While “flowers” and sweets are standard on Valentine’s Day, to really impress that special someone in your life, you’re going to need to think outside the proverbial chocolate box.
My partner’s #1 love language just so happens to be “Acts of Service,” so for bae, there’s nothing more impressive or romantic than mixing up a signature cocktail.
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.
So what are cannabis bitters, you might ask?
Cannabis bitters can best be defined as an aromatic flavoring agent made from infusing a variety of botanical ingredients, roots, barks, fruits, and herbs (including, yes, herb) in a high-proof spirit or grain alcohol.
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.
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.