The Cannabis Mixology: Exploring The World Of Canna-Cocktails
Elevate your mixology skills with cannabis-infused beverages and discover the flavorful world of cannabis cocktails.
Cannabis mixology, the art of using cannabis-infused beverages in cocktails, has emerged as a popular trend among both cannabis enthusiasts and cocktail connoisseurs. With the legalization and rise of cannabis beverages in many parts of the world, the boundaries of mixology have expanded, allowing the creation of unique and innovative cannabis cocktails. When it comes to cannabis mixology, cannabis spirits play a crucial role as a base for creating cannabis cocktails. Cannabis spirits are typically made by infusing cannabis into high-proof alcohol, allowing for the extraction of cannabinoids and terpenes from the plant. These spirits can be homemade or purchased from licensed stores, ensuring proper dosing and quality control. In this article, we will explore cannabis in mixology, and some exciting cannabis cocktail recipes from top cannabis spirits producers.
Before we jump into the world of cannabis mixology, it's important to understand the basics of cannabis infusions. The two primary components of cannabis used in mixology are THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). THC is responsible for the psychoactive effects, while CBD offers relaxation and potential health benefits without the "high" feeling. Cannabis-infused spirits, extracts, oils, and syrups are commonly used as the base for cannabis cocktails. Cannabis spirits can contribute unique flavors and aromas to a cocktail. The type of cannabis strain used and the extraction method can impact the taste and smell of the spirit, affecting the overall flavor and complexity of the cocktail.
Coconut Cooler by PAMOS
1.5 oz Pamos
3.0 oz Coconut Water
0.5 oz Lime Juice
0.5 oz Simple Syrup
2.0 oz Club Soda
Instructions: Muddle some mint leaves in a highball glass, add all the ingredients except club soda, and mix. Add some crushed ice, top up with club soda, and garnish with mint leaves.
Lemon Drop by Humboldt Distillery
Source: Humboldt Distillery
2 oz Humboldt Organic Vodka
0.75 oz Simple syrup
0.75 oz Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
Granulated Sugar and Lemon
Instructions: Shake all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Double strain in a chilled, sugar-rimmed glass, and garnish with a lemon twist.
Heaven Awaits by Nirvana Spirits
Source: Asian Caucasian Food Blog
2 oz Nirvana Gin
1 oz Fresh Orange Juice
1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
2 Dashes Of Grenadine
1 Lemon Slice
Instructions: Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice, and shake until the mix is well chilled. Double strain in a martini glass, and garnish with a lemon slice.
Hemped Sour by SoNo 1420
Source: SoNo 1420
2 oz 1420 Hemped Rye Spirit
0.5 oz Honey Ginger Syrup
0.75 oz Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
0.5 oz Pineapple Juice
Instructions: Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake, and double strain in a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with lemon and candied ginger.
Eastside Kimberley Twist by The Cannabis Co.
Source: The Cannabis Co.
1.5 oz Jilungin Dreaming Hemp Gin
0.75 oz Lime Juice
0.5 oz Kaffir Lime Syrup
2 Drops of Saline Solution
Instructions: Muddle some cucumber slices in a cocktail shaker, add all the ingredients, add ice, and shake vigorously. Strain the mix into a chilled cocktail glass, and garnish with edible flower or mint leaves.
Razzle Dazzle by Nowadays
1.5 oz Nowadays
0.75 oz Fresh lime juice
0.25 oz Simple syrup
2 oz Ginger Beer
Instructions: Muddle raspberries in a cocktail shaker, add all the ingredients except ginger beer, add ice, and shake vigorously. Strain over a rocks glass filled with ice, top up with ginger beer and garnish with raspberries.
Canna-Rita by Flora Hemp Spirits
Source: Flora Hemp Spirits
2 oz Flora Delta 8
1 oz Fresh Lime Juice
1 oz Agave Syrup
Dash of Orange Bitters
Kosher Salt (optional)
Instructions: Add all the ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker except salt, and shake vigorously until the mix is chilled. Double strain into a salt-rimmed chilled margarita glass and garnish with a lime wheel.
Cannabis-infused beverages offer mixologists an opportunity to explore new dimensions of flavor and experience. As with any cannabis-infused product, it's essential to consume responsibly and be aware of dosage. When creating cannabis cocktails, always keep your guests' preferences and tolerance levels in mind. Discover more about cannabis-infused spirits and cannabis-infused RTDs by attending the upcoming 2023 Cannabis Drinks Expo. Scheduled to take place in San Francisco on the 27th of July and in Chicago on the 1st of August, this highly anticipated event brings a wealth of knowledge about the exciting world of cannabis-infused drinks by top industry experts.
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Article By Tushar Anand, Beverage Writer & Sommelier