Cannabis Cocktails to Help Combat Holiday Stress

For the next two months, the holidays and their added stress are here to fill up your calendar with office parties, family dinners, and glitter strewn celebrations. No matter your background or beliefs, the chances of having to attend at least one mandatory party are high, so why not add some cannabis to your holiday cheer with these three cannabis cocktails (or mocktail).

Hot Toddy at Thanksgiving

Why fight over politics when the whole family can agree that a hot toddy is the perfect cold weather drink instead? If you’re visiting family this Thanksgiving, chances are somebody is going to bring up the real world at the dinner table. Make your aunt’s one-woman show re-enacting her Facebook posts go down a little easier with a drink that’s simple to make and even better to enjoy next to a warm fire.

Ingredients:

1 tea bag of Bask Essentials chamomile tea, which includes 20 mg of CBD

1 tablespoon of honey

1 ounce of whiskey

2 teaspoons of lemon juice

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Steep the tea in hot water for three to five minutes. Remove the bag and add whiskey and honey. Squeeze in the lemon juice. Stir, sip, and soothe the sore throat you’ll inevitably have from “discussing” the midterm elections with your father.t

Bubbles for The Office Holiday Party

This year’s office holiday party is at your boss’s house, which means you have to pretend to take interest in his kid and his homemade lentil stew (I’m not drawing from real life experience, you are). Jumpstart the party with a classic cocktail that will make you look sophisticated and worldly–you can tell people how the drink was created in Paris during the time Hemingway and other expats were writing the great American novels and drinking, not necessarily in that order.

Ingredients:

1 lemon: Use the peel and squeeze ¾ ounces fresh lemon juice

1 ½ ounces of Gin

1 tablespoon of simple syrup

2 ounces of Vertus THC-infused sparkling beverage

Combine gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake for 20 seconds. Strain into a flute. Skip the champagne and the morning after champagne headaches by topping the cocktail with the cannabis-infused alternative Vertus. Curl the lemon peel around your finger and place the resulting twist on the rim of the glass. Toast to the holiday bonus.

A Signature Cocktail for New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is the holiday that suffers from too high of expectations. Instead of roaming the streets of your city looking for the best party, why not invite your favorite people to your place for a low key get together? We’re all tired and ready to make it through the last stretch of 2018. Skip the lines and covers at bars and put your money toward quality ingredients to make a signature cocktail.

The Penicillin, created by New York bartender Sam Ross of Milk and Honey, combines the one-two punch of lemon and ginger with smoky scotch. Bonus points for drinking it while singing that famous Scottish New Year’s Eve song, “Auld Lang Syne.”

Ingredients:

2 ounces of Scotch whiskey

¾ ounces of lemon juice

¾ of ounces HoneyPot cannabis-infused honey

3 slices of fresh ginger

¼ ounce of Islay single malt Scotch

1 candied ginger for the rim of the glass

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Muddle the ginger in a cocktail shaker before adding the Scotch whiskey, lemon juice, and honey. The HoneyPot brand honey comes in two varieties, one infused with THC to give you the second wind to make it to midnight, and another infused with CBD to help with the post-midnight comedown. Shake all the ingredients with ice until chilled. Pour into a glass with ice, using a strainer to catch the pieces of ginger. Pour the Islay single malt Scotch in last. This gives it the smoky flavor. Throw a candied ginger on the rim of the glass as the finishing touch.

Cannabis Cocktails are Best With Friends

Remember that the holidays can be a hard time for everyone when many people feel more anxious, depressed, and sometimes lonelier than usual. Make time to connect with your friends and family beyond the Black Friday sales and white elephant gift exchanges. Sure, these cannabis cocktails are delicious, but they’re much better when you share them with a loved one.

Let’s Make Some Work Together.

Kait Heacock

Kait Heacock is a writer living in Seattle. Her nonfiction has appeared in Crab Creek Review, DAME, Largehearted Boy, Literary Hub, The Millions, The Women’s Review of Books, and The Washington Post. Her debut short story collection, Siblings and Other Disappointments, is available now. She smokes sativa and dances to Sleater-Kinney records before sitting down to write.