Cannabis party bartending – Tips and tricks for mixing drinks

Published May 22, 2023 01:00 p.m. ET
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Are you planning to host or serve drinks at a cannabis-infused cocktail party? If so then now is the time to elevate your bartending game with these tips and tricks that will help to lift your skills to the next level. Mixing cannabis-infused drinks is a fun and exciting way to get creative and impress your friends or family members.

Incorporating the plant into social gatherings is relatively easy once you know where to start. Whether you're a seasoned bartender or a simple cannabis enthusiast, these five tips and tricks will help you craft delicious and memorable infused cocktails that are sure to leave your guests begging for more. So grab your shakers – it’s time to get mixing!

1. Use high-quality ingredients

Every good recipe should begin with high-quality ingredients, as they’re essential if you want to achieve the best results. So when you’re making infused cocktails make sure to choose the freshest and ripest fruits, herbs, and juices to amplify the delicious flavors and smells in each drink. If you really want to impress guests, then it may also be time to consider familiarizing yourself with strains featuring terpene profiles that will complement your chosen ingredients, as it will enhance the experience of every sip.

2. Become a master at the art of infusion

Once cannabis is added to your mixed drinks true magic happens, and there are many different ways to do it, be it by using cannabis-infused wine or spirits, juices, tinctures, or thick and sweet syrups. So start experimenting now with various techniques before the big event until you find the one that works best for you that way you’ll be confident in the process. Just remember to stick with low doses of active cannabinoids and to properly decarb flower before using it to infuse your preferred tools of infusion.

3. Balancing flavors and potency

Finding an ideal balance between delicious taste and strength is essential to creating amazing mixed cannabis-infused drinks. The infused ingredients you use should elevate the cocktail without overpowering its original effects or taste, and you may want to consider the flavors of your selected cultivar which should pair nicely with complementary ingredients. Also don’t forget to balance other aspects of your cocktails by adding sweetness to bitter-tasting or highly acidic mixes, or bitterness to combinations with too much sugar.


4. Experiment with the flavor profiles of herbs and fruits

Creativity is crucial to bartending, as it helps you to think way beyond typical cocktail combinations and this skill can be honed by exploring flavor profiles of ingredients other than alcohol or cannabis, like herbs, fruits, or spices. Take your drink-making abilities to a whole new by adding simple herbs such as rosemary or basil, or incorporating distinct spices like ginger or cardamon. Don’t be afraid of pushing limits, and you’ll be coming up with innovative new additions that will both delight and surprise your friends.

5. Garnish your creations with style

Last but not least is presentation, and though many average bartenders don’t spend a whole lot of time playing with this aspect of cocktails, you can add a unique touch by simply garnishing your creations with beautiful additions and style. Play with edibles flowers, and different types of citrus, or put an additional cannabis twist by tossing a single fan leaf into the mix. An aesthetically appealing cocktail looks impressive and it also enhances the overall experience.

When it comes to mixing cocktails the possibilities are truly endless, and with the right ingredients, knowledge, and skills, it’ll be easy to please your guests by offering them a one-of-a-kind beverage they won’t be able to find or enjoy anywhere else.

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