Alcohol-free espresso martini THC drink recipe

Nov 15, 2023The nama Team
Alcohol-free espresso martini THC drink recipe

Are you tired of booze-filled nights that leave you sluggish? Ditch the booze and sip on the best alcohol replacement drink: our espresso martini mocktail with a buzz. 

This indulgent drink brings all the rich, coffee flavors you love in an espresso martini, but trades vodka for our smooth THC Buzz drops. With only 2 mg of Delta 9 THC, you'll get a nice little buzz without the next-day hangover.

Learn more about microdosing cannabis and why our low-dose THC drinks are the future of feel-good vibes.

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What is a THC drink?

THC drinks, also called weed drinks or cannabis-infused beverages, contain small amounts of Delta 9 THC and cannabidiol (CBD). They are convenient, fun, and delicious. There’s nothing easier—and tastier—than mixing up a good old craft mocktail

Low-dose THC drinks are much safer and healthier than alcohol. They’re great for sipping at a party or after a long day at work. Because they contain small amounts of cannabis, our weed drinks and edibles don’t have the overwhelming side effects that come with taking too much. 

Another great way to indulge in the benefits of cannabis with none of the drawbacks of an intense “high” is with our THC edibles. If you’re new to microdosing, try our Relax Plus gummies. Each gummy contains 25 mg of CBD coupled with just 5 mg of THC for a mildly euphoric buzz. Pop one of these refreshing gummies after work to ease away stress and transition into a serene evening. 

How do I make a THC-infused espresso martini?

Our THC-infused espresso martini puts a sophisticated spin on the classic cocktail by ditching the vodka for a mellow cannabis kick. This indulgent popular drink captures all the velvety flavors you love from an espresso martini—the bittersweet espresso, sweet caramel, and silky steamed milk—while providing a gentle buzz from the cannabis that helps you relax without the unwanted effects of alcohol. 

With a touch of our microdosed THC mixture, you'll get the full experience of an authentic espresso martini, just topped off with a little extra chill thanks to the cannabis. 

Here’s what you’ll need to make an irresistible espresso martini mocktail:

  • ¼ ounce of caramel syrup
  • 2 ounces of fresh espresso
  • 1 ounce of heavy cream
  • Dropper of Buzz drops
  • Cocoa powder

Here's how to mix up this mocktail at home:

  1. Brew 2 ounces of espresso and let cool slightly.
  2. Add the caramel syrup to the hot espresso and stir until fully incorporated and the caramel is dissolved. Allow to cool to room temperature.
  3. Once cooled, add the heavy cream and Buzz Drops to the espresso-caramel mixture.
  4. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice cubes. Pour in the espresso mixture.
  5. Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds until well combined.
  6. Strain the cocktail into a chilled martini glass to remove any ice shards.
  7. Dust the top lightly with cocoa powder for garnish.
  8. Serve and enjoy. 

For more simple booze-free cocktails, check out our complete collection of cannabis drink recipes. You’ll find many more indulgent sippers to excite your palate and bring out the fun.

Elevate your espresso martini 

Take your espresso martini cannabis mocktail to new heights by experimenting with flavors and ingredients to create your perfect version. You can elevate this cocktail by trying different additions and tweaks.

Here are some suggestions on how to enhance your espresso martini mocktail:

  • Select high-quality, freshly roasted coffee beans for a richer and more aromatic flavor profile. Experiment with different varieties to find a unique and bold taste.
  • Use a high-quality, homemade cold brew coffee concentrate for a smoother and less acidic coffee base. It provides a more intense and complex coffee flavor.
  • Garnish the drink with a few espresso beans to offer a visual and aromatic element. Opt for unique or flavored beans for an extra touch.
  • Try adding a small, thin lemon twist over the drink's surface to impart a subtle citrus aroma that beautifully complements the coffee's richness.
  • Experiment with creative garnishes like a touch of cinnamon powder on top or a citrus zest twist for added aroma and visual appeal.
  • Try variations with different types of milk, such as oat milk or almond milk, to create a creamy texture while introducing a subtle nutty or earthy note.
  • Instead of plain caramel syrup, consider infusing it with a hint of vanilla or vanilla syrup, a touch of maple syrup, cinnamon syrup, chocolate syrup, or simple syrup for a nuanced sweetness.
  • Opt for stylish or unique glassware to serve the cocktail, elevating its presentation and appeal. We like the signature espresso martini glass, but don’t let that stop you. A traditional cocktail glass will get the job done. 

Explore these—and more—adjustments and you can tailor the espresso martini mocktail to match your preferences and elevate its flavors, presentation, and overall drinking experience.

Don’t forget to sip slowly and savor every gulp. 

Learn how to make other phenomenal THC drinks.

Why are THC drinks better than alcohol?

THC drinks are changing the social drinking game—for the best. Unlike alcohol, cannabis provides an uplifting, feel-good buzz that sharpens your senses instead of muddling them. In microdoses, THC relaxes your body, brightens your mood, and enhances sensations while still allowing you to think clearly and move freely. 

Plus, you'll wake up the next morning feeling refreshed and ready to seize the day—no nauseating hangovers or pounding headaches. 

Here’s why THC-infused beverages are a much better choice than booze: 

  • Cannabis gets you lifted without the letdown. With carefully infused low doses of THC in our Buzz drops, you get a pleasant high that enhances your mood in a gentle, controlled way. 
  • With THC drinks you can chill out, not blackout. Relax and enjoy the moment and never worry about losing control over yourself. 
  • Just say no to intoxication. Microdosing cannabis gives you a gentle high that enhances experiences while overdoing it on alcohol can ruin them. 
  • Cannabis boosts your wellness, ditching the illness. Can you say the same about booze? 
  • The microdose buzz improves your state of mind without impairing cognition or motor skills. You stay mentally sharp and physically coordinated.

