Cannabis Tinctures and How to Use Them in Your Cocktails
Cannabis tinctures and cannabis-infused cocktails are terms you're starting to hear more today.
Have you ever wondered if you can make your own cannabis-infused cocktails at home? The answer to that question is yes. Using a cannabis tincture, you can easily create a cannabis cocktail at home.
Tinctures are not new to cocktails. If you've ever had that perfect drink and just had to know how to make it then you might know what I'm talking about. When you find the drink maker and ask the recipe, you're all good until they tell you a drop or two of a particular tincture. Everything from habanero to lemon, ginger, and chilis are used to make tinctures for some of the best tasting cocktails on the planet.
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What is a Cannabis Tincture?
Cannabis tinctures come from many different strains of cannabis. The cannabinoids such as THC, CBD, CBN, and others are decarboxylated (heated to a precise temperature for a specific amount of time) to activate the delta-9 THC in the cannabis. Cannabis tinctures are available in both THC and CBD specific formulas.
Cannabis tinctures are utilized by people for many different reasons and have been for centuries by people in different cultures worldwide. The most common use for cannabis tinctures is for medical patients looking for relief or to control the symptoms of their condition or conditions. Cannabis tinctures are sublingual meaning they can be absorbed quickly under the tongue. Until prohibition of cannabis began to take place in the 1930s, cannabis tinctures were almost, if not more, common than aspirin or Tylenol is in medicine cabinets today.
Cannabis tinctures can also be purchased with flavor which are amazing for infusing your favorite cocktail. Hashberry is a favorite flavor of CBD tincture that is readily available in dispensaries throughout Colorado. This particular tincture is a little sticky and sweet almost like a honey or nectar. Some tinctures are just alcohol and cannabis. These are tinctures that make for some fantastic cocktails.
How to Make a Cannabis Tincture
Making a cannabis tincture is relatively easy. All you need is some cured dried cannabis, a jar with a lid, and some vodka or Everclear. Once you have these ingredients, you're ready to start.
First, place your cannabis into a container filling it only about halfway. Next, fill the container with your alcohol. Place the lid on your container and shake vigorously. Label the container with the strain-specific tincture you just created and place it on a shelf for about 30 days. After the 30 days passes drain the liquid into a labeled dispenser bottle.
That's it. That's all there is to it. You now know how to make your own cannabis tincture. You can make strains specific tinctures or play around and concoct your own unique tincture. Thanks to your newfound knowledge of how to make cannabis tinctures your drinks won't just be good ones they'll be blazin’ ones!
How to Use a Cannabis Tincture to Make a Cocktail
Now that you know how to make a cannabis tincture adding them to your cocktails is simple. You will want to have a dispenser that can control the number of drops you add to each cocktail. Typically one -three drops are enough to give any drink that extra kick you're looking for.
Take your favorite cocktail and prepare it like you usually would. Once your cocktail is complete use your dropper to put one or two drops of cannabis tincture in your cocktail. Use a stirrer or spoon and mix your drink together thoroughly. All that's left now is to get elevated and enjoy your cocktail.
Always be sure to let people know they are ingesting cannabis-infused cocktails. While you may have an excellent tolerance to them a friend or someone else might not. This means you could be ready to drink all night and the room could be spinning on them after just one or two drinks. Consume responsibly and have fun!
A Few Great Cannabis Infused Cocktails Suggestions
A Strawberry Cough Daiquiri won't make you cough, but it will get you off. Making your cannabis tincture using the Strawberry Cough cannabis strain and then adding that tincture to your strawberry daiquiri will elevate its effect. Your daiquiri will definitely be top shelf compared to others. Garnish with some fresh strawberry slices and enjoy.
Mary Mojitos are a delightful treat as well. All you need to do is mix the perfect mojito the way you usually do. Only this time, try adding a Flo cannabis tincture to it. A personal favorite is a pomegranate mojito made this way.
No joke rum and cokes made using cannabis tinctures are a hit in many circles. Most people find they enjoy cannabis tinctures that are made from sativa strains to help keep them going and partying for a while. The no joke rum and coke will treat you a little bit different than your typical rum and coke. If you think you're good for 6 or more of these, think again. After your second or third, you'll see why they're called no joke rum and cokes.
You can find recipes for other cannabis infused cocktails here at Viride such as Rosemary Mint Canna-Lemonade and Lavender Cannabis Infused Tea. Want to kick your party up a notch and add in some cannabis infused foods? If so check out this recipe for Cannabis-Infused Spinach Dip!
Whether you make your cannabis tinctures at home or buy them from a dispensary be sure to always keep them labeled. Playing the guessing game with tinctures is no fun. Sativa tincture can sometimes cause people to feel a little anxious so always be wary and consume slowly allowing the effects to take place before consuming more.
Now that you have some newfound knowledge on cannabis tinctures and cocktails, go out and share it with the world. Well, at least share it with your good buds and make some good times.