How to make cannabis craft mocktails

Oct 09, 2023The nama Team

Mocktails offer all the bright, complex flavors of cocktails minus the booze. With a dash of our low-THC cannabis drinks, you can add the perfect buzz to your craft mocktail. 

How to make cannabis craft mocktails

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We’ll show you how to craft a vibrant drink with just enough THC to lift your spirits and not drown them. 

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What is a craft mocktail?

A craft mocktail is a non-alcoholic cocktail. It’s crafted with handpicked ingredients, using the same creativity and care that go into the finest cocktails. While cocktails often rely on hard liquors to carry the flavor, mocktails use fresh ingredients like fruits, herbs, spices, teas, and other components that produce complex tastes and aromas.

You end up with a sophisticated drink sans alcohol. Mocktails allow you to enjoy layered, exciting flavors and textures without the dulling effects of spirits.

Here’s why we enjoy a craft mocktail (and why we think you also will):

  • Craft mocktails are an amazing non-alcoholic drink option for social gatherings. 
  • They are a lighter, healthier alternative to traditional cocktails. You can stay sober and in control while avoiding the negative impact of too much booze. 
  • Mocktails are very customizable to suit your personal tastes. You can control the sweetness level, ingredients, and presentation.
  • You can experience robust drink flavors without the hangover or other negative effects of alcohol.
  • Alcohol is terrible for hydration. However, mocktails keep you hydrated and refreshed with their blends of fruits, herbs, juices, teas, and other water-rich ingredients.

If you add a splash of cannabis to your favorite mocktail, you can make a truly irresistible booze-free beverage with a nice little buzz. Don’t worry, with our low-dose liquid Buzz drops you won’t experience any of those psychoactive effects that give cannabis a bad rep. They contain only 2.2 mg of Delta 9 THC and 2.9 mg of cannabidiol (CBD)

That’s the beauty of microdosing cannabis—you get all the therapeutic effects without impairing your cognition, overwhelming your senses, and leaving you stuck on the couch. 

We know you’re intrigued, so let’s give you some pointers on how to make the best craft cocktails with small amounts of THC and CBD. 

How can I make the best craft mocktail with cannabis?

There’s no magic involved and no top-shelf mixology skills in crafting your own cannabis-infused, alcohol-free mocktails at home. With our easy-to-dose Buzz drops, you can add as little as you’d like or a full dropper for a mellow mood boost.

This simple, unflavored cannabis elixir blends into any beverage canvas your creativity conjures up. And if you’re lacking creativity, don’t worry—we have a solution for that, too. Enjoy our ultimate THC drink recipe book and explore a plethora of flavors and ingredients. 

What ingredients should I use?

The options for crafting THC-infused drinks are endless. You can use all kinds of creative ingredients to make cannabis beverages.

  • Fruits
  • Citrus fruits (lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruit)
  • Berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)
  • Melons (watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew)
  • Tropic fruit (pineapple, mango, banana, kiwi, papaya, guava, lychee, starfruit)
  • Apple, pear, peach, plum, apricot
  • Tomato, cucumber
  • Fresh herbs
  • Mint leaves
  • Basil
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Sage
  • Parsley
  • Cilantro
  • dill
  • Spices
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Ginge
  • Cardamom
  • Cloves
  • Allspice
  • Other flavorings
  • Vanilla
  • Cocoa powder
  • Matcha powder
  • Chocolate sauce
  • Caramel sauce
  • Sweeteners (honey, maple syrup, agave nectar)

Don’t feel like you can’t use something that’s not on this list. As we said, the options are endless. You can make your favorite mocktail out of your favorite ingredients.

Do I need fancy equipment?

This is the best part about crafting your cannabis-infused mocktails: you likely already have most, if not all, of the equipment you'll need. Standard kitchen equipment is all you need to unlock the world of weed mixology right at home. 

The basic essentials for THC drink-making include:

  • A saucepan or small pot for heating ingredients
  • Measuring spoons and cups for accurate dosing 
  • A fine mesh strainer for straining herbal ingredients
  • Cheesecloth for filtering pulp (optional)
  • A blender or smoothie maker (optional)

With these basic tools and quality ingredients, you can easily customize THC beverages to suit your taste buds and desired effects.

