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NORCAL: Cozy Cocktail

By Jamie Evans
Photography by Colleen Eversman, 2nd Truth Photography
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Hot Toddy Cocktail

Warm up on chilly days with this cannabis-infused sipper.

When it’s cold outside, nothing warms you up quite like a hot toddy. If you’re new to warm cocktails, this drink is a perfect introduction, especially after a long day on Tahoe’s ski slopes or if you’re battling a cold.
In this recipe, I’ve added CBD to a traditional toddy and incorporated toasted spices, spiced rum, full-spectrum infused honey, fresh lemon juice, hot water, and an array of spiced garnishes.
Get toasted with this heartwarming cannabis cocktail on a chilly winter’s day.

Toasty Toddy

Recipe from Cannabis Drinks: Secrets to Crafting CBD and THC Beverages
at Home
/ Servings: 1


½ teaspoon whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick
4 semi-cracked cardamom pods
1 cup hot water
1½ ounces spiced rum (or whiskey if you prefer)
1 tablespoon full-spectrum infused honey (recipe in Cannabis Drinks)
Dash of Angostura bitters
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
Winter spices and a lemon round, for garnish


In a small sauté pan, toast the cloves, cinnamon stick, and cardamom pods over medium heat. 

Continue to shake the pan, or use a spatula to move the spices around to keep them from burning. 

Remove from the heat once the spices become fragrant and set aside.

Add the water to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the toasted spices, then reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes to take on the spiced flavors. Remove from the heat. 

Use a fine-mesh strainer to separate the solids from the liquid and empty the spiced water into a warmed cocktail glass. 

Add the spiced rum, infused honey, bitters, and lemon juice to taste, then give the mixture a couple of stirs using a bar spoon until the honey fully dissolves. 

Garnish with winter spices and lemon round.

Honey Notes 

Shoot for a target dose of 15mg CBD / 2mg THC per drink (using full-spectrum infused honey from the Cannabis Drinks book) or your preferred dose (using commercially made CBD or the THC alcohol tincture of your choice). 

If you don’t have supplies to infuse the honey at home, simply substitute regular honey and add your favorite unflavored alcohol tincture (not oil!) at your preferred dose into the warmed glass before mixing, then follow the directions as noted.