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French CBD5 Sparkling Non-Alcoholic Potable

During most New Year Eve symposiums I can typically be found with a champagne flute in one hand and a joint in the other – not always a seamless pairing, and certainly less fun the morning after.

A little indulgence is fine every once in awhile but Chron Vivant is all about promoting responsible consumption, so I wanted to highlight a non-alcoholic drink alternative (with an optional cannabis-infused garnish) that’s perfect for those looking to partake in the festivities without the headache in the morning.

Fat-Washed Cannabis-Infused Alcohol

What does fat-washing mean?

Fat-washing is similar to traditional infusions and involves flavoring alcohol with liquid fat; in this case, we’re using gin with a cannabis-infused olive oil. Regardless of whether you use herbs, spices, fruits, or fats as the main flavor-adding ingredient, alcohol extracts the flavors and terpenes. Both fat-soluble and water-soluble molecules get extracted and infused into the spirits.

Herbal Cocktail Olives

I’m constantly looking for creative uses for my infusions. I’ve been having so much fun experimenting with my new LEVO that I recently found myself with a glut of infused oils to play with.

I had leftover cannabis-infused extra virgin olive oil after making my easy infused olive oil cake, so I decided to infuse some green olives and fat-washed gin. These infused olives are always handy to have lying around the bar for garnishing savory cocktails and they also make beautiful last-minute gifts tucked into a glass jar with a ribbon around the top.

Cannabis Olive Oil Cake

It’s no secret that I love crafting bespoke cocktails at home, but did you know that I also thoroughly enjoy cooking and hosting meals for friends and family?

Cheffing it up in the kitchen truly relaxes me and is one of my favorite ways to unwind after a long or stressful day.

Now that the hustle and bustle of the holidays is in full swing, I thought I’d carve out some personal self-care time and decompress with a little baking (something I rarely do because I loathe precisely measuring and weighing my ingredients).

Cannabis-Infused Oil: LEVO Infuser Edition

For this recipe, I‘ll be creating a great tasting cannabis-infused extra virgin olive oil with my new user-friendly LEVO infuser (you can substitute the olive oil for any ingestible fat of your choosing).

If you’re like me, then you enjoy creating cannabis-infusions but loathe how messy and tedious they are to execute properly. That’s why I absolutely love LEVO. Thanks to the wonderful people at LEVO, infusing cannabis is now as easy as making coffee at home. If you don’t already have a LEVO infuser, you can use my promo code CHROVIVANT to save $10 off your purchase.

How To Clean Your Cannabis

Jeff the 420 Chef highly recommends you clean your cannabis (especially if your flower is not organic). He has a great technique for leaching out chlorophyll and impurities like pesticides and metals which involves soaking your coarsely ground herb in distilled water for up to 72 hours.

You can always choose to skip this step, but “cleaning” your herb prior to infusing certainly helps to remove much of the chlorophyll and contaminants that contribute to the “weed-forward” flavor in many infused products.

Medicated Batch Mocktail: Infuse Your Holiday Party

This canna-cranberry + rosemary-infused medicated mocktail sings with holiday spirit & is perfect for bottling in batches.

There are more ways to consume cannabis than combustion or traditional edibles. Healthy cannabis is finding its way into mainstream products like cosmetics, gourmet edibles, and even drinkables. But you don’t have to wait for these new-ish products to show up at your local dispensary to enjoy their benefits. The base of this medicated mocktail is a rosemary-infused cannabis simple syrup that’s incredibly easy to make at home. Once on hand, this psychoactive sweetener can be used to spruce up all kinds of concoctions and confections.

Sprigology THC-Infused Soda

A delicious & refreshing, THC-infused mocktail with Sprig soda, orange bitters, citrus, local pomegranates, dried mandarin, & thyme

Sprig is a sparkling drink infused with 45mg of premium THC oil extracted from California-grown cannabis. I’ve been meaning to try this drink for a while now and decided it would be ideal to share with friends over a seasonal home-cooked meal.

Medicated Manhattan

The Manhattan is my go-to litmus test for any new cocktail bar before moving on to more complex concoctions and, as a rule of thumb, must always contain bitters.

Unlike many cocktails, the modern Manhattan still closely resembles the Manhattan of the late 1800’s and was said to be the most famous drink in the world during its heyday.