Throughout 2018, CBD’s popularity has grown immensely as people discover more ways to use the compound, including mixing it into their drinks to create a CBD-infused cocktail. Los Angeles in particular was previously a hotbed for cannabis-infused cocktail creations, leading CBD to make its way onto drink menus across other states as well. Unfortunately for Californians, outgoing governor Jerry Brown passed a law late in September prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages containing cannabis extracts, essentially ending the booming CBD cocktail trend in the Golden State. However, CBD-infused cocktails are thriving in other areas of the country, and we’re highlighting the best establishments for their CBD drinks that impressed us this year.
The bars and restaurants listed below are in random order, with each of them exemplifying creativity and innovation as they lead the way for CBD-centric cocktails.
Dubbed the first CBD restaurant and bar in New York City, it comes as no surprise that Adriaen Block offers a wide selection of CBD-infused cocktails. The establishment recently opened in August of 2018, and has since been a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. The bartenders use THC-free CBD tinctures for their cocktails, and their CBD-infused drink menu features both “boozy” and alcohol-free drink options.
Where: Queens, NY
Saxon + Parole
Named after two legendary American race horses, Saxon + Parole features an impressive drink menu, with a section dedicated to non-alcoholic and CBD cocktails. Their non-alcoholic cocktail list incorporates Seedlip spirits and Rosebud CBD oil (a staff favorite at Remedy Review) to create refreshing beverages that mimic traditional cocktails. Customers visiting this restaurant and bar can add 12mg of Rosebud CBD to non-alcoholic cocktails for $6.
Where: New York, NY
A glamorous cocktail lounge with 30th floor views, The Skylark impresses patrons with its stunning scenery and its unique drink selection. Perhaps one of the bar’s most interesting ingredients is CBD hemp syrup, which is made in-house and used to make the “Rocky Mountain High” cocktail. While this drink won’t actually get you high, it does combine CBD-infused syrup with bourbon, lemon juice, elderflower liquor, ginger ale, mint, and sage for a taste that is reminiscent of the Rocky Mountains’ wilderness.
Where: Manhattan, NY
Started by two local brothers, Zenbarn is dedicated to supporting their community and promoting overall well being among their customers. Zenbarn is more than just a bar and restaurant, as the second floor features a wellness studio where yoga and dance classes take place. The bar downstairs offers CBD on the cocktail menu, where drinks like “High on the Hog” or “Up in Smoke” use CBD syrup (or CBD spiked lemonade) as an added ingredient.
Where: Waterbury, VT
A casual bar that serves global cuisine alongside creative drinks and live music performances, Minglewood is aptly named for its popularity as a meeting place for friends and family. This bar serves two cocktails featuring Ananda CBD extract, the “Cucumber Haze,” with Prairie Organic Vodka, and the “Sour Diesel,” which uses Jim Beam Bourbon and honey. Minglewood also adds CBD extract to any other cocktail for an additional $2.50, so you can incorporate CBD into a drink of your choice.
Where: Lexington, KY
Known for its southern food and cooking techniques, Haberdish is also home to inventive cocktail creations and has received praise for its new CBD-infused cocktail. Called the “Apothecary,” this drink is specifically formulated to blend CBD extract without compromising flavor or consistency. This cocktail is made by mixing CBD concentrate with prickly pear liquor and Conniption gin, among other ingredients, to create an easy avenue for customers to try the trendy cannabis compound.
Where: Charlotte, NC
A cozy pub known for its craft cocktails and quality food dishes, Due West offers “mocktails” that are free of alcohol but feature another special ingredient—CBD. Customers can opt for refreshing drinks like the “Agri-Cola” or “High Tide,” which incorporate CBD into otherwise simple drink mixtures. We like the option of a CBD mocktail, especially for people that prefer their CBD without an added buzz from alcohol.