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Warren Bobrow, the Cocktail Whisperer

“I’m late to the game,” admits cocktail historian Warren Bobrow, one of the headliners for the inaugural Asheville Cocktail Week. Bobrow spent nearly 20 years in the financial world before attending the French Culinary Institute, where he studied under famed New York Times food writer Alan Richman. The author of numerous books, Bobrow will host a dinner at Cucina 24 and a seminar at the S&W. He’ll also do a book signing at Malaprop’s to promote his latest work, Cannabis Cocktails.

“We’ll be talking about bitters and the stomach and healing,” he says of his planned discussion, noting that his other book, Apothecary Cocktails, deals with ailments that, up until the 1940s, people would have gone to an apothecarian to cure. “Bitters, acidulated beverages, shrubs, anything with vinegar played a huge role in that. Gentian root, wormwood … it was all used for digestion, and they all go back to the early apothecary.”

The original apothecarians, Bobrow explains, blended ingredients that they had in their kitchens and grew in their gardens to create curative tinctures and remedies. “And some of them were really interested in healing, but in those days, the doctors were out in the field doing the curing for people who would break an arm or split their head open. So the apothecarians became the formularies,” he says.

Bobrow believes it’s imperative that knowledge of historic healing practices, tonics and remedies not be lost. “Today you see all these bartenders pounding Fernet-Branca — and for a hangover, there’s nothing better — but all of these have a medicinal history in healing. But back then, most of those products had cannabis in them, and looking back, probably the only ingredient that actually did anything was cannabis.”

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Warren is the cofounder and CEO of, the finest terpene forward, craft cannabis cocktail in the world. He's written Apothecary Cocktails-Restorative Drinks from Yesterday and Today, Bitters and Shrub Syrup Cocktails: Restorative Vintage Cocktails, Mocktails, and Elixirs , Whiskey Cocktails : Rediscovered Classics and Contemporary Craft Drinks Using the World's Most Popular Spirit, Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails, and Tonics: The Art of Spirited Drinks and Buzz-Worthy Libations, and the Craft Cocktail Compendium (2017)
Warren Bobrow has been a pot scrubber, dishwasher, the owner of the first company to make fresh pasta in South Carolina , a television engineer in New York City, and he even worked at the famed club named Danceteria. He became a trained chef from the dish sink up; this unfortunately led to a mostly unsuccessful twenty year career in private banking.
Currently a cannabis, wine and travel aficionado, Warren is a former international rum judge and craft spirits national brand ambassador.
He works full time in the cannabis business as an alchemist/journalist/CEO. Instagram: warrenbobrow