Cannabis Terpene Cocktail & Food Infusions
The experience of cannabis consumption is comparable to that of wine and comes with an evolving aromatic complexity that excites everyone from the canna-curious to connoisseurs alike. Profiles transform between geographical regions and environmental influences. Unique cultivars are named for the flavor and aroma they exude. Even the untrained nose can identify differences of citrus, spicy, to herbal and skunky, woody, piney, diesel, and coffee. As it turns out, we have terpenes to thank for it all, and cannabis, in particular, provides a spectrum of terpene profiles for every palate.
Terpenes have gained mainstream notoriety as the molecules that give cannabis (as well as most plants and herbs) their flavor, fragrance, and therapeutic properties. With the rising trend of terpene extracts in various formats (water-soluble liquids, powders, oