Spring means less clothes, more cold drinks and, now, even more cannabis. Whether it be by the pool or in the comfort of your (hopefully) air-conditioned abode, Playboy would like to help you celebrate the rising temperatures with Stillhouse-curated cocktails mixed with a little more delight. The whiskey brand’s resident mixologist, Ryan Fleming, combined his love of Stillhouse’s new Black Bourbon with our ever-growing affection for high times.
Yes, we’re teaching you how to infuse THC with alcohol all by yourself, but please, don’t indulge until after the flammable process is complete. And remember, consuming cannabis can take up to an hour to kick in, so consume sensibly.
The Infusion Process
What is Decarbing or Decarboxylation?
It's complicated. Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA), also known as THC, is found in raw buds for smoking and generally one of the highest cannabinoids (compounds) present in our market cannabis. THCA has a load of benefits including anti-flammation, but it's not what gives you that high-flying feeling, so it has to be converted in to (Tetrahydrocannabinol) THC—the compound that does get you high—before it will give the psychoactive effects we want in our Stillhouse cocktails. To properly decarb your flower, evenly heat, but avoid burning, the flower. This can be done in an oven or a microwave.
Decarb by way of microwave or oven:
Grind up your decarbed herbs into a mason jar and add bourbon (The ratio between cannabis and whiskey is dependent on what potency level you want to achieve. Fleming suggests 7 grams per 750 ML of Stillhouse Black bourbon.).
Simmer lightly at around 160 degrees F for 30 to 60 minutes, depending on how concentrated you would like your infusion. Make sure your alcohol does not reach 170 degrees F (because then it will flame).
Let the mixture cool and strain it through a fine mesh strainer lined with a cheesecloth. Then return it back to the 750 ML bottle along with the remaining alcohol.
If you'd prefer to not use the boiler, there is another method that requires way less concentration, but way more patience. Simply choose your ratio (again, Fleming suggests 7 grams per 750 ML alcohol) and mix it in a mason jar, lid on. Put the mason jar in front of a sunny window and let the jar sit for, at least, 30 days. When time is up, strain your mixture through a cheesecloth-lined fine mesh strainer.
Shake with ice. Pour over fresh ice in a Collins or 12 oz glass. Top with soda water and garnish with a slice of fresh grapefruit.
Stir in a mixing glass with ice and then strain over fresh ice or up depending on your preference. If served without ice, a coupe or similar glass is preferable. If served on the rocks a classic old fashioned glass is ideal. Garnish with a twist of orange peel.
In a Collins or other 12 oz glass, combine fresh mint, lime juice, simple syrup and the infused bourbon. Muddle the ingredients. Add fresh ice. Top off with soda water. Garnish with a fresh mint sprig.
Why this drink is different:
• Fresh Mint 10-15
• Drops of high grade
• CBD oil
• Fresh Lemonade
In a Collins or other 12 oz glass, combine mint with Stillhouse Peach Tea and muddle. Add the cbd oil (a substance legal throughout the country), fresh ice and top off with lemonade. Garnish with a fresh mint sprig.