Celebrate Pride With These 5 Cannabis Infused Drink Recipes

  • Make these 5 cannabis infused drink recipes from MAISON BLOOM to celebrate Pride in high style this year. 
  • LGBTQIA+ founded MAISON BLOOM also shows you how to use our new Tribeca Tamper/Stirrers to best advantage in your favorite cocktails. 
  • Whether you want to go THC or just CBD, their cannabis infused drink recipes will take your cocktail game to a whole new level! 

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The best cannabis infused drinks for summer

When it comes to making a cannabis infused drink, there’s no one better than MAISON BLOOM. Brought to life by 3 good friends, MAISON BLOOM will transform your cannabis experience with their perfectly dosed and delicious beverages. MAISON BLOOM is also an LGBTQIA+ founded company. So to celebrate Pride 2022, they agreed to share how to make 5 of their best cannabis infused cocktails. They even give you CBD and THC versions. Summer drinks don’t get more perfect than this! And to snazz them up even more, they accessorized them with our brand new Tribeca Tamper/Stirrers.

How did you bring Maison Bloom to life?

MAISON BLOOM is a story of innovation just as much as the story of an evolving relationship between 3 long-time friends—Nathan, Tony, and Jake. One night while catching up on old times, we found ourselves in a deep discussion about functional beverages. Nathan, our resident health and fitness buff, was waxing poetic about what he really likes. Tony, our resident “Good Time Guy,” challenged that his ideas sounded great but still required sacrifice. Everything Nathan championed required cutting out alcohol to lean into a plant-based life. So Jake posited that, if you could make a truly craveable cannabis infused drink with the same craftsmanship mixologists put into their drinks, you’d have THE most functional beverage yet.

What makes MAISON BLOOM different from other cannabis infused drink companies?

That was a little over 2 years ago. Just like rosemary, great ideas grow exponentially when they take root. The trio has been chasing down the vision of making strain-specific, whole plant, single barrel beverages. They design their cannabis infused drinks to be sessionable. So they’re meant to be consumed just like the way you drink your favorite alcoholic beverages. They’re full of flavor, function, and only the finest ingredients.

What 5 emojis describe the vibe of Maison Bloom?

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Who drives your designs?

MAISON BLOOM is more than just infused cannabis drinks. We’re a full suite brand and product design house/hospitality company. We just lead with our beverages. We’re deeply dedicated to the principles of human-centered design. And we’re obsessed with putting our consumers at the center of everything we do. We work to understand your perspective and needs first. That way we can give you what you never even knew you wanted. We make the people who experience the problems we focus on a constant part of our design process. You can become part of our design team through our MAISON BLOOM HCD Evangelist Community. This was one of the very first things we spun up. And we’ve grown it to a group of 250+. By joining, you can participate in all aspects of our product design—from flavors, form factor, branding, and marketing.

Who designed your lovely bottles?

Our very own Director of Brand and Marketing, Tony Sananikone manages the chorus of all our active participants and translates their feedback into our incredible designs. It takes a lot of talent to distill the tremendous amount of engagement we receive into workable designs that thrill our consumers. Lucky for MAISON BLOOM, Tony is just that talented.

What does PRIDE mean to you and your business?

For us, Pride isn’t just an opportunity for the greater queer community to celebrate their authentic voices. Pride is anchored in honoring the past. So many people have worked so hard—often thanklessly and at the risk of great personal harm. But they were committed to ensuring equal rights for the amazing rainbow spectrum. Pride is a celebration of individuals being their true selves in full color at work, home, and play. But we’re also MAISON BLOOM. We love any excuse for a great party!

How do you see your role in Pride?

At MAISON BLOOM, we have a responsibility to play a role in Pride. That’s more than just sitting on the sidelines and watching the annual parade. Don’t get us wrong, we do love any excuse for glitter bombs and ticker tape. But we also have the power to put our LGBTQIA+ friends in the spotlight. To showcase stories that champion the uniqueness of the individual while highlighting the diverse voices across our community. So, let’s make one thing perfectly “queer.” Why pick just one favorite color when you can have the whole rainbow?

Where does your inspiration for cannabis infused drink recipes come from?

We like to take the approach of Hans Christian Andersen, “Everything you look at can become a fairy tale.” Our innovation is drawn from the bounty of our surroundings. Based in California, we allow the natural bounty of produce to delight us as we create. Drawing on our years in the fashion industry, we follow their seasons. We’re constantly mixing and matching the inspirations that our fellow trendsetters use for their collections. Then we blend those with the world of mixology. We mingle them with our own signature style—and only the freshest ingredients—to create something completely new. We also fuel our creations through a constant dialogue of inspiration. If our process sounds complicated, you’re not wrong. At MAISON BLOOM, even our details have details.

To kick off Pride Month, What are Your FAVE cannabis infused drink recipes for perfect summer cocktails?

This fresh strawberry cocktail is one of our fave cannabis infused drink recipes.

STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER CBD COCKTAIL

INGREDIENTS

½ lb strawberries, washed and stems removed 

2 tbsp Potli Extra Feel Good CBD Honey

1 lime juiced, about 2 tbsp 

3 tbsp elderflower liqueur

1 cp Sipsmith London Strawberry Smash Gin or a citrus/fruit-forward gin—for a non-alcoholic take, substitute 1 cp Lyre’s Pink London Alcohol Free Spirit and leave out the elderflower liqueur

10 oz club soda

Mint sprig

Your favorite Tribeca Tamper/Stirrer (we recommend pink)

STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER CBD COCKTAIL INSTRUCTIONS

Combine and muddle the Potli honey, lime juice, and half the strawberries. Once sufficiently macerated, add additional strawberries and muddle lightly, leaving larger chunks of berry, until ingredients are integrated. Then move mixture into a small pitcher and add elderflower liqueur and gin (or gin alternative) and stir well. Next, fill 4 glasses with crushed ice and divide your mixture between them. Note that you only want to fill each glass up roughly ⅔ to ¾, based upon how strong you like your cocktails. Top it off with club soda. Then garnish with mint and your favorite Tribeca Tamper/Stirrer.

STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER THC COCKTAIL

INGREDIENTS

½ lb strawberries, washed and stems removed 

2 tbsp Potli Extra Feel Good CBD Honey 

1 lime juiced, about 2 tbsp

3 tbsp elderflower liqueur

1 cp Sipsmith London Strawberry Smash Gin or a citrus/fruit-forward gin—for a non-alcoholic take, substitute 1 cp Lyre’s Pink London Alcohol Free Spirit and leave out the elderflower liqueur

10 oz (1 bottle) MAISON BLOOM Strawberry Provençal + Lemongrass Elevated Seltzer

Mint sprig

Your favorite Tribeca Tamper/Stirrer (we recommend pink)

STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER THC COCKTAIL DIRECTIONS

Combine the Potli honey, lime juice, and half the strawberries. Then muddle. Once sufficiently macerated, add additional strawberries and muddle lightly, leaving larger chunks of berry until ingredients are integrated. Next, move mixture into a small pitcher and add elderflower liqueur and gin (or gin alternative) and stir well. Then fill 4 glasses with crushed ice and divide your mixture between them. Note that you only want to fill each glass up roughly ⅔ to ¾, based upon how strong you like your cocktails. Top it off with MAISON BLOOM Strawberry Provençal + Lemongrass Elevated Seltzer. Finally, garnish with mint and your favorite Tribeca Tamper/Stirrer.

WATERMELON SUGAR HIGH THC COCKTAIL

INGREDIENTS

½ seedless ripe watermelon 

5 tbsp Potli Extra Feel Good CBD Honey

3 oz lemon juice

4 tbsp limoncello liquor 

1½ cp Casamigos Blanco tequila or premium tequila or mezcal—for a non-alcoholic take, substitute 1½ cp Ritual Zero Proof Tequila Alternative)

10 oz club soda

30 fresh mint leaves

Don’t forget your favorite Tribeca Tamper/Stirrer (we recommend green)

Watermelon Sugar High cannabis infused drink recipe.

WATERMELON SUGAR HIGH CBD COCKTAIL DIRECTIONS

On the day or night before,  remove the half watermelon from the rind and place in a blender with the Potli honey and lemon juice. Then blend until ingredients are integrated. Next place frozen mixture in the freezer to set overnight. Then, on the day, set out 4 glasses and divide your mint leaves between your glasses. Then muddle. Next, add a layer of crushed ice. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop frozen watermelon mixture into glass until it’s just over the top rim of the glass. Then add 4 oz of tequila and 1 tablespoon of limoncello to each glass. For a non-alcoholic take, substitute Ritual Zero Proof Tequila Alternative and skip the limoncello entirely. Next, top with club soda. Finally, garnish with a single sprig of mint plus your favorite Tribeca Tamper/Stirrer. 

PRO TIP

If you’re pressed for time, you can skip the whole night before thing and simply combine all ingredients, except for the soda/seltzer, in a single pitcher. Just mix thoroughly.

WATERMELON SUGAR HIGH THC COCKTAIL

INGREDIENTS

½ seedless ripe watermelon 

5 tbsp Potli Extra Feel Good CBD Honey 

3 oz lemon juice

4 tbsp limoncello liquor 

1½ cp Casamigos Blanco tequila or premium tequila or mezcal—for a non-alcoholic take, substitute 1½ cp Ritual Zero Proof Tequila Alternative)

10 oz (1 Bottle) of MAISON BLOOM Watermelon + Pink Peppercorn Elevated Seltzer

30 fresh mint leaves

Don’t forget your favorite Tribeca Tamper/Stirrer (we recommend green)

WATERMELON SUGAR HIGH THC COCKTAIL DIRECTIONS

On the day or night before, remove the half watermelon from the rind and place in a blender with the Potli honey and lemon juice. Then blend until ingredients are integrated. Then place the frozen mixture in the freezer to set overnight. On the day, set out 4 glasses and divide your mint leaves between your glasses. Then muddle. Next, add a layer of crushed ice. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop frozen watermelon mixture into glass until it’s just over the top rim of the glass. Then add 4 oz of tequila and 1 tablespoon of limoncello to each glass. For a non-alcoholic take, substitute Ritual Zero Proof Tequila Alternative and skip the limoncello entirely. Top with MAISON BLOOM Watermelon + Pink Peppercorn Elevated Seltzer. Finally, garnish with a single sprig of mint and your favorite Tribeca Tamper/Stirrer. 

