An easy cannabis-infused mulled wine recipe

Published Dec 2, 2019 12:00 p.m. ET
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Technically, if you have the time to wait around for the infusion process, it is best to use the red wine base from this recipe and infuse it months in advance of your festive meal plan, but unfortunately, it’s getting late in the season, so that’s not an option for most people. For those like myself who like to wait around until last minute before heading over to good old Google for inspirational ideas, then any alcohol-based cannabis tincture of any sort works just as well.

What is a tincture?

A cannabis tincture is a liquid drink that is made from a high proof alcohol and dry marijuana plant materials. Both are typically tossed into a jar and aged for anywhere from 1 to 3 months before the contents are strained, and the tincture is ready to enjoy.

How to make cannabis tincture

Cannabis tincture is easy to make, as the process is straightforward, but you do need to have some patience as it can take several months to get the most potent brew, which is most individual’s goal with this kind of marijuana product.


  • 7 grams of cannabis grind (or more)
  • 1 bottle of high proof alcohol (enough to cover the herb)


  • Sealable mason jar
  • Paper bag
  • Cheesecloth
  • Grinder
  • Baking pan


  1. Grind up the herb and set your oven to 320°F.

  2. Sprinkle the cannabis across the baking pan, and once the oven is ready, bake it for 25-30 minutes.

  3. Dump the decarboxylated herb into a mason jar.

  4. Pour the alcohol into the jar and ensure that there is enough to completely cover the weed because without direct contact with the solvent the cannabinoids will stay within the plant matter.

  5. Shake the jar really well for a few minutes to stir up the contents before placing it into a paper bag to keep out harmful UV rays and storing it in a cool, dark space to infuse for anywhere from 30-120 days. The longer you leave the tincture to brew, the stronger it will be, so leaving it as long as possible is always recommended.

  6. Once you are ready to test out your freshly made cannabis tincture, you can retrieve the jar from storage and use a cheesecloth to filter out the alcohol into another jar, which will remove the leftover plant materials.

How to make mulled wine with weed


Mulled wine is a traditional Christmas recipe for a potent cocktail, and this particular version is also spiked with cannabis for an added kick. This edibles drink combines all the best flavors and smells of the holiday, warms your soul from the inside out, and is incredibly simple to make in large batches for big parties or gatherings.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Calories: 45

Servings: 12


  • 1500ml of red wine
  • 1 cup of pure orange juice
  • 1/3 cup of light brown sugar
  • 10 cloves
  • 4 oz of cannabis tincture (more or less)
  • 4-star anise
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 large orange (peeled and sliced)
  • Lemon zest (from one lemon)
  • Ice (optional)


  • Large pot
  • Whisk
  • Serving bowl (or storage container)
  • Ladle


  1. Toss all the above-listed ingredients except for the cannabis tincture into a large cooking pot over medium heat.

  2. Use a metal wire whisk to stir the content of the pot throughout the process to avoid scalding.

  3. Once the mixture reaches a steady simmer, reduce the heat to low and simmer the mulled wine for 15 minutes.

  4. Remove the pot from the burner and allow the mulled wine to cool completely before stirring in the cannabis tincture and storing it in the fridge or pouring it into a serving bowl with ice to enjoy.

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