Ahhh, the holiday season… the time of year when the bubbly flows freely at cocktail parties, family gatherings, and celebrations across the nation.
Now, I can only speak for myself, but since making the dive into cannabis for wellness I rarely drink alcohol anymore. I’ll have an adult beverage or two on occasion, but for me, alcohol has lingering effects; and I don’t care who you are, hangovers are never fun. Dehydration, headaches, nausea, ugh!
However, drinking adult beverages is an American pastime, and is frequently included (if not expected) at holidays, birthdays, and social functions. Even many large corporations celebrate successes with open bar events for their employees.
Can you imagine a day when cannabis is so socially accepted? It’s been 84 years since alcohol prohibition ended… there’s hope for cannabis, too.
Until then, this creates a conflict for many marijuana consumers. We want to be social, too, but lighting up in room full of drinkers might not be your best approach. No differently than most people frown on smoking cigarettes in a public setting, we must be courteous and remember… not everyone loves the sweet smell of bud.
So, what’s a cannabis consumer to do? Decline the invite, compromise our hippie values and drink anyway knowing we’ll feel rotten tomorrow, or invent a clever way to blend in?
Well, we are a creative bunch!
What’s a Highball?
For those of you who don’t drink, or are like me, and just don’t pay attention. A “highball” is an alcoholic beverage mixed with sparkling water, juice, or other mixer, and is generally served in a tall glass over ice. Highballs were introduced in the United States sometime in the late 1800’s. Common highball cocktails include gin and tonic, scotch and soda, or seven and seven.
Subtract the booze, add in some infused ice cubes, and voila… you have a Hippie Highball. Yes, I really did say infused ice cubes and believe me, you’ll never look at cocktails the same.
So… one day, I was thinking about ways to infuse water with cannabis (because that’s the kind of stuff my brain does) and the idea of an infused ice cube popped into my head. I laughed it off… like… because it’s ridiculous, right?
No. It’s not ridiculous. It’s amazing, delicious, refreshing, and it won’t leave you with a hangover.
This is my absolute favorite recipe in Dazed + Infused, because I love cocktails, but not booze, and these are the perfect replacement. While these are great any time of year, I live for these on hot and lazy summer afternoons after long mornings in the garden or kitchen.
When you drop one of these Highballs into a small glass of water, lemonade, or other beverage of your choice, it’s instantly transformed into a lightly aromatic lavender and berry potion. I highly suggest using the Chill Tincture in the tinctures section and cannabis honey to infuse these Highballs because the flavor and relaxing effects are something to write home about.
Unless the people back at home are cannabis prohibitionists, then you can just tell them you’re drinking whisky or a 7 and 7. Just like you will tell your alcohol-drinking companions at your next cocktail party, and no one will be the wiser.
[A TIP: EAT THE FRUIT.]
The Hippie Highball
- In each compartment of an ice ball mold (I used this one) combine:
- 2-3 Strawberry slices
- 1 Large Blackberry
- 1/4 tsp Cannabis Infused Honey
- 5-15 Drops Cannabis Infused Tincture
- Freeze for about 30 minutes -1 hour to help the honey and tincture adhere to the fruit.
- Fill with filtered water per instructions.
- Freeze for 8 hours/overnight.
- Drop 1-2 Highballs into water, lemonade, or any other beverage that you’d like to make a little more chill.
Replace the alcohol this year with a Hippie Highball to ring in 2018, you’ll likely wake up with a clear head, feeling great, and ready to tackle those New Year’s Resolutions!Thank you for supporting this site with purchases made through links in this article.