5 Steamy cannabis drinks to keep you warm this winter

Published Jan 11, 2022 02:00 p.m. ET
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The coldest months of the year have arrived, and it’s time to sit back and hibernate! There’s so much less to do and a chill in the air, which makes it the perfect time to explore hot cannabis drinks. Here, we offer up five fantastic drink ideas to get you started, followed by brief descriptions of how to get the job done. They’ll warm your soul from the inside out and help to pass the days ahead while you rest in bliss.

1. Coffee / Tea

Weed coffee and tea come in pre-infused form, with beans and bags already filled to the brim with the perfect dose of cannabinoids, but it’s a whole lot more fun to make your own at home. All you need is a regular cup of coffee spiked with a shot of cannabutter, oil, or tincture and then finished with your favourite additions like sugar or milk. It’s super easy and oh so delicious!

2. Buttered rum

There’s nothing quite so sweet and satisfying as a buttered rum, and this single-serving recipe will replicate those smooth caramel-like flavours with a little help from cannabutter.

  • 2 oz rum
  • 1 teaspoon cannabutter
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • Enough boiling water to fill the cup ¾ of the way
  • 1 heatproof cup

Steps

  1. Add the cannabutter, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla extract to a heat-proof glass or mug.

  2. Pour in the rum, and then top off the glass with boiling water leaving ½ inch for breathing room.

  3. Use a whisk to stir the ingredients together, and then enjoy your creation!

3. Hot chocolate

Hot chocolate is one of the most traditional drinks of winter, though most versions out there don’t include a hearty dose of weed chocolate for added effect. To make your own, you’ll need just a few simple ingredients, no steeping necessary.

  • 250ml boiling milk
  • 2 teaspoons hot chocolate mix
  • 5-20 grams cannabis-infused chocolate (or 1 teaspoon or less of cannabutter, tincture, or oil alongside an equal amount of regular milk chocolate)
  • 1 mug
  • 1 whisk (or fork)

Steps

  1. Pour half of the boiling milk into the mug, followed by the cannabis-infused chocolate.

  2. Use a whisk to crush and melt the chocolate until there are no chunks left. If for some reason, you can’t, then a quick few seconds in the microwave to reheat it should solve the problem.

  3. Add the hot chocolate mix and the remaining hot milk to the mug and use a whisk to stir it all together until a thin layer of froth forms on top.
    Serve and enjoy!

4. Apple cider

Hot apple cider is delicious, and the fruit is plentiful and affordable at this time of year. For this particular version, you will need to whip up a batch of canna-syrup first because anything less will significantly alter the texture and taste.

  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 3 teaspoons real cannabis-infused maple syrup
  • 1/3 cinnamon stick
  • 1 whole allspice berry
  • 1 whole clove
  • ½ orange peel (cut in fine strips)
  • ½ lemon peel (cut in strips)
  • Stainless steel saucepan
  • Cheesecloth
  • String
  • Heat-proof cup

Steps

  1. Add the apple cider and syrup to a saucepan.

  2. Wrap the cinnamon stick, clove, berry, and citrus peels in cheesecloth, using a small bit of string to keep them from escaping.

  3. Drop the spice pouch into the apple cider mixture, and then cook the ingredients over medium heat for anywhere from 5-10 minutes. During this time, it’s important to avoid boiling, so if you notice the liquid getting too hot, turn the burner down a notch to avoid it.

  4. Remove the spice bundle from the liquid, then transfer the hot, steamy apple cider to a cup.
    Serve and enjoy!

  1. Hot toddy

Hot toddies are known for their potent ability to induce a deep sense of relaxation, which is why they’re highly recommended to those who can’t sleep, and once you add a bit of the power of cannabis to the mix, those sensations are only intensified in a delightful twist. To make one, you’ll need:

  • 25ml whisky
  • 1 ½ teaspoon of honey
  • 100ml boiling water
  • ½ cinnamon stick
  • half of a lemon (¼ sliced and ¼ juiced)
  • 1 teaspoon (or less) of tincture or oil
  • 1 heatproof glass
  • 1 whisk

Steps

  1. Add the honey and whiskey to a heatproof glass and whisk the ingredients together until well blended.

  2. Garnish the glass with ½ of a cinnamon stick, and then fill it with boiling water.

  3. Pour the lemon juice on top of the drink, and then finish it all off with a slice or two of lemon before serving.

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