PRO TIP

If you’re pressed for time, you can skip the whole night before thing and simply combine all ingredients, except for the soda/seltzer, in a single pitcher. Just mix thoroughly.

Not James' Giant Peach cannabis infused drink recipe

DEFINITELY NOT JAMES’ GIANT PEACH CBD COCKTAIL

INGREDIENTS

2 cps fresh diced peaches or 2 cps peach puree

3 sprigs fresh thyme

½ cp fresh lemon juice

½ cp water

⅓ cp Potli Extra Feel Good CBD Honey 

1½ cp Grey Goose® Essences White Peach & Rosemary Vodka or a fruit flavor or non-flavored vodka—for a non-alcoholic take, substitute 1 ½ cp Seedlip Grove 42 Non-Alcoholic Spirit)

10 oz club soda

Don’t forget your favorite Tribeca Tamper/Stirrer (we recommend purple)

DEFINITELY NOT JAMES’ GIANT PEACH CBD COCKTAIL Directions

Combine peaches, thyme, lemon juice, water, and honey, in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring the peach mixture to a boil and cook for 5 minutes until peaches are soft. Then remove from heat and cool completely. Once cooled, remove the thyme and blend. When mixture is your desired consistency, pour into a large pitcher. Next stir in vodka and club soda just before serving. Set out 4 glasses and divide the mixture between ice-filled low-ball glasses or your glassware of choosing. Finally, garnish with a thyme sprig, peach slice, and your favorite Tribeca Tamper/Stirrer. 

DEFINITELY NOT JAMES’ GIANT PEACH THC COCKTAIL

INGREDIENTS

2 cps fresh diced peaches or 2 cps peach puree

3 sprigs fresh thyme

½ cp fresh lemon juice

½ cp water

⅓ cp Potli Extra Feel Good CBD Honey 

1½ cp Grey Goose® Essences White Peach & Rosemary Vodka or a fruit flavor or non-flavored vodka—for a non-alcoholic take, substitute 1½ cp Seedlip Grove 42 Non-Alcoholic Spirit)

10 oz (1 bottle) MAISON BLOOM Pêche + Wild Honeysuckle Elevated Seltzer

Don’t forget your favorite Tribeca Tamper/Stirrer (we recommend purple)

DEFINITELY NOT JAMES’ GIANT PEACH THC COCKTAIL DIRECTIONS

Combine peaches, thyme, lemon juice, water, and honey, in a saucepan over medium. Bring the peach mixture to a boil and cook for 5 minutes until peaches are soft; remove from heat and cool completely. Once cooled, remove the thyme and blend mixture to your desired consistency and pour into a large pitcher. Next, stir in vodka and MAISON BLOOM Pêche + Wild Honeysuckle Elevated Seltzer just before serving. Then, set out 4 glasses and divide drinks between ice-filled low-ball glasses or your glassware of choosing.  Finally, garnish with a thyme sprig, peach slice, and your favorite Tribeca Tamper/Stirrer.

LGF (Little Green Fairy) CBD COCKTAIL

INGREDIENTS

1½ oz Absinthe—for a non-alcoholic take, substitute 1½ oz Lyre’s Absinthe Non-Alcoholic Spirit)

1½ oz Hendrick’s Original Gin—for a non-alcoholic take, substitute 1½ oz Seedlip Spice 94 Non-Alcoholic Spirit)

6 slices lemon cucumber or regular cucumber

Juice of ½ lime

1 oz Potli Extra Feel Good CBD Honey 

Pinch of salt

Pinch of fresh grated black pepper

2 oz club soda 

Don’t forget your favorite Tribeca Tamper/Stirrer (we recommend yellow)

LGF is another wonderful cannabis drink recipe

LGF CBD COCKTAIL DIRECTIONS

Add liquor (or liquor substitutes), cucumber, salt, and honey to the cocktail shaker. Then muddle all ingredients until  incorporated. Next, double strain into a fluted glass or glassware of your choosing. Top with club soda and stir until incorporated. Finally, garnish with cucumber slices and top with fresh cracked pepper. Don’t forget your favorite Tribeca Tamper/Stirrer.

LGF THC COCKTAIL

INGREDIENTS

1½ oz Absinthe (For a non-alcoholic “Better for You” take, substitute 1 ½ oz Lyre’s Absinthe Non-Alcoholic Spirit)

1½ oz Hendrick’s Original Gin—for a non-alcoholic take, substitute 1 ½ oz Seedlip Spice 94 Non-Alcoholic Spirit)

6 slices lemon cucumber or regular cucumber

Juice of ½ lime

1 oz Potli Extra Feel Good CBD Honey

Pinch of salt

Pinch of fresh grated black pepper

2 oz MAISON BLOOM Lemon Cucumber + Sweet Basil LTD Edition Seasonal Elevated Seltzer 

Don’t forget your favorite Tribeca Tamper/Stirrer (we recommend yellow)

LGF THC COCKTAIL DIRECTIONS

Add liquor (or liquor substitutes), cucumber, salt, and honey to the cocktail shaker. Then muddle all ingredients until incorporated. Double strain into a fluted glass or glassware of your choosing. Next, top with MAISON BLOOM Lemon Cucumber + Sweet Basil Elevated Seltzer and stir until incorporated. Finally, garnish with cucumber slices and top with fresh cracked pepper. Don’t forget your favorite House of Puff Tribeca Tamper.

This summer staple, a Little Spilt Tea, is one of our most versatile cannabis infused drink recipes.

A Little Spilt Tea CBD Cocktail

INGREDIENTS

4 cps boiling water

1 cp Potli Extra Feel Good CBD Honey 

12 bags of black tea or a similar tea 

4 cps of cold water

1 750 mL bottle of Mount Gay® Barbados Eclipse Rum—for a non-alcoholic  take, substitute 1 750 ml bottle of Ritual Zero Proof Rum Alternative Spirit)

20 oz club soda

3 cps crushed ice, plus more for serving

Garnish: Lemon slices, mint leaves, and your favorite Tribeca Tamper/Stirrer (we recommend blue)

A LITTLE SPILT TEA CBD COCKTAIL DIRECTIONS

This recipe makes approximately 16 servings. Start by combining boiling water and Potli Extra Feel-Good CBD Honey in a heatproof container. Then stir until the honey is completely dissolved. Add tea bags and let steep for 5 to 10 minutes. Remove tea bags and discard. Next, add cold water, rum (or rum alternative), and ice. Stir well and refrigerate until serving. Right before serving, mix in club soda. Then, to serve, pour into ice-filled highball or Old Fashioned glasses of your choosing. Finally, garnish with lemon slice, mint sprigs, and your favorite Tribeca Tamper.

A Little Spilt Tea THC Cocktail

INGREDIENTS

4 cps boiling water

1 cp Potli Extra Feel Good CBD Honey 

12 bags of black tea or a similar tea 

4 cps of cold water

1 750 mL bottle of Mount Gay® Barbados Eclipse Rum (For a non-alcoholic “Better for You” take, substitute 1 750 mL bottle of Ritual Zero Proof Rum Alternative Spirit)

20 oz (2 bottles) MAISON BLOOM Pêche + Wild Honeysuckle Elevated Seltzer

3 cps crushed ice, plus more for serving

Garnish: Lemon slices, mint leaves, and your favorite Tribeca Tamper/Stirrer (we recommend blue)

A LITTLE SPILT TEA THC COCKTAIL DIRECTIONS

This recipe makes approximately 16 servings.  First, combine boiling water and Potli Extra Feel-Good CBD Honey in a heatproof container. Then stir until the honey is completely dissolved. Add tea bags and let steep for 5 to 10 minutes. Remove tea bags and discard. Next, add cold water, rum (or rum alternative), and ice. Stir well and refrigerate until serving. Right before serving, mix in MAISON BLOOM Pêche + Wild Honeysuckle Elevated Seltzer. To serve, pour into ice-filled highball or Old Fashioned glasses of your choosing. Finally, garnish with lemon slice, mint sprigs, and your favorite House of Puff Tribeca Tamper.

Where’s your favorite place to relax and enjoy a cannabis infused drink?

Jake’s pick is a Sunday movie 

For Jake, relaxing self-care means smuggling a MAISON BLOOM or 2 in with him to the movies. After his parents divorced, Jake’s dad would pick him up every Sunday for breakfast and a movie. Jake’s dad shared why he loved going to the movies so much. “The movies are the one place where people of all walks of life–people who may not get along at all–laugh together, cry together, and are entertained together.” Although Jake’s dad passed away almost a decade ago, he still tries to keep this standing date every Sunday.

Tony takes his cannabis infused drink to the park 

For Tony, it’s all about taking MAISON BLOOM’s signature Elevated Seltzers to Dolores Park. These perfectly dosed refreshers are your go-to to keep you company as you kick back and sprawl across the blankets for a different kind of picture perfect picnicking. Dolores is one of the best parks in the Bay Area. Tony has a choice spot right under the Fruit Shelf known as Gay Beach. From there, you can see a sea of men in Speedos. Muscular shirtless bodies recreate against the backdrop of the spectacular SF skyline. For Tony, it’s all about scoping out the boys. Regardless of your end goal, MAISON BLOOM makes it better.

As an LGBTQIA+ founded and owned company, what makes Maison Bloom different from the other cannabis infused drink companies out there?

That’s a tough question because it’s the sum total of ourselves that feeds into making MAISON BLOOM unique. The fact that we’re LGBTQIA+ isn’t our only defining set of experiences. We’re just uniquely authentic and unapologetically ourselves. And we’re dedicated to elevating the everyday. A key part of doing that is through self-affirmation, dignity, equality, and increasing the visibility of LGBTQIA+ people. We built our company built radical transparency and unabashed creativity. As storytellers, we endeavor to take you on a journey through smell, taste, and what you feel. We’re bold because we can be. But we’re sincere and heartfelt because we choose to be. We honestly can’t tell you if that makes us all that unique in terms of the competition. We’re having too much fun focusing on our customers.

