Posted on January 31, 2017 in Drinks
Giving classic alcoholic beverages a weed-infused twist might be one of the best ways to enjoy drinking! While marijuana and alcohol go together like butter and popcorn, it should not be forgotten that one of these are highly flammable. Infusing liquor with cannabis is not rocket science, but you could potentially end up with an explosion in your kitchen. Read below to learn more about how to infuse cannabis with alcohol properly and safely:
- A microwave
- Cheesecloth or something similar
- A double boiler
- A candy thermometer
- Electric stove or a hot plate
Before you begin, there are some important safety tips to keep in mind. Always keep alcohol away from open flames. Never try to mix cannabis and alcohol over a stove. Also, throw open the kitchen windows or work in a well-ventilated area when infusing alcohol with weed.
Do consider alternative options as well. Most people love their liquor, unless you’re someone who listens to your doctor. Marijuana is less addictive than alcohol, but if you consume the two together, you will suffer the negative health-effects of the alcohol. You can still enjoy your favorite cocktail by using an alcohol substitute. Weed lovers could use cannabis beer in place of traditional alcohol like vodka or gin. Cannabis beer developed by is completely alcohol-free and can act as a great substitute base for Bloody Marys and similar cocktails. Cannabis beer developed by Dooma Wendschuh of Province Brands is completely alcohol-free and can act as a great substitute base for Bloody Marys and similar cocktails.
- High-quality cannabis
- A bottle of liquor of choice
(Use about 750 milliliters of alcohol per 28 grams of marijuana. But this ratio can be tweaked depending on personal preferences.)
Begin by decarbonizing the marijuana. This is the process of gently applying heat to the weed, to allow the chemicals to bond with the alcohol more effectively. The easiest and safest way to decarbonize weed is by microwave, as pioneered by Warren Bobrow. Place the buds in a container (safe for microwaves) with a lid. Microwave the marijuana on high for a minute and a half. Then turn the buds over and microwave it another two times. In total, three sessions in the microwave should do the job. Afterwards, use your fingers to break the microwaved weed buds into smaller pieces.
Take out the double boiler and fill it about halfway with water. Set it to boil at 212 Fahrenheit degrees on the stove or hot plate. When the water starts to boil, turn down the heat. Pour the alcohol into the top of the boiler gently and then add the decarbed buds. Stir a bit, cover, and let it sit on the lowest heat setting for two hours.
Make sure the alcohol doesn’t come to a boil during the infusion process. It shouldn’t be a problem if you have a top-grade stove. If not, keep an eye on the infusion process and keep the temperature of the pot on top at 150 to 160 Fahrenheit degrees. If the pot does begin to boil, immediately turn off the heat, leave it a few minutes and turn the heat on low once again.
The infusion process should not take more than 3 hours. When done, place the cheesecloth on a jar or a container and run the liquid through the cloth to remove the buds. Well-infused liquid would have a yellowish hue.
Now you have a proper weed-infused alcohol! Use a funnel to pour the liquor into a bottle and use it as a base for any cocktail you like.