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Many parts of the US — and the world — are already feeling a bitter cold snap. And what better way to warm your bones than with an infused hot drink to melt all that frost?

Below, find recipes for a warm, black-elderberry cocktail with sweet citrus and notes of spice, a maple ginger hot toddy mocktail, and a molasses cinnamon Mexican hot chocolate.

Each of these drink recipes uses a THC glycerin tincture. Tinctures can be bought in retailers and dispensaries with various cannabinoids and ratios, or made at home. You can use a different cannabinoid-based tincture for each of these recipes, but for now, we'll stick to THC.

Warm black-elderberry cocktail

There is a history of medicine, reverence, sacredness, superstition, and romance surrounding the elderberry fruit. Invoke your inner herbalist and reap the reward of a delicious cannabis infusion.

Syrup ingredients

  • ½ cup (about 75 grams) dried elderberries
  • 2 cups (about 475 milliliters) filtered water
  • 1 cup (about 340 grams) honey
  • 1 tablespoon (about 6 grams) lemon or orange zest
  • 5 milligrams of THC glycerin tincture

Other materials

  • Large saucepan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Fine mesh strainer
  • Mason jar with top

Directions for syrup

  1. Add the dried elderberries, filtered water, honey, and zest into a saucepan
  2. Bring this mixture to a boil while stirring, then reduce heat to a simmer for 35 - 40 minutes or until the volume of liquid has reduced by half
  3. Turn off the stove, then add the 5 milligrams of the THC tincture per tablespoon of syrup. Keep in mind that this recipe will yield 1 ¾ cup (about 420 milliliters) of syrup. You need to add 140 milligrams of tincture to yield 5 milligrams of THC per tablespoon
  4. Stir the tincture with a spoon for 1 - 2 minutes to fully incorporate it into the syrup
  5. Strain into a mason jar and cool for storage

Cocktail ingredients

  • Juice from 1 orange
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 1 cup (about 235 milliliters) water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 clove
  • 1 tablespoon (about 20 grams) THC-infused elderberry syrup (recipe listed above)
  • 1 tablespoon (about 20 grams) maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon to 1.5 fluid ounces (4 - 35 milliliters) rum or brandy

Other materials

  • Small saucepan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Fine-mesh strainer
  • 8-ounce (about 240 milliliters) mug

Directions for cocktail

  1. Add water, juices, squeezed rinds, cinnamon stick, clove, and syrups to a saucepan
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer for 2 - 3 minutes while stirring
  3. Strain mixture into a mug. Pull out the cinnamon stick from the strainer and add to the mug
  4. Add your desired amount of rum or brandy into the mug and stir with the cinnamon stick
  5. Garnish with orange slices if desired

Maple ginger hot toddy mocktail

Ginger, what little roots of heaven. When combined with THC, this elevated spin on the classic hot toddy will quickly become a favorite drink during the chilly months.


  • 1 cup (about 235 milliliters) water
  • 2 tablespoons (about 40 grams) maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons (about 30 milliliters) lemon or lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon (2 grams) grated ginger
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 lemon or lime slices
  • 5 milligrams THC tincture


  • 10-ounce (about 300 milliliters) mug
  • Tea kettle


  1. Add maple syrup, lemon or lime juice, ginger, cinnamon stick, lemon or lime slices, and tincture to a mug
  2. Pour boiling hot water into the cup and let steep for 5 minutes

Molasses cinnamon Mexican hot chocolate

The first form of drinking chocolate was created by Mayans more than 3,000 years ago and was actually served cold. Brilliant and complex, this updated version of the drink will make your taste buds dance.


  • 1 cup (about 245 milligrams) whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon (about 11 grams) semisweet chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons (about 11 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder or carob powder
  • 1 tablespoon (21 grams) molasses
  • 1 tablespoon (20 grams) maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon (about 5 milliliters) vanilla extract
  • 1 very small pinch cayenne
  • 1 large pinch chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon (about 1 gram) cinnamon
  • 5 milligrams of THC glycerin tincture


  • 10-ounce mug
  • Small saucepan
  • Wooden spoon


  1. Add all the ingredients to a small saucepan and bring to a simmer while stirring
  2. When the semisweet chocolate has melted, bring it to a temperature you wish to drink. Do not boil, or the milk will scald
  3. Pour into a mug, then garnish with whipped cream, chocolate curls or grated chocolate, and a cinnamon stick