Which other 3 LGBTQIA+ founded or owned cannabis companies people should know about?

Thankfully, there are more than a handful of LGBTQIA+ owned and operated companies in the cannabis space. Each blazes their own unique trail with their own stories that shine bright through their products. That’s one of the best things about working in cannabis. While we still need more diversity, the industry allows for such a plurality of voices and offerings. But we’ll take up this “Sophie’s Choice” challenge anyway. We do have our definitive favorites in SAVA, SONOMA HILLS FARM, and INDE Local.

Why do you like Sava? 

Andrea Brooks and the team at SAVA have accomplished something amazing. They deliver a wonderfully shoppable world of cannabis. That’s because they clearly have the consumer at the center of all that they do. This easily makes Sava our go-to platform for getting all the best flower-powered products.

What puts Sonoma Hills Farm on your list? 

SONOMA HILLS FARM is more than the greatness of their products. And, by the way, they grow some of the best flower in the world. What Joyce Cenali and the team are doing there is second to none. They produce ethically grown cannabis through the fully sustainable ecosystem they’ve developed at the farm. That’s alongside their exceptional creativity and innovation. Joyce and the team continue to push the envelope of what’s possible in how cannabis growers can educate, engage, and entertain mainstream consumers. Most recently added a key partnership with Airbnb! Through it, they offer fully immersive experiential staycations on their farm.

Are there any other cannabis infused drink companies you like? 

Our favorite cannabis infused drink, other than ours, is INDE Local. Kim Leadford has given us cannabis’ first true craft brew experience. They’re true brewmasters, and they offer you truly delicious non-alcoholic beer. But their beer is leveled-up with their unique blend of cannabis. They’ve got everything from pilsners to stouts. Delicious and a perfect decadence to level up your everyday, Kim and INDE have the hearts of everyone at MAISON BLOOM.

How do you bring your expansive backgrounds to your role at MAISON BLOOM?

The world of legal cannabis is a bold new frontier that’s ready to be explored. Our professional backgrounds blend fashion, luxury goods, CPG, hospitality operations, and commercial production. That means we’ve got more tools than a Swiss Army knife. Our professional differences make us stronger as a collective. Our personal stories also give us distinct perspectives that are invaluable. All this comes together best as part of our human centered design process when we’re testing our own perspectives and biases as part of our product evolution. Every aspect of what we’ve done has led us to the moment we’re fortunate enough to be living now. The work we do today is powered by our past successes as much as our past failures and learnings. So we make sure to give space to the good, the bad, and everything in between. Because, in cannabis…anything goes.

How can people keep up with everything Maison Bloom is up to?

As a hospitality company, we always want to make it easiest on you. So the lowest lift/highest return is to sign up for our newsletter. We’re also active on the socials. So you’ll always be in the know if you follow us on any or all of these hot spots: Instagram @lovemaisonbloom, Twitter @lovemaisonbloom, and LinkedIn: MaisonBloom.

Infused Drinks: Expert Tips on Crafting The Perfect CBD and THC Cocktails

  • Infused drinks are hot—learn everything you need to know about making your own. 
  • Cannabis cocktail expert, Jamie Evans, shares her secrets. 
  • Her Spicy Melon Margarita recipe is the perfect way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with cannabis. 

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Infused drinks are having a moment. While there are quite a few new commercial elixirs hitting dispensaries, they’re still only available in a few states. So we’re experimenting more with our own cannabis cocktails at home. As usual, Jamie Evans, founder of The Herb Somm, is out front. Her book, Cannabis Drinks: Secrets to Crafting CBD and THC Beverages at Home tells you everything you need to know.

We’re so excited about your new book on infused drinks—give us the highlights

My goal with this book is to share all the secrets I’ve learned throughout my wine and cannabis journey! Different from other books in this category, Cannabis Drinks offers something to everyone—from beginners to experts. For newbies, this book provides an in-depth look into the basics of infused drinks and general cannabis 101. I highlight the differences between CBD and THC, bioavailability rates, and the entourage effect. For would-be cannasseurs, I detail how to evaluate flower with sensory techniques. Of course, I also cover how to dose infused drinks and how to serve them. There are also several essential how-tos and infusion guides that break down things. That includes decarboxylation and heating techniques. I also focus on options for those who only want to use CBD and/or THC. So the book presents many different approaches to enhancing your beverages at home. 

There’s something in the book for everyone

This book is also customizable, allowing you to choose your preferred dosage. There are recipes for low-dose smoothies, shakes, juices, coffee drinks, tea, spirit-free mixed drinks, and cocktails. Plus, for those who require higher doses, there’s a section on how to increase the potency of their DIY infusions.

What’s the most versatile ingredient for infused drinks of all kinds, not just cocktails?

Cannabis-infused simple syrup. Whether you’re making a spirit-free mixed drink, cocktail, or tea, it’s one of the most versatile ingredients you can use to craft beverages at home. I highly recommend making a big batch so you can enhance just about any drink that needs a touch of sweetness. Cannabis-infused honey is also a great ingredient to stock your bar with. It’s the perfect match for smoothies, hot tea drinks, etc. My book teaches how to make both of these infusions as well as bitters, shrubs, sour mix, and more. I encourage everyone to try making these infusions. But, if creating a homemade infusion is too intimidating, you can simply infuse the recipes using an unflavored commercial tincture. You can choose the path that’s right for you.

Cannabis Drinks, your complete guide to infused drinks by Jamie Evans

The last time we talked to you, we focused on your CBD book. How do the infused drink recipes in that book relate to the recipes in your new book?

My passion for cannabis mixology deepened while writing my first book, The Ultimate Guide to CBD. (For the scoop on that, check out our last sit-down with Jamie.) After writing the beverages chapter, I learned so much more about the craft. I also realized that my preferred method for consuming cannabis is infused drinks. I discovered so many creative ways to infuse beverages at home. This book, as its title implies, dives much deeper into cannabis drinks. It provides a wealth of techniques so you feel confident making any type of infused drink. While The Ultimate Guide to CBD is a wonderful lifestyle book, Cannabis Drinks is all about the beverages! 

What’s an easy aperitif/appetizer that you love to whip up  when you’re hosting?

With warmer weather just around the corner, one of my favorite aperitifs is an Aperol Spritz! But I like to add fresh citrus juices and homemade infused Citrus Spice Bitters (featured in this book). In Cannabis Drinks, I’ve included a recipe for a Blood Orange Aperol Spritz. But with summer ahead, you can easily swap the blood orange juice for fresh-squeezed pink grapefruit juice. Just remove the pulp. Make sure to add a slice of grapefruit to the glass for some extra flavor and aromatics. For a food pairing, a crostini topped with cured meats, soft cheeses, and seasonal fruits and vegetables is a fantastic match!

Favorite type of garnish for infused drinks?

Most of the time, garnishes will be the first thing your senses will encounter with that first sip. So the aromatics of the garnish are important. I recommend using visually appealing items that complement the rest of the ingredients in the drink and add a pop of color. For this reason, I love using fresh-cut cannabis leaves and seasonal edible flowers. Cannabis leaves are also great to use because they visually signal that the drink is infused. So there’s no confusion.

Your go-to infused drink for coping with stress?

I was writing Cannabis Drinks throughout 2020 when the pandemic started. Since I was mixing up so many, I didn’t really have one go-to infused drink. Personally, I love low-dose cannabis cocktails. But if you’re planning on mixing alcohol and cannabis, I highly recommend sticking to the golden rule. Start low, and go slow. Keep in mind that both alcohol and cannabis are potent intoxicants. For best results, when you mix them together, do so in moderation and stick to a low dose of THC (between 1-5 mg max per drink).

Must-have basic infusion to keep on hand behind the bar?

A cannabis-infused alcohol tincture is a must-have for behind the bar. It allows you to easily dose drinks. Plus, it’s incredibly easy to make at home. All you need is decarboxylated cannabis flower and high proof alcohol to act as your solvent for extracting cannabinoids. In my book, I teach two different ways to make your own tincture. Depending on the equipment you have at home, you can use a heated or a freezer method. Unlike oil tinctures, which separate from other liquids, alcohol tinctures blend with them perfectly. That allows all of the ingredients to harmonize.

With Cinco de Mayo coming up next week, can you share a recipe for celebratory infused drinks?

To celebrate Cinco de Mayo, here’s an infused margarita recipe from Cannabis Drinks. Since it calls for fresh watermelon juice and jalapeño peppers, I call it the Spicy Melon Margarita.

SPICY MELON MARGARITA EQUIPMENT

Blender or food processor

Fine-mesh strainer

One 8-ounce (240-ml)

Sterilized Mason jar

Saucer

Citrus juicer

Old-fashioned glass

Shaker tin

Jigger

Hawthorne strainer

SPICY MELON MARGARITA INGREDIENTS (1 Serving)

Watermelon juice ingredients

1/2 small seedless watermelon

The Spicy Melon Margarita, an infused drink by Jamie Evans

Chile salt rim ingredients

1 tablespoon (9 g) salt 1/4 teaspoon ancho chile powder or standard chili powder

1 lime wedge

Spicy Melon Margarita ingredients

3 ounces (90 ml) watermelon juice

1 ¼ ounce (38 ml) fresh squeezed lime juice

½  ounce (15 ml) Infused Rich Simple Syrup (see recipe in Cannabis Drinks)

½  ounce (15 ml) tequila blanco

½  ounce (15 ml) mezcal

½  teaspoon Aperol

1 small jalapeño pepper, sliced into rounds (set 1 round aside for garnish) 

Lime round, for garnish (optional)

SPICY MELON MARGARITA INSTRUCTIONS

To make the watermelon juice 

Place the watermelon into a blender or food processor. Purée for 1 minute or until the watermelon chunks turn into juice. Using a fine-mesh strainer, separate the pulp from the juice over an 8-ounce (240-ml) Mason jar. Discard the pulp, and set the jar aside.

