This week’s episode takes you, dear listener on a quest for a simple syrup that will become the base for the delicious recipes found in Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails & Tonics by Warren Bobrow. But the first time Marge made this simple syrup, things did not go as planned. Listen to find out what happened and how you can avoid the same fate!
Here are the links to all the good stuff mentioned in this episode (Amazon links are affiliate!):
- Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails & Tonics on Amazon
- Warren Bobrow on Instagram @warrenbobrow
- Cocktail Whisperer website
- Klaus Apothecaire – Warren’s cannabis infused beverage line – Facebook
- Medicated Rich Simple Syrup recipe
- Now Foods Liquid Sunflower Lecithin on Amazon
- Demerara sugar on Amazon
- Cheesecloth on Amazon
- Learn more about sunflower lecithin
- Infused Honey & Syrups recipe
- When Things Go Wrong episode
If you want to grab the ingredients next weeks infused punch, you’ll need fresh herbs, pink grapefruit juice, gin, dry rose and some aromatic bitters.
With a listener Q&A coming up, submit your questions or queries via email firstname.lastname@example.org or use the voice message feature on the right hand side of this screen!
Until next week friends, stay high!
Marge Madden 0:05
In this episode, we're making a medicated rich simple syrup. And you can make it one of two ways with sugar or with raw honey. Welcome to bite me the show about edibles where I help you take control of your highlife, I'm your host March. And thank you for listening. I hope you're doing well today, where I am in the world, the weather's cooled off significantly, at least for today. I'm not sure how it's going to be for the rest of the week. I haven't really been looking because half the time. The free weather app that came with my phone that has no ads is also terribly inaccurate, sometimes inaccurate, rather, my apologies. So anyway, I'm still really into making a lot of drinks and we're looking at this medicated rich simple syrup. From a book that I own that I highly recommend. We're going to talk about that for a minute to the book is called cannabis cocktails mocktails and tonics the art of spirited drink And buzzworthy libations, a collection of 75 recipes. And this book was written by warm Bob row. And you may be aware of him he has written other books on creating cocktails that also looks fabulous but I I'm only familiar with this book I do know that he's written these other ones they look fantastic. But I picked up this little one a little while ago because of course it was cannabis cocktails and that's what I'm into. And I've had that book for a while I'm not gonna lie I haven't used it a ton yet, although I have made some things from it before but I've been really into it lately. And I think it's just along the lines of it being the time of year and and yeah, at this time of year are really like a cooling drink to cool the brow on a hot summer day. And sometimes it's nice to have something alcoholic, but he does include plenty of recipes as well that don't contain alcohol either. So if you're issuing the alcohol for a little while, as I keep telling myself I will do and have yet to do. Or if you just don't drink period while there's lots of recipes in here for you as well. And the book, it's a smaller book hardcover, and it has sort of the apothecary vibe to the cover and really nice illustrations, great directions and instructions, of course on how to make all the infusions that you might need for the recipes in this book. Also for decarbing, your cannabis so you can get started and have a little bit of the history of cannabis cocktails and that kind of thing. It's a wonderful little book. And I am fortunate that Warren gave me permission to share a recipe with you and we're going to be doing some recipes from this book over the next couple of weeks and I'm super excited about it because the ones that I've made and tried you guys are not going to disappoint. And you should definitely give Lauren a follow on Instagram. I will double check and put it in there. show notes but I believe that he is at war and Bobrow on Instagram, but I will double check that. And you can see in the show notes, I'll be sure to put in the correct one if I'm speaking incorrectly at the moment. But this is a great little book to have. And I mean, like I said, I've tried some recipes before. I remember trying some over the winter too, because I had like I said, I've had this book for a little while and tried some over the winter because he has sections on beverages, which we're going to be looking at more in the next couple weeks beverages for hot weather, but he has a collection of fabulous recipes for warming up the soul when it's really cold out as it gets to be where I am in Canada often. So that's a great little section as well. He has non alcoholic ones like I was talking about. I mean, he's got this delightful Vietnamese coffee recipe that uses an infused condensed milk, which is something I've yet to try and I'm excited to try. He actually suggested to me That condensed milk was fabulous and a hot chocolate. And I think I'm definitely gonna be trying not probably not too soon just because it's still pretty hot here but condensed milk hot chocolate sounds amazing because the milk is just a little richer and a little sweeter when prepare really well with the chocolates and everything else. So that's one that he's got. He's got an I've got so many pages right now marked off because there's so many recipes that I want to try making. He's got one called the peeler, which is his take on the traditional Moscow Mule that looks fantastic. He's got what else I'm looking through the book right now as we speak, oh, cocktail whispers pain killing system number 2016. That sounds like fun. And I mean any kind of pain killing system I'm into quite frankly. We've got the punch that we're going to be looking at Soon I'll get more into that later.
