Baked to Perfection: Chill Out with Chron Vivant’s CBD-Spiked Limoncello


A correct Italian meal simply doesn’t really feel proper with out drink pairings. In spite of everything, it’s a elementary a part of the culinary tradition in Italy: an aperitivo to get issues began, loads of vino to maintain visitors lubricated, and a digestivo to cap issues off properly. Hashish? Not a lot. However an infused dinner in San Francisco doesn’t need to play by the principles, and thus a CBD-spiked limoncello is born. 

You’ll be able to thank John Korkidis for the good thought. He’s the voice behind cannabis cocktail weblog, Chron Vivant, and proprietor of Proposition Cocktail Co., a CBD-infused non-alcoholic cocktail line. Korkidis not too long ago collaborated with Potli, Limone Inventive, and Michael Magallanes, a.okay.a. Opulent Chef, for an infused three-course dinner impressed by Italian household custom of Sunday dinner. Because the kicker to a night centered round cannabis and Italian culinary worship, serving visitors a chill CBD-infused limoncello simply appeared just like the pure match.

“I really like taking part in with terpenes — the important oils in cannabis — and correlating them again to different pure vegetation like lime, citrus, lavender, and many others,” he advised MERRY JANE. “With limoncello, you are basically extracting all the terpenes from the peel of the lemon and infusing them into spirit. Very very like cannabis, proper? It is a comparable course of. What we’re tasting is mainly like an infused, hyper-concentrated, limonene terpene-dominant beverage.”

MERRY JANE caught up with Korkidis to speak about his mission in cannabis, how he made the plant part of his skilled life, and why his Mellow Limoncello recipe is value making at house.

Mellow Limoncello: Chron Vivant x Potli x Limone Inventive

Conventional limoncello recipes name for the zest or peels of the Sorrento or Sfusato lemons from the Amalfi Coast which are steeped in grappa after which blended with a easy syrup combination. (We used frequent Eureka’s, however you could possibly additionally experiment with Meyer or different seasonal lemon varietals) 

For our adaptation, we’ve changed the grappa with vodka and swapped out the easy syrup for a more healthy, extra nuanced honey syrup made with native Potli CBD honey.


  • 8-10 natural lemons
  • 1 (750-ml) bottle Titos vodka
  • 1 Potli native CBD honey
  • 2 cups purified water

Step 1: Prep & Steep

  • Completely wash and dry lemons to take away waxes and harsh residues
  • Rigorously peel lemons lengthwise (save the remaining lemon fruit for garnishes).
  • Utilizing a paring knife to trim any remaining pith from the peels (dry and retailer extra pith to be used in bitters and marinades)
  • Place the lemon peels in a big pitcher or bowl and pour vodka over peels
  • Let lemon peels steep within the vodka for 5-7 days at room temperature

Step 2: Infuse It

  • Stir the Potli CBD honey and water in a big saucepan over low warmth till the honey totally dissolves, about 2-Three minutes
  • Let cool fully and mix with vodka combination
  • Cowl and let stand at room temperature in a single day

Step 3: Chill It

  • Pressure the Limoncello via a tremendous strainer (save peels for candied garnish)
  • Batch, seal, and refrigerate (retains for roughly one month)
  • Serve ice chilly after dinner or use so as to add a punch of juicy lemon to cocktails


MERRY JANE: Inform us a bit bit about what you do within the cannabis world.

John Korkidis: Very first thing’s first: I’m enthusiastic about advocating cannabis by way of civil rights and schooling. And whereas it is good that we do all these recipes, we can’t have the dialog about cannabis commerce with out having a dialog about expungement and fairness, primarily for black and brown individuals who have been disproportionately affected by the Battle on Medicine. 

So, I am very lively and that’s a part of what I do out right here: introducing an academic element utilizing an attention-grabbing, comprehensible mechanism, which is a beverage within the bar. You are feeling snug with it. Hashish customers know that this is not one thing that is going to get them excessive. However I discover that individuals who don’t smoke or are hesitant to bask in any kind of cannabinoids will embrace a drink that’s a bit extra acquainted, after which they get excited and that opens up the door for dialog. 

Had been you working within the beverage world earlier than you transitioned into cannabis? How did you begin experimenting with cannabis and cocktails?

Rising up, I labored in kitchens and catered. My household in Greece owns eating places, so in some sense, meals has at all times been in my DNA. However professionally, that hasn’t been my trajectory. I truly began off my profession once I lived in China, working at a artistic company. After I got here again to the states, I fell into that entire tech factor and was not very joyful. Hashish was my outlet in quite a lot of methods for creativity, in addition to educating myself about this plant that I actually knew nothing about (despite the fact that I’d been consuming it my entire life).

For me, the final 5 years or so has been primarily a crash course in schooling by way of understanding the place the science goes, in addition to getting concerned on the grassroots degree. I’ve had my weblog going now for 2 years, and have been doing occasions, as nicely. By doing that, issues type of snowballed to some extent that I discovered my area of interest. For probably the most half, I take into account myself extra of an ‘condominium bartender’ than something. I really like cooking. I really like making drinks. And I really like incorporating cannabis.

What’s your strategy to growing infused cocktail recipes?

I don’t simply lean on cannabis. I like to consider cannabis as simply one other ingredient and that is my ethos for the weblog. It additionally must be accessible and executable for somebody with restricted entry to product. I do not wish to overcomplicate it or make centered round intoxication. It is way more about working with the plant to get its taste elements and enjoyable properties, often decrease proof utilizing lower than an oz.. It is primarily as a result of we’re creating one thing to take pleasure in for the flavour element and as a social lubricant. And that is mainly the standards I take advantage of to get began.


How does your infused model stack up towards a traditional limoncello? Does it have an earthy terp taste you discover in some edibles, or did you attempt to neutralize that?

As a substitute of utilizing a easy syrup or a sugar to sweeten it, we used the Potli honey. It was a method to mix non-cannabis terpenes (lemons) and the non-intoxicating element of the cannabis plant (the broad spectrum CBD within the honey). Sure, there are hint quantities of terpenes within the honey, however that doesn’t come via as a lot. The CBD honey from Potli is a top quality honey; actually unadulterated. Only a trace of floral essence, which I personally favored. As a result of that is mainly a lemon drop shot, and it actually brightens up the drink, I made a decision to create a model that anyone can execute of their house that required just a few steps. It’s one thing that somebody can maintain on to, get enthusiastic about, and possibly take into consideration cannabis similar to some other ingredient that we is perhaps utilizing. 

In comparison with your run-of-the-mill limoncello recipe, is the CBD model value infusing?

Arguably, there’s no actual profit at this degree of dosing inside that CBD shot — we’re speaking about lower than two milligrams per serving. So yeah, at that dose, it’s not doing something for you from a well being and wellness perspective. However if you happen to’re consuming cannabinoids, have some type of routine, or microdosing, these hint quantities are simply including to that each day dose. The explanation we’re utilizing CBD is to keep away from any damaging synergistic results of mixing THC and alcohol. It is not purported to be overly pretentious or unapproachable. In the end, it is a versatile recipe that individuals can mess around with, utilizing issues that they’ve in their very own properties. 

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