relax with cannabis-infused cocktails
By: Toast Staff
Cannabis infusions are an easy, smoke-free way to relax and unwind at home with friends over Zoom or on the balcony with your favourite book
Did you know that you can make your own cannabis infusions for cocktails at home? All it takes is a bottle of your favourite gin, a quarter of cannabis, and some time — at least two days for the infusion to reach a good potency. You can substitute gin with vodka, whiskey, or another liquor to your liking.
How To Make Your Own Cannabis Infusion
1/4 ounce cannabis
1 bottle of your favourite gin
Decarboxylate your cannabis buds by spreading your cannabis evenly on an oven tray and coat with aluminum foil.
Place in the oven on 225F for 45 minutes, and then let it cool down.
Wrap the decarbed cannabis into cheesecloth or unused pantyhose and create a small package from it.
Place the package in a bottle of Gin. And let it infuse for a minimum of 48 hours at room temperature. Shake every 12 hours. For extra potency, leave in for a bit longer up to 10 days maximum.
After 48 hours or more, remove the cannabis from the bottle by straining and enjoy your cannabis infused gin.
A Gin Fizz is kind of like a cross between a Margarita and a Tom Collins. It’s frothy and bubbly, with a foamy, zesty flare.
2 oz. gin
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
3/4 oz. simple syrup
1 egg white (about 1/2 oz.)
1 oz. club soda
Add the first four ingredients to a shaker and dry-shake (without ice) for about 10 seconds.
Add 3 or 4 ice cubes and shake very well.
Double-strain into a chilled fizz glass and top with club soda.
Gimlet or Gimlette
This cocktail has a bit of an interesting history. The Gimlet is said to be named either after a tool for drilling small holes (thus a piercing effect on the drinker), or a naval doctor named Gimlette (Oooh, French) in order to fortify the sailors and protect them from scurvy.
60 ml (2 oz.) gin
15 ml (1⁄2 oz.) lime juice
7 to 15 ml (1⁄4 to 1⁄2 oz.) simple syrup
Garnish with lime wedge
Fill half a cocktail shaker (or large jar) with ice and pour in gin, lime juice and syrup. Seal and shake vigorously for around 30 secs.
Fill a glass with ice. Strain the gin mixture over the ice.
Top up with garnish and enjoy.
There’s nothing like a tart, refreshing grapefruit gin paloma and this one offers some added relaxation as well.
30 ml (1 oz.) gin
50 ml fresh grapefruit juice
Tonic water, to top up
Garnish with grapefruit wedge
Fill half a cocktail shaker (or large jar) with ice and pour in gin and fresh grapefruit juice. Seal shaker and shake vigorously for about 30 secs.
Fill a glass with ice. Strain the gin and grapefruit mixture over the ice.
Top up with tonic water, garnish and enjoy.