What else? We've got a Vietnamese lemonade. That also looks amazing. I'm going to be trying that one soon. There is a cucumber Melon and mint cooler. Which of course being this time of year, there's plenty of lovely cucumbers and melons and mints, fresh mint available at markets and grocery stores. He's even got a non alcoholic common meal tea tonic, which sounds just delightful. So I mean, that's just a smattering of the different recipes in this little hardcover book. So if you want to pick it up, I'd highly suggest you do you can always pick it up through my Amazon link. If you want. It's an affiliate link. Yes, it's at no charge to you. You can do that. Pick it up from your favorite bookseller, or just just pick it up. It's a great book wherever you get it. I don't think you'll be disappointed. And if you like the idea of cannabis infused beverages, this book is for you. So what we're going to do today is we're starting with medicated rich, simple syrup. And the reason I'm doing this is because these simple syrups are the basis for a large number of recipes in this box. So once you have these two on hand, you can make, well, not everything, but you can make quite a few different recipes. And another thing I do like about this book is yes, some of the recipes are definitely more involved. And I do tend to lean towards the simpler things. But sometimes you want a little, something that's more exciting, besides the usual, just throw together some cookies or something like that. You want something where you have to go out and get a specialty ingredient or, or something like that. Not always, but you got to switch it up sometimes Am I right? And these two simple syrups are going to lend themselves well. In fact, if you're making rich simple syrup with honey, I mean that can lend itself well to some of the other recipes we've talked about in recent episodes. So keep that in mind that this isn't necessarily just infusions that you have to use from this book. You could use them And other infusions or recipes you're working with as well. So you can always go back and listen to some past episodes or check out the show notes and use them there too. So there's sort of a bit of a funny story here. I made the rich simple syrup, at least a week ago, or I don't know, whenever this recording is coming out, the days are starting to blend together sometimes, but I made it and it's not a very difficult recipe to make. I mean, if you've confused anything, which you probably have, because you've been listening to this podcast for a while or so I hope and if not, yay, welcome. But they're simple syrups aren't that difficult to make, they're at their core, basically, water and some other ingredient and you mix it together and you sort of reduce it down. So you have a nice syrupy, like consistency when you're finished. And he gives very clear instructions on how to do this. And actually, I'll read to you what it says in the book as a little preamble to this right recipe. Simple syrup is an essential weapon in any bartenders 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 demo era sugar or raw honey. And you can also doctor up with about just about any kind of fresh herb or flavoring and then it hasn't brackets the glycerin helps speed up the absorption of THC into your digestive system. Use it in just about any recipe that calls for simple syrup. I made this first one, the demaree or sugar version. Now I didn't have Demarest sugar on hand. But I have looked up some substitutes, like brown sugar or turbinado sugar are great substitutes for a demo Herrera. I just so happened I had turbinado sugar in my cupboard from some other cooking experiment I was doing from some time ago. So that was quite convenient. They do say you can use white sugar as well but once you're getting into like plain white sugar, you are moving away from the sort of desired consistency. See that you would have with a demo rare sugar because it's sort of of course a core sugar turbinado was also a very coarse sugar. So if you can stick to one of those two, but in a pinch, something else will work. The light brown sugar, white sugar, sugar will work as well and who knows if you have that on hand and you don't expect to be making it to the store anytime soon or you don't want to spend the money I get it. So work with what you've got. I'm always a big proponent of doing that waste not want not all that kind of thing. So I made it a while ago. I call the four grams of finely ground decarbed cannabis, I actually happen to have decarbed Keef in my cupboard. So I used that but you just want to grind up your your cannabis you're gonna be using this pretty fines and you're going to be straining it out afterwards anyway. But somehow I missed a step or maybe I just boil it but too high of a temperature because he does give temperatures in the in the recipe, too.
