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.
Cannabis Milk (sugar free)
Also called “Mother’s Milk”, cannabis milk is the way many medical cannabis users opt to take their medicine. It’s a delicious way to incorporate cannabis into your morning coffee or tea, and it’s also a key ingredient in many cannabis beverages.
Here’s how to make it.
- 4 cups of whole milk
- ¼ ounce of finely ground cannabis flower
- Start by decarboxylating your cannabis in an oven set to 240 degrees. Spread the cannabis evenly on a baking sheet or dish, and cover with aluminum foil. Put it in the oven for 25 minutes, and let it cool.
- Using the double boiler method, bring the milk to a simmer. Add your cannabis slowly, stirring, until the milk completely covers the cannabis. Simmer for 30-45 minutes, stirring occasionally. It should be greenish-yellow in color.
- Remove from heat, and strain with a cheesecloth. Squeeze out every drop of milk from the cheesecloth to avoid wasting any of the potent liquid.
- Allow to cool and enjoy either alone or added to another drink.
Vanilla Cannabis Milkshake
This is one of the more versatile cannabis drink recipes that can be used to make any flavor of milkshake you want -- just switch to your preferred type of ice cream. Cannabis milk makes this a creamy, sweet treat that’s perfect for cooling you down on a hot day.
- 4 cups vanilla ice cream
- 1 3/4 cups cannabis milk
- 8 tbsp sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- Combine ingredients in a blender. Mix until milkshake reaches desired consistency.
- Pour into a tall chilled glass and enjoy!
Strawberry Canna-Basil Lemonade
When you want a treat that’s as refreshing as it is potent, this strawberry basil lemonade is the canna-bee’s knees. If you don’t have an immersion blender on hand, a standard blender will get the job done.
- cups sugar
- 3 ¼ cups water
- ½ cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed (about 5 lemons)
- 4-6 strawberries (tops cut off)
- 2 ½ tbsp fresh basil
- 4 tbsp cannabis tincture
- Juice the lemons and set the juice aside in a large pitcher.
- Combine sugar with one cup of water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir frequently to make sure the sugar dissolves.
- Allow the mixture to cool at room temperature and set in the refrigerator until chilled.
- Add the syrup mixture to the lemon juice, along with the cannabis tincture, remaining water, strawberries, and basil.
- Use an immersion blender for about twenty seconds to fully blend the ingredients. When the basil is finely chopped and the lemonade has turned pink, it’s ready to be enjoyed.
- Serve chilled or over ice.
Cannabis Thai Iced Tea
The only thing better than sweet and creamy Thai iced tea? This tea that puts the “high” in “Chai”. Tip: keep a spoon or straw on hand to make sure the cannabutter stays properly mixed, and enjoy the goodness.
- 6-8 Chai tea bags
- 8 cups of boiling water
- cup of sugar
- 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
- 3-5 tablespoons of melted cannabutter
- Steep tea bags in the boiling water for about five minutes. Remove bags and stir in the sugar.
- Combine condensed milk and cannabutter in a small bowl, and mix.
- Fill glasses two-thirds of the way with tea and add the butter mixture to the top. It will sink, so be sure to have a straw or spoon handy to stir it back in. Drink, and enjoy!
One of our favorite cannabis drinks, when the weather outside is frightful, this canna-cocoa recipe is so delightful. Whip up a batch of cannabis milk to make this chocolatey concoction, and you’ll be ready to curl up in front of the fire for hours.
cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
¾ cup of white sugar (substitute other sweeteners if desired)
1 pinch of salt
cup of boiling water
3 cups of milk
½ cups of cannabis milk
¾ tsp of vanilla extract
½ cup half-and-half
- Add sugar, cocoa, and salt to a saucepan. Pour in the boiling water, and bring to a low boil while frequently stirring for about two minutes.
- Slowly add milk and cannabis milk while stirring. Heat until steaming, but don’t allow the milk to reach a full boil or you’ll risk scalding.
- Remove from the burner, and add vanilla. Divide evenly among a few mugs, and add half-and-half to cool.
Hot Canna-Buttered Apple Cider
When the chill of fall starts to settle in the air, nothing tastes better than a cup of spiked hot apple cider. Except, that is, for this spiked hot apple cider that will get you high as the temperatures get low.
- 1 ½ cups Applejack or apple brandy
- ¼ cup of (packed) light brown sugar
- 3 tbsp of cannabutter
- 6 cups of apple cider (or unfiltered apple juice)
- 6 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 6 cinnamon sticks
- Fresh grated nutmeg
- In a large pot, bring cannabutter, brown sugar, and applejack to a simmer over medium heat. Stir frequently, and simmer until the sugar and butter have both melted. Don’t allow the mixture to heat to the point of boiling, just simmering.
- Stir in cider, lemon juice, and cinnamon sticks. Bring mixture to a boil.
- Allow to steep for a few moments before serving. Garnish each cup with sprinkled nutmeg and a cinnamon stick.
Sparkling Pear Prosecco CannaPunch
If you’re in the mood for a drink that’s as pretty as it is potent, mix up a bowl of this pear prosecco punch. Whether you’re throwing a party your pals won’t forget or looking for a sweet porch-sipping beverage for a quiet evening, this sparkling pink punch is a lovely, refreshing choice among cannabis drink recipes.
- 2 parts pear nectar or pear juice
- 2 parts prosecco (for a non-alcoholic option, use sparkling cider or lemon-lime soda)
- 1 part cranberry juice
- 10 mg-worth of cannabis tincture
- Garnish with pear slice
- Combine pear and cranberry juices in a pitcher or punch bowl. Add cannabis tincture, and gently stir to mix.
- Finish by pouring prosecco over the mixture. Float pear slices on top or use as a garnish in each glass.
There’s a cannabis-infused beverage for every occasion if you know how to make it. Just remember to always enjoy responsibly when you’re consuming any mind-altering concoctions.
Know anybody else who would enjoy these beverages? Feel free to share and let us know in the comments if you have other cannabis drink favorites you'd like to share.
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