Cannabis Cocktails: How To Make Mai Highs
Disclaimer: This recipe uses non-alcoholic beverages. greenRush does not recommend mixing cannabis and alcohol.
Summertime comes part and parcel with enjoying tropical drinks with friends—preferably by a pool, but certainly outside. Tiny cocktail umbrellas are completely optional but highly encouraged. Capture the essence of the season when you skip the booze and make non-alcoholic cannabis cocktails instead. Cannabis-infused cocktails can be enjoyed discreetly and are an ideal summer sipping option. Choose greenRush’s twist on the classic Mai Tai cocktail to take advantage of all the sunshine vibes before the season is over—or to bring a touch of summer to a dreary winter’s day.
Why Make Cannabis Cocktails?
Infusing non-alcoholic liquor variants with cannabis creates a low-key way to enjoy weed. It’s a great option for social settings if you don’t drink alcohol but don’t want to be left out of the festivities - or if you’re unable to smoke due to medical reasons. Marijuana and alcohol are powerful intoxicants, and their interactions are complex; greenRush does not recommend combining the two. That’s why we recommend using non-alcoholic versions of classic liquors when you make a weed-infused booze substitute.
What is a Mai Tai?
The Mai Tai is a classic cocktail based on rum, Curaçao, orgeat, and lime juice, and its origins are linked to Trader Vic’s, a world-renowned Tiki bar in Oakland, California. Legend has it that its inventor (Victor J. Bergeron aka Trader Vic himself) served the drink to friends visiting from Tahiti, who in turn exclaimed “Maita'i roa ae!" In Tahitian, “maita’i” means “good,” and voila: Vic had himself a killer cocktail with a great origin story to go along with it.
The International Bartender Association Mai Tais recipe is a little different than ours, but that’s because we’re going to be making Mai Highs instead. Marijuana cocktails aim to offer a variation on the original drink, not a line-by-line replacement.
Mai High Recipe
Before you begin making cannabis cocktails, you’ll need to make a non-alcoholic weed-infused correlative. Follow the greenRush recipe for cannabis-infused rum before you start building your Mai High.
Supplies and Ingredients
- Cocktail shaker with strainer
- Highball cocktail glass
- Orange Juice
- Lime Juice
- Non-alcoholic Triple Sec
- Orgeat Syrup
- Fruit Garnish
Fill the shaker halfway full with ice. Add the following:
- 2 ounces of weed-infused non-alcoholic rum
- 1 ounce orange juice
- 1 ounce Triple Sec
- 1 ounce lime juice
- 1 ounce Orgeat syrup
- 1 ounce sugar
- 1 ounce Grenadine
Vigorously shake the liquids with the ice. Strain over ice into highball cocktail glass. Finish off with a fruit garnish.
Traditionally, the fruit garnish includes a pineapple spear, mint leaves, and the lime used to produce the juice. We used a maraschino cherry, orange slice, and pineapple chunk, but if you’re feeling playful (and are in a receptive setting), why not replace the traditional mint leaves with an uncured leaf of cannabis? Making successful cannabis cocktails involves approaching the activity from a lighthearted angle… so have fun with it!
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