Keep it around and I think I just kept it too hot and I was trying to make this sugar before I had to run out the door to go to work or something like that. And so I left it on the counter in a dish thinking it'll be ready for when I want to go make this this punch that I was going to be making from the book. And of course I come back later and I was pretty shocked to find that it had hardened like solid as a rock. It was like one giant candy in this dish. And of course now it's like well, how am I I put it in like a glass dish. How am I going to get this out of here. It was not a problem I expected to find when I came back. And when I went to make this punch that we're going to be talking about next week's episode just as a fun little aside or, or when I went to make this, this punch they're going to be talking about next week's episode. I couldn't use the sugar obviously because it was no longer rich simple syrup but one giant hard candy. I'm going to be including the recipe for this medicate of rich simple syrup. Be sure not to boil it at too high of a temperature and when it says to strain it into another like vesicle of some kind in a bowl of ice to cool it quickly, I suggest you do that. I don't know if that was a step I missed. I know I definitely didn't put it in a bowl of ice when I pour it when I was straining it out. But I didn't. And it turned out really hard. So I think it was a couple things I boiled it a little bit too high of a temperature and then I didn't cool it down rapidly enough and you end up with a hard candy instead of a nice simple syrup. So that would be the one thing I would suggest pay attention to those things in the recipe. But for the simple syrup, and for the honey basically you're just looking for a filtered water, your sugar or your honey. Each of them call for four grams of finely ground decarb cannabis and a tablespoon of vegetarian liquid lecithin and I in my case used a non GMO sunflower lecithin it comes in a pretty big bottle it has its own very syrup like consistency which surprised me I've never really bought this stuff before. So that does add to the richness and I think that's what he's talking about this glycerin helps emulsify all the ingredients together and create a nice consistency and then helps us teach see absorption as well. And there were some was something else I was reading about. Sunflower lecithin, oh yes, sunflower less lecithin specifically is one of the only is the only lecithin which is obtainable. chemical free and raw. So there's not really a harsh process in place to extract this sunflower lecithin when you're buying that one. So that's a little, a little bonus, I suppose to using sunflower lecithin, but he does call for tablespoon of vegetarian, non GMO liquid lecithin. So if there's a different version of your store where you're there, just grab whatever feels right to you. So They're basically both both for ingredient recipes and they make them pretty well the same way. He does suggest a cheese cloth to help strain your syrup afterwards and I did notice that because I didn't have cheesecloth I did have the fine mesh strainer, but I didn't have the cheese cloth, it means you may have to strain it a few times to get out a lot of the, the cannabis that you are trying to remove from your syrup. So if you're going to skip that little step, which you probably shouldn't, but I did so do as I say not as I do. As I used to say to my kids a lot not really hot but if you're going to skip that step, then you're expecting may have to strain it a few times just to get all the cannabis that was in the syrup out, which will give you a better end product as well. So it makes about a cup. Like I said, follow the recipe pretty closely and you should be fine. And I didn't notice when I made it today I ended up doubling the batch by accident because of course I wasn't really paying, I was paying attention, but I think I was listening to another podcast and I was doing stuff and probably distracting myself and I put two cups of water into the pot. And when you're doing the demo rare sugar version, you only actually need one cup. So I realized I'm going to have to double this recipe. So I now have enough medicated rich simple syrup to make quite a few recipes out of this book, and I'm super pumped. The nice thing is to a lot of these recipes because some of them are making like pretty well by the glass don't require a ton of the simple syrup. So it might last a little bit but this is just another nice little recipe that you can easily add into your infusions pantry, because you've got one going right. I've now added I've used up a lot of my keys because I actually had to double this recipe unexpectedly.
But yeah, this is going to be a really nice one. Have in the infusions cupboard, and I'm probably going to be making the honey as well next. Now quite frankly, the the raw honey version is very, is not quite the same as making a honey based infusion that I have on the website already because I think there's there I know there's a honey infused honey recipe or a fused maple syrup recipe on the website already. This one you add a little water to it. So it's going to be probably not as thick as a honey which lends itself better obviously to making beverages so that's one thing to keep in mind. However, when I fucked up the first version of the Medicare rich simple syrup I already had the ingredients for the next recipe that I was going to be making and sharing with you guys. And I was going away for a few days and I want to bring this punch with me because it makes quite a bit and it's very shareable and I was going to be able to to enjoy this with the people. I was with So I used honey that I already had on hand infused honey that already had on hand made the traditional way without the extra water, so not the version that he uses in his book, but the version I have on the website. And it was just fine. That worked as well. So if you're not making the infused honey exactly like he does in the book, it's probably okay to especially for the honey one. So, so bear that in mind, again, make do with what you have people that's always the best way it's always good to use up recipes and ingredients and whatnot that you already have before going to make more but now I've used up all that honey because I've been making so many futures so many recipes rather using using honey lately that I need to make more so i'll be doing that as well. And I'm going to try this raw honey version of the Medicaid rich simple syrup because some of the recipes in the book do call for the honey version, specifically over the sugar version. So if you have the chance, make both and then I'm going to be showcasing some