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Cannabis Cocktails: Dankari

The humble Daiquiri, aka the Dankiri, Instantly adds a beach vibe all year round. 

Chalk full of terpenes, this improved “Dankiri” recipe prominently features Limonene, a major component in the oil of citrus fruit peels, and contains a 20:1 CBD tincture that works synergistically as a mood enhancer.

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.

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 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.

Cannabis Old Fashioned Recipe

Few cocktails have stood the test of time like the Old Fashioned and knowing how to craft a proper one is a staple in the repertoire of any Chron Vivant.

One of my personal favorites, this timeless libation can be elevated with a dash of medicated cannabis bitters for a nightcap that’s sure to soothe any weary soul.

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?