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The Lost Ingredient of the Perfect Punch: Oleo Saccharum

Jam-packed with TERPENES, Oleo Saccharum translates to “oil sugar” and was a staple in the manufacture of old-timey punches.

Previously used to stretch limited supplies of fresh citrus during long sailing and naval expeditions, it was commonly mixed with high-proof gins and rums to create some of the very first punches. Once a relatively obscure ingredient, Oleo Saccrum is making a comeback thanks to the resurging popularity of craft punches.

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.

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.

THC-Infused Whiskey

When thoughtfully paired with high-proof alcohol, weed infusions can impart subtle herbaceous notes and bring out nuanced flavor profiles of the base spirits they’re blended with.

Citrus and piney sativas tend to go well with more botanical spirits like gin, tequila, and mezcal, while danker Indica strains lend themselves to fuller-bodied brown spirits, like whiskey.

DIY Cannabis Simple Syrup

A necessary component for making nearly all THC-infused concoctions. Once on hand, you can use your own homemade cannabis simple syrup to spruce up all kinds of libations and make potables even more potent.

Whether you choose to spike your morning beverage, stir into citrus juices, mix with shrubs, and/or build cannabis cocktails, this versatile medicated sweetener belongs in the home of any deserving Chron Vivant.

Easy Decarboxylation (Oven Method)

In order to infuse spirits or oils with activated THC, we first need transform the non-psychoactive THCA found in raw cannabis into medicated THC, via a chemical process called decarboxylation.

Don’t panic, this is just a fancy way of saying ‘heat up the bud’ and you can easily do this at home using your trusty oven in two easy steps.

Definition: Decarbing means removing the “A” molecule (Acid), from the THCA and CBDA. This happens when releasing the “A” carbon atom from “A” carbon chain, resulting in THC and CBD. The only way to achieve this is with heat and time.

Directions:

Step 1: Grind Your Bud

Grind and spread out your cannabis evenly on a medium-large baking sheet.

Step 2: Bake (Slow & Low)

Place the baking sheet with ground up cannabis in a pre-heated oven at 235-240 F for for 40-45 minutes (be careful not to exceed these temperatures as you can easily damage the THC).

And there you have it. Your herb has now been activated and is ready to be infused. Keep in mind, you can always skip this step and infuse with raw cannabis if you are looking to extract essential oils without any of the psychoactive properties.

How do you decarb your herb?