BY CHRISTINA WONG of Baking With Chickens
Ready to keep the endless summer vibes flowing? Luckily for you, we've got this recipe for cannabis-infused ice pops—and they're a thousand times better in a cocktail and mocktail than the plain ol' boring ice cubes of yesteryear. Imagine this: float fruity, frozen, THC-infused popsicles in a glass with your favorite sparkling cannabis drink and you’ve got a fancy poolside party cocktail that doubles as a dose booster. Even better? The infused popsicle slowly melts to complement the flavor and your high.
There are so many more cannabis drinks now than ever before thanks to nano-emulsification technology, which makes cannabis particles water-soluble and easier to mix evenly in a beverage. This form of THC is also faster-acting, so you feel the effects much more quickly than the 90+ minutes it takes for your liver to metabolize it in a regular edible. Cannabis and CBD-infused beverages are one of the fastest-growing sectors of the cannabis marketplace right now, with brands like Cann at the forefront of the movement, offering inventive flavors like Blood Orange Cardamom and Cranberry Sage.
Cannabis beverages are convenient, easy to drink, and feature an array of flavors that range from a hint of fruity sparkling beverages from Cann, Recess, and Gem + Jane to THC-infused beer and wines like Lagunitas HiFi Hops, Herbacée, and House of Saka. Brands like Purejuana and Shoogies offer dissolvable powders and sugars that are making a splash in canna-cocktails, too. Average dosing in cannabis drinks range from 2mg THC to 100mg THC and CBD. 5mg or less is the recommended starting dose if you’re new to edibles and drinkables.
All that to say, we love cannabis beverages, but give us a cannabis drink with an extra dose of a THC-infused popsicle inside and we'll be backyard barbecuing endless summer-style into the freezing cold of winter. That's why we've got four refreshing popsicle recipes below just in time for your next Cali sober party, with drink pairings from a smooth coconut and lime pop (perfect with Cann's Ginger Lemongrass flavor) to a cooling strawberry-pineapple mint refresher. Let’s get blitzed!
Mix ingredients together, slice garnishes, and carefully pour the mixture into the ice pop molds with wood popsicle sticks. Freeze overnight and unmold.
Coconut + Lime Ice Pop
One (1) 14-oz can coconut milk
¼ cup lime juice
zest from one lime
3 tablespoons of honey or sugar
Pineapple + Strawberry + Mint Ice Pop
1 ½ cups coconut water
½ cup chunky pureed pineapple
3 tablespoons honey or sugar
2 strawberries, sliced thin (garnish)
small mint leaves (garnish)
Peach + Kiwi Ice Pop
1 cup pureed peaches
1 cup coconut water
2 tablespoons of honey or sugar
1 kiwi, sliced thin (garnish)
Butterfly Pea Flower + Blueberries + Strawberry
2 cups cooled butterfly pea flower tea
½ cup of smashed blueberries and strawberries
4 tablespoons honey or sugar
Squeeze of lemon (optional - the tea will turn purple instead of blue)
Christina spent over a decade in the food & restaurant industry working with well-known chefs and restaurants in Los Angeles. A creator, baker, and creative consultant, her work won a Clio Cannabis Award in 2020. She bakes infused culinary cannabis creations at Baking With Chickens, and hosts a culinary cannabis cooking show "BAKED With Chickens" on YouTube.