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Cannabis Infused Cocktails For The Summer



As we approach the end of May, the days are getting warmer and “hot girl summer” is right around the corner! For many Ohioans, there is nothing better than lounging in the warm sun, getting some vitamin-D while sipping on a summer cocktail. But wait, there is something better… Adding cannabis to the cocktail!


At Ohio Marijuana Card, we always want to provide you with access to medical marijuana and up to date news on what is going on in the cannabis community but we also have a fun side to us too! We enjoy summer and cocktails just as much as you.


Today, we will be sharing some of our favorite cocktail recipes with you that are perfect welcoming in the summertime! Each cocktail can be made with alcohol alone or you can level it up a bit by adding your favorite cannabis tincture.


Let’s get this party started!


The Basics of Tinctures

Before we dive into our cocktails, let’s get into the deets about what tinctures are, how to properly use them and why they’re so great for making canna-cocktails at home!


What are tinctures?

In Ohio, tinctures are not the most common form you can purchase marijuana in since we have access to flower. But they are a very traditional medicinal form that many love!


Tinctures are an alcohol-based cannabis extract or marijuana-infused alcohol. They usually have a dropper that you can use to add the tincture to your food, drink or consume orally.


Tinctures were actually the original form of medical marijuana back before prohibition! Tinctures have stood the test of time since they’re easy to use and easy to dose.


How do I use tinctures?

The number one thing to remember when using a tincture is to start low and slow, just like with any other medical marijuana product. This will help you stay clear of those uncomfortable “highs” which can definitely spoil the summer fun!


If you’re new to using this product, it is better to start by using a 1 mL dose place directly under your tongue. Wait about 15-40 minutes to fully feel the effects. If this is a good dose for you, then great, you know your proper dosing for this tincture!


If it’s not strong enough, you can ramp up slowly. We suggest waiting at least a day before trying again with a slightly higher dosage to see the effects. This way you can avoid consuming too much and find that sweet spot that is the perfect dose for you!


Why do tincture work for canna-cocktails?

Using tinctures is the best and easiest way to make canna-cocktails!


One reason is because they’re easy to dose. Once you know the dose that you prefer, you can easily make a canna-cocktail and add the exact amount to it that you want. If you know you want only a single cocktail, you can put a whole dose in there. If you are more of a two plus kind of cocktailer, you can split up your dose per canna-cocktail. It is that easy!


Tinctures are also perfect for cocktails because they are alcohol-based. This makes them great to add to a cocktail and not throw off the recipe one bit!


Pineapple Jalapeño Smash

Here’s a canna-cocktail for those of you that like it spicy!


Ingredients:

  • 5-6 one inch pineapple chunks

  • 1-2 slice of fresh jalapeño

  • Half of a juiced lime

  • 1.5- 2 ounces of your favorite vodka

  • 3 ounces of pineapple juice

  • THC or CBD tincture of your choice


Instructions:

  1. In a shaker add pineapple chunks, jalapeño and lime juice and muddle them all together.

  2. Add vodka, pineapple juice, your tincture and some ice cubes.

  3. Cover and shake until chilled.

  4. Add some ice to your favorite glass and pour in your cocktail.

  5. Garnish with a jalapeño slice.


Blackberry Basil Moscow Mule

There is nothing more refreshing that a moscow mule in the summer heat!


Ingredients:

  • One cup of blackberries

  • 8-10 basil leaves

  • One cup of your favorite vodka

  • The juice from two limes

  • Ice

  • Ginger beer

  • THC or CBD tincture of your choice (amount depends on your personal dosage)


Instructions:

  1. Grab a shaker.

  2. Add blackberries and basil leaves to the shaker and muddle them together with the vodka at the bottom.

  3. Make sure the blackberries fully release their juices.

  4. Add the lime to the shaker and fill up the shaker about ¾ of the way with ice.

  5. Shake until chilled.

  6. Add ice to the copper moscow mule mugs and pour drink over it until about half way.

  7. If you don’t want the seeds, put a small strainer over the mug while you pour to collect them.

  8. Top with ginger beer and THC or CBD tincture of your choice.

  9. Finish the canna-cocktail by garnishing with blackberries, lime slices and fresh basil.


Low-Calorie Mojito

And last but not least, here is a low calorie take on the classic mojito for our rum lovers out there!


Ingredients:

  • A couple sprigs of mint

  • 2-3 fresh lime wedges

  • 2 packet of stevia or a low calorie sweetener

  • One can of lime La Croix

  • 1-2 ounces of Bacardi or your favorite white rum

  • THC or CBD tincture of choice


Instructions:

  1. Grab your favorite glass and add mint, limes (squeeze juice into glass first), stevia and muddle in the glass.

  2. Add a small amount of ice to the glass.

  3. Add rum and your tincture.

  4. Finish by topping with La Croix and garnish with mint leaves.


Pomegranate Gin Fizz

Let’s switch it up a bit for those of you who want something with some gin instead of vodka or rum!


Ingredients:

  • Fresh pomegranate

  • Or you can make this easier and by fresh pomegranate juice

  • Soda water

  • Lime juice

  • You favorite gin

  • THC or CBD tincture of your choice


Instructions:

  1. Start by making your own pomegranate juice:

  2. Break open a pomegranate and blend the seeds into a blender until smooth.

  3. Pour the juice through a strainer over a bowl or cup to remove the seeds.

  4. You could also use a cheesecloth or nut milk bag.

  5. Get a shaker and combine pomegranate juice, a dash of lime juice to taste, 1.5 ounces of your favorite gin, and the tincture.

  6. Shake until chilled.

  7. Grab a glass and fill with ice.

  8. Pour cocktail over the ice and top with soda water.


Let us know which canna-cocktail you liked best!


 

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