The Pink Herb

Makes Two Cocktails


4 ounces grapefruit juice

4 ounces Lillet

2 ounces gin

1 dropper Humboldt Apothecary’s Calm Tincture

Edible flower blossoms* (optional)

With the sunshine pouring into my kitchen lately, I suspect it’s going to be a short winter. As someone who respects science and logic, I fear that climate change is largely responsible for the picnic weather on California’s typically cold and gray North Coast. As our disturbing political reality continues to take a toll on the environment, it’s even more sobering to realize we’re facing another three years with the current state of affairs. What misfortunes await the country, and the world, are yet unseen. If reading the news is making your stomach do somersaults lately, consider fortifying yourself with some calming medicinal support – it’s a long road ahead. Luckily, 2018 brought a wink of good news with the kick start of California’s recreational cannabis market, allowing anyone over 21 to purchase edibles, extracts and tinctures crafted to help us stay calm.

Two Humboldt County business owners, Gillian Levy and Susan Cleverdon, are passionate about promoting optimal wellness and radiant health. The pair opened Humboldt Apothecary in 2015, offering a line of holistic cannabis tinctures derived from whole plant medicine. Today, anyone over 21 can purchase the tinctures, choosing from formulas designed to treat insomnia, respiratory congestion, brain function, PMS, anxiety, and inflammation. Humboldt Apothecary’s Calm formula is intended to combat general anxiety via their 3:1 CBD to THC tincture, formulated to help regulate stress response. The tincture works synergistically with other healing herbs (lemon balm, skullcap, and passionflower) that are compounded in organic honey and alcohol. Overall, the tincture has an incredibly vibrant and sweet herbaceous flavor.

Blending the verdant and spring-like flavor of gin, a touch of grapefruit juice for color and the classic Lillet, the Pink Herb has a clean, almost bracing, profile. The kiss of sweet herbs from Humboldt Apothecary’s Calm tincture is the
perfect finishing touch.


Combine grapefruit juice, Lillet, gin and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously. Strain and divide cocktail between two coupes or tumblers. Finish each drink with float of ½  dropper of Calm tincture and garnish with an edible flower.

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