The popular Montrose patio bar Present Company has drawn eyes for its creative cocktails in the past, but a new addition to the menu might take some by surprise.
Present Company’s latest creation is the “Under the Sea BD” drink, a lemon-flavored Cannabidiol or CBD-infused cocktail that bar representatives describe as a modern mix between a classic daiquiri and ranch water (tequila, Topo Chico and lime juice). The drink contains 17 mg of CBD, a naturally occurring chemical compound found in the cannabis plant.
Representatives said the CBD was a “moderate amount for people to experience.”
“The cocktail isn’t coming off the menu anytime soon,” Present Company representative Sara Jackson said. “It’s been received very well, and we feel it’s a great addition to our current menu.”
“Under the Sea BD” is made with pineapple rum, kiwi, citrus, eucalyptus, Topo Chico and lemon CBD and runs patrons $11. Jackson said Present Company’s beverage director, Rex Nielsen, had the idea for the unique drink as early as last year when he presented it as a cocktail for those who “might be looking for more of a relaxed evening out,” Jackson said.
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“As with anything, CBD will effect each person differently,” Jackson said. “A common opinion is [it will lead to] improvement to mood and anxiety, much like that first drink after a long day.”
Present Company will also offer patrons the chance to infuse CBD to other cocktails or non-alcoholic drinks. Customers can request a dropper of CBD for $3, Jackson said.
New CBD-focused stores have increasingly popped up across the Houston-area, and CBD-infused products are now being offered at some large chain grocery stores. But it wasn’t until this summer that Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill legalizing the production of hemp-based CBD, allowing products to become more easily accessible and officially legal.
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The bill clarifies hemp-based products such as CBD oil are legal, as long as they contain no more than 0.3 percent THC, the psychoactive ingredient that gives users a high, according to previous reporting by the Houston Chronicle.
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H/T: Eater Houston.