Otium Serves Up a CBD Cocktails Tasting Menu

Otium's PB&J CBD cocktail

In celebration of 420 Day, Otium‘s bar director Chris Amirault (formerly of Harlowe) will be serving up a variety of CBD cocktails! You can try each one for $20 a piece. Or just totally go for it (it’s Friday!) and run through the entire tasting menu for $65. The selection includes the Pineapple Express, the CBD-oil-laced Negroni variation already on the bar’s regular menu. So I’d say if you’re watching your intake go for the other ones first because who knows when you’ll get to try them again.

Otium's CBD cocktail photo by Caroline Hollingsworth

Pineapple Express: gin, pineapple Campari, sweet vermouth, coconut CBD oil

  • Pineapple Express: gin, pineapple Campari, sweet vermouth, coconut CBD oil
  • Sour Diesel: gin, lemon, yuzu honey, egg white, Peychaud’s, lemon CBD oil
  • PB & J: American whiskey, peanut butter Campari, strawberry, egg white, lemon CBD oil
  • Blue Dream: rum blend, blue curacao, lime, vanilla orgeat, coconut CBD oil
Otium's CBD cocktails photo by Caroline Hollingsworth

Sour Diesel: gin, lemon, yuzu honey, egg white, Peychaud’s, lemon CBD oil

Gracias Madre was one of the first to shine a spotlight on CBD cocktails back in 2016 before recreational pot was legal in California. And when it was finally legalized this year, Chris wanted to help champion cannabis as a viable food and beverage ingredient. So he reached out to bartender Jason Eisner, who had invented those first CBD cocktails at Gracias Madre. Jason then introduced him to Colorado’s H. Hemp Company, which created affordable coconut- and lemon-flavored MCT cannabis oils.

Otium's CBD cocktails photo by Caroline Hollingsworth

PB & J: American whiskey, peanut butter Campari, strawberry, egg white, lemon CBD oil

How do they taste in these particular cocktails? “The oils contribute a highly concentrated cannabis flavor. Cannabis has an herbaceous and grassy note that compliments most sugars and citrus,” Chris said. “In the Pineapple Express, those herbaceous notes contribute to the bitterness of the Negroni but also the coconut adds to the tropical feeling. In the Sour Diesel, the lemon notes from the CBD oil add a bright acidity to the entire cocktail, highlighting the botanicals of the gin and the slight floral notes from the yuzu honey!”

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Gracias Madre's Stoned Fruit CBD cocktails photo by Brennan Woo

Gracias Madre’s Stoned Fruit CBD cocktail

If you miss the pot cocktails at Otium, not to fret. Gracias Madre in West Hollywood still serves them, even though Jason Eisner has left the company. New bartender director Maxwell Reis is running Jason’s original three (Stoney Negroni, Rolled Fashioned and Sour T-iesel) plus a couple of his own:

  • Stoned Fruit: black plum, yuzu, apricot liqueur, orange aperitif, cannabinoid, mezcal
  • Alternative Medicina: ginger, honey, yuzu, Hop Amaro, Cannabinoids, mezcal, Centennial Hop Tincture Mist, CBD ginger candy
And for even more options here’s where you can find other CBD cocktails around L.A.
  • Gesso: Rye Meow with rye whiskey, dry vermouth, elderflower, CBD oil
  • Employees Only: “Nice Dreams” is made with mezcal, lemon, Meletti, aquafaba, CBD and matcha powder
  • Pattern Bar: Armani with New Amsterdam gin, elderflower liqueur, muddled CBD oil, lemon, lime, orange, mint and topped with sparkling wine
Employees Only's CBD cocktails photo by Meghan Patke

Employees Only’s Nice Dreams CBD cocktail

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