• Jamie Evans

Liven Up New Year's Eve with Spiced Pear Saka Punch


New Year's Eve is just around the corner, which means you might be searching for the perfect drink to ring in the new year. While social distancing is highly encouraged, it doesn't mean you cannot celebrate safely at home! Here’s a cannabis-infused mixed drink I made with Saka's zero-proof cannabis white wine that will liven up your night, as seen in High Times.


For this recipe, I recommend using Q Ginger Beer because of its extra carbonation and spicy, but not overly sweet flavor. When making drinks at home, remember the quality of your ingredients matters. Avoid using mixers that contain high fructose corn syrup or a ton of added sugar. These additives can drastically change the drink’s profile.


Ready to try making this flavorful and festive low-dose drink this NYE? Keep reading for the recipe, and wishing you a happy and healthy New Year!

Spiced Pear Saka Punch


Servings: 1


Target Dose: 3 mg THC | 0.5 mg CBD per drink (using 2 ½ ounces Saka White)


Equipment:

Saucepan

Funnel

Airtight swing bottle

Shallow saucer

Stemless wine glass

Shaker tin

Hawthorne strainer

Bar spoon


Ingredients:

Wildflower Honey Simple Syrup

(Save the leftover simple syrup for a second round or use in another drink!)

½ cup water

½ cup wildflower honey of your choice


Sugar-Spice Rim

1 tablespoon sugar

¼ teaspoon cinnamon powder

⅛ teaspoon ginger powder

Lemon wedge


Spiced Pear Sparkler

2 ½ ounces Saka WHITE

1 ounce fresh-squeezed lemon juice

1 ounce organic pear juice

½ ounce wildflower honey simple syrup

Ice

Top with ginger beer (Q ginger beer recommended for best flavor*)

Pear slice and a sprig of thyme for garnish


Directions:

Begin by preparing the wildflower honey simple syrup. Heat the water and honey in a small saucepan over low heat, constantly stirring until the honey completely melts into the liquid. Remove from heat, then transfer the simple syrup into an airtight swing bottle or storage container of your choice. Set aside and let cool to room temperature.


Next, create the sugar-spice rim. Combine the sugar, ginger powder, and cinnamon in a shallow saucer. Mix together well using a spoon. Next, rim a stemless wine glass with a lemon wedge and then dip the top of the glass into the sugar blend to create a sugared rim. Set aside.


Add the Saka White, lemon juice, organic pear juice, and simple syrup to the bottom of a shaker tin. Add ice, then shake for 15 seconds or until very cold. Strain the liquid over the prepared stemless wine glass filled with fresh ice. Top with ginger beer, stir with a bar spoon, then garnish with a pear slice and sprig of thyme. Serve immediately, and enjoy!

About the Author:

Jamie Evans is the founder of The Herb Somm and author of The Ultimate Guide to CBD: Explore the World of Cannabidiol and Cannabis Drinks: Secrets to Crafting CBD and THC Beverages at Home. She is an author, entrepreneur, and writer specializing in cannabis, food, recipes, wine, and the canna-culinary world. In addition to her work in the cannabis industry, Jamie has over a decade of wine industry experience and is a Certified Specialist of Wine. Having represented a wide array of organizations and wineries, she is best known for her literary work and producing high-end events. She was also named as one of Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 Tastemakers in 2018. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter @TheHerbSomm.

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