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How to infuse all of your favourite summer drinks with cannabis

Published Apr 25, 2021 11:00 a.m. ET
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Whether you enjoy THC or CBD drinks, finding the best way to make them can be a bit of a challenge, that is until you get the hang of it. The biggest thing is figuring out the easiest and best ways to master this infusion, which means harnessing the power of various cannabis derivatives, and here we list ten of them that can complement a spicy or sweet beverage on a hot summer's day.

1. Cannabis ice

Cannabis ice cubes are fantastic because they can be used in cold drinks for a refreshing chill that will slowly seep into the beverage over time or in hot ones to make them easier to drink when the temperatures creep up, and you aren’t quite ready to kick the old coffee habit for the season. They also take little to no time at all to make, and with a long shelf life, it’s easy to make a batch to keep around for special occasions.

If you want to learn more about how to make cannabis ice, then you might want to check out our recipe by clicking here:

2. Cannabis slush

Cannabis slush is pretty much just further processed cannabis ice, only instead of taking forever to melt, it turns to liquid faster so that the ice becomes part of the drink. This is the perfect choice if you’re making slushies or if you'd like a cool twist on your favourite cooler. It also works quickly to infuse a whole jug of juice or as a solution to bring down the temperature of hot chocolate, coffee, or tea, without heavily impacting the flavor.

3. Tincture

A tincture is an alcohol that’s been infused with cannabis, which is why it’s versatile, but most would agree that it’s designed with a particular type of drink in mind because of the strong taste that accompanies a high-proof brew. You could put a shot into your favourite juices, slushies, or jello shots, and it’s got a powerful kick, so a little bit will go a really long way, especially when the effects are combined with an alcohol-based drink.

This is just one example of a delicious tincture-infused cocktail.

4. Cannabis oil

Cannabis oil is smoother than tincture and often made with the same potency, which makes it the perfect choice for spiking summer cocktails or mixed drinks, but it also blends in nicely with milk-based ingredients, such as milkshakes or smoothies. It is, however, important to use the right one because you need an oil that is safe to consume, while some are preferable for topical application, and you don’t want them in your drinks.

A couple of neat cannabis oil drink recipes can be found here.

5. Distillate

Cannabis distillate is a fantastic cannabinoid-filled product that is strong and pre-activated, but it can be difficult to work with when it comes to drinks because it’s thick, a problem that’s only made worse by the cold. Luckily, with the help of a blender, a small rice-sized amount can be mixed into any blendable drink, like juice, smoothies, milkshakes, and more. Too much could slightly impact the taste and leave you high for several hours, but a small amount might be just what you need as you try to stay cool this summer.

Want to know, how to make, use, measure and dose distillate? Then head on over to our guide, which covers everything you’ll need to know on the subject.

6. Crystals


THC or CBD crystals are really hard to find because demand for them is high, and the average person just can’t make them at home, but if you can get your hands on some, this stuff can blend in quite nicely with all of the best summer drinks. These gems are also preactivated which means that you don’t have to decarb them before sprinkling some into a drink, plus they’re water-soluble which means that with a quick stir, you’ll have a nice and even distribution of cannabinoids in each and every sip.

If you’ve got your hands on some CBD or THC crystals, then it would be a shame if you didn’t know about everything that you can do with them.

7. Weed chocolate syrup

Chocolate syrup might not taste the best in alcohol-based mixed drinks unless, of course, there is an allure of cocoa goodness somewhere in there like you might find with a frozen mudslide, but the weed-infused variety makes fast work of infusion for just about every other sweet summer cocktails, milkshakes, smoothies or juices. Add a little bit or a lot; this way each person can personalize the strength of their drink, as needed.

Most cannabis-infused syrups, be it maple, chocolate, or fruit-based, can be recreated using this recipe.

8. Pot brownie chunks

Brownie much like chocolate syrup is only a good idea if your beverage choice is super sweet, but it does offer the benefit of filling you up while it gets you lifted. Pot brownies are fast and easy to make, and if you whip up a batch that’s potent enough, then you shouldn’t need any more than a small handful of brownie crumbs blended into a milkshake or smoothie to get lit. This will, of course, take a blender, but we promise that the extra dish to wash is more than worth it, especially if you love chocolate.

Whether you’re craving a good, old-fashioned pot brownie alongside a refreshing summer drink, or you want to use one to make a dream beverage, we’ve got you covered with this fast and easy recipe.

9. Cannabinoid candy

Think of it as sprinkles, and cannabis candy can go from that thing you don’t really want sticking in your teeth to a delicious cold treat. All you need is a small handful of any kind of crushed edibles candy for a topping, or if you aren’t fond of the idea of crunchy bits in your drink, then you can also dissolve them into various ingredients for your summer cocktails or drinks. If you put some overnight in a thing of alcohol, or a juice, by morning, they’ll be dissolved, and all that will remain is the sweet, sweet taste and the power that was once trapped in solid form.

Here we’ll show you exactly how to make hard candy that’s been carefully infused with cannabis, or if you prefer a softer alternative, then you might want to check out our THC gummies recipe instead.

10. Decarboxylated kief

Kief is pure, easy to get as it can be found in almost any grinder, and it’s relatively affordable when you consider all of the benefits, like the fact that it’s potent, flavorful, and aromatic, essentially encasing all that is good in cannabis. Adding a pinch of this to a cold drink on a hot summer day will elevate your body and mind, but it might change the texture a little bit because the little pieces will not fully dissolve no matter how much you stir them in. That’s why it’s best to stick with tinctured drinks, like cookies and cream milkshake, or a thick orange juice with pulp-based mixed drink, to mask the grit a bit.

Kief is a raw cannabis product, so you’ll need to learn a bit about decarboxylation before you get started on mixing drinks with it.

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