine program for the most recent 13. As time beckoned for the couple to venture out on their own, the wine business was a natural segue. With eCommerce and big box stores ruling retail, they sought to create a neighborhood place where people know who you are and remember what you like to drink, a spot people can trust while exploring wines from around the world.

“What first attracted me to wine over 30 years ago still defines the shop today. Wine is connected to everything around it. Wine is farming, science, politics, religion, history, ambition, ego, grace, beauty, calamity, and more,” Will shares. Speaking with him for just a few moments, it becomes obvious why Will sees wine in everything. “The story of the vine is the story of the human experience. It needs to struggle a little to find true expression. Too much stress and it could break. Not enough, and it grapples with finding character. This journey defines me, and it defines our humble shop,” he says.

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5 Great Ways To Use Fresh Herbs In Your Craft Cocktails

5 Great Ways To Use Fresh Herbs In Your Craft Cocktails
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Nearly everyone has been to their local garden store and ogled over the varieties of fresh herbs that you can grow on your windowsill garden. Who knew there were so many different kinds of basil? And how about all that mint? Are there enough days of growing season left for every different kind of mint, pared with all those incredible bourbons on your groaning shelves?

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Rum Festival Weekend News

Rum Renaissance Festival

Rum Festival Weekend News

10th Annual Rum Renaissance Festival This Weekend

It’s rum festival time again. Time to meet up with friends to discover all the best rums from the Caribbean and beyond at the two day Rum Renaissance Festival tasting event at Fort Lauderdale Convention Center this weekend from 2 to 7pm. More than 150 rums will be displayed, plus a host of great seminars and master classes presented by notable rum experts of the world.

In addition, the VIP Tasting Bar offers rum connoisseurs and collectors an opportunity to sample exquisite, rare, vintage and limited edition luxury rums. “We’re excited that Rum Renaissance is celebrating its tenth anniversary of bringing the world of rum to South Florida. We’ve been visiting to all the rum producers to gather an incredible collection of fine rums to sample for this two day grand tasting event. It’s an opportunity for rum enthusiasts to enjoy their favorites and discover some delightful new expressions, gain a greater appreciation and share the enthusiasm of these fine spirits with friends,” said host Robert Burr.

“South Florida is the number one rum market in the world and its only fitting that we present the largest rum tasting program in the United States once a year in this location. Its also a chance for the international rum community to come together, from the islands of the Caribbean and the Americas to Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and beyond.”

“Rum Experts from near and far are presenting informative and entertaining seminars and master classes for those that wish to increase their knowledge and appreciation of rum. There is a lot of excitement among producers with many new and interesting products coming to market and many new developments in the world of rum.”

Tickets

Tickets are available online, by calling 877-855-3378 or at the door, starting at $75 for unlimited rum samples.

VIP Perks

VIP admission, beginning at 1pm, includes a special rum tasting glass, plus complimentary access to seminars and VIP tasting bar samples.

The Convention Center

It all takes place at the modern Fort Lauderdale Convention Center located on the waterfront at the 17th Street Causeway, just aroud the corner from Fort Lauderdale’s famous sunny beaches and vibrant nightlife.

The Host Hotel

The host hotel is the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina resort, located on the water right next to the convention center. Here is the hotel concierge’s local map and recommended restaurants to visit.

Local Transportation

Convenient shuttle service between the hotels, the convention center and the beaches is provided by the Sun Trolley Beach Link (daily) 9:30am to 6:30pm. http://www.suntrolley.com

Visitor Discounts

Get your free visitors guide and maps and special 2 for 1 summer savings cardshttps://www.sunny.org/ways-to-play/summer/

The Water Taxi

The Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi lands right on the dock at the Hilton Hotel, offering delightful waterfront tours and convenient access to all the best waterfront locations in the area. https://watertaxi.com/


Complete details are available on the Rum Renaissance Festival web site at http://www.rumrenaissance.com

For more information about types of rum, see Rob’s Rum Guide tutorials.

Five Questions with Allison Margolin, Criminal Defense and Cannabis Attorney

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Heidi Gibbs

Allison Margolin

The Cannabis space has certainly changed on the West Coast of the United States in the past decade or so. With this change has come certain challenges. Legal ones come to mind immediately and with any sort of cannabis legalization, there needs to be talented and intellectual people to defend high profile cases against improper charges and institute change across the boundaries of what is correct, to what is right. Criminal defense attorneys are not just born, they are nurtured. And by the very basis of their craft, the craft of cannabis, there is more and more the need to develop strategies and intellectualism for more than just a street corner drug bust. That’s where Allison Margolin comes to the table. She operates in a very studious fashion and rightfully so. One does not become successful and a go/to in the cannabis world without being the very best!

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Disruptive Tech in Your Home Cannabis Kitchen

The panel is a great cross section of experts in the cannabis industry who focus on the fundamentals of cooking with cannabis. We’ll talk about the best, fastest and easiest tech tools to make the perfect medicine, culinary treat or craft cocktail

WARREN BOBROW

Cocktail Whisperer

ANDREA DRUMMER

Elevation VIP Cooperative

SHANEL LINDSAY

Ardent LLC

CAROLINE RUSTIGIAN BRUDERER

K-Line Productions LLC

 

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Mystery Talks by me Convention

I was honored to be in the Mercedes-Benz “Mystery Talks by me”  at the Palm Park during the SXSW in Austin with Rachel, Tricia, Lisa- Our topic was “Healthy and Hyper-digital: Learning to Make the Most of Leisure Time ” – Please, watch it at the link below!
 Cheers!

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Economists once speculated that with the growth of technology, humans would have more time on our hands, and with it we’d expand into leisure activities. In fact, the opposite has happened: we’re working now more than ever. It’s hardly surprising: work gives us activities, meaning, purpose and community. But what if there’s more to life? Many feel the urge to take a step back, but it’s easier said than done. So how can we slow down while keeping up? This discussion draws insight from neuroscience, mindfulness and more to offer some answers.