We could go on and on about the reasons why you should ditch booze and welcome the most refreshing THC-infused drinks. Did you know microdosing cannabis may alleviate alcohol withdrawal symptoms?

See? Cannabis microdosing really is an all-around better alternative to alcohol. Explore more microdosing cannabis may alleviate alcohol withdrawal symptoms.

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How long will a THC drink keep me buzzed?

The cannabis compounds from our liquid cannabis drops get absorbed into the bloodstream fairly quickly after finishing your drink. They’re not fully digested like the gummies, though, so the effects of THC drinks typically have a tad shorter duration of effects. But they will last anywhere between two and six hours.

This means only one delicious blood and orange canna-infused drink will keep you uplifted and pleasantly buzzed for hours.

Where can I buy THC mixers?

Not all THC beverages are created equal. Some shady sellers load their drinks with nasty stuff like toxic pesticides and heavy metals. If you’re looking to get high off contaminated cannabis, they’re the obvious choice.

When you shop at nama, you get the best cannabis products made with 100% organic, non-GMO, American-grown hemp. We lab test everything too so you can see the purity with your own eyes. Our scientists meticulously extract that sweet THC and CBD nectar and craft it into our uplifting Buzz drops. 

As cannabis connoisseurs, we take pride in our pristine products. We've got your back with the freshest, cleanest hemp sips on this side of the Milky Way. So forget those sketchy sellers and buy your THC-infused drinks from nama

THC drinks delivery

Are you tired of trekking to the store whenever your favorite THC beverages run out? There’s an easier way: automated delivery straight to your door. Our personalized Buzz drops subscription saves you time and hassle. 

Sign up for our THC drinks subscription and never worry about running low or remembering to reorder again. 

With an ongoing supply of Buzz Drops, any time is a good time to spice up your favorite drinks, bust out a cocktail shaker, and create the most phenomenal THC-infused drinks. Try our refreshing Pink lemonade infused with THC. If you’re in the mood for something else creamy and dreamy, here’s our blood orange and cream mocktail recipe.

Or skip the mixing and go straight for our Pink Lemonade gummies for an invigorating snack. The sweet and sour sugar coating will spark your senses as 10 mg of THC melts away stress.

More of our delicious low-dose THC gummies await you. Order from nama today.

THC drinks FAQ

An espresso martini triggers a distinct physiological response. Caffeine, a stimulant, heightens alertness and temporarily boosts energy levels, often camouflaging the depressant effects of alcohol, leading individuals to feel less intoxicated than they are. This juxtaposition can mislead individuals into consuming more alcohol, potentially resulting in increased intoxication and its associated risks. 

The cocktail might initially instill a sense of euphoria and alertness due to caffeine's effects, but this doesn't negate alcohol's influence on the body. Overconsumption can lead to dehydration, impaired judgment, and intensified hangover symptoms due to the combination of caffeine and alcohol.

The best way to enjoy an espresso martini is to leave out alcohol and infuse the mocktail with small amounts of our THC and CBD mixture. 

It’s important to strain an espresso martini to ensure a flawlessly smooth texture and a visually appealing appearance. This process involves passing the cocktail through a fine-mesh strainer or sieve, which effectively eliminates any ice chips, small coffee grounds, or potential impurities. The goal is to achieve a velvety consistency that enhances the overall drinking experience by preventing an unpleasant gritty texture in the final cocktail. 

If coffee liqueur isn't available, several ingenious substitutes can emulate its distinctive flavor profile in an espresso martini. A homemade coffee syrup involves blending brewed espresso, sugar, and a dash of vanilla extract. This alternative imparts a coffee essence akin to coffee liqueur. 

Another option involves using a concentrated shot of cold brew coffee combined with simple syrup, effectively mimicking the rich, bitter-sweet taste of coffee liqueur without compromising the cocktail's essence. Such substitutions maintain the cocktail's classic coffee flavor while offering an equally satisfying beverage.

Espresso martinis can mislead you by masking the typical effects of alcohol due to caffeine's stimulant properties. This masking effect might create a false sense of reduced intoxication, potentially leading to increased alcohol consumption and a higher level of inebriation. 

While the caffeine content might initially induce alertness, alcohol's effects persist, and excessive consumption may result in severe intoxication. Be cautious and mindful of your alcohol intake, especially when combined with caffeine, to avoid potential overconsumption and its associated risks.

To completely avoid any negative effects of alcohol, try replacing the vodka in your espresso martini with small amounts of cannabis. Microdoses of THC and CBD offer therapeutic benefits and a mellow buzz without pushing you overboard. 

A pinch of salt to an espresso martini is a crafty technique employed by mixologists and enthusiasts to balance and elevate the cocktail's flavor profile. Salt functions as a flavor enhancer, effectively mitigating the bitterness often associated with coffee and highlighting its inherent sweetness. The addition of regular table salt or even coarse sea salt subtly adjusts the taste, reducing the cocktail's sharpness and promoting a more well-rounded and harmonious flavor profile.

While traditional espresso martini recipes call for coffee liqueur, several alternatives can faithfully replicate the cocktail's distinct coffee essence without using coffee liqueur. Crafty mixologists can create a similar coffee flavor by preparing a homemade coffee syrup, typically made from brewed espresso, sugar, and a touch of vanilla extract. 

Another substitute involves a concentrated shot of cold brew coffee combined with simple syrup to mimic the coffee liqueur's flavor without altering the cocktail's integrity. These alternatives maintain the cocktail's signature coffee notes, offering a delightful espresso martini without the inclusion of traditional coffee liqueur.

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