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.
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.
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.