To create the chili rim

Combine the salt and chile powder in a shallow saucer. Rim the glass with a lime wedge. Then dip the glass into the salt mixture creating the chile rim. If you have Tajín on hand, this works great, too!

To make the Spicy Melon Margarita

Add all the ingredients into a shaker tin, including the watermelon juice and the jalapeños. Add ice, cover, then shake for 25 seconds. Fine strain this into an old-fashioned glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with jalapeño rounds or a lime wheel, and enjoy!

We love how curated your instagram is, any tips for those looking to elevate their instagram game?

Something that’s helped my account grow over the years is to focus on a particular topic or beat. When I first launched my company, I tried to cover everything in cannabis. Now, I primarily just focus on infused foods and beverages as well as culinary cannabis experiences. That content is aligned with what my viewers want to see.

Can you share 5 of your favorite profiles to follow on instagram?

Here are 5 of my favorite accounts to follow now if you love cannabis-infused food and drinks! 

@sousweed

Monica Lo is a pioneer in the culinary cannabis space as well as a master at using the sous vide method to create delicious cannabis-infused recipes from an Asian American kitchen. Her page also includes stunning food photography, which she captures on her own. Be sure to follow Monica if you’re looking for some inspiration!

Jamie Evans, your go-to expert on infused drinks

@smokesipsavor

Rachel Burkons is another pioneer in the culinary cannabis space. She’s also my co-host for our monthly IG Live show, The Herb & Smoke Show. Rachel also comes from a long history of working in the beverage space. We have a lot of fun mixing up drinks together. She’s also hilarious. So I think you’ll enjoy her IG Reels.

@bigbadwolfsf

Chef Haejin Chun, of Big Bad Wolf, is one of the coolest chefs around. I was lucky enough to collaborate with her on a few dinners before the COVID pandemic hit. I just love how real she is on IG. Her food is also amazing! Be sure to keep an eye out for her weekly IG Show on @Herb every Tuesday.

@chefamanda.co

I was recently introduced to Chef Amanda Jackson when she attended one of my cannabis mixology classes. I love her Instagram page! She is a very talented chef based in Los Angeles. Her feed features delicious recipes as well as her favorite cannabis products. And her food photos will make you hungry.

@wenyerhungry

I came across Chef Wendy Zeng’s IG page after she won @elevatejane’s “Elevated Eight” cooking competition. Wendy makes some beautiful infused cuisine—using fresh ingredients from her urban garden. She was also featured in Discovery’s Chopped 420 cooking show. Be sure to tune in and witness her culinary talents first hand. 

Where can everyone get your new book, Cannabis Drinks: Secrets to Crafting CBD and THC Beverages at Home?

To purchase Cannabis Drinks, head to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound, or a bookstore near you! You can also find the book on my website at www.TheHerbSomm.com or on my Instagram channel @TheHerbSomm. Cheers, and enjoy!

How to Make the Best Cannabis Brownies On the Planet

  • Cannabis brownies are one of the most popular edibles to make. 
  • For a quick and easy recipe you can use a store-bought brownie mix and readymade cannabis butter or oil. 
  • Here’s how to properly dose cannabis brownies. 
  • Follow this recipe for the best molten chocolate cannabis brownies you’ve ever tasted. 

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Here’s how to make the best cannabis brownies

Life is stressful. So a little chocolate indulgence can make those moments easier. And, of course, we also like to use cannabis to destress. So, what could be better than cannabis brownies? It’s the best of both worlds!

Cannabis brownies are a great recipe for newbies and OG Cannabis chefs

There’s a reason why hash brownies (or pot brownies) are the OG of edibles. Chocolate is great for disguising the taste of cannabis. And who doesn’t love a rich, gooey brownie? Cannabis brownies are also one of the easiest edibles to make. Whether or not you have access to readymade cannabutter and cannabis oil or whether you’re a gotta-make-it-from-scratch baker as opposed to a quick-fixes-with-mixes type, we’ve got you covered. Here’s our complete guide to making cannabis brownies.

Sweet Grass Cannabutter is a great readymade for baking cannabis brownies.

Readymade cannabutter and cannabis oil

If you have access to it, we highly suggest treating yourself to readymade cannabutter or cannabis oil. Unless baking is your stress relief of choice, having these cannabis-infused essentials on hand dramatically cuts down your time in the kitchen. They also make dosing more accurate than home infusion. 

Our Favorite Readymades

We love the cannabutter from Sweet Grass Kitchen. Each stick includes 100mg of THC (no CBD). The child-resistant box makes it refrigerator-safe for everyone. Or, if you’re looking for vegan edibles (or at least non-dairy edibles), one of our favorite cannabis oils is CannaPunch Cannabis Coconut Cooking Oil. It also comes in a child-resistant 2-oz bottle. Again with 100mg of THC (no CBD). One bottle of CannaPunch cannabis oil is the perfect substitute for butter in our pre-mix recipe below.

Don’t skip decarbing!

The thing that most newbies skip in making their own infusions is activating the cannabinoids with heat before infusing them into edibles. Heat activation (or decarboxylation) will help you get the best bang for your buck from your flower. All you need to decarb your flower is an oven, a pan, and some scissors.  It’s super simple. Just follow our step-by-step instructions

Making Cannabis Butter is Easy

The ease of making your own cannabis butter and cannabis oil is growing every day. You don’t need any special equipment to do it. Just normal kitchen tools and appliances. Again, just follow our step-by-step instructions for how to make cannabis butter. Making cannabis oil is even easier. Just follow the same directions for cannabis butter, but substitute oil.

Homemade edibles In a snap with a cannabis infusion machine

You don’t need special tools to make cannabis butter or cannabis oil. But, if you’re as all-in on edibles as we are, you can now buy a gorgeous cannabis infusion machine. These appliances are huge timesavers. Ardent offers a couple options. Their FX even lets you infuse and bake in the same machine. You can just set it and forget it. Plus, they even have butter molds that will make your cannabis butter even easier to measure. That’s great for dosing! With Ardent, you also get the added benefit of shopping a Black-owned business.

Maximum temperature for baking with cannabis

Now, let’s get on with the real baking! The baking temperatures for our brownie recipes are perfect for cannabis. As cannabis chef, Julie Dooley, advised in the Denver Post, in order to preserve THC levels the maximum oven temperature for baking with cannabutter is 350 degrees.

How to make edible brownies from a box

If you want to know how to make edibles fast, you can’t beat a quick fix with a brownie mix. One of our fave gourmet brands is Stonewall Kitchen’s Triple Fudge Brownie Mix. They have several other brownie options. Including a gluten-free mix, a peppermint, and a caramel version. Yum!

Baking with Cannabutter

If you’re all good with dairy, you can just substitute a 1:1 ratio of cannabutter for the required amount of butter in the recipe. The triple fudge mix calls for 7 tablespoons. To get the most out of your cannabutter, just follow the special mixing instructions we have. We lay them out in our recipe for Molten Chocolate Cannabis Brownies below. Maybe the best thing about this brownie is that it’s lightning fast to make. The prep is a snap. And the cooking time tops out at only 30 minutes.

Cannabis brownies are a year-round treat, and you can freeze them!

How to make edibles without butter

If you want to know how to make brownies, or any edibles, without butter you just have to do a little math. You can substitute oil for butter in most recipes. But you need to scale back the quantity. The general rule is to use ¾ the amount of butter that the recipe calls for. For example, if it calls for 10 tablespoons of butter, use 7 ½ tablespoons of oil. Things can get a little complicated, however, because you also need to balance your dosing with the right proportions for taste. That’s why we love our Stonewall brownie mix. We’ve found that 1 2-ounce bottle of 100mg THC cannabis oil works as the perfect substitution for the 7 tablespoons of butter that the recipe calls for. So, on your first try, you’ll get scrumptious taste with just the right dosing.

How to make Molten chocolate cannabis brownies

If you really want to indulge in all senses of the word, skip the mix and make our Molten Chocolate Cannabis Brownies from scratch. If you already have your cannabutter made, the prep and baking time still only take a little over 1 hour. And they’re SO worth it. We’ll even stick our necks out there and claim that these will be the best brownies you’ve ever had—cannabis or otherwise!

Molten Chocolate Cannabis Brownies

(adapted from Donna Hay’s recipe on Epicurious)

Cannabis Brownies Ingredients

1 cup all-purpose flour

¾ cup cocoa powder

¾ cup brown sugar

1 ⅓ cup caster (superfine) sugar

½ tsp salt

10 tbsp (100mg THC) cannabutter (or use all regular butter and add a concentrate)

3 tbsp unsalted butter

1 tsp vanilla extract

3 large eggs

1 ⅓  cup (4 ½ oz) dark chocolate chips

 

What makes these cannabis brownies so special is their crispy top and gooey center.

CANNABIS BROWNIES Instructions

Initial Prep

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Then, lightly grease an 8” square baking dish (we like using MCT oil) and line it with nonstick baking paper.

Melting Your Butter

First, melt both butters together in a heat-safe bowl in the oven at 325 degrees. When it’s almost fully melted, remove from the oven and let the butter mixture cool but not harden. Cannabutter is clarified butter. So it can clump in the batter if it’s solid.

Using Cannabis Concentrates

If you want to use a cannabis concentrate—like crumble—instead of cannabutter, add the equivalent of 100mg of THC. Then, melt 13 tbsp of unsalted butter and add the concentrate into once it’s melted. Stir the concentrate into the butter until it’s fully dissolved and thoroughly combined.

Finishing Your Batter

Combine flour, cocoa, both sugars, salt, vanilla, and eggs in large mixing bowl, stirring together by hand with a rubber or silicone spatula until well combined. If you can help it, don’t substitute regular sugar for the caster sugar—it’s what gives these brownies their lovely crisp top in contrast with their molten center. Wait to stir in the melted butter until after the eggs have liquified the batter somewhat in order to prevent the butter from clumping. This step is important to promote even THC distribution. Stir batter until the butter is well incorporated, breaking up any clumps until batter is smooth. Stir in dark chocolate chips until evenly distributed. 

