Election Season Highballs: Cannabis Cocktail Recipes

Monday, Nov 7, 2016

Follow these instructions to medicate most any hard liquor, which allows you to make cannabis-infused versions of all your favorite mixed drinks. Using alcohol is an efficient way to extract THC and CBD, along with other cannabinoids and terpenes, from the plant. Just as when infusing butter or oil, use trim or buds when infusing liquor. As with all cannabis dosing, determine an amount that’s reasonable for you and your friends based on the strength of the cannabis and the tolerance of the imbibers. Imbibing edible (or drinkable) marijuana is never a one-size-fits-all scenario. Here’s the basic recipe: To infuse two cups of an alcoholic beverage (such as vodka, rum, tequila or bourbon), use four to six grams of flowers, or six to eight grams of trim (or shake).

Be sure to decarboxylate the cannabis before infusing in alcohol. Place crumbled plant material in an ovenproof baking dish and heat at 250 degrees F for about 20 minutes. This transforms the non-psychoactive THC-A in the raw plant into psychoactive THC. Many instructions on the Internet recommend finely grinding the plant material, but I find it’s more effective to simply break it up with your hands. You’re extracting what’s on the plant, not what’s inside it. Also, with finely ground cannabis, it’s harder to strain out all the plant particles later. Pour the de-carbed cannabis into a sealable glass jar and cover with liquor (two cups per 4–6 grams of flower).