CBD cocktail at Dunedin-based Sea Sea Riders named one of America's best

The winning drink is a spin on the classic French 75.

According to Restaurant Hospitality, a cocktail that Sea Sea Riders mixes with cannabidiol (read: CBD oil) is one of the 10 best in America. The magazine recognized the Dunedin restaurant in its November issue, after putting out a call for the Best Cocktails contest, which annually identifies the most tempting U.S. libations around.

Sea Sea Riders owner Sylvia Tzekas announced Restaurant Hospitality's praise of Blueberry Yum Yum, the winning CBD cocktail, in an email to CL.

"We are very excited to be recognized. It validates what we are all about," Sylvia says. "30 years strong and always evolving."

Her restaurant, for the uninitiated, is kind of a fan of CBD, as the Sea Sea Riders crew have held dinners spotlighting the oil in the past.

click to enlarge Sea Sea Riders' Blueberry Yum Yum. - Courtesy of Sea Sea Riders
Courtesy of Sea Sea Riders
Sea Sea Riders' Blueberry Yum Yum.

"This non-psychoactive derivative of hemp is highly regarded for its reputed curative qualities," writes Restaurant Hospitality of cannabidiol, "but its appeal more likely comes from the fact that, although it's now more-or-less legal in many states, it still seems naughty, adding to the desirability of drinks like the Blueberry Yum Yum at Sea Sea Riders in Dunedin, Fla."

Putting a spin on the classic French 75, Blueberry Yum Yum — dreamed up by bar manager Emine, Sylvia's daughter — calls for Nolet's Dry Gin, blueberry shrub, Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut, lemon juice, sugar, butterfly pea flower tea and cannabidiol. The drink costs $15.

Restaurant Hospitality hasn't published the full list of victorious 2018 cocktails online (as far as we can tell). But, hey, there could be another Tampa Bay sipper in there.

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