Cannabis Cocktail Recipes: John Bartram’s Garden Punch

Named after the self-taught, eighteenth-century American botanist, this herbed garden punch is made with gin, fresh grapefruit juice, and a bouquet of fragrant herbs

John Bartrams Garden Punch

Warren Bobrow, @WarrenBobrow1, the Cocktail Whisperer, shares to us his cannabis cocktail recipe named John Bartram’s Garden Punch. This cannabis recipe is found in his book, Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails & Tonics.

You may have tried a garden-variety garden punch before, but I guarantee you’ve never had anything like this unorthodox take on the classic mid afternoon refresher.

This cannabis cocktail recipe is spiked with a cannabis-infused simple syrup that’s best made with a Sativa strain such as Exodus.

With its scents of fraise de bois (that is, tiny, intensely-flavored strawberries) and crushed stones, Exodus works beautifully with the botanicals in gin—and those gravelly, crushed-stone aromatics act as the bedrock that underlies and connects the punch’s flavors.

Choose a very, very dry sparkling rosé here; you’ll want to add color and flavor, not extra sugar.

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 CUP (WEIGHT WILL VARY) ASSORTED FRESHLY SNIPPED HERBS, SUCH AS THYME, ROSEMARY, SAGE, AND FENNEL FRONDS
  • 1 CUP (235 ML) MEDICATED RICH SIMPLE SYRUP (Instructions below)
  • 2 QUARTS (1.9 L) FRESHLY SQUEEZED PINK GRAPEFRUIT JUICE
  • 1 BOTTLE (750 ML) OF GIN
  • 2 BOTTLES (1500 ML TOTAL) OF DRY SPARKLING ROSE WINE
  • 20 SHAKES OF AROMATIC BITTERS
  • 1 GLACE LUXURY ICE MARIKO SPHERE

 

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Instructions

Mix the herbs in a fine-mesh hemp or nylon bag, and tie closed with kitchen string.

Add the Medicated Rich Simple Syrup, grapefruit juice, and gin to a large punch bowl, and stir gently to combine.

Submerge the bag of herbs in the mixture, cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and store in the refrigerator overnight.

Before serving, remove the bag from the punch and discard the contents.

Add the sparkling wine and the aromatic bitters, and stir gently again to combine.

Serve immediately.

SERVES 10 OR MORE

 

Recipe for Medicated Rich Simple Syrup  

 

Simple syrup is an essential weapon in any bartender’s arsenal, and if you’re making cannabis cocktails, you’ll want to have a batch of this at the ready.

Feel free to make it with either Demerara sugar or raw honey—and you can also doctor it up with just about any kind of fresh herb or flavoring.

(The glycerine helps speed up the absorption of THC into your digestive system.)

Use it in just about any recipe that calls for simple syrup.

 

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INGREDIENTS

If using Demerara sugar:

  • 1 CUP FILTERED SPRING WATER
  • 1 CUP DEMERARA SUGAR
  • 4 GRAMS FINELY GROUND DECARBED CANNABIS
  • 1 TABLESPOON VEGETARIAN (NON-GMO) LIQUID LECITHIN

 

If using raw honey:

  • 2 CUPS FILTERED SPRING WATER
  • 1 CUP RAW HONEY
  • 4 GRAMS FINELY GROUND DECARBED CANNABIS
  • 1 TABLESPOON VEGETARIAN (NON-GMO) LIQUID LECITHIN

 

Instructions

Pour the water into a saucepan and bring to a rolling boil.

Reduce the temperature to about 190 degrees F.

Add the sugar or raw honey and stir it until it is completely dissolved into the water.

(If you’re using raw honey and you find that the syrup looks too clear, add a little more honey.)

Add the cannabis, then cover the saucepan.

Reduce the heat again to about 160oF and simmer for at least 30 minutes to infuse the simple syrup with the cannabis.

Reduce the temperature a third time, to medium-low, and add the lecithin.

Cook for another 10 minutes, stirring constantly to prevent cooking and burning.

Remove from the heat, and strain through a cheesecloth-lined strainer into a stainless steel bowl that’s resting in a larger, ice-filled container.

This will help it cool quickly.

Makes about 1 cup.

 

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To make a Medicated Rich Ginger Simple Syrup, make the Medicated Rich Simple Syrup with raw honey instead of sugar, and add a 1-inch piece of ginger root, peeled and thickly sliced, along with the cannabis.

Continue with the recipe as directed.

 

If you are a whiskey lover, check out another cannabis cocktail recipe of Warren here: Your Mind and Your Inner Dreams

Warren BobrowWarren Bobrow is the 5x Author of Apothecary Cocktails: Restorative Drinks from Yesterday and Today, Whiskey Cocktails: Rediscovered Classics and Contemporary Craft Drinks, Bitters and Shrub Syrup Cocktails: Restorative Vintage Cocktails, Mocktails & Elixirs, Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails & Tonics: The Art of Spirited Drinks & Buzz-Worthy Libations and his celebrated, 2017 release, The Craft Cocktail Compendium.


 

Thank you so much for Warren for sharing! We love your cannabis cocktail recipes! To know more about Warren, head on over to his website, CocktailWhisperer.com.

To get a copy of all his awesome cannabis cocktail books, check out the links below:

Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails & Tonics: The Art of Spirited Drinks & Buzz-Worthy Libations

The Craft Cocktail Compendium

Apothecary Cocktails: Restorative Drinks from Yesterday and Today 

Bitters and Shrub Syrup Cocktails: Restorative Vintage Cocktails, Mocktails & Elixirs

Whiskey Cocktails: Rediscovered Classics and Contemporary Craft Drinks