Baking Your Cannabis Brownies

Fold batter into a baking dish with a large spatula, spreading to fill in the corners of the dish. Minimize any cannabutter waste by using a small spatula to clean off the larger spatula. Then, bake at 325 degrees for 50-60 minutes until set. Remove from the oven and let the dish cool for 5 minutes. Cut into 16 squares, serve warm, and dissolve into delight. Makes 16 servings with 4-6mg of THC per serving.

Edibles dosing

10mg is the standard recommended dose for edibles. But newbies should start with 5mg, or even 2.5mg. To accommodate everyone, cut the brownies you make from either of our recipes in an 8” square pan into 4 rows of 4. Each serving will contain somewhere from 4-6mg of THC. With our brownies, that dose is delivered in a big enough serving to let you enjoy chowing down on the chocolate without getting uncomfortably high. (Lightweights, start by cutting our serving size in half.) Word to the wise, though, completely accurate dosing in homemade edibles is tough—especially if you make your own cannabutter or cannabis oil. Plus, the metabolism process strengthens the potency of cannabinoids and edibles can take up to 4 hours to kick in. So, no matter how delicious your brownies turn out, always start low and go slow!

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Elevate Your Edible Recipe with Aroma Culinary

Up your edible recipe game with Chef Leighton Murdock’s Infused Seasonings. 

  • Aroma Culinary’s new line of cannabis infused seasonings and condiments are the perfect way to elevate any edible recipe. 
  • For Valentine’s Day, Chef Leighton suggests making his Honey Garlic Shrimp.  
  • Cooking was his first passion, but now Chef Leighton combines his love for cannabis and cooking by curating infused dinners.
5-minute read

Celebrate this February 14th with an edible recipe

Valentine’s Day is almost here, which calls for chocolate and romantic dinners. If you and your special someone love cannabis and cooking, give an edible recipe from Chef Leighton Murdock a try. While all his dishes are tasty, for this February 14th, he suggests making his Honey Garlic Shrimp. The recipe features products from his new line of cannabis infused seasonings. They’re the perfect touch for any edible recipe. We had the opportunity to sit down with Chef Leighton, founder of Aroma Culinary. He told us everything you need to know about his infused dinners and Aroma Culinary’s new seasonings.

What inspires you to make an edible recipe? 

I’m a trained chef and deeply interested in enhancing flavor profiles with an additional payoff—a bodily high.

What was the first edible recipe you made? 

Like many people, the first edible recipe I made was an infused brownie.

Tell us all about your new line of cannabis seasonings? 

Aroma Culinary manufactures and distributes the world’s finest hemp-derived CBD infused culinary condiments. Those include hot sauce, barbecue sauce, extra virgin olive oil, honey, salt, and pepper. We use only the best ingredients and CBD extracted from select hemp cultivated in the USA.

Chef Leighton has the best edible recipe for Valentine's Day

Where did the idea to create cannabis seasonings come from? 

Cooking has always been a passion of mine. Early in my career as a chef, I was hosting dinner parties. Oftentimes, the guests didn’t know each other but would bond over different things. Things like family recipes, their love for music––inspired by the curated playlist we’d have––and other current topics. But there was something that would happen around the second course. That was when the wine and cocktails started to set in. The sound of laughter and conversation would drown out the music. At the same time, I was learning a lot about the power of cannabis. I quickly decided to swap alcohol for cannabis. And here we are today.

What kind of feeling can people expect when they use Aroma Culinary seasonings in their edible recipe? 

They can expect to feel elated. Honestly, I personally feel that Aroma Culinary seasonings and spices are a chef’s kiss. The perfect addition for an aromatic and well-balanced high after enjoying a wonderful meal.

Which 1 of your new line of cannabis seasonings is your favorite? 

My favorite is our hot sauce. You can put that on anything. And it pairs well with your favorite edible recipe.

How should your cannabis seasonings and condiments be used? Any differently than regular seasonings? 

They’re great finishers. Most chefs don’t cook with heavy seasonings. We’re trained to top meals with them. I recommend using the seasonings as a light to moderate dusting on your meal.

Do you have advice for anyone who wants to make an edible recipe for the first time?

My advice to anyone looking to make an edible recipe is to consult a professional first—even if it’s just online. It’s important to consider dosage and flavor profiles. A novice approach can be disappointing.

Which came first, your love for the culinary arts or your interest in cannabis? 

Cooking came first. I’ve always enjoyed cooking. I find it relaxing.

What’s the best part of being a cannabis chef? 

To me, the best part is being able to control people’s high.

Without giving away your “secret sauce”, what’s your technique for controlling your guests’ high?

It’s all about the dosage and balance. You want to make sure they can get through 3 courses without getting too high too quickly. I make sure to take them on a gradual journey, ensuring by the time they get to dessert they are at the perfect height.

Who are 3 other cannabis chefs we should know about?

The 3 that I pay attention to are @thechefnikki, @the_herbal_chef, and @the_nomadcook.

What edible recipe would you suggest for a romantic evening this Valentine’s Day?

I’d suggest my Honey Garlic Shrimp.

honey garlic shrimp INGREDIENTS
 

1-2 lb Shrimp

2 tablespoons Aroma olive oil more if needed

1/4 cup corn starch

2 teaspoon garlic minced

1/2 teaspoon ginger grated

4 tablespoon Aroma honey

2 tablespoon soy sauce

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper (more if you like it hot)

green onion for garnish chopped

Leighton Murdock's honey garlic shrimp edible recipe

honey garlic shrimp instructions


In a mixing boil, combine 2 teaspoon of garlic, 1/2 teaspoon of ginger, 4 tablespoons of honey, 2 tablespoons of soy sauce. Mix them together and then set them aside.

Coat each shrimp in cornstarch. Pour Aroma olive oil into a big skillet over medium/high heat. A cast iron skillet works best for this recipe. But, if you don’t have one, it’s okay to use a regular skillet.

Add the shrimp and cook for 1 minute on each side, or until shrimp is cooked through. If you have a small skillet, it’ll be best to work in batches. Once it’s cooked, remove the shrimp from the skillet and put in on a plate. 

Then, add the sauce into the skillet and bring it to boil. Let it simmer for about 2 minutes. Return the shrimp back to the skillet, coat it with the sauce, and remove it from the heat.

Garnish with crushed pepper flakes and green onion or sliced chilis

How can people stay up to date with everything you and Aroma Culinary are doing? 

Go to aromaculinary.co, or follow me on IG @chefleighton and @aromaculinary.

Cannabis Cooking for the Holiday Season

  • With the holiday season in full-swing, there’s no better time to start cannabis cooking with one of NYC’s best cannabis chefs. 
  • Chef Isamar De La Cruz went from cannabis cooking secretly at her friends house, to bringing Elevated Eats to fruition. 
  • Chef Isa shares her Infused Arroz Con Dulce recipe. 

8-minute read

get cannabis cooking for the holidays with Chef Isa

The holidays are in full swing, and delicious cannabis cooking is at the top of our Christmas lists! We recently had the pleasure of sampling some mouthwatering treats from Chef Isamar De La Cruz. Her cookies are absolutely to die for! They’re just like we want them—sweet, flavorful, and a little chewy. More importantly, without even a hint of grassiness, they deliver a lovely bodily high that had us grinning all the way home and into our beds. As a Food Network veteran and the owner of Elevated Eats, Chef Isa is one of NYC’s finest cannabis chefs. So we had to ask her to share some of her secrets with us.

Chef Isa cannabis cooking in her kitchen

How did you get into cannabis cooking? 

High! The funny thing is that I got into cooking with cannabis over 10 years ago. I had just graduated culinary school, and I was still living with my parents. My mother frowned on cannabis so much that I couldn’t come home smelling like it. In most Latinx households, cannabis was—and still is—considered a horrible drug that will ruin your life. So I started my cannabis cooking by making my cannabis butters and oils at my friend’s house. I made batches of baked goods and stashed them in my sock drawer. Fast-forward 6 years later. I had worked in numerous restaurants and at Food Network. But I wanted to create a space where people could enjoy the comfort of both cannabis and food. I wanted to bring people together with my love and passion for cannabis cooking while breaking the stigma within my own community. In 2016, my company, Elevated Eats, was just an idea in my head. But, in 2018, my cousin Karen, who’s also a chef, helped me bring that idea to fruition. 

Most decadent infused holiday menu you could dream up?

As a chef, I’m always creating elegant menus. But when I think of a dreamy infused holiday menu, I think of all of my family’s traditional dishes. They’re the ones I only eat during the holidays—but infused!! Mami’s pastelon is sweet plantains, ground beef, and mozzarella cheese layered almost like a lasagna. Then moro, which is rice and peas, and potato salad. Plus, crispy roast pork shoulder. Oh, and we can’t forget the coquito and flan for dessert!

Which strains do you think are best for cannabis cooking?

Super Lemon Haze is one of my favorite strains for cannabis cooking because of its citrus notes and the subtle boost of energy it gives you. Also I like using classic OG Kush. Its calming effects make you feel like you’re floating on Cloud 9 by the time you get to that last bite.

How do you choose strains for cannabis cooking?

When I choose strains for cannabis cooking, I look at mainly for flavor, aroma, and potency. I want to incorporate infused oils while preserving dishes’ flavor. I’m careful to keep them from being overwhelmed with the taste of cannabis.

Do you have a preference for cannabis cooking or baking?

The Libra in me can’t decide between savory or sweet. I love both cannabis cooking and baking. That’s like asking a chef what’s their favorite meal to cook. Ha!

Are there strains that work better with sweet and some that work better with savory foods?

Absolutely! Sweet strains, with notes of fruit and citrus, like Gelato, Blue Dream, Tangerine Dream, and Lemon Haze are my go-tos for baking. They add that sweetness that’s needed for treats. The aromas in my kitchen are such a delight! When it comes to savory, I’d say to avoid the sweet note strains unless you are making a sweet/savory dish like a butternut squash soup. My go-to strains for cooking savory are OG Kush, Sour Diesel, Premium Jack and Purple Kush. Those terpenes come through very well with any savory dish you put together.

What kitchen tool is a must-have for cannabis cooking?

