Pot Cocktails Are As Crazy As You Imagine

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From gravity bongs to blueberry blunt wraps and, of course, pot brownies, industrious stoners have been tinkering with new ways to get high since time immemorial. Now they’re adding cocktails to that mellowed-out list.

With the decline of marijuana prohibition, there is an increasing array of intriguing DIY and pre-packaged options available.

Vodka is the overwhelming favorite for infusing because it’s neutral profile makes a great canvas for anything you care to add. Check the wild range of flavors available on any store shelf. But what’s the fun in that?

Curious to see how weed would play with whiskey, I whipped up a potent batch of Manhattans with weed-infused rye whiskey just in time to enjoy the afternoon sun. (I used Bulleit Rye.) This, um, potent recipe is highly recommended for those of you with no important evening plans.

Eager for more potent dranks? Try bottled lemon ginger cannabis soda in a Moscow Mule, a lemonade vodka infusion for summer sipping or a homemade Sour Diesel simple syrup in, well, anything.


Once you’ve settled on a green strain and spirit, remember this crucial step: decarboxylation. Your bud needs about an hour in the oven at 240-degrees Fahrenheit to transform the THCA into THC. If you skip this step, your infusion will taste nice—but that’s about all it will do. Learn all about the science behind this process at Marijuana Growers Headquarters.

Pot Manhattan

Contributed by Matt Merkin


  • 2 oz Cannabis-infused Rye Whiskey*
  • 1 oz Sweet vermouth
  • 3 dashes Angostura Bitters

Glass: Coupe

Add all ingredients to a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir, and strain into a chilled coupe glass.

*Cannabis-Infused Rye Whiskey:

  • 1 750mL bottle Rye Whiskey
  • 8 grams Cannabis

These portions are somewhat “choose your own adventure.” Obviously you can add more cannabis and infuse longer if you desire a more potent concoction (or less and shorter, for something more mild).

Cut or grind your bud of choice and place it on a baking tray in the oven at 240-degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes. Pour the bottle of whiskey into a sealable one-liter jar, and add the baked cannabis. Agitate it lightly and let it sit, out of the sun, for 48 hours. Pour it through a cheesecloth and a strainer, making sure to squeeze any remaining liquid out of the cheesecloth.

Matt Merkin is a writer and photographer currently based in Oakland, CA.

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  • SPORTSPINEPHYSIOHOTMAILCOM1361 posted 1 year ago

    I invented the STONEY NEGRONI using infused Gin!

  • bradonline69gmailcom502449487 posted 1 year ago

    I live in Denver Colorado. It is better to use wax or shatter in drinks. It usually doesn't need to be activated and it dissolves in alcohol. If you have to activate it you can use a hair straighter with parchment paper. No smell cooking and not much taste added to your drink. 1 gram is good for 2 people unless your a heavy user.

  • colwellj.f5fbe posted 2 years ago

    "A government that cannot tell me what can come out of my mouth, should not be able to tell me what can go into my mouth ! Milton Friedman. I Find this article extremely pertinent on an alcohol related site due to the fact that the prohibition of both alcohol and marijuana, have traveled similar paths through history! Both are terrible failures and both spawned a violent, terrible black market with criminal gang lords making insane profits! And just like the government poisoning alcohol during prohibition and Paraquat spraying marijuana, the govt "Of the People, by the People and for the People" really doesn't give SQUAT about the People if they disobey! So "fire one up!" and "tilt the glass" to the free, rebellious spirit of America!

  • blackdeath777 posted 2 years ago

    delete your subscription? for christ's sake man... wah

  • Elbe posted 2 years ago

    I subscribed to this site BECAUSE of this article. The Manhattan has been one of my favorites for years, and cannabis has been fun for even longer. Great combo for those of us that value our personal taste and discretion. I'd try it even if I didn't live in a "legal" state.

  • jorjan4150aolcom993341287 posted 2 years ago

    I am very interested in this article and any more that are like them. I am hoping that my state will legalize pot really soon as medically it is known to help pain like mine. I cannot smoke it due to lung problems, would of course make the brownies but this is a wonderful idea! I agree with others that legalizing pot would really be a good thing for many of us with a myriad of physical ailments. People get addicted to booze, gambling and many other things so why is there a line drawn on this? Thank you Liquor.com for a great article. BTW, I am a 65 year old woman and I find all of this refreshing!

  • nplotts1 posted 2 years ago

    This was an interesting read, and something that I would contemplate trying if I lived in a state where it was legal to do so.

  • RichardRN posted 2 years ago

    Jamie and Jimmy get real!!! It is just a friggin' drink recipe! We are all adults and have the right to chose what we will drink and not drink. Your kind of narrow mindedness does not belong in this century. Kudos to the Liquor.com staff for continuing to be innovative and interesting.

  • spilljzgmailcom468971883 posted 2 years ago

    jamie and jimmy need a Pot Manhattan stat!

  • hbeanattnet1102012888 posted 2 years ago

    Chill out! Man, pot should be mandatory for some people.
    Jamie and Jimmy, delete if you wish, but closing your eyes and whining about marijuana
    will not make it go away. It's too valuable.
    Ask those of us who no longer need to take addictive pain pharmaceuticals because od cannabis.

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