It’s the holidays and everyone wants you to drink alcohol. Maybe you like drinking alcohol, and this is your opportunity to embrace it. Or maybe you don’t, which means you’re likely looking for ways to graciously avoid it. Wherever you fall on that spectrum, you probably drink more than usual around this time of year. So, how can you lay off the liquor and still guarantee a good time for all? We suggest using High Tea: Gracious Cannabis Tea Time Recipes for Every Occasion as a guide to an alcohol-free holiday gathering that’s still festive, celebratory, and a tiny bit intoxicating.
Beautiful, Plant-Based Beverages
Sandra Hinchliffe, also author of The Cannabis Spa at Home, draws from her background as both an herbalist and a medical cannabis patient. Her recipes combine delicate flavors and beneficial plants to bring yummy, healthy libations to your cup. High Tea, from Skyhorse Publishing, is a thoughtful and thorough how-to for the kitchen scientist or tea appreciator dabbling in cannabis. It includes instructions for infusing cannabis into oils, suggestions for pairing terpenes and teas, and tips for appreciating the subtleties of these beautiful beverages.
With a focus on terpenes and entourage teas, Hinchliffe expertly explains plant combinations that provide maximum benefit and are full of complementary flavors. Don’t miss the Vanilla Milk Oolong Cannabis Tea with Lavender Spike, a delightful harmony of distinct tastes and fuzzy feelings. In addition to traditional teas, she also includes recipes for tisanes (herbal infusions) and broths.
Cannabis Teas for Celebrations
Our favorite section includes dessert teas and sweet drinks for celebratory occasions. These hot, delicious drinks conjure up the best about the season – warmth, laughter, and love – and are made for sharing. It’s hard not to get into the spirit of things when you’re sipping a California Cherry Blossom Crème Canna-Chai or a Laughing Buddha Mulled Canna-Cider. We also love the Saffron Rose Bhang and the Black Forest CBD Healer Chocolate.
While the book focuses on beverages, Hinchliffe adds a section at the end for what she calls “sensitivity cuisine.” It’s full of great recipes free of major allergens and helpful information about how to navigate dietary restrictions. These are great go-tos during the holidays and beyond, whenever you’re serving folks with ingredient limitations or when you just want to avoid allergens. Particularly fascinating is the part on GABA (gamma-Aminobutyric acid) pastry, which enhances cannabis’s effects through its action as a neurotransmitter. Super cool.
This book will come in equally handy after the New Year, for your post-holiday recovery routine. In the second chapter of her book Hinchliffe explores herbal tisanes and entourage combinations for wellness. A lover of wildcrafting, she introduces several plants, including the pokeberry and the Himalayan blackberry, that support the body’s immune system and other essential functions. Be sure to try the Many Flowers Cannabis Enlightenment Tisane, a wonderful accompaniment to meditation or yoga.
We love a good cannabis-infused mocktail as much as the next person. But warm, flavorful cannabis teas are a great option alongside those fizzy, syrupy concoctions. With its gorgeous photos, useful charts, and clear instructions, High Tea gives you everything you need to create and enjoy the perfect cup. And, best of all, it can serve as a manual for happy and healthful holiday entertaining.