When I made cannabis butter years back, I did it with a thermometer over the stove top. So I couldn’t really leave its side until it was completely done (1-2 hours). Now, thanks to my MagicalButter machine, I can make infused butter, oils, and tinctures all in one! It’s made cooking with cannabis so much easier!

What are your thoughts on good dosing?

When it comes to good dosing, I feel like it’s essential to always incorporate CBD. We all have different levels of tolerance when it comes to cannabis. That’s especially true with edibles because they definitely hit differently compared to smoking a joint. CBD Is the kryptonite of THC. So It’s crucial to dose the levels of THC and CBD evenly. By doing that, we create a more relaxed and manageable state for our guests.

You’re on a desert island and you can only have one: cannabis butter or cannabis oil and why?

Cannabis oil. I say that only because It’s more diverse in the kitchen. I mostly use cannabis butter for baking and the occasional risotto or mashed potatoes. On the other hand, cannabis oil is my bestie when I’m cooking anything —and also my decadent brownies!!

What cannabis cooking do you recommend for the holidays, and would you share the recipe with us?

For me, cannabis cooking for the holidays means traditional and comforting dishes. I’m based in New York, so that’s especially true because it’s the wintertime here.  My favorites are warm coconut arroz con dulce (rice pudding), stuffed sweet plantains, and holiday cookies that I can decorate with my family. I’ll definitely share my mama’s Coconut Arroz Con Dulce recipe. It’s easy to make, delicious, and it’s vegan!

Infused Arroz Con Dulce (Puerto Rican Rice Pudding) Ingredients

2 cups medium-grain white rice

6 cups water

6 cups coconut milk (almond, oat, or cashew works too)

3 cinnamon sticks

3 star anise

4 whole cloves

1 cup light brown sugar 

2 tsps ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground nutmeg 

 ¼ tsp allspice 

1 pinch salt

1 tbsp vanilla extract 

½ cup cannabis-infused coconut oil

Chef Isa' cannabis cooking for the holidays—Arroz con Dulce

Infused Arroz Con Dulce (Puerto Rican Rice Pudding) Garnishes

Sweetened shredded coconut flakes (my fave!)

Raisins  

Craisins 

Fresh berries

Infused Arroz Con Dulce (Puerto Rican Rice Pudding) Instructions

Soak the rice

  • You can do this up to 12 hours ahead. Rinse the rice in a colander under cold running water. Transfer the rinsed rice to a large mixing bowl and cover it with at 5 cups of cold water. Allow the rice to soak for 6-8 hours. If you don’t have time to soak the rice, just add an additional 15 minutes to the cooking time

Infuse the coconut milk with spices

  • When you’re ready to cook the rice, scoop out 1 ½ cups of the soaking water and set it aside. You’ll use this in the simmer liquid and for thinning the rice as needed. Drain the rest of the water from the rice and set the rice aside.
  • Pour the coconut milk and 1 cup of the reserved rice water into your pot (preferably nonstick). Add the cinnamon, star anise, and cloves to the liquid in the pot. Bring this mixture up to a gentle boil over medium heat. Once the coconut milk starts to boil, turn the stove off. Let the spices steep in the liquid for 20 minutes to infuse the coconut milk with their flavor. After 20 minutes, remove the spices from the pot and discard them. 

Cook the rice

  • Then, turn the stove back up to medium heat. Stir the drained rice into the pot of coconut milk with a wooden spoon. Allow the coconut milk to come to a gentle simmer, stirring after 5 minutes. Once the milk forms small bubbles, reduce the heat down to low, and give the rice another thorough stir. 
  • Cook the rice gently. Set a timer for 20 minutes. Then stir the rice every 5 minutes to keep it from sticking to the bottom of the pot and scorching. It’s also essential to keep the coconut milk from simmering or boiling. The surface of the milk should steam, but there should be no bubbles breaking the surface. After 20 minutes of gentle cooking, the rice will begin to peek through the surface of the milk when you stir it and sound like the gentle rustling of a newspaper.
  • Stir the sugar, ground cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, salt, and vanilla extract into the pot. Continue cooking the mixture on low heat for 10 minutes. Stir it occasionally. If you find that the mixture is thickening too much, thin it with more coconut milk or the reserved rice water. Add just a ½ cup at a time. 

add garnishes and infuse with cannabis oil

  • Finally, stir in any garnishes and your cannabis-infused coconut oil. Then continue cooking the rice pudding on low heat for an additional 5 minutes. Stir it gently.

How can we keep up with everything you’re doing?

We’re always posting our future events, collaborations, and recipes on IG @Elevatedeatsnyc and on Elevated Eats NYC.  When I’m cannabis cooking at home for my family, I also post some of my delicious creations on my personal IG @ChefIsamar. I also want to continue to expand and bring together the community of people who love cannabis and food. To do that, I ultimately want to launch an Elevated Eats food line that people can find at their local supermarkets nationwide.

Cooking with Cannabis Latin Style

  • Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with our favorite infused Latin inspired recipes. 
  • Whether you’re new to cooking with cannabis or a pro, there’s recipes for every cannabis chef. 
  • From savory empanadas to a sweet tres leches cake, here’s what cannabis chefs in our circle are cooking up. 

5-minute read

Cannabis cooking, Latin style

Cooking with cannabis is one of our favorite things to do. Infused food has come a long way over the past few years. It’s so much more than just brownies and gummies. Many Latin dishes lend themselves spectacularly to edibles. So we decided there’s no better way to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month than by sharing our favorite infused Latin recipes with you. Here’s a full menu. Start with a cannabis cocktail to complement an appetizer of infused empanadas. Then move on to a main course of seafood and finish up with an infused tres leches. iBuen provecho!

How to get started cooking with cannabis

First things first, to make any infused dish, you’ll need cannabutter. You can buy it, or make it yourself. If you’re new to cooking with cannabis, we suggest starting with this easy recipe to make your own cannabutter. Once you’ve got cannabutter, you’re ready to get cooking!

Dosing with edibles

Before you put your apron on, let’s talk about dosing. When you consume cannabis, you want to pay attention to dosing. Cooking with cannabis is no different. Typically, cannabis chefs plan meals with a total 30mg THC per guest. That’s what our menu here is geared toward as well. But, of course, the dosing can easily be adjusted to fit your needs. If you’re a microdoser, you can adjust the THC content in these recipes much lower. That’s really easy to do. Just proportionately substitute some regular butter or oil for some of the infused variety that each recipe calls for.

Cannabis infused cocktails

Whether you’re looking to spice up your happy hour or just starting to dip your toe into the waters of cooking with cannabis, start with a cocktail. Cannabis cocktails are easy to make and great for anyone who’s new to cannabis cuisine. And they’re delicious. This cannabis-infused cocktail recipe is perfect for celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month or to enjoy year round.

A margarita recipe from the Queen of infused Drinks

For all things cannabis cocktails, Jamie Evans is your go-to. While this isn’t exactly cooking with cannabis, Jamie’s truly an expert on all things cannabis cocktail. Earlier this year, we got the scoop on her new book, and she shared a recipe with us that we think you’ll love. Her Spicy Melon Margarita has the perfect blend of spicy, sweet, and refreshment.

SPICY MELON MARGARITA EQUIPMENT

Blender or food processor

Fine-mesh strainer

One 8-ounce (240-ml)

Sterilized Mason jar

Saucer

Citrus juicer

Old-fashioned glass

Shaker tin

Jigger

Hawthorne strainer

The Spicy Melon Margarita, an infused drink by Jamie Evans

SPICY MELON MARGARITA INGREDIENTS (1 SERVING)

WATERMELON JUICE

1/2 small seedless watermelon

CHILE SALT RIM

1 tablespoon (9 g) salt 1/4 teaspoon ancho chile powder or standard chili powder

1 lime wedge

SPICY MELON MARGARITA

3 ounces (90 ml) watermelon juice

1 ¼ ounce (38 ml) fresh squeezed lime juice

½  ounce (15 ml) Infused Rich Simple Syrup (see recipe in Cannabis Drinks)

½  ounce (15 ml) tequila blanco

½  ounce (15 ml) mezcal

½  teaspoon Aperol

1 small jalapeño pepper, sliced into rounds (set 1 round aside for garnish) 

Lime round, for garnish (optional)

SPICY MELON MARGARITA INSTRUCTIONS

TO MAKE THE WATERMELON JUICE 

Place the watermelon flesh into a blender or food processor. Purée for 1 minute or until the watermelon chunks turn into juice. Using a fine-mesh strainer, separate the pulp from the juice over an 8-ounce (240-ml) Mason jar. Discard the pulp, and set the jar aside.

TO CREATE THE CHILI RIM

Combine the salt and chile powder in a shallow saucer. Rim the glass with a lime wedge. Then dip the glass into the salt mixture creating the chile rim. If you have Tajín on hand, this works great, too!

TO MAKE THE SPICY MELON MARGARITA

Add all the ingredients into a shaker tin, including the watermelon juice and the jalapeños. Add ice, cover, then shake for 25 seconds. Fine strain into an old-fashioned glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with jalapeño rounds or a lime wheel, and enjoy!

Savory Cooking with Cannabis

Are you ready to make a seriously delicious cannabis infused food? Start off simple, with one of Chef Keena Moffett’s savory recipes. Keena makes cooking with cannabis both easy and delectable. Her infused beef empanadas are really quick to make. So they’re perfect as an appetizer. Or you can also use them for your main dish.

INFUSED BEEF EMPANADA Ingredients

This is a quick recipe with a cook time of only 20 minutes that makes 15 empanadas with a dose of ~13.33mg THC in each.

FILLING

4 tablespoons cannabis butter (200mg THC)

1 white onion, diced

2-3 garlic cloves, minced

1 tablespoon dry oregano

2-3 teaspoons ground cumin

2 teaspoons chili powder

1 lb ground beef

Salt and pepper to taste

1 egg, whisked (for egg wash)

Cooking with cannabis gets even better in your main course.

INFUSED BEEF EMPANADA INSTRUCTIONS

FILLING

Heat the butter in a large frying pan. Add the onions and garlic. Cook until the onions are soft. Add the oregano, cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Add the ground beef, stir until the meat is fully cooked. Allow to cool completely before filling the dough.

