You’ve heard of cannabis brownies.
Cannabis gummy bears.
Even cannabis artisan chocolates.
And now, there are cannabis cocktails.
Since we’re not quite evolved enough (YET) to legally serve these concoctions at your local bar or restaurant, Seattle-based Craft Elixirs created small-batch cannibals syrups that contain local seasonal flavors, natural sweeteners, and your favorite strains of weed, so you can make a ganga-laced drink at home.
To get an expert’s opinion and palette, Leafly had bartender Nick McCleery develop a few cocktail recipes using some of Craft Elixir’s syrups. Check em out below.
BUT BEFORE YOU DO.
Leafly warns that if you don’t know your tolerance, start with a smaller amount of syrup. And remember that cannabis and alcohol together can affect you differently than either on its own. And don’t be an idiot and drink one of these and then drive. You’re better than that.
OK. Lecture’s over. Let’s do this.
1. Thai High (Approximately 10 mg of THC)
1 1/2 oz. Bacardi light rum
1/2 oz. Capital Hill Heat Habanero-Smoke Cannabis Syrup
1/2 oz. Fresh squeezed lime juice
2 oz. Pineapple juice
Thai basil to garnish
Combine rum, syrup, lime, and pineapple juice and shake well with ice until chilled. Double-strain into a Collins glass over ice and top with soda water, stir and garnish with a sprig of Thai basil. If you want to get fancy, slap the spring lightly on your palm to open its aromas.
2. Zip It (Approximately 10 mg of THC)
2 oz. Bourbon
1/2 oz. Ginger Grass Cannabis Syrup
1/2 oz. Fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/2 oz. Honey Syrup
4 Slices of fresh peeled ginger
Lemon peel to garnish
Muddle ginger slices in shaker, than add ice and remaining ingredients and shake well until thoroughly chilled. Strain into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with a lemon twist.
3. Smoke & Spice (Approximately 20 mg THC)
1 1/2 oz. Tequila reposados
3/4 oz. Cointreau
1 oz. Capitol Hill Heat Habanero-Smoke Cannabis Syrup
1 oz. Fresh squeezed lime juice
1 oz. Fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 dash Tabasco
Lime wedge to garnish
Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake until chilled. Strain into rocks glass with fresh ice and serve.
4. The Lusty Wanderer (Approximately 20 mg of THC)
1 1/2 oz. vodka
1 oz. Wallingford Wanderlust Strawberry-Peppercorn Cannabis Syrup
1 1/2 oz. Fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/2 oz. Simple syrup
2-3 slices of cucumber
Lemon slice and cucumber slice to garnish
Muddle cucumber in shaker. Add ice, vodka, syrup, lemon, and simple syrup and shake thoroughly until chilled. Pour over fresh ice in a highball glass, top with soda water, and garnish with lemon and cucumber slices.