Using cannabis to enhance your beverage
The top five DOs of cannabis beverage making by award winning drink badass Kelly Ann Woods
by Kelly Woods
Sponsored by State B Beverage Company
Canna tell you about drinking weed?
I may be preaching to the choir here, but to my mind, cannabis drinks are weed 2.0. Now, I am not saying that there isn’t going to be plenty of room for flower, vapes, topicals, edibles and all other manner of cannabis craft, but I am saying that we are just seeing the beginning of cannabis beverages and let me tell you, the future looks dope. With the heavy drinking of the pandemic subsiding and a general interest in health and wellness being top of mind, drinking your daily dose is something many people are curious about. I have been in the beverage biz for a long time and I am so excited to share some DOs when it comes to experimenting with drinking your canna.
01 DO Use Tinctures
Tinctures are going to be the absolute best way to emulsify (fancy word for mix) your cannabis into a drink. Tinctures are predominantly made with high proof neutral grain spirit or brandy and maintain the integrity of the plant beautifully. If, for whatever reason, any alcohol whatsoever doesn’t work for you, you can use oil, but it is best mixed with another fatty product like coconut or other milks so it adheres and doesn’t separate.
02 DO Go Slow
Put your hand up if you have ever eaten too much weed (all hands raise). Not a good time. Drinking your cannabis and eating it are absorbed into the body in a similar fashion, so take it easy and wait between drinks. Ingesting by way of edibles and beverages has come a long way since your friend’s aunt’s hash brownies back in the day, but ease and respect is always recommended.
03 DO Plan Ahead
One of my absolute favourite ways to keep cannabis on hand for mixing up dranks is to make a syrup. If you grow your own, keep the leaves and stems and make some! The easiest recipe is one part water, one part sugar (coconut sugar is a great alternative to cane) and some shake. Chop up the plant matter, and bring it to a boil with the sugar and water. Reduce and simmer until a lovely green/brown hue has emerged. Strain and TEST! You want to know how strong it is before you do mixing it into your next creation.
04 DO Experiment
There are so. many. ways you can drink cannabis. Make a tea, make a salty rim for virgin Palomas with finely dried dust. Use tinctures, oils, infusions. There is a whole new world out there waiting to be discovered!
05 DO Follow Me for more drink knowledge!
I love creating beauty and potions for increasing joy and quality of life. Follow my work @statebelevate or @thekellyannwoods for more fun and exciting content. In the meantime, here is a great signature recipe to get you started.
Mary Jane's Tomato Basil Smash Recipe!
In a tall glass add one teaspoon granulated sugar of choice, 3 cherry tomatoes and a “spanked” handful of fresh basil. Drop desired amount of cannabis tincture (I’m a five dropper myself) and muddle. If you do not have a muddler on hand (get one) or use the end of a wooden spoon. Get everything happy and smushy. Add the juice of half a lemon. Add ice and top with soda. Make sure you stir and pull all of the ingredients up from the bottom for consistency through the drink.
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