Humboldt Distillery, producer of award-winning organic vodka and rums, recently introduced Humboldt’s Finest, a cannabis-infused vodka. The spirit is now available throughout California and at select retailers in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Texas and Wisconsin – just in time to enjoy creative 4-20 celebratory cocktails.
“Humboldt’s Finest is infused with a legal food-grade hemp, without any detectable THC, so it could be sold in all 50 states,” says Abe Stevens, founder of Humboldt Distillery. “It does, however, retain an herbal and aromatic quality reminiscent of fresh cannabis that gives it an almost gin-like character.”
Meridith May awarded the spirit an exceptional 93 points in The Tasting Panel magazine, with the following description: “On the nose, fresh greenery is far forward along with softer floral tones like jasmine and orange blossom. The brisk fennel, thyme, lime and black pepper on the palate are well integrated for a slide-across-the-tongue texture.” With its herbal character, it makes an ideal base for today’s innovative cocktails.
Since the release of Humboldt’s Finest, many bars and restaurants have used it in a variety of cocktails incorporating ingredients like rosemary, thyme, jasmine, beets, pineapple, orange, lemon and cucumber.
Humboldt’s Finest uses a locally grown domestic hemp, whose cultivation was only recently authorized with the passage of the 2014 United States Farm Bill. Hemp is the strain of cannabis grown for food, fiber and other industrial purposes. Hemp is distinguished from marijuana in that by law its THC content must be less than 0.3%. The hemp used for the vodka infusion is from some of the first legally grown crops in the country since prohibition.
Like all of the distillery’s spirits, Humboldt’s Finest is 80-proof and available in 750-ml bottles. It is THC-free and legal in all 50 states. A bottle of the hemp-infused vodka has a suggested retail price of $29.99.
The following cocktail was created in advance of 4-20, the unofficial cannabis holiday on April 20th:
HUMBOLDT’S FINEST HEMP HIGHBALL
- 1.5 oz. Humboldt’s Finest
- 1.0 oz. jasmine simple syrup
- .5 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 slices of cucumber
- Soda water
To prepare jasmine syrup, brew a strong jasmine green tea and dissolve 1 part sugar in 1 part hot tea, allow to cool. Add Humboldt’s Finest, a slice of cucumber, lemon juice and syrup to shaker. Shake and strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Top with soda water, and garnish with slice of cucumber.