Throw the THC Cocktail Party of Your Dreams with This New Cannabis Aperitif
Three drinks to make with Artet, a non-alcoholic, citrusy aperitif that only tastes a little bit like weed.
As marijuana legalization keeps rolling forward in state after state, beverages with cannabis are growing more sophisticated. And nothing illustrates this trend quite so clearly as Artet. Made in California, it’s a cannabis aperitif akin to low-proof, easy-drinking bottles like Aperol or Lillet. But Artet is non-alcoholic, instead using a THC distillate as its intoxicant of choice.
Its effects are comparable to low-ABV drinking: 50ml, around 1.7 ounces, contains 2.5mg of THC; that’s like half of a pretty mellow THC gummy. Newbies will notice a light, mellow buzz after one serving. People with a higher cannabis tolerance might need another round to experience the same impact.
Most importantly? Artet is delicious. With bright citrus notes backed by ginger, juniper, and cardamom, among other botanicals, it’s complex and delightful. While some THC products taste overwhelmingly of weed, Artet’s cannabis flavor is muted, something you might not notice unless you know to look for it.
We’ve designed three simple drinks with Artet—two booze-free and one low-proof, low-THC drink that brings this aperitif even more fully into the cocktail world.
Easy: Artet Paloma
The most vivid flavor of Artet is grapefruit, which we’re bringing to the forefront in this drink loosely based off a classic Paloma. Fresh citrus and soda make this cocktail bright and lively, while the complex botanicals of the Artet shine through. (Contains a little under 2.5mg THC.)
Instructions: In a cocktail shaker with ice, combine an ounce and a half of Artet, two ounces of ruby red grapefruit juice, ¼ ounce lime juice, and half an ounce agave syrup (that’s agave nectar cut 1:1 with hot water and stirred until dissolved). Shake until well-chilled, then strain into a tall glass with fresh ice. Top with two ounces of club soda and give a quick stir. Garnish with grapefruit slices and a long lime peel.
Intermediate: Artet-Tequila Mule
While Artet is deliberately alcohol-free, it turns out that, like traditional aperitifs, it plays very well with some spirits. Here, we’re using a restrained pour of tequila alongside the Artet, together with ginger beer, lime, and fresh ginger for added spice. (Contains a little under 1.25mg THC.)
Instructions: Take a slice of peeled ginger, about ¼” thick and the diameter of a quarter. Muddle firmly in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add ¾ ounce of Artet, ¾ ounce of blanco tequila, ¾ ounce fresh lime juice, and ½ ounce simple syrup. Shake until very well-chilled, then double-strain into a tall glass with fresh ice. Top with two ounces of ginger beer and stir briefly. Garnish with a straw and a few lime wheels.
Advanced: Morning-After Artet
Let’s say you’ve imbibed a bit too much the night before and you’re looking for a hangover helper that’s not hair-of-the-dog. This little number has everything you need: coconut water, celery, lemon to rehydrate, and just enough Artet to soften the edges of that headache. Brunch drink par excellence. (Contains a little under 2.5mg THC.)
Instructions: Cut five 2-inch segments of celery and muddle hard in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add an ounce and a half of Artet, two ounces of coconut water, half an ounce of fresh lemon juice, and a quarter-ounce of honey syrup (that’s just honey cut 1:1 with hot water and stirred until dissolved). Shake until well-chilled, then strain into a tall glass with fresh ice. Add an ounce of club soda and stir briefly. Garnish with a leafy celery stalk.