Updated: May 21, 2021
As cannabis becomes legal in some states, more and more chefs and mixologists are turning to using it in their cuisine and cocktails. And, as you may know, some major alcohol companies are now investing in cannabis companies and ventures.
While the jury is still out in regards to mixing cocktails with THC and the safety of that, we’ve been developing Low ABV cocktails and mocktails that complement cannabis. We call them “hi-lo” and "hi-no" cocktails.
One takes a puff of a their cannabis (the “hi”) and follows it with a matched “low” ABV cocktail or "No" ABV mocktail that complements the aromatics.
How is this done? First, one needs to understand and know what terpenes are and how to use them. Terpenes are the essential oils found in cannabis and contain the aromatics associated with the wide variety of "fragrances" within cannabis. Not only do terpenes carry a wide variety of aromatics, but they are also associated with "moods".
Below is an example of some common cannabis terpenes along with associated moods. This is just the tip of the iceberg.
The terpenes (no THC) can be used in a fairly wide array of cuisines and drink styles. They are not cheap, so we recommend using them sparingly in atomizers and in foams to get the most out of them.
Rattle & Rum, our cocktail catering arm, worked with Copper State Farms (one of the largest makers of cannabis products in the US) in developing some Hi-Lo and Hi-No cocktails for the release of their new Jack Rabbit series of products. It was a big success and one we feel will continue to gain popularity.