In case you don’t feel like mixing and blending ingredients but want to buzz up your evening, our gummies are here to rescue your good time. Order our Pink Lemonade edibles, with only 10 milligrams of THC per gummy, and enjoy a pre-measured dose of buzzy bliss.  

Cannabis mocktail recipes

If you’re ready for bright flavors, bold ingredients, and no hangovers, you’ll love these alcohol-free cannabis options. Carefully measured CBD and THC in our Buzz drops will elevate these stunning craft mocktails to the next level.

Read on for delightful THC-kissed mocktail ideas to elevate your next gathering into a new realm of bliss. 

Pink lemonade cannabis mocktail recipe

Pink lemonade mocktail with THC and CBD is our first choice when we feel like chilling on a lazy weekend. And we’re sure it’s going to become your go-to summer sipper once you get your paws on it. 

To make this conversation starter at home, you will need:

  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 ounce cranberry juice
  • 2 ounces lemonade (or watered-down lemon juice)
  • 1 dropper full of Buzz drops
  • Frozen raspberries (optional)
  • Ice 

Combine the ingredients in a tall glass (use a cocktail glass if you’re feeling extra fancy) and stir until everything is incorporated. You can use the blender to make it a bit crunchy. Your taste buds will experience the true rollercoaster ride with the first tip of this sweetness with bursts of sour. 

Cannabis margarita mocktail

Who doesn’t like a classic margarita? We don’t mean to brag, but we think we’ve improved this refreshing drink by eliminating alcohol and infusing it with low-dose cannabis. Our booze-free version combines zesty citrus with sweet agave nectar that will transport any cannabis enthusiast to a sunny beach in Mexico. 

To prepare this mocktail, you’ll need:

  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 ounce orange juice
  • ¼ ounce agave nectar
  • 2 ounces sparkling water
  • 1 dropper full of Buzz drops
  • Salted rim
  • Ice

Rim your glass with lime juice and salt. Combine fresh orange and lime juice in a blender with ice and agave nectar. Add in a few drops of our liquid weed and blend until smooth. Pour into your salt-rimmed glass and garnish with an orange wedge. 

Just like that, you’ve crafted a tangy, mouthwatering classic cocktail without the alcohol or bartending skills. 

Blood orange and cream cannabis cocktail

It’s time to bring out the creaminess. Our THC-infused blood orange and cream cocktail combines refreshing blood oranges and rich coconut milk. Make it within minutes with:

  • 1 blood orange
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • 2 ounces coconut milk
  • Soda water
  • Ice
  • Buzz drops

This baby is 100% vegan and gluten-free, but the best part—other than the flavor profile and a mellow buzz—is that it contains only 125 calories per glass. 

Our THC-infused drink recipes never fail to amaze. Explore them all and learn how to elevate any non-alcoholic drink with our low-THC liquid drops. Once you try these alcohol-free cannabis infusions, you will never want to go back to the foggy aftermath and health impacts of heavy drinking again.

Why should I replace alcohol?

Alcohol sucks. It’s bad for your body and bad for your mind. Here’s why you should ditch alcohol for a delicious craft mocktail:

