Put This In Your Mouth: A Cocktail You Can Smoke

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Hoppy Hemp Cocktail smoked in a bong at Gracias Madre. This drink has got everyone’s mind blown.

It might be one of the priciest single cocktails in Los Angeles right now, but for $25 you'll get much more than just silver tequila and dry-hopped cucumber soda infused with the aroma of smoked hemp seeds. Gracias Madre's beverage director Jason Eisner will roll out a cart of high-tech lab-looking equipment and talk your ear off as he prepares your drink tableside, decanting the final mixture into a clear glass water pipe before lighting one end of a handheld food smoker with a torch lighter and letting the aroma of charred hemp seeds permeate your surroundings.

"Basically, I'm a huge stoner," Eisner says from a seat inside Gracias Madre's bright and airy bar area. The cocktail, called Up In Smoke, is not exactly the creative and labor-intensive kind of drink you'd expect to find at a vegan Mexican restaurant on the trendy end of Melrose in West Hollywood.

"It's really an excuse for me to teach people about the lineage between cannabis and hops," says Eisner, an energetic stoner mixologist who pulls double duty running the bar program at Cafe Gratitude and just opened his own craft beer project, Block Party in Highland Park. "They have the same main active elements, and there are intense flavor and aroma similarities."

Hops and weed are, indeed, members of the same plant family, and their similarities are apparent from the first step of Up In Smoke's preparation, when Eisner shoves a whole Mosaic hop cone into the bong's downstem and lights the tip. Like a shaman cleansing the air with burned sage before a session, Eisner allows the hop smoke, which smells like a roach in someone's pocket, to waft around. You practically can hear your neighbors wondering, "Did he really just pack a bowl?"

(via LA Weekly)

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