Where To Drink Cannabis Cocktails In Los Angeles Right Now

Otium's Pineapple Express with Sipsmith gin, pineapple Campari, and H. Hemp Company coconut CBD oil. (photo by Caroline Hollingsworth)

Could the marijuana martini become a staple on cocktail menus? Don't be surprised. Bartenders are mixing CBD and terpenes — the compounds in cannabis that don't get you high — with mezcal, gin, scotch, cachaça and pretty much every other kind of liquor to create drinks like the Stoney Negroni and the Rolled Fashioned.

Here in Los Angeles, Jason Eisner kicked off the trend in 2016 at Mexican vegan restaurant Gracias Madre. For him, it wasn't a gimmick. It was a way to educate people about the health benefits of cannabidiol... while giving them a full-body buzz. The legalization of recreational marijuana means more bartenders have hopped on the bandwagon.

Although CBD doesn't have the mind-altering effects of THC, you definitely need to be aware of how much you drink. And when I say "you" I mean "me."

After baby sips of three Gracias Madre drinks, I felt as if I'd downed two full cocktails. But not in a falling-down drunk way, just feeling soooooo gooood and — bonus! — without the telltale signs of an impending hangover. Some people claim CBD can even soothe the downsides of drinking too much alcohol.

Want to experience the hottest trend in booze? Here's where to go.

Employees Only's Nice Dreams with date-infused mezcal, amaro, matcha, lemon, aquafaba and CBD. (Photo by Caroline Pardilla)

Employees Only LA

Like In & Out's animal style fries or its 4x4 burger, Nice Dreams isn't on the menu but if you know what's up, you can order this secret concoction — and look ridiculously insidery while doing it. Bar manager Dee Ann Quinones' adds CBD oil to mezcal for a subtly smoky and giggle-inducing drink.
7953 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood

Bluebird Brasserie's Gentle Monk with Citadelle gin, bergamot liqueur, Cocchi Rosa Americano, CBD, lemon, orange, aquafaba and St. George Absinthe. (Photo by Bluebird Brasserie)

Bluebird Brasserie

Although the Belgian pub is best known for its beer, assistant GM Lisanne Magnus fell in love with the flavors and homeopathic benefits of CBD. "CBD heightens feelings of relaxation and euphoria. Why wouldn't I want to add it to a cocktail?" she says. In the Gentle Monk, she mixes gin with a CBD alcohol-based tincture, which integrates into a cocktail better than an oil.
13730 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks

Doctor's Orders with scotch, lemon, ginger syrup, CBD sugar elixir and 'Tween Normandie & Western with Singani 63, lemon, egg white, Angostura and CBD sugar elixir. (Photo by Pete Capella)

The Flats

Instead of dropping CBD oil into a cocktail shaker, beverage director Pete Capella cooks it in a burned sugar syrup, which gives drinks a richer, smoother flavor. He serves CBD'd takes on classic drinks like the Pisco Sour and Penicillin.
8400 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills

Broken Shaker's Pirate's Gold with cachaça, yellow chartreuse, avocado pit orgeat, germanium and thyme, lime juice, and Gold Flora CBD oil. (Photo by Christine Wiseman)

Broken Shaker at the Freehand Hotel

You're on the Freehand's roof, at its poolside bar, already entranced by the view of the downtown L.A. skyline. But you can still get higher. "I like to use CBD in cocktails, especially on the roof, because it's all about adding to the vibe that you are feeling up there," says bartender Christine Wiseman. Her Pirate's Gold is a mix of cachaça and mood-lifting Gold Flora CBD oil.
416 W. 8th St., downtown L.A.

Gracias Madre's Stoned Fruit with black plum, yuzu, apricot liqueur, orange aperitif, cannabinoid, mezcal. (photo by Brennan Woo)

Gracias Madre

If you haven't tried Jason Eisner's OG pot cocktails, do it ASAP. The Stoney Negroni and Rolled Fashioned are coming off the menu in the next couple of months. Fortunately, the uber-popular Sour T-iesel will stick around along with bar director Maxwell Reis's CBD-laced mezcal concoctions, the Stoned Fruit and Alternative Medicina.
8905 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood

The Rye Meow with rye whiskey, dry vermouth, elderflower and CBD oil. (photo by Gesso)

Gesso

Director of operations Jamie Boalbey said she was intrigued by CBD after reading about its health benefits for anxiety and epilepsy. Her Rye Meow, a riff on the Brooklyn, uses elderflower and rye to highlight CBD's earthy qualities.
801 N. Fairfax Ave. #101, Los Angeles

Otium's Blue Dream: Rhum Clement VSOP, Casa Magdalena Rum, lime, vanilla orgeat, Giffard Blue Curacao and H. Hemp Company coconut CBD (photo by Caroline Hollingsworth)

Otium

Bartender Chris Amirault likes the way CBD works with citrus but he thinks it changes the texture of stirred drinks, so he adds vanilla syrup to his Pineapple Express, a CBD-spiked Negroni. That helps maintain that silky but weighty mouthfeel of a traditional Negroni. Amirault also serves the Blue Dream, an azure Mai Tai variation he created for 4/20. If you're not feeling either of those, you can add CBD oil to any cocktail for $5.
222 S. Hope St., downtown L.A.

LAVentura with reposado, limonene terpene, herbal root liqueur, apricot syrup, fresh lemon and a raspberry garnish. (Photo by Prank Bar)

Prank Bar

Instead of CBD oils, Prank Bar uses terpenes, the fragrant oils that give weed its pungent aroma. The LAVentura is made with limonene terpene, an energy-boosting strain with orange flower. The cocktail uses beet and apricot to balance sweet against tart while the terpene's orange flower bitterness adds depth.
1100 S. Hope St., downtown L.A.


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