MIXOLOGY: Cannabis Infused Absinthe

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Absinthe, the notorious and widely controversial spirit, has been my favorite drink since I first tried it at the age of 19 in Canada.

Henri Privat-Livemont, 1896

Henri Privat-Livemont, 1896

But it wasn’t until last year that I was possessed with the thought of Absinthe infused with cannabis. I mulled over which strain to select for both optimal strain specific flavors and mind altering effects. And then finally it hit me: LSD.

Not to be confused with the psychedelic drug of the ergoline family but certainly this strain’s namesake, it has an extremely high concentration of THC, which makes the effects extremely cerebral and psychoactive. The LSD strain’s psychedelic effect is both euphoric and vivid on the mind. While it produces good pain relief forthe body, users will find themselves lost in colors, music, food, people, or anything they find AbsintheRecipestimulating. It offers a deep earthy and woodsy flavor with hints of musk and sweetness. In my opinion, this is one of the best strains to pair with Absinthe for not just the medicinal qualities, but also the flavors. The flavor profiles of the LSD strain deepen and amplify the taste of the wormwood, fennel, and anise. With each sip, you will be lulled into the Green Fairy’s realm and find the following effects: creativity, euphoria, pain relief, perspective, relief from nausea, relief from headaches, release of tension in the neck, lucidity, and deep introspection.

One word of caution with people who are sensitive to cerebral highs: do not drink too much. This strains effects paired with Absinthe may produce anxiety or a false sense of being overwhelmed in whatever situation you find yourself.

Mise en place:

  • 7 grams of LSD strain of cannabis (buds, not trim or shake and definitely not the actual psychedelic!)
  • 1 bottle of Swiss or French Absinthe
  • 1 large dark tinted glass jar


Grind cannabis buds (a coffee grinder works perfectly). Add the ground cannabis to a large dark tinted glass jar. If you want a heavier dose of cannabis, add 14 grams instead of 7, while taking care to finely grind it. Now pour the Absinthe of your choice over the ground cannabis. Gently stir the mixture making sure all the cannabis is fully saturated. Seal the jar and place into a cool dark cupboard. Let this mixture macerate (soak) for 30 days while gently shaking it every few days. Then remove and strain. Pour into a bottle of your choice and enjoy!