2 cups ordinary white sugar
Grind your cannabis, spread it onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper and cover with aluminum foil. Bake at 250F for 30 minutes. Let sit for 15 minutes before you store it in a sealed container in a dark, dry place. You’ll get 24 oz. or 3 cups from this recipe, enough to make 24–48 doses of syrup, depending on your preferences.
In a saucepan, combine the water and sugar and stir gently over medium heat.
Add cannabis, cover with a lid, lower heat to low and simmer for 25 minutes.
Stir in the glycerin, which acts as an emulsifier. Cool for 10 minutes.
Pour mixture into a storage container. Refrigerate and use within a few weeks.
3 mint sprigs
This cocktail contains one-third as much syrup as the next two drinks, so it’s great for beginners, or for a mellow time, or for a lightweight like me.
Place two mint sprigs, cannabis syrup, sugar and a splash of cool water in the bottom of a tall, skinny glass. Press with the back of a long spoon.
Fill glass to the brim with ice and stir for 30 seconds. Squeeze the juice from the lime into the glass and stir again.
Fill glass with club soda. Garnish with the third sprig of mint.
1 oz. or 2 tbsp cannabis syrup
Warm yourself down to the cockles of your heart on a winter’s night with this soothing hot drink. We’re blending three types of leaf here: regular black tea forms the backbone of the toddy, South American yerba mate adds an earthy low note and cannabis provides the, er, high.
Brew a strong cup of black tea and some yerba mate.
In a separate mug, combine syrup and lemon juice, stir and then add the hot tea, and finally the garnish.
Go sit by a fire and imbibe.
1 ½ oz Seedlip Grove 42
For this recipe, I adapted the golden afternoon, a non-alcoholic cocktail by Makina Labrecque, bar manager of Calgary’s Proof. The golden 4:20 is intended to evoke that romantic moment in a cocktail bar when the setting sun comes in sideways through the windows, illuminating the bottles and announcing the arrival of evening. It requires two different offerings from Seedlip, an England-based maker of non-alcoholic distilled spirits. (Check your local gourmet food shop).