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An Interview with the L.A. Bartender Making CBD Cocktails


The West Hollywood restaurant that brought you the Joaquin & Coke cocktail is now trying something a little bit more risqué. Last year, beverage Director Jason Eisner introduced three cannabidiol-based cocktails at Gracias Madre, a plant-based Mexican restaurant beloved by many vegan celebs. Cannabidiol (CBD) is the naturally occurring cannabis compound believed to provide the most medicinal benefits, and even though it does not get people high, the government still prohibits it despite publically acknowledging its cancer-fighting properties. Eisner extracts the CBD from the plant stalks, not the flowers, which the restaurant says makes it legal.

The three CBD cocktails were originally a verbal-only special, but they now appear under the High Vibes section on the beverage menu. The $20 cocktails include the Stoney Negroni (gin, Carpano Antica Vermouth, Contratto Aperitivo, port wine, CBD oil and orange peel), the Sour T-iesel (tequila blanco, lime juice, agave nectar, mint, salt, CBD and aquafaba with matcha tea powder garnish) and the Gracias-only Rolled Fashioned (Benesin Mezcal Anejo, bourbon, housemade sarsaparilla, aromatic bitters, orange, CBD oil with a housemade vegan churro garnish). Sorry, no medicated margaritas just yet.