When it comes to ingesting your cannabis, who says that food should get to have all the fun?
Classic edibles will never go out of style, and cannabis-infused dishes are all the rage in the ever-growing cannabis community.
So, what about cannabis drinks?
With a little creativity and the right ingredients, you can take the trend a step further. Sipping your stash may quickly become your favorite alternative to smoking or vaping.
Try one of these deliciously dank cannabis drink recipes for a delicious liquid twist on edibles.
Not all of us live near a coffee shop with Venti-sized CBD-oil cappuccinos or “wellness lattes”. Some of us aren’t even lucky enough to be able to pick up a bottled bud-infused beverage to fuel our day. But having cannabis-infused milk handy to face the mornings can make your ritual coffee or tea an even more enjoyable experience. Keep in mind, weed is fat-soluble. So using something with a fattier content like whole milk will ensure the THC is in full effect.
You will need:
- 0.5 – 1.0 gram of weed per quart of milk
Choose between two methods: one which is more labor intensive (stirring) and one which almost cooks itself. If you want to work your forearms with this recipe and following the first method, start with putting the broken down weed and milk into a pot. After this mixture reaches boiling, reduce to a simmer, and then begin periodically stirring for the next two to three hours.
Alternatively, bring water to a boil in a pot. Then, take a steel bowl and pour together the milk and finely ground marijuana. Let it simmer for a few hours. While this second method still needs an occasional stir, the lack of direct heat on the milk prevents the mixture from burning or curdling.
In both approaches, finish off the recipe by straining the liquid through a cheesecloth.
Of course, maybe you tend to prefer a drink that lacks lactose altogether. Easily accommodated. The best cannabis-infused drinks and how to make them doesn’t require dairy at all.
Try a cannabis concoction that skips the milk and opts for oil. A cannabis-infused coconut oil can add some nutty flavor, not to mention offers all the healthy benefits of coconut alongside the high of marijuana. Follow this simple recipe to start, then get creative!
This oil can be added to a number of different drinks to make them a little (or a lot) dank. Additionally, because coconut oil becomes solid at room temperature, this handy additive can be thrown into other edible recipes that aren’t liquids.
You will need:
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 1 cup ground weed
After grinding the cannabis loosely (not into a powder!), use a double-boiling method. Put the oil and cannabis into a steel bowl over a pot of low-simmering water. Stick around the stove, you’ll be sporadically stirring the mixture for around at least 6 hours (8 hours, if you’re die-hard).
If pressed for time or the idea of standing stove-side all day doesn’t sound appealing, consider the slow-cooker method. To try, simply add the oil and ground herb to a slow cooker. Set the temperature to low, and stir only very occasionally.
As with the cannabis-infused milk, it is important that the mixture not overheat or it will scorch and potentially ruin your oil. Keep in mind for all the best cannabis-infused drinks and how to make them demands the cook always watch their infusions carefully so they do not burn.
In your slow cooker or pot should be a powerful potion ready to deliver the high of smoking pot. Strain through a cheesecloth and add it to any liquid you prefer.
The easiest way to brew cannabis-infused lemonade is by mixing some THC tincture into your favorite lemonade recipe. Just load up the dropper and squirt your desired amount directly into some homemade lemonade.
Try out this recipe for some quick, easy, and refreshing summertime lemonade!
You will need: 6-8 lemons (about 0.5L of lemon juice), 1.35L cold water, 200–250g of sugar, and 2-3 tsp. of cannabis tincture.
- Start by juicing the lemons. An electric juicer will help you to squeeze out every last drop of liquid gold!
- Mix lemon juice with sugar and water in a glass pitcher stirring well in order to ensure that all sugar is dissolved.
- Add your tincture while being mindful of dosage. Mix well.
Want to kick it up even further? Try using cannabis-infused vodka instead of tincture for a real wild ride.
Making Cannabis-Infused Iced Teas
Cannabis tincture can also be used to make infused iced tea. While easy to prepare, the bitter taste of tincture does not pair as well with tea as it does with lemonade. Using infused honey instead will result in a much better tasting batch of iced tea, with just a little more work.
