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Summer Canna-Cocktails Using Tinctures



We are less than two weeks away from June and “hot girl summer” is finally around the corner! There is nothing better than sitting in the warm sun, catching some rays while drinking a summer cocktail. But wait, there is something better… Adding cannabis to the cocktail!


At Louisiana Marijuana Card, yes, we provide you with access to medical marijuana and up to date news on what is going on in the community but we also have a fun side to us! We enjoy summer and cocktails as much as the next person.


In today’s article, we will be sharing some of our favorite cocktail recipes that are perfect for the summer weather! Each cocktail can be made on its own or spiced up a bit by adding your favorite marijuana tincture.


Laissez les bon temps rouler!


Basics of Tinctures

Before we begin, let’s get into a little more detail about what tinctures are, how to use them and why they’re great for making homemade canna-cocktails!

What they are:

In Louisiana, as of now, only marijuana extracts and oils are permitted for sale in dispensaries around the state so marijuana tinctures are very common here. Tinctures are an alcohol-based marijuana extract, aka marijuana-infused alcohol. They usually have a dropper that you can use to add the tincture to your food, drink or consume orally.


Tinctures are not only popular today, they actually were the original form of medical marijuana back before prohibition! Tinctures have continued to be popular over time since they’re easy to use and easy to dose.


How to use them:

The number one thing to keep in mind when using tinctures is to start low and slow, just like with any other medical marijuana product. This will help you ward off any of those uncomfortable “highs” which can definitely spoil the summer fun!


If this is your first time using this product, it is better to start by using a 1 mL dose place directly under your tongue. Give yourself 15-40 minutes to feel the effects. If this is a good effect for you, then great, you know your dosing for this tincture! If not, you can ramp up slowly. We suggest waiting a day before trying again with slightly more to see the effects. This way you can avoid over consuming and find that sweet spot that is the perfect dose for you!


Why they’re great for canna-cocktails:

Using tinctures is the best way to make canna-cocktails because it’s the easiest way!


Once you know the dose that you prefer, you can easily make a summer cocktail and add the exact amount of marijuana to it that you want. If you know you only want one cocktail, you can put the whole dose in there. If you are more of a two plus cocktailer, you can split up your dose per cocktail. It really is that easy!


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


Blackberry Basil Moscow Mule

There is nothing better than a fresh moscow mule in the summer! Below is our take on the classic cocktail with a cannabis twist.


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.


Pineapple Jalapeño Smash

We know that a lot of y'all down in Louisiana like to get down and dirty with your cocktails so 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.

Pomegranate Gin Fizz

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


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.

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.


Let us know which canna-cocktail you tried!



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