ASSEMBLY

Preheat the oven to 400°F (200C)   

Place a generous amount of the beef filling on the center of each empanada disc.

Fold the empanada discs over the filling. Gently seal the edges with your fingers. To seal, crimp the edges of the empanadas with your fingers or use a fork to press the edges together.

(Optional) Refrigerate the empanadas for 30 minutes to an hour, or make ahead overnight.

Place the empanadas on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Brush the empanadas with the whisked egg.

Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

For more recipes, tips, and tricks for cooking with cannabis, check out Chef Keena Moffett’s YouTube channel.

Main Course: cannabis-infused blue crab

For your main course, go a little lighter with some seafood. Sisters Shanelly and Roshelly Pena from Higher Dining make some of the cannabis-infused recipes. In spring 2020, they told us about how they’ve been cooking with cannabis to bring their cuisine to another level. One of their most popular recipes is their cannabis-infused locrio de jaiba con coco. We were lucky enough to nab the recipe from them for you.

LOCRIO DE JAIBA CON COCO BLUE CRAB COCONUT FRIED RICE

Serving size 3-4

RICE INGREDIENTS

1½ cup of uncooked rice

1 13-oz can of coconut milk

1 tbsp of kosher salt

1 tsp of cannabis oil

RICE INSTRUCTIONS

In a medium saucepan, stir in coconut milk, salt, and cannabis oil. Bring to a boil, and add rice. Stir and cook on high heat for 5 minutes. Lower the heat to low, and cover for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, remove the lid, stir, and serve.

CRAB INGREDIENTS

2 tbsp of cannabis oil

1 tbsp of chopped shallots

1 clove of garlic finely minced

1 tsp of salt

¼ cup of chopped celery

¼ cup of carrots diced small

½ cup of corn

1 tbsp of tomato paste

1 tsp of sriracha

3 tbsp of white wine

¼ cup of coconut milk

1 cup of blue crab meat

4 blue crab legs

3 cups of cooked rice

Cannabis oil to drizzle

Chopped cilantro (to garnish)

CRAB DIRECTIONS

On a wok, or in a cast iron skillet, heat 1 tbsp of cannabis oil and add shallots. Cook shallots on medium for about 2 minutes and then add garlic. Allow the garlic and shallots to sweat a bit in their own juice. Then add celery and carrots—cook for 3 minutes. Add the corn, followed by tomato paste and sriracha. After the tomato paste and sriracha have been thoroughly combined with the other ingredients, add the white wine and reduce or cook on high heat for 30 seconds

 

Higher Dining cannabis infused clue crab recipe

Add the crab legs, crab meat, and coconut milk and allow to sit on low heat for 5 minutes. Mix in cooked rice. Make sure all of the white rice attains color—light pink. Once rice is mixed in, drizzle with cannabis oil and stir. Serve and garnish with cilantro for a final touch of flavor.

Infused Dessert—A Sweet Latin Treat from a gourmet chef

Last year we got to chat with Chef Angelina Bastidas. She made a name for herself on both Top Chef and Bong Appetit. Now she graces Chicago’s fine dining scene with her delectably infused dishes. Her favorite food to cook is tres leches—infused, of course. Here’s the recipe she swears by for this quintessential Latin dessert.

​​CANNABIS-INFUSED TRES LECHES INGREDIENTS

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour 

1 teaspoon baking powder 

½ cup RSO infused butter 

1 cup white sugar 

5 large eggs 

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups whole milk

1/2 tsp lemon zest

1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk 

Cannabis Infused Tres Leches Cake

CANNABIS-INFUSED TRES LECHES INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a mixer (or using a large bowl and whisk), cream eggs and sugar until pale yellow. Next, on medium speed, add infused butter and vanilla. Follow with sifted baking powder and flour, lastly adding zest. Once all ingredients have been incorporated, place in a buttered or oiled baking pan or quarter sheet tray with parchment. Bake cake until a toothpick is clean, about 20-25 minutes. While the cake is baking, in a clean mixing bowl, whisk whole milk, condensed, and evaporated milk until combined. 

Once the cake is fully baked, let cool until slightly warm. Add the three milks; cool the cake in the refrigerator for 2 hours or overnight to set. Garnish with the Chantilly cream or fresh strawberries.

 To keep up with what chef Angelina’s cooking up in her kitchen, follow her on Instagram, @chefangelinabastidas.

Learn How to Make Seriously Delicious Infused Food

  • Learn how to make delicious savory cannabis infused food with chef Keena Moffett. 
  • Keena’s newest infused food endeavor is Pots & Pans, a subscription-based infused recipe kit company. 
  • This recipe for infused beef empanadas is both quick and easy. 

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Seriously delicious infused food with chef Keena Moffett

Infused food is growing up. It’s not just about hash brownies anymore. (Not gonna lie, we still love them!) As yummy as cannabis sweets can be, chefs like Keena Moffett are leading the way with mouthwatering savory infusions, too. Between her cookbook, her YouTube channel, and her upcoming home delivery infused meal kits, Pot & Pans, she’s got an edibles option for all of us. We caught up with Keena to find out why she’s all aboard on the savory train. 

Tell us about what first got you into making infused food

I started making infused foods in 2015 when I found out that my son’s childhood friend had cancer. I wanted to find an alternative consumption method for him, besides smoking. So, I took many of the recipes from the commercial bakery I used to own and created my own cannabis cookbook in 2016.

We love your cookbook, Cannabis Creations: Beyond the Brownie! What would you suggest as the first recipes that novice cannabis cooks should try from it? 

I think cookies are always easy for people to make. So for sure start there. They’re easy for dosing, too. You can have as many or as few as you want to achieve the desired result.

Infused Food Chef Keena Moffett

You’re more focused on savory infusions these days—what’s the best thing about them?

I love savory foods because they span all kinds of cuisine and culture. Over time, sweets can get old—most of us eat far more savory meals per day than we eat sweets. Also, savory foods don’t alienate folks who can’t have sugar for health reasons or lifestyle choices.

 

You have guests coming over in an hour. What infused food are you making? 

An hour is tight. So I’d probably make some infused wine. But, if I had the base prepared in advance, I’d probably make some assorted flatbreads. You can have all kinds of variety with flatbread just like we do with pizza. To top them off, I’d make an infused tomato mix. Then, I’d top it with goat cheese, arugula, and bacon. I might even drizzle them with balsamic glaze. It’s a crowd pleaser.

Advice for pairing strains and food? 

I’ve never been a strain girl. If I’m cooking with purpose, I look for certain terpene profiles. Otherwise, I just cook whatever I have on hand. But look for strains that are kinda spicy or even skunky for infused food that’s savory. Go with more citrus-y strains for sweets.

Desert island infused food? 

Donuts! My favorite cheat food. But, on the savory spectrum, I love a good empanada because you can make them savory or sweet. I’ve shared my empanada recipe with you below.

Are there some terpenes that work better with sweet edibles and others that work better with savory? 

I think any good creative cook could cook either with whatever terpenes they like. But I think myrcene and caryophyllene are great with savory foods, while linalool and limonene are nice with sweets.

What’s the one trick that everyone should know before they start making their own edibles? 

Math! I know some people hate math, but you just gotta understand measurements, conversions and such! It’s also helpful for general cooking to understand how to use measuring tools. Most importantly, have fun. Edibles are about exploration and trying new things.

You’re working on a new infused food venture that sounds amazing—tell us all about it. 

Pot & Pans is a subscription-based infused recipe kit company for the Fearless Foodie! We reimagine home-cooking favorites into infused dishes. We provide the complete recipe along with infused ingredients for an easy at-home savory edibles experience.

Where can we follow and learn more about infused food from you?

My IG is @dine_and_flash, and my YouTube cooking show is at www.youtube.com/keenamoffett

Infused Beef Empanadas

This is a quick recipe with a cook time of only 20 minutes that makes 15 empanadas with a dose of ~13.33mg THC in each.

Filling

4 tablespoons cannabis butter (200mg THC)

1 white onion, diced

2-3 garlic cloves, minced

1 tablespoon dry oregano

2-3 teaspoons ground cumin

2 teaspoons chili powder

1 lb ground beef

Salt and pepper to taste

1 egg, whisked (for egg wash)

Chef Keena Moffet's Infused Beef Empanadas are the perfect way to start cooking infused food

Infused Beef Empanada Instructions

Filling

Heat the butter in a large frying pan. Add the onions and garlic. Cook until the onions are soft.

Add the oregano, cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper.

Add the ground beef, stir until the meat is fully cooked. 

Allow to cool completely before filling the dough.

Assembly

Preheat the oven to 400°F (200C)   

Place a generous amount of the beef filling on the center of each empanada disc.

Fold the empanada discs over the filling. Gently seal the edges with your fingers. To seal, crimp the edges of the empanadas with your fingers or use a fork to press them the edges together.

(Optional) Refrigerate the empanadas for 30 minutes to an hour, or make ahead overnight.

Place the empanadas on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Brush the empanadas with the whisked egg.

Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

For more Latin cooking, check out Chef Angelina Bastidas’ tips. Or go Asian, with Spicy Silken CBD Cold Tofu. 

Host a Relaxing Fête Inspired by Linalool

  • Linalool is a terpene found in cannabis and gives lavender and lilacs their beautiful aromas. 
  • To kick off in-person entertaining again, try tablescaping with linalool for a relaxing fete. 
  • Our faves for cannabis-friendly tablescaping. 
  • Recipes for a linalool-inspired lunch. 

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Getting Back to IRL entertaining

IRL entertaining is finally back on our tables! So it’s the perfect time to use scent-laden terpenes, like linalool, to set the mood for your summer entertaining. Cannabis isn’t just CBD and THC. Its terpenes also contribute to how each strain will make you feel. You know how champagne can sometimes make you giddy, while red wine perhaps mellows you out? Knowing your terpenes helps you choose the cannabis strains that will set the mood you’re looking for.