To make cannabis honey-infused iced tea you will need: 6 cups water, 6 teabags of your choice (or 3+ tablespoons of loose leaf tea), ½ – ⅓ cup of all-natural honey,
In order to brew this tea, start by preparing the infused honey
- Place half a cup of water and ½ – ⅓ cup of all-natural honey in a small saucepan and set to medium heat
- Add in the amount of tincture you’d like to infuse your honey with. Keep in mind, that the honey will be used for several teas or other recipes, so you want to add 3 or 4 doses (depending on how sweet you like your tea!)
- Once the mixture reaches 150℉, stir until all the honey is dissolved into the water
- Pour into a glass container and place in the refrigerator for 12 hours in order to solidify
When the infused honey is ready for use, simply brew up a batch of your favorite tea and use spoonfuls of honey to infuse and sweeten it. If you’re feeling adventurous you should try adding sliced fruit to your iced tea for extra flavor. Sliced strawberries, peaches, and lemons go great with cannabis-infused iced tea.
Cannabis Simple Syrup
Sometimes all a drink needs is the addition of a little something sweet to really tickle the taste buds. Imagine that the sugary sweetener added to your favorite drink contained the medicating and calming power of cannabis.
The best cannabis-infused drinks and how to make them could be a major success with the introduction of this sweetness. Make your own and bottle it, and this spoonful of sugar will also be medicine going down.
You will need:
- 3 cups of filtered water
- 3 cups of fine granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons of vegetable glycerin (locate this at a health food store)
- 2 grams of finely chopped or ground cannabis
Start with combining water and sugar into a medium-sized pot. Bring to a boil and stir until the sugar fully dissolves into the water. Add the weed to the boiling mixture and cover the metal pot for 20 minutes.
Ensure the boil remains gentle so that the cannabis does not scorch and the mixture reaches decarboxylation. Then, add the vegetable glycerin.
Watch as it simmers for 5 to 6 minutes, removing the lid to ooh, ahh, and stir occasionally.
Pour the hot liquid through the cheesecloth and into a jar or bottle for safekeeping and future use.
Sweeten Anything with Cannabis Simple Syrup
This sweetener will be a necessary addition to anyone’s at-home bar. It jazzes up a gin and T with THC, enhances a Manhattan with the high of marijuana, and makes for a simple but delectable Sweet Iced Tea. The below recipes take this sweetener up a notch.
Combining two vices seems like it warrants confession or at the very least guilt at gluttony. But there’s no need to feel bad about drinking cannabis-infused alcohol. The duo together may be just the ticket for letting loose and keeping it classy.
Then, once you have cannabis-infused alcohol amongst your impressive (or not) collection of cheap whiskey, you can impress your guests with ganja drinks.
But before we send you off to play with fire, a few words to the wise. Alcohol is seriously flammable.
Because of this, avoid using a gas burner to do this infusion.
In fact, keep the project away from any open flame (including the J you rolled for this cooking process). Keep calm, safe and work in a well-ventilated area.
You will need:
- one 1/8-ounce bag of high-grade weed for one 750-milliliter bottle of booze (choose whatever is your favorite liquor)
Begin by decarbing the weed. This process helps to bind the THC molecules to the alcohol. You can use the microwave or the oven (at a low 240 degrees for about an hour), but the microwave is just as efficient and in less time.
Put full buds into a microwave-safe bowl or container. Cover with a microwave-safe plate and cook on high for a minute and a half.
Flip the buds to the other side, then repeat the cooking process two more times, flipping each time and entering the time of a minute and a half.
Finally grind down the weed loosely, but not into a powder.
Now, it’s really cooking time. Fill the bottom half of a large pot halfway with water. Using an electric stove or hot plate bring it to boil, at 212ºF. Then, turn the heat to low.
Dump the booze and the ganja into another smaller pot or the top of the double-boiler with the water in it. Stir and then cover the mixture.
Be careful to watch the stove and ensure that the weed and alcohol alchemy you’re working on doesn’t exceed 170 degrees Fahrenheit.
Stick around and occasionally stir for up to three hours.