With recreational cannabis sweeping the nation, cannabis enthusiasts have all of the ingredients available to them to create delicious infused concoctions. While there are plenty of edibles and infused beverages available for purchase at dispensaries, the breadth of materials available to cannabis consumers makes crafting edible recipes more accessible to the average person than ever before. For those looking to whip up their own delicious cannabis beverages at home, here are some simple infused drink recipes that can be applied in a number of ways.
Sip on These Cannabis-Infused Drinks
One of the most infused drink recipes is cannabis milk, though it may not seem appetizing at first. The purpose of making cannabis milk is not necessarily to drink it alone, however, but to use it as an ingredient in the creation of other edible recipes, from cannabis milkshakes to a discreetly infused iced coffee. Once you have your cannabis milk on-hand, the possibilities for using it are endless.
To create cannabis-infused milk, all you need are four cups of milk and about a quarter ounce of ground cannabis. When selecting your ingredients, be sure to purchase products of the best possible quality. While you may be tempted to buy cheaper materials for your recipe, every aspect of the outcome will depend on the quality of your ingredients, so top-shelf cannabis and your favorite brand of milk are recommended.
Before crafting your infused milk, decarboxylate your cannabis. Decarboxylation is the process of “activating” the psychoactive components within cannabis by heating it in the oven, typically at a temperature of around 275 degrees. After thirty minutes, your cannabis will be ready to apply to the recipe.
Begin by pouring the milk into a boiler. Allow it to simmer, then add your cannabis, evenly distributing it throughout the concoction. After waiting another thirty minutes, stirring occasionally, the cannabis should be thoroughly blended into the milk, producing milk of a spring green color. Simply strain this cannabis milk into a jar to remove the broken-down flower, and cool for at least an hour before serving.
Cannabis lemonade is a similarly versatile recipe, as an assortment of flavors can be added to create lemonades of different flavors. However, when crafting cannabis lemonade, achieving the best results involves the use of cannabis tincture, or cannabis-based alcohol. You can purchase your cannabis tincture from most dispensaries, or make your own at home.
Making cannabis lemonade is as easy as brewing regular lemonade, requiring only lemons, water, and sugar. Using a juicer, juice the lemons and collect the output in a pitcher. Mix in water, sugar, the tincture, and some ice to your preference. Garnishes may be added, including the addition of other fruits such as fresh strawberries, to give your infused drink recipe an extra twist.
Cannabis Iced Tea
For brewing cannabis iced tea, the process is almost identical to creating cannabis tea. While the type of tea you make is dependent on the spices and unique mixture you employ, the addition of cannabis remains a constant throughout any cannabis tea recipe. Simply mix the cannabis into your tea blend, pour into a bag, and allow to steep in boiling water. The longer your cannabis tea steeps in the water, the more potent your blend will be.
It is important to keep in mind, however, that cannabis tea is one of the least potent edibles you can create, as cannabis is not water-soluble. To this end, it may be prudent to apply tinctures or cannabis milk in place of a teabag, but less experienced cannabis users may appreciate the light buzz delivered by this infused drink recipe.
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