BlackBook Exclusive: CBD Cocktail Recipes From the New Gitano Jungle Room


Can’t make it to the trendy Mexican Riviera for your winter retreat this year? The brand new Jungle Room in The James New York – Soho is a hidden gem tucked away in plain sight. Inspired by their Tulum, Mexico outpost, Grupos Gitano channeled the chill, with hints of Spanish Colonial architecture and lush jungle vibes. Founder James Gardner has transformed the first two floors into a verdant oasis, with a bit of disco chic.

The Jungle Room is split into a dining room on the first level and bar on the second. A ten foot crystal cactus quirkily complements the plush velvet banquettes and opulent vintage chandeliers. A massive hanging disco ball connects the two floors via the skylight, and tempts you to get up and dance, despite the lack of a dancefloor.

The menu is filled with modern Mayan and Mexican specialities, led by exalted Noma chef Mads Refslund, in collaboration with Head Chef Yvan Lemoine. Locally sourced beef becomes carne asada, and local masa goes into the housemade corn tortillas; honey coriander lamb ribs and pot roasted cauliflower with black garlic are highlights of the ingredient-driven fare. The larger plates are all served family style, in a selection of wooden planchas and terracotta dishes. Finish off with a sweet treat of classic churros with spiced chocolate dipping sauce, nodding to a local MexRiv favorite.



But real (fake) vacation mode starts with happy hour, with a drinks menu that plays to the red-hot CBD cocktail trend. Created by Jeremy Strawn, Head Bartender (and formerly of Death & Co), who brings his knowledge of quality craft to seasonal and and very stylish liquid creations. Pairings of rosewater and strawberry, or a boozy take on Horchata, the rice milk and cinnamon specialty from the Yucatan, are little sips of paradise.

And just introduced, every day from 5-7pm will be their High Tea Happy Hour, at the upstairs Jungle Bar. It features a selection of House of Waris teas, Ladurée macaroons, and special large format signature cocktails, for the Franco-Anglophile in you.

Strawn was kind enough to share the secrets behind a couple of his best CBD creations. But we can’t emphasize enough the need to get yourself down to Grand Street to experience all of the lush magic in person.



Gitano Jungle Room CBD Cocktail Recipes 

Golden God

Created by Jeremy Strawn, Head Bartender
2oz Mezcal
.75oz Lime Juice
.75oz Passion Fruit
.5oz Chartreuse
METHOD: Shake all ingredients together in a cocktail shaker over ice, briskly, and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with fresh rosemary Sprig and 4-5 drops CBD Oil.


Gypsy Mule

Created by Jeremy Strawn, Head Bartender
2oz Pistachio Infused Vodka
.75oz Lime Juice
.75oz Simple
.5oz Ginger Juice
METHOD: Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice and shake hard. Strain into a Highball Glass filled with ice and top with ginger ale. Garnish with Lime Wheel and Cherry.



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