What better way to spend a leisurely fall afternoon than sipping on cannabis-inspired cocktails in San Francisco’s iconic Castro district?
Just down the road from my favorite boutique dispensary, Apothecarium, I decided to make my way to Flore Bar and Restaurant for their 4:20 happy hour – said to be the first in the Bay Area to serve up “cannabis” cocktails.
As a disclaimer: These cocktails won’t get you stoned
Currently, Prop 64 (which legalized the recreational use of marijuana for those 21 and older in California) includes a clause prohibiting businesses that sell alcohol to also serve cannabis.
As a work-around, Flore crafts cocktails with non-psychoactive CBD or cannabidiol extracts that are used to add depth of flavor and pungent aromatics to drinks.
The brainchild of new co-owners Terrance Alan and Aaron Silverman, the innovative drink menu was created with help from award-winning mixologist Christopher Longoria and renowned chemist Chris Emerson.
Flore boasts over a dozen signature cocktails laced with CBD, like the “Harvey’s Hibiscus Sangria” (named after LGBT activist Harvey Milk), which is paired with Red Hindu. Each refreshing beverage contains roughly 10 mg of CBD, which can help aid in relaxation and has been know to relieve pain and manage stress.
One of my favorites is the “Castro Cup” paired with Sour Diesel tinctures. The distinct sweet and piney notes of sour diesel seemingly activated the fresh citrus and effervescence, and added a pleasant nose to the drink that made every sip an inviting and sensual experience.
If you’re ever in San Francisco, I highly recommend sampling your favorite cannabis-inspired tipples and watching the world float by at Flore’s outdoor patio.