“New Year’s Eve is like any other eve to me: I drink.” -Bukowski
On New Year’s I typically start off my night with a glass or two of champagne (or a French CBD5), and then graduate to a gin-based spirit like the Martini.
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-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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.