Episode 095 - CBD Cocktails

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What’s shakin, cocktail fans?

Welcome back to another episode of The Modern Bar Cart Podcast!

Tyler Lloyd, Co-Founder of LOU CBD  Photo Credit: Reema Desai Boldes

Tyler Lloyd, Co-Founder of LOU CBD
Photo Credit: Reema Desai Boldes

This episode, we take a good, hard look at one of the emerging trends in the cocktail space: CBD cocktails. I sit down with my friend Tyler Lloyd of Louisville CBD, and we really dig into the science, the definitions, and the flavors that are important to consider before you start seasoning your drinks with this popular cannabinoid compound. Tyler is a cocktail enthusiast himself – he’s actually the producer of The Speaking Easy Podcast, which is one of the inspirations for this show.

So if you’ve been curious about CBD in general, or CBD cocktails in particular, this episode should help you decide if and how you’d like to experiment with them. Some of the things we discuss include:

  • What CBD is and how it differs from another popular cannabinoid called THC

  • How Tyler and his brother capitalized on recent legislation to build LOU CBD and bring consistency and good science into the supplement space

  • Tips for making sure you stay safe and achieve your optimum desired outcome when making or purchasing a CBD cocktail (or any product with a CBD upgrade).

  • How CBD affects the flavor profile of a mixed drink, and how to incorporate it into your cocktails in ways that make sense.

  • A little mixological pit stop where we sample LOU CBD and incorporate it into a delicious tequila cocktail.

  • Why George Washington and the other founding fathers were so keen on hemp

  • And much, much more.

We take our time with CBD in this interview. Because it’s a trending topic and because we want our listeners to be super informed before choosing to enjoy a CBD cocktail, we go through some intense definitions setting and cautionary exercises.

But an abundance of caution doesn’t come at the expense of our enthusiasm - it was great experimenting with CBD cocktails, and it’s almost inevitable that more and more of these creations will continue adding to the cocktail conversation in the coming years.

About Louisville CBD

You can learn more about LOU CBD by visiting their website, loucbd.com or by following them on Instagram @loucbd.

To receive 15% off your purchase from LOU CBD, enter the discount code “MBC15” at checkout.

Featured Cocktail: The Louisville Cocktail

This episode’s featured drink is the Louisville Cocktail. To make it, you’ll need:

  • 2 oz Bourbon

  • ½ oz Lillet Rouge

  • ½ oz Lillet Blanc

Combine all these ingredients in a mixing glass with ice, stir for 15-20 seconds until well chilled and thoroughly mixed, and strain into a stemmed cocktail glass.

A note on the ingredients:

Lillet is a French-style aperitif, and this cocktail is essentially a perfect Manhattan (or a Manhattan made with equal parts sweet and dry vermouth). However, instead of vermouths, we’re using the slightly stronger, slightly sweeter aperitifs, which makes the Louisville cocktail, the perfect Manhattan’s stronger, sweeter cousin.

Enjoy it with the citrus twist of your choice, and make sure to offer a toast for all the delicious Bourbon brought to us by the great state of Kentucky.

Show Notes

This episode contains a wealth of information about CBD, THC, and a number of other topics pertaining to cannabinoids and cocktails. Here’s some of the most important info.

CBD Crash Course
  • CBD is an abbreviation for the compound Cannabidiol, which is a substance found in many cannabis plants, including hemp and marijuana.

  • CBD is different from another compound called THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), which is also found in many cannabis plants.

  • The term psychoactivity refers to the power of a substance to alter a person’s state of consciousness (or “make you high”). CBD is non-psychoactive, whereas THC is considered psychoactive.

  • For a CBD product to be manufactured and sold legally in the United States, it must be derived from hemp, which is a cannabis plant descheduled by The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018. If CBD is derived from hemp and contains less than 0.3% THC by volume, then it may be legally sold in the United States.

CBD Cocktail: The Sour T-eisel


This cocktail was created by California bartender Jason Eisner, and it does a great job incorporating the grassy, somewhat agricultural flavors of CBD into a cocktail with exceptional flavor and mouthfeel. To make it, you’ll need:

  • 2 oz Tequila blanco

  • 1 oz fresh lime juice

  • 1⁄2 oz agave nectar or simple syrup

  • 1 pinch Pink sea salt (optional)

  • 3 mint leaves

  • 5 drops LOU CBD tincture (100mg)

  • 3⁄4 oz aquafaba

Place all of the ingredients except for the CBD oil and aquafaba in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Fine-strain into a large container, and add the CBD oil and aquafaba. Emulsify the liquid for 5 seconds with a stick/immersion blender. Transfer the liquid back into the cocktail shaker, and strain the liquid into a cocktail glass.

Lightning Round

Favorite Cocktail

The Old Fashioned

If You Were a Cocktail Ingredient, What Would You Be?

Ice, because it’s something that you have a lot of control over as a bartender or consumer, and it adds a lot of different complexities that are under-valued.

Cocktail with Anyone, Past of Present

Fitness expert Ben Greenfield

CBD Resources

Project CBD

Advice for New CBD Users/Mixologists

Start slow. Do your research, and before you purchase a CBD product look for:

  • Proof of 3rd Party Testing (for ingredient verification)

  • Indication of organic growing practices

  • THC-free or less than 0.3% THC

  • Avoid CBD isolate in order to benefit from the entourage effect

If you have any questions, reach out to Tyler and LOU CBD via email or social media.