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OKC bars are on the CBD cocktail train

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Jace Melton, head bartender at Black Walnut, mixes up a CBD cocktail. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]
Jace Melton, head bartender at Black Walnut, mixes up a CBD cocktail. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]

With the exception of a kitchen fire, bar and restaurant patrons have always appreciated a little smoke-and-flame with their going-out experience. Think blazing fajitas and fire cocktails.

Now add in America’s hippest ingredient, and you’ll have an even bigger hit.

Jace Melton, head bartender at Black Walnut in Deep Deuce, has come up with such a concoction. His “Shatter” cocktail includes macadamia nut-infused rye, tobacco bitters and the nation’s flavor of the year — CBD.

Melton sprays CBD oil in a Nick and Nora glass and quickly pours in the alcohol, which prevents any film from rising to the top of the drink. He covers the drink with a glass dome, then blasts in hickory wood chip smoke, which forms a thick fog around the amber cocktail.

Top it with a garnish of caramelized sugar, and customers quickly reach for their favorite cliche — "I’ll have what he’s having."

“It’s kind of our showcase drink,” Melton said. “One goes out. More go out.”

CBD cocktails have become the darling drinks in bars across the country. So much so that last fall, CNN declared that CBD is America’s coolest food and drink ingredient.

Short for cannabidiol, CBD is found in the cannabis plant. Legally obtainable without a medical marijuana card, CBD has been touted as a healing product for aches and pains, a relaxant, and a soothing ingredient in food, drinks and treats.

In 2017, Oklahoma legalized the selling of CBD oil, which doesn’t produce the high associated with marijuana. Oklahoma City booze slingers have taken to featuring CBD in their drinks.

At Scratch in the Paseo, “Hair of the Dog” is a popular drink featuring Bombay Sapphire gin, Pimm’s No. 1 liqueur, ginger beer and CBD water.

“You can come and have a cocktail with a little ginger, a little CBD and start your day as best you can,” said general manager and bartender Robyn Winters. “Will you be able to pass your drug test after having it? Yes.”

Some drink makers are cautious about using CBD in their products. At Stonecloud Brewing Co., owner Joel Irby said he is waiting for a clear ruling from the federal government.

Stonecloud recently introduced a hemp-infused pale ale named “Hemp Hemp Hooray.” Irby said the beer doesn’t have CBD or THC, and the brewery doesn’t promise any medicinal benefits from the drink.

However, it smells great, he said.

“It’s very similar to marijuana,” Irby said. “Hemp is a cannabis plant. You’re getting a lot of the same aromatics off the flower. For us, we describe it as an herbal dank. It’s fruity in some aspects. You can get some berry aspects off it. It’s not dissimilar to the aroma of hops. We think it’s a really cool aroma that melds well with the hoppy flavors in our beer.”

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<strong>Robyn Winter, general manager at Scratch, serves up a CBD cocktail. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]</strong>

Robyn Winter, general manager at Scratch, serves up a CBD cocktail. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]

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Josh Dulaney

Josh Dulaney joined The Oklahoman in November 2016. Dulaney is a California Newspaper Publishers Association award winner for his writing. In both 2018 and 2019 he earned newspaper writer of the year honors from the Great Plains Journalism Awards. Read more ›

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