  • Dependence. When you drink regularly, your brain becomes dependent on alcohol to feel okay. According to research, frequent drinking rewires your body's ability to handle stress. Soon, relief comes only from the bottle, and without it, your anxiety surges while relaxation feels out of reach. 
  • Reduced GABA. At first, alcohol does seem like liquid relaxation for the mind. It boosts the calming GABA neurotransmitter, lulling the brain into relaxation. But to counteract the overload of chill-out chemicals, the brain decreases its GABA receptors. It tries to restore balance by reducing the breaks and pumping up excitability. As you continue to drink, your brain is thrown into disarray chasing the highs and lows. Reduced GABA inhibition leads to excitability and tremors, ultimately decreasing coordination and impairing motor functions. 
  • Dehydration. Researchers claim that “ethanol ingestion affects the hypothalamo-neurohypophysial system resulting in increased diuresis, dehydration, and hyperosmolality.” To put it simply, alcohol (ethanol) hijacks control centers in the brain that keep your fluid levels on track. This makes you pee way more, resulting in dehydration and elevated blood salt levels.
  • Hangovers. Headaches, nausea, dizziness, fatigue—sound familiar? That’s because hangovers are your body's way of telling you there are too many toxins in it. Why would you pump your body full of toxins? 
  • Organ damage. The liver is especially vulnerable to it and suffers in so many ways. Heavy drinking can cause fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis, fibrosis, and cirrhosis. But alcohol's toxicity harms more than just the liver. Kidney disease, nerve damage, skin problems, and cardiomyopathy often result from alcohol abuse. When it comes to your vital organs, heavy alcohol consumption is all downside, no benefit.

If you’re over the negative effects of alcohol, replace it with much safer, less damaging, and endlessly fun options. Experience social pleasures without the next-day headaches, dehydration, and other downsides of drinking. 

Throw in our Buzz drops with low THC content in the mix and you get yourself an energizing good time with no regrets.

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What are the benefits of low-dose THC drinks?

For those looking to unwind without the harm of alcohol. THC-infused mocktails give you the perfect light buzz and a boost to your body and mind. Nothing can beat the light euphoric effects of low-THC and major health advantages, not booze and definitely not smoking or vaping.

Some of the benefits of drinking cannabis are:

  1. Despite the rising popularity of cannabis edibles, the most popular method of consumption is still smoking or vaping. We’ve discovered a method that doesn’t expose your lungs to tar or toxic combustion byproducts associated with smoking weed. All these nasty factors can increase the risk of lung irritation and impair function over time. Think about that the next time you light up.
  2. With smoking and vaping you never know exactly how much THC you're getting. Cannabis-infused beverages provide precise, consistent dosing so you can control the intensity of effects. That’s why our low-dose cannabis drinks make you feel pleasantly buzzed without being uncomfortably high.
  3. The effects of weed drinks last longer when compared to smoking or vaping. The cannabinoids in our cannabis drinks are released steadily over several hours as the ingredients of the cannabis mocktail are digested. After hitting peak effects within the first hour or so, you'll still feel a nice, smooth high for the next two to six hours.
  4. Because they are absorbed directly through your stomach lining, THC beverages provide ultra-fast effects. The effects of cannabis-infused drinks will start hitting within 10 to 20 minutes. Now, that’s a fast relief.
  5. Cannabis drinks allow your liver and other organs a reprieve from processing alcohol, which can damage cells and cause conditions like cirrhosis, fibrosis, and even liver cancer. With small amounts of cannabis taken regularly, you avoid any risks of developing any medical issues (including cancer). Have you heard of the impressive anti-cancer properties of cannabis?
  6. While alcohol is dehydrating and toxic, cannabis-infused mocktails incorporate hydrating ingredients like fruit juices and coconut water. With their water-rich fruits and thirst-quenching components, craft mocktails keep you hydrated and invigorated.
  7. Hangover symptoms like headaches, nausea, and fatigue are non-existent with our non-alcoholic cannabis-infused cocktails. 

We care about your health, so we avoid any heavy metals, toxins, or other harmful ingredients in our cannabis products. That’s exactly why we love our THC gummies and Buzz drops: they contain only pure, natural extracts and organic ingredients to provide the cleanest, safest way to experience the benefits of microdosing cannabis.

Your wellness matters, and so does an unadulterated sweet buzz. With our cannabis-infused mocktails, you can unwind, not succumb, to what's in your cup.

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With an ongoing supply of Buzz Drops, it may be a good time to spice up your regular craft mocktail with a boost of cannabis creativity. Sign up and never worry about running low or remembering to reorder again. 

Here’s everything you need to know about the benefits of a THC drinks subscription

Craft mocktails FAQ

Mocktails can capture the complex flavors of cocktails without any alcohol through creative combinations of juices, herbs, bitters, shrubs, tea infusions, and other ingredients. Tart citrus, spicy ginger, botanical tonics, and bitter agents can mimic alcoholic notes while fruits add sweetness and depth. 

