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Cheers To Cannabis: A List Of CBD-Infused Drinks You Need To Try

As California celebrates its 6-month legalized cannabis anniversary, a new industry of THC and CBD-infused drinks, along with an abundance of other cannabis-infused products are finding their way into mainstream society.

CBD-Infused drinks

Aside from getting high, canna-connoisseurs have discovered that CBD — the acronym for a non-psychoactive molecule found in cannabis, cannabidiol — has a special place in the health and wellness scene, and could potentially be on the forefront of being recognized as a legitimate medicine.

Thanks to anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety properties, CBD-infused drinks can provide a relaxing, subliminal buzz, and are also becoming the go-to alternatives for cannabis users looking to experiment, without dealing with the mind-altering effects that come with THC.

Although legal gray areas exist pretty much everywhere cannabis does, if you are of age or someone you know that is older than 21, has been curious about trying a CBD-infused drink, but want to avoid any awkwardness or confusion at a marijuana collective — here are some you can buy right now, without setting foot in a dispensary.

Kickback Cold Brew Coffee

A few bottles of Kickback Cold brew Coffee ended up at the FOODBEAST offices a few months back. Made with CBD and hemp oil, this cold brew is a tasty way to take off the edge. Some cold brew mixtures can be an easy way to jump-start your mornings or afternoon routine, but most likely end in a jittery crash. Adding CBD to this tasty mixture helped ease after-coffee anxiety and prevented a harsh crash.

Check out the Matcha-cha flavor, made with almond milk and monk fruit for an earthy, yet sweet aftertaste.

Where to buy: Use the store locator feature on Kickback’s website to find some near you.

‘Sour T-iesel’ Cocktail

Thanks to these CBD-infused drinks, like the, “Stony Negroni” and “Rolled Fashion,” this plant-based Mexican restaurant in Los Angeles is becoming a landmark for Instagram worthy cocktails.

Gracias Madre, located on the ever-hip Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood, also serves up the “Sour T-iesel,” a drink named after the Sour Diesel cannabis strain. Crowned with a green cannabis leaf shape outlined in matcha powder, this mixture of  tequila blanco, lime, agave, mint, aquafaba, and cannabinoids will cost you about $20.

Where to buy: Gracias Madre, 8905 Melrose Ave., WeHo; (323) 978-2170

Vybes Mind + Body Function

A few FOODBEAST staffers came up with a CBD-infused drink recipe that became an impromptu mixer at a networking event for Om Nom Organics in Downtown Los Angeles.

The bottled CBD-infused drink was Vybes Mind + Body Function, a smooth, organic tea-like beverage made with 15mg of hemp CBD. The Blueberry Mint flavor was refreshing with vodka and soda water.

Where to buy: Visit the Om Nom Organics website to find a location near you.

CBD-Infused Caramel Latte

While California is the newest state to adopt full-on cannabis legalization, states like New York are still testing out state-run medical cannabis programs. However, you don’t need a New York State-issued medical cannabis recommendation to stop by Brooklyn’s Caffeine Underground, a popular coffee shop and event space.

The Caffeine Underground specializes in made-to-order CBD-infused coffee drinks

Where to buy: Caffeine Underground, 447 Central Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221

CatBirD IPA

Known as Catbird IPA (CatBirD, get it?), this special CBD-infused brew was created by Transplants Brewing from Palmdale, Calif., and incorporates a unique “hop-hash,” a blend of different types of hops that are harvested from the pelletizing process. In short, “hop-hash” contains a wide variety of hops, which contributes to a very intense hoppy experience.

At 7.2 ABV, this IPA will provide a strong buzz while keeping you nice and mellow. Check out Transplants Brewing’s website for more info on tasting hours.

Where to buy: Transplants Brewing, 40242 La Quinta Ln Unit 101, Palmdale, CA 93551

CBD Coffee Beans

Out of the countless number of mail order coffee subscriptions, it’s safe to say that Green Roads Coffee is the only distributor that will send you some CBD-soaked beans. While CBD cold brew coffee is abundant in bottled form, this might be the right choice for those of you that appreciate the ritualistic process of making your own cup of coffee by hand.

Quick, grab the grinder — and the French press.

Where to buy: www.greenroadsworld.com.

CBD Lemonade

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If Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods had a child, it would be Erewhon Organic Grocer & Cafe. With a handful of locations in California, Erewhon specializes in raw, vegan, and organic produce.

Their mission is to provide customers with “functional foods, adaptogens, herbs, CBD, and superfoods,” according to its webite. In addition, Erewhon has a variety of CBD-infused cold-pressed juices and smoothies.

Where to buy: Visit www.erewhon.com to find a location near you.

Prank Bar

Sporting rolling door panels, high ceilings, and a spacious upstairs bar, Prank Bar in Los Angeles is known as Los Angeles first ever ‘walk-up bar.’ It’s also the first bar in Los Angeles to serve terpene cocktails. Terpenes are the essential oils of the cannabis plant, which carry the plant’s aromatic and flavor compounds.

