The holiday season is often filled with family gatherings, festive parties, and celebrations with friends and loved ones. Many of the festivities include cocktails of all kinds, including seasonal favorites and year-round classics. THC or cannabis tinctures are the perfect way to add a little something extra to your holiday drinks. It is important to remember, however, that mixing marijuana and alcohol in the same beverage can intensify the effects. Some guests may find this to be too much, so starting with lower dosages and ensuring slow and cautious consumption is usually a good plan. Others may find that the addition of CBD or cannabis to an alcoholic beverage helps balance the effects and makes them feel better and drink less. Again, always be sure to exercise caution. If you do find yourself looking to infuse your alcoholic drinks at your next gathering, three recipes to get you started are Hot Canna-butter Rum, Medicated Hot Toddy, and Infused Cranberry Mimosa.
Hot Canna-butter Rum
This spin on a traditional winter cocktail makes a delicious addition to any holiday party or family gathering. One complaint, however, among many who enjoy the drink is the greasy blob of butter that is added to the warm drink. To circumvent this issue, you can make a bath of buttered rum “batter; or in this case, cannabuttered rum batter.
- Boiling water (to top off drink)
- 2 ounces rum
- 1 tablespoon cannabuttered rum batter*
**To make the cannabuttered rum batter, mix one pound of softened cannabutter (which you can make yourself), one pound of white sugar, one pound of light brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon, one teaspoon of ground clove, and one teaspoon of ground nutmeg. Once the butter mixture is combined, add it to one quart of slightly softened vanilla ice cream. Stir again to combine, and store in an airtight container in the freezer. The batter can last for up to three months in the freezer.
To make the cocktail, put the rum in a glass mug with a handle and add the cannabuttered rum batter. Top off with boiling water, and garnish with a little ground cinnamon and nutmeg and cinnamon stick.
Medicated Hot Toddy
The traditional hot toddy is a drink that was created primarily to warm you up in cold weather. This medicated twist on a toddy will certainly fill you with warmth, as well as help you relax and unwind during the holidays. The drink is considered customizable as almost any kind of spirits can be used, although usually some type of whiskey is preferred.
- Boiling water
- 2 ounces whiskey of choice
- 4 cloves
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- ¼ ounce of lemon juice
- Slice of lemon or lemon peel
- 10 mg of CBD or THC tincture
To make the drink, fill a mug about halfway with boiling water. Stick the cloves into the slice of lemon or lemon peel. Add the sugar to the boiling water and stir til it’s dissolved. Then, add the lemon slice or lemon peel with cloves, the lemon juice, the tincture, and the whiskey. Stir to combine.
Infused Cranberry Mimosa
A cranberry mimosa is a holiday version of a traditional mimosa, which is considered a brunch cocktail. It’s typically made of orange juice and either champagne or prosecco. The addition of cranberry juice makes this drink a little more festive, with the added tartness and red hue. You should use 100% cranberry juice and not cranberry juice cocktail for this drink, as it will provide the best flavor. This infused version of the cocktail is the perfect addition to a holiday brunch and will look like it required far more effort than it did.
- 3 ounces of prosecco or champagne
- 2 ounces 100% cranberry juice
- 1 ounce pineapple orange juice
- 1 orange slice
- 3 frozen cranberries
- 1 sprig of mint
- 10 mg of CBD or THC tincture
To make the cocktail, combine both juices in a champagne flute. Next, add the tincture. Top with prosecco or champagne. Add the frozen cranberries, mint sprig, and orange slice for garnish.
As always, enjoy responsibly!