Layering flavors is key: a piña colada essence comes from pineapple, coconut, and citrus. Aged syrups and oak barrel aging infuse woody, smoky notes. Even using cocktail glasses and garnishes makes the experience feel authentic without actual liquor. 

With the right balanced blend of flavors, you can craft a stunning mocktail that provides the full experience of a craft cocktail, minus the alcohol and hangover.

The base of a mocktail provides the background flavor and main liquid component. Common mocktail bases include: 

  • Fruit juices
  • Teas
  • Sparkling waters
  • Coconut waters
  • Ginger beers
  • Lemonades
  • Other non-alcoholic beverages

Citrus juices like orange, grapefruit, lemon, and lime are very popular. You can make homemade fruit purees and shrubs for one-of-a-kind bases. 

The mocktail base sets the stage for layering other flavors like herbs, syrups, and garnishes. Just like a canvas awaits the artist's creative expression, the base provides a foundation for the drink's overall flavor palette and texture.

By definition, a true mocktail should contain zero alcohol. However, some restaurants and bars may mistakenly describe low-alcohol drinks like shandies or spritzers as “mocktails.” For guaranteed alcohol-free sipping, check ingredient lists and ask specifically for no alcohol. Most reputable mocktail recipes will clearly state “non-alcoholic” and avoid any spirits. Still, it never hurts to clarify when ordering. 

As mocktails grow trendier, more bars are taking care to differentiate true mocktails from drinks with trace amounts of alcohol. But ultimately the responsibility is on the consumer to ensure their beverage is completely alcohol-free if desired.

Kids can drink mocktails. Mocktails provide a fun, safe way for kids to explore flavor combinations and satiate their curiosity about the grown-up world of cocktails. Blending fruit, herbs, juices, and fizzy mixers allows kids to taste complexity without booze. Garnishes and drinkware can reinforce the playful illusion. The ritual of mixing, shaking, pouring into fancy glasses, and decorating with umbrellas brings excitement. 

Kids also learn about botany, food science, and measuring while safely developing their palate. Of course, supervision is still required. But mocktails are a great way to share quality time while letting children mimic sophisticated sipping. Just be sure to keep all ingredients and tools out of reach when you’re not using them.

That burning sensation when drinking alcohol comes from ethanol, which is absent in mocktails. However, you can mimic mild warming in a couple of ways. Spicy ingredients like jalapeños, peppers, chili oil, horseradish, ginger, and hot sauce provide tingling heat when muddled, rimmed, or dropped into a mocktail. Cayenne-infused syrups and bitters also create a peppery kick. Oils from black peppercorns, Szechuan buttons, and Sichuan pepper also generate light numbing and warming. 

There are alcoholic and nonalcoholic craft drinks. While craft cocktails at bars showcase mixology skills with spirits, craft mocktails are equally skillful and artful without alcohol. Homemade shrubs, infusions, specialized bitters, foams, and complex garnishes all demonstrate craft. Mixing canned juices or slopping soda in a glass does not. 

Craft means deliberately combining flavors and presentation—not carelessly throwing something together. Craft drinks can be either alcoholic libations or impressive alcohol-free concoctions. Don't assume craft always means booze.

Unwind in a healthier way with soothing low-proof relaxing drinks that do not contain alcohol. 

  • Warm teas like chamomile, lavender, and passionflower provide natural calming effects. 
  • Tart cherry or tart pomegranate juice boosts melatonin for better sleep. 
  • Sparkling water with lemon balm, ginger, or CBD oil is refreshing. 
  • Warm milk with honey and a dash of cinnamon promotes muscle relaxation. 
  • Smoothies with anti-anxiety spices like turmeric, nutmeg, and cloves can reduce stress. 
  • Cannabis-infused mocktails offer light euphoria without heavy drinking. 

De-stress without the hangovers and organ damage of alcohol. There are so many alternatives to safely relax your mind and body that don't require intoxicating spirits.

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