recipes He's over the next couple of weeks that are going to feature these simple syrup. So if you have a chance to make them over the next week, then we're going to have some exciting recipes coming up that you'll be able to try and I think you'll really like. And yes, I'll leave it at that except next week's recipe that we're going to be talking about just so you can prepare a little bit imagine that I'll give you I'll give you guys a little bit of a heads up. Where is it? I've got it in my book here. So I've got so many things marked off of what I want to make. And unfortunately, I can't share all these recipes with you guys. Warren was kind enough to allow me to share some of them from this book, but do go out and buy the bulk. If you have a chance and it's in within your means. I don't think you'll be disappointed because they are lovely. Like I said he's got a lot of cool weather ones like the hot chocolate that I desperately want to try. So next week what we're going to be talking about is john bar trims garden punch. If you have your Medicaid rich simple syrup, or as I said it calls for the Medicaid rich simple syrup, but it works just as easily with honey. So you can use that to, that's what you're going to be using to infuse this punch. And then you're going to be using fresh Herbes pink grapefruit juice, some gin, rosae and some aromatic bitters. So keep that in mind. You can probably collect that stuff over the next week. And if you're not an alcohol drinker of any kind, then I will be showcasing another recipe that is non alcoholic as well coming up so you have that to look forward to as well and I think that one the next recipe that I've looked at is going to be calling for the medicated honey. So use these two try these two. I don't think or try these two infusions you won't be disappointed because they are very versatile, especially if you're going to be making lots of drinks and you can use a Medicaid or rich syrup. If you're looking online and you find a cocktail or mocktail that you like that calls for simple syrup then by all means you already have one on the ready. You don't necessarily have to get it from the recipe from this book. Because that's the wonderful thing about the world of infusions in cannabis is that you can infuse almost anything. So try out these infusions you guys, we have some great stuff coming up that I'm really excited to share. Follow Warren on Instagram and give him a Hello. And I'm going to link to his website as well because I believe he is creating or will be, or I'm not sure if they're out yet. I'll have to double check but he is creating his own line of cannabis infused beverages
for the market. And I believe that these will probably be just available in the United States. I'm not entirely sure on that. But I suspect initially there'll be just available in the States but they really look lovely and it has a apothecary vibe as well. I think it's called should I should have that at the ready. I'm gonna I'm gonna butcher it if I say right now, but we'll be talking about a more next week because Warren is a kind of wonderful individual and has been, has been very kind to me via Instagram whenever I messaged him. So he's a very lovely, approachable person. So he is coming out with his own line of drinks. And honestly, this guy has been in the bartending cocktail libations industry for a long time and really knows his shit. So if you're going to be doing any kind of, of cannabis beverages, he's definitely the guy to have on your team and how do you get them on your team? You just buy his book, you follow him on Instagram? Probably Facebook and stuff too. But yeah, he definitely knows what he's talking about, and is very creative and not in that realm. And I don't think you'll be disappointed. So another episode I'm going to be having coming up as well just to keep this in your mind on your mind is listener q&a I've collected a couple of questions, but we'd love to have a few more. So if you think of anything you're dying to know or pressing questions, a comment or anything like that you think might be other people might want to know about them by all means, send it along, you can email me at bite me podcast at fast mail.com or you can leave me a voice message on my website at byte nipah bite me podcast calm. And if you click pretty much on any page, I believe on the right hand side of the screen, you'll see a tab that says send Marja voice message and you can just record a message and I'll hear your lovely voice. So I can even reply to your voice using that same little system. It's quite ingenious. So be sure to send your questions or queries my way and I'd love to feature them on an upcoming show. because well, frankly, if it wasn't for you guys out there listening there wouldn't be a show at all and I'm forever grateful because honestly, I love going to work. I do. Enjoy My job quite a bit working at the dispensary. I love my family and stuff. The fuck do I ever love making this podcast? It truly is a labor of love. And I enjoy doing this each and every week. Sometimes I wonder why I didn't do a season based system. But then that means I'd have to take a break from doing it. And quite frankly, I like doing it. And I like creating all these recipes and sharing them all with you. So please send messages to me. I'd love to talk to you guys. And try make those infusions. I'm going to be making some more honey myself very shortly. And I've got to get back to trying to remount that first failed medicated rich simple syrup, which was a slow and painstaking process I gave up halfway through just to record this episode because I was kind of getting impatient but I was trying to melt it and then pop it into a silicone mold so that maybe I can maybe repurpose it into a heart Candy, because that's pretty much the consistency of what it turned into. But this, the remelting process is pretty slow. So I'm gonna be going back to doing that as well because I don't want to just have to throw it out because that seems like a total waste and I'd rather not do that. In fact, I know I did an episode A while ago on what to do when your recipes or infusions don't turn out and guys here is me doing exactly that. I messed it up somehow. But I'm still trying to find a way to save it because that is precious precious cannabis in there. I hope you guys enjoyed this episode. please consider leaving a great review for me so other people can help discover this show or share with your friends and family or other people who love cannabis and love edibles. I'd really appreciate it. I appreciate you. Thanks for listening, my friends. Have a great week and stay high
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