With that said, terpenes are non-psychoactive, and have different physiological effects. For example, pinene, a pine-scented terpene found in popular strains like OG Kush and Blue Dream, can act as a bronchodilator — which can help with respiratory system issues.

Where to buy: Prank Bar, 1100 S Hope St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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All The Ingredients You May Not Have Guessed Were In Your Favorite Starbucks Drinks

There are days where I’m guilty of spending half my commute waiting in line at a Starbucks to get my coffee order. As I stand there, sandwiched between a banker and bus driver, I think about how easily I could have made my own coffee at home. As I inch closer to the register, I can see the frantic baristas pour ingredient after ingredient into the cups as they power through the morning rush of drink orders.

This made me wonder, how many ingredients are actually in a Starbucks drink?

Fellow Foodbeast writer Isai Rocha once mentioned that any food that had more than five ingredients had the potential to be pretty sus — leading him to dig into the ingredients of popular fast food fries. I remember those numbers he found surprised me.

In case you’ve ever pondered how many different ingredients are in your morning cup of Starbucks, you may or may not be surprised to find that some drinks have more than 15. After some investigation, I broke down what’s really inside six popular Starbucks beverages.

You can find a breakdown below of all the ingredients in some of the most popular drinks at Starbucks.


Flat White (2)

Starbucks Coffee

Milk (1)

Brewed Espresso (1)

Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew (12)

Brewed Coffee (1)

Ice (1)

Vanilla Syrup (5): Sugar, Water, Natural Flavors, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid

Heavy Cream (4): Cream, Milk, Mono And Diglycerides, Carrageenan

Milk (1)

Hot Chocolate (14)

Milk (1)

Mocha Sauce (4): Water, Sugar, Cocoa Processed With Alkali, Vanillin

Whipped Cream (4): Cream, Milk, Mono And Diglycerides, Carrageenan

Vanilla Syrup (5): Sugar, Water, Natural Flavors, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid

Caramel Macchiato (19)

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Milk (1)

Brewed Espresso (1)

Vanilla Syrup (5): Sugar, Water, Natural Flavors, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid

Caramel Sauce (12): Sugar, Corn Syrup, Butter (Cream/Milk, Salt), Water, Heavy Cream, Nonfat Dry Milk, Natural Flavors, Salt, Mono & Diglycerides, Soy Lecithin, Sulfites

Mocha Frappuccino (23)

Ice (1)

Milk (1)

Coffee Frappuccino Syrup (7): Sugar, Water, Salt, Natural And Artificial Flavors, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid

Coffee (1)

Whipped Cream (4): Cream (Cream, Milk, Mono And Diglycerides, Carrageenan)

Vanilla Syrup (5): Sugar, Water, Natural Flavors, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid

Mocha Sauce (4): Water, Sugar, Cocoa Processed With Alkali, Vanillin

Pink Drink (24)

Ice (1)

Strawberry Acai Base (8): Water, Sugar, White Grape Juice Concentrate, Natural Flavors, Citric Acid, Natural Green Coffee Flavor, Fruit and Vegetable Juice, Rebaudioside-a

Coconut Milk (14) Water, Coconut Cream, Cane Sugar, Tricalcium Phosphate, Coconut Water Concentrate, Natural Flavors, Sea Salt, Carrageenan, Gellan Gum, Corn Dextrin, Xanthan Gum, Guar Gum, Vitamin a Palmitate, Vitamin D2 (Ergocalciferol)

Freeze-dried Strawberries (1)


So what’s with all these ingredients like Mono and Diglycerides and Carrageenan? Shouldn’t whipped cream just be cream and sugar?

I spoke to resident Foodbeast food scientist and Nationally-ranked Pokemon Master Constantine Spyrou who explained:

“Mono and digylcerides are an emulsifying agent added to whipped cream. It’s needed to keep the oil and water from separating inside of cream/milk.”

He says because the cream is separated from milk, it may be missing some natural phospholipids that emulsify the milk and the cream.

Carrageenan, he goes on to explain that it is a gum derived from algae used as a thickening and stabilizing agent.

“As for the coconut milk, he adds, “I’m guessing Starbucks adds a ton of ingredients to keep it from curdling when added to coffee.”

While the Pink Drink was pretty delicious, I’m not sure how I feel about throwing 24 different things into my body before I even get to work. Maybe I’ll just stick to black coffee for a while.

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Sonic Will Debut Pickle Juice Slushes This Summer, This Is How They Taste

Sonic Drive-In hasn’t been shy when it comes to pushing the envelope, as evident by their groundbreaking, recent debut of Signature Slingers. Now they’re at it again, as one of their newest creations is sure to turn heads— in the form of Pickle Juice Slushes.

Yep, PICKLE JUICE SLUSHES.

Pickle juice slushies

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The pickle slush is part of the drive-in’s new Snow Cone Slushes lineup, which hit restaurants in mid-June. Other flavors will include Bahama Mama, Blue Hawaiian, and Tiger’s Blood.

Foodbeast recently had the opportunity to try the drink at Sonic’s headquarters. The pickle juice slush is made with a unique syrup that provides a punch of briny acidity, but has enough sweetness to take the sharpness out of the flavor.

While the new pickle juice slushes do fit in to the new trend surrounding the brine (with multiple pickle items at 2018’s ExpoWest), it also hails to a bit of Sonic history. According to Sonic Manager of Product Pipeline Tracie Van Steinberg, their slushes were once made inside of cleaned-out pickle buckets, so there would be a touch of that flavor inside every Sonic Slush.

It was enough to make a significant difference, because Sonic tried to move away from that model once and customers could notice the difference tastewise. Thus, even if you’re not a big fan of pickle juice, slurping on this slush means you’re drinking a bit of Sonic’s past, which is pretty cool.

The pickle juice syrup used to make the frozen beverage will also be available to add into any drinks you like. Pickled Ocean Water, anyone?

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Slice Is Finally Coming Back, But With A Major Change

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If there was a soda that could instantly transport us back to our youths, it would be Slice soda. Between the sweet can design and the trace amounts of actual juice, Slice was our beverage of choice as we trudged along the painful period called adolescence.

Like with Tim Allen sitcoms, it appears Slice will also be making a return to the spotlight.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Chicago entrepreneur Mark Thomann has obtained the trademark rights of the beverage from PepsiCo and will be distributed under the new company New Slice Ventures.

Unfortunately for Slice purists, the drink will undergo a change to fit our more health conscious generation. The soft drink will now become a beverage low in sugar and calories that’s sweetened with real fruit juice.

Think of it like LaCroix, just slightly sweeter.

Kind of makes sense that they’re going after the sparkling water demographic rather than retread their attempts against major sodas.

While the new Slice product is still in development, Thomann hopes to have it available to retailers within the next six months.

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This 7UP Salad Will Haunt Your Dreams

We can count on one hand the few instances where a recipe grossed us out to no end, and it seems we’ll be raising another finger to this 7UP salad recipe found on YouTube.

Created by food blog It’s a Mother Thing a few years back, the recipe was intended to be a holiday side dish, reports DesignTaxi.

The ‘salad’ consists of the lemon-lime soda, lime jello, maraschino cherries, crushed pineapple, cream cheese, and mayonnaise. Yes, mayonnaise.

Reminiscent of Slimer from the Ghostbuster series, this emerald dish will definitely spook our appetites. Though we’re curious enough to wonder how it tastes.

Maybe next Christmas, I’ll bring this as a white elephant gift for someone and sneak a bite. Until then, we’ll keep an arms length away, thanks.

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How Much Coffee Did They Drink On The Death Star? [Infographic]

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi is only a few days away and we’re chomping at the bit to bask in the glory of the upcoming space opera. As we try our best to avoid the Internet — because spoilers are far worse than a lump of coal for Christmas — we entertain ourselves with thoughts centered on the Star Wars universe.

One of which was: How much coffee did the Imperials actually drink on the Death Star?

It seems Coffee Tasting Club has the answer to this pressing question. Based on research taken from American consumer spending on brand name coffees and averages, they created this awesome infographic that details exactly how much coffee is consumed and served.

Before you go ahead and check out the infographic below, take your best guess.

Please include attribution to https://coffeetastingclub.com/ with this graphic.

How much coffee do they drink on the Death Star?

 

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Drinks Fast Food

Tim Hortons Unveils Buffalo Wing Flavored Latte

When we hear the name Tim Horton’s, we usually think of Timbits, coffee, Canada, and Josh Elkin. Now, all we’re going to think about is this buffalo latte. No, seriously.

The popular donut and coffee chain has released a limited-time beverage inspired by the iconic chicken wing dish. Hey, at least it’s not another pumpkin spice entry.

According to GrubStreet, the beverage is made from freshly brewed espresso, steamed milk, mocha, and a bold buffalo sauce flavor. It’s then layered with whipped topping and a zesty buffalo seasoning.

Not sure how those flavors will go together, but hey, good on Tim Hortons for shooting their shot.

Those curious about the new flavor can find them at the Tim Hortons located at 3470 Main St. in Buffalo, NY as well as 9849 Transit Rd. in Depew, NY. The beverage is available now through Oct. 20 while supplies last.

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Watch How Gin Is Made

In our early twenties we usually never heard gin used in casual conversation, unless it was followed by “and tonic” in a classic movie that happened to be on television. As we got older, however, we discovered more cocktails made from gin we truly enjoyed. These include martinis, gimlets, negroni, and even the aforementioned gin and tonic.

Have you ever wondered, however, how the spirit is created? How It’s Made took a look at the origins behind the popular beverage to show us just what goes down.

Distillers call upon Juniper berries as the main ingredient in gin and are complimented with spices such as dried angelica plant roots, coriander seeds, lemon peel, and cardamom. The dry ingredients are added to a giant copper still that’s already filled with a spirit distilled from fermented grains.

The highly-alcoholic spirit is diluted a bit with water and re-distilled with the spices for long periods of time. Once they hit the desired alcohol by volume content, the gin is cooled and bottled.

Check out the video to see the step-by-step process on how gin is created.