Tablescaping With Linalool

We’re going all-in on a terpene-enhancing tablescape to celebrate the return of summer socializing. Here’s our tips for a linalool-inspired dinner party. It’ll give you and your guests the ultimate experience in relaxed, summer conviviality. 

What’s a terpene again?

Terpenes are found in all plants. They give flora their distinct fragrances. Cannabis is especially gifted in the terpene department—with at least 100 of them. They affect us because our sense of smell connects to the brain’s memory and emotion centers. But there’s also some evidence that terpenes might affect our brain cells directly like other cannabinoids as well. For more on terpenes, check out our myrcene-inspired lunch.

What does linalool smell like?

Linalool is a sweet, floral aroma with a hint of woodiness. It’s the same terpene that gives lavender and lilacs their intoxicating scents. In cannabis, though, linalool isn’t normally the dominant terpene. Instead, it functions in concert with others.

Benefits of Linalool

If you’ve ever slept on hotel sheets that are lightly scented with lavender, you already know the benefits of linalool. Its soothing aroma quiets anxiety, dispels depression, and aids in restful sleep. But there’s more! Linalool may also have cellular effects. One study shows that this terpene reduced the destructive effects of stress by preventing shifts in white blood cells. Another suggests that linalool is also an anti-inflammatory.

Any Side Effects?

That’s a trick question. Linalool doesn’t have any side effects unless it’s super concentrated in a lab. Overall, us humans respond incredibly well to this terpene. Case in point, linalool is used in 60%-80% of the perfumed hygiene and cleaning products you’ll find on the shelves in your local drugstore. 

Lavender is dominant in linalool

Our linalool tablescape for summer 2021

Linalool is soothing. So is terpene-rich lavender. We focused on this fragrant flower and shades of its namesake color as the anchor for our tablescape. To keep the feeling light, we offset it with touches of bright white, clear crystal, and a hint of blue. We love starting with a fantastic tablecloth to anchor our look. This one’s geometric herringbone pattern is perfect for keeping our floral-themed plates modern. Since we went with such a strong pattern on our tablecloth, we opted for simple white napkins. Then we built on our lavender and white theme with a rustic vase full of the aromatic flower. We layered purple cabbage canapé plates on top of vintage floral dinner plates. For stemware, we love the contrast of textured champagne flutes with the clean lines of our clear crystal water goblets. This fairly simple setting packs a big punch of summer style. 

What do you need for a cannabis-friendly tablescape?

For a cannabis-friendly meal, include smoking accessories, just like you would for cocktails. We set this table with our new Barrow Street Herb Bowls—in Adela Lavender, natch! They’re great for guests because they hold just enough flower for one guest and then double as their personal ashtray. We also laid out matching Le Pipes. These ceramic one-hitter pipes are especially good for cannabis-curious friends. They make trying cannabis elegant and easy. They hold just enough flower for 1-2 hits. They’re also super simple to pack and light. Plus, they’re a snap to clean. For the rolling pros, we added our Galactic Rolling Papers. If you’re hosting outside, like we are, these hemp papers can also double for guests as oil blotting sheets for a quick makeup fix. To complete our setting, we added a vintage crystal table lighter.

Cannabis Strains with Linalool

Of course, the most important part of the evening is your cannabis. The following strains have varying degrees of linalool: Lavender, Do-Si-Does, Scooby Snacks, Zkittlez, Amnesia Haze, Master Kush, Pink Kush, Special Kush, OG Shark, LA Confidential, Chem Dawg, and Skywalker OG.

Lavender Cocktail

For your guests who drink alcohol, here’s a gorgeous cocktail to make the evening feel even more special. It’s a stunning way to get everyone into the lavender mood even before they sit down at your table. Bonus, the bottle will look amazing on your table, too.

Lavender Gin Cocktail Ingredients

1 ½ ounces Hendricks gin

1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice

½ ounce Creme de Violette

Soda water

Ice

Lavender Gin Cocktail Instructions

Add gin, lemon juice, Creme de Violette, and ice to a cocktail shaker. Shake for 20 seconds. Then strain into a glass filled with ice. Top with a splash of soda water. Garnish with lemon slices.

Purple Cannabis Friendly Outdoor Linalool Tablescape

Linalool-infused Foods

For a fully linalool-enhanced dinner party, don’t just include floral arrangements with the terpene. Go all the way and plan your menu with it in mind. Whether you make an infused menu or not, think basil, cilantro, guava, peach, plum, pineapple, and passionfruit. Lavender might seem like a risky flavor choice for entertaining. Most of us rarely think to add it to our meals. But don’t forget that it’s an incredibly popular ingredient in tons of products that we all already use. 

 

Pair lavender with the right flavors

Because this flavor can be strong, you’ll want to use lavender along with other equally strong flavors. Lavender works well with acidic notes. That means it’ll complement tart and fruity ingredients like citrus—juice or zest. You can also pair it with creamy ingredients. It’s a great way to gourmet up ice creams and custards. In savory dishes, try using lavender to season meats with strong flavors, like lamb or venison. Most of all, soak up that linalool, relax, and enjoy!

Where we got it

Herringbone tableclothSsshhh, don’t tell, but we snagged this one on Wayfair.

Flatware—Lenox Portola

Champagne flutes—Godinger Alba in amethyst

Canapé plates—House of Hampton Orr in blue purple

Floral plates—vintage

Vase—vintage

Crystal lighter—vintage Ronson

Make Cannabutter in 9 Easy Steps

For those of us who love edibles, learning how to make cannabutter is a must. Here’s a step-by-step guide to make cannabutter with just standard kitchen tools. If you’re serious about cooking with cannabis, you’ll likely want to invest in one of the swank cannabis infusers on the market. Both Ardent and Levo make these appliances, and both appliances are very discreet. Levo devices also come in a gorgeous array of colors to fit in with your kitchen decor of choice. Before you make the investment, though, give this low-tech recipe a try.

Why you need to prep your flower to make cannabutter

Flower can’t just go right into food. You need to activate your cannabis with heat—that’s why one of the most common ways of consuming cannabis is to smoke it. To activate the good stuff (the THC and the CBD) first you need to bake your cannabis very precisely. The technical term for this is decarboxylation, or decarbing—not that you need to remember that. Just follow the simple steps below and your flower will be perfectly activated.

The first step to make cannabutter is to decarb your flower.

How to grind cannabis for edibles

When you’re grinding weed for edibles, keep your mix coarser than you would for smoking. Here’s why. The more you grind up the herb, the more difficult it will be to strain the plant matter out of your cannabutter. Cannabutter works best in your recipes when it’s as clear and smooth as possible. You don’t want little bits of herb in it. Second, fine grinding will release more of the plant’s chlorophyll into your butter. Chlorophyll won’t just turn your butter green. It also has a strong taste that will give your edibles a grassy flavor. Some chefs advise that you should just break your buds apart with your hands for decarbing. But that can get sticky. We recommend using a scissors to cut it into a coarse mix. If scissors aren’t your thing, check out our other tricks for grinding weed with common kitchen tools. Use the sage in your cupboard as your rule of thumb for the consistency you’re looking to achieve for use in edibles.

How to activate (decarb) your flower

For baking times, we defer to Mennlay Golokeh Aggrey, the cannabutter guru and author of The Art of Weed Butter.

What are the benefits of cannabutter?

You can infuse cannabis into lots of things. The list includes butter and almost any cooking oil—olive, avocado, and our favorite, coconut oil. Cannabis can also be infused into honey, sugar, yogurt, alcohol, and, we’re sure, loads of other foods. But cannabinoids bind to fat cells—making butter and oil two of the most efficient delivery methods. Decarbing makes it easier for your flower to bind to those fats, or lipids. Why is that important? Because scientific studies have consistently shown that consumption with lipids greatly enhances the healing efficacy of cannabis.

Which strains are best to make cannabutter with?

We like to use Blue Dream to make cannabutter. It’s a cross between Blueberry and Haze that has sweet berry and earthy aromas. This strain is known for its balanced effects that combine euphoria with full-body relaxation. What could be better than that? If you’re studying up on your terpenes, myrcene and pinene are the most dominant in Blue Dream. Other strains that are commonly recommended for cannabutter include Bubba Kush, OG Kush, Skywalker, Sour Diesel, Trainwreck, and White Widow.

Make cannabutter right on your stovetop

Make cannabutter in just a simple saucepan

The lowest tech way to make cannabutter is in a saucepan on your stovetop. It takes more time than other methods and there will be a telltale aroma, but you don’t need any special equipment. To get started, you’ll just need the following common kitchen tools:

Cannabutter ingredients

Cannabutter instructions

Combine Ghee and water in a saucepan over very low heat. Stir until Ghee is completely melted. Add cannabis and stir until fully combined. Cover with lid and very gently simmer for 4 hours. Stir every 15 minutes to make sure your butter’s not burning and check to make sure its temperature stays below 180° F. (This step is really important because THC starts to degrade at 185° F.) Pour into a sealable glass jar through a strainer or cheesecloth. We like to use a tea strainer since it’s specifically made for straining herbs.

Your butter will have reduced somewhat during the infusion process, so plan your batches accordingly. Store in the refrigerator or freezer for up to six months.

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Testing/Dosing

When you make cannabutter at home, especially via this low-tech method, it’s notoriously difficult to gauge dosing. So, before you cook with your butter, try half a teaspoon, wait at least an hour, and see how you feel. Then dose accordingly. If you’ve made a particularly potent batch, you can always use part cannabutter and part regular butter to alter its potency in the recipe you’re making. You’re typically looking for each serving to contain 5-10mg of THC. Since it can take up to 4 hours to feel the full effect of edibles, always start low and go slow.

 

Cannabutter recipes

Now that you’ve learned to make cannabutter, put it to great use in our recipes. For traditional sweets, try whipping up our mind-blowing molten chocolate cannabis brownies. Or, if you’re not into chocolate, try our sugar cookies, snickerdoodles, or turtle cookies all of which you can make from just one basic dough. If you’re hankering for something more savory, try Kristina’s Famous Sweet Potato Pecan Pie. We promise, you won’t regret it!

Strain your cannabutter with a tea strainer.
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