For some background, I recently relocated to the beautiful state of Oregon, where marijuana just happens to be legal. As an avid woman who whiskeys, but hasn’t dabbled much in the devil weed, I had an idea (granted, I am certainly not the first). Combine them! In a gentle way, that my rookie cannabis user status could handle. Adding some homemade marijuana tincture to a bourbon cocktail felt like the perfect start. Here’s what I came up with.
Dank Derby Mule
1.5 oz Makers Mark Bourbon (any mid-grade bourbon will work)
*1 ml of Marijuana tincture (recipes vary), follow link to the Everclear version I used
3 dashes of Angostura Bitters
Juice of half a lime
Strong ginger beer (non-alcoholic, I used Reed’s)
Shake first four ingredients with a few ice cubes. Pour over a glass of crushed ice, and top with the ginger beer. Garnish with leaves if you’ve got em!
*those with stronger constitutions can add more tincture
This cocktail definitely falls under the category of earthy and herbal. And these flavors increase as you add more tincture. The lime and ginger beer come through with a nice spicy, sparkle on the front and then the ginger sort of melds with the peppery flavor of the weed on the back. My only complaint would be that the bourbon gets a little lost among all the other flavors that are happening.
The effects of the tincture start after about 20 minutes, and it’s far more gentle, almost warmish feeling of well-being that matches well with the buzz from the bourbon. It’s more subtle than smoking by far.
I think this makes a great pre-dinner cocktail, as it helps get your appetite revved up…and for some reason all the food tastes better.