How have you positioned Ode to Babel as a space and platform for creatives, and what do you as owners do to foster that kind of community?
We are very present owners—physically and emotionally; we actively listen to our patrons’ needs and desires, and we try our best to accommodate by providing a safe space to foster those ideas. It’s an authentic approach for us to consider what message needs to be amplified at any given time—and exactly “how" we can make that happen. Sometimes it’s small outreach, and other times its larger grass root endeavors.
What is your own personal relationship with CBD?
I started using CBD about a year ago when one of our regular patrons began to speak to me in depth about it; she’s a CBD advocate that works to push legislation forward on the CBD industry, and her focus is to spotlight and get more BIPOC people interested in the business of CBD and its consumption. I use it as regularly as needed, but more particularly during times of high stress. I generally add a few drops in my drinking water, or a cocktail if I’m inclined.
In your mind, are there any specific benefits or advantages to incorporating CBD into cocktails?
I find that having CBD in your cocktail makes the experience a bit more relaxed and enjoyable.
What role do you see CBD playing in the world of cocktails, “mixology,” and the nightlife industry?
I see it becoming a natural accoutrement to the experience of enjoying a great crafted cocktail. Or simply an alternative for non-drinkers—those that may want a CBD “mocktail” instead.
Do you have any tips or best practices for incorporating CBD into cocktails?
I would recommend incorporating CBD by infusing it into your syrups, or adding it to a “lighter” cocktail such as a spritzer so you can experience equal balance of the cocktail and the effects of the CBD.