UK-based wellness company OTO has introduced a non-alcoholic ‘high-strength’ CBD cocktail bitters to the on and off-trade.
The cocktail bitters has been created as a “functional and flavourful” alternative to alcohol, “using the power of CBD to help drinkers relax, connect and ‘amplify the moment’ in any social experience”.
OTO’s CBD bitters has been developed by a team of industry leaders including food scientist Dr Ketan Joshi; Antonia Jamison, a founding director at Sipsmith Gin; Gemma Colao, managing director of OTO; and James Bagley, CEO of DMD Ventures.
A single measure of the bitters (three dashes) contains 50mg of cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive extract from the hemp plant, renowned for its stress and anxiety relieving properties.
To make the product, CBD is extracted from organically grown hemp plants, and combined with a mix of botanical extracts, such as liquorice, cardamom and cacao. The resulting flavour profile is “herbaceous, citrus and with a hint of floral”.
Antonia said: “At OTO, our aim is to create the world’s finest CBD experiences. Sadly, too many products on the market contain ineffective levels of CBD to have any real impact, which is why we spent a lot of time determining the optimum strength.
“Adding OTO’s CBD bitters will help people to feel ‘in the moment’. It’s not about losing yourself – it’s about connecting to the present, the experience and the people around you.
“Not only do OTO’s optimum strength CBD bitters offer an enjoyable and functional alternative to alcohol, they can also enhance a night of drinking. Preliminary studies have shown that CBD protects against the neurodegeneration associated with alcohol consumption.
“The natural antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties of CBD may also help protect the liver from alcohol-generated oxidative stress. That could mean less stress on the body long-term, and even less intense hangovers the next day.”
OTO has partnered with the mindful drinking expert and ‘Healthy Hedonist’ Camille Vidal of La Maison Wellness to create signature range of no and low-ABV OTO CBD cocktails (recipes below).
30ml Cold brew coffee
20ml Seedlip Citrus
20ml Orange juice
3 dashes OTO CBD Bitters
London Essence Bitter Orange & Elderflower Tonic Water
Shake all ingredients except the Bitter Orange & Elderflower Tonic Water. Strain into a rock glass and top up with the tonic. Garnish with coffee beans and dehydrated orange.
80ml Apple cider
15ml Grapefruit syrup
80ml Tonic water
3 dashes OTO Bitters
London Essence Co Grapefruit & Rosemary
Build the ingredients in a wine glass with ice. Garnish with a wedge of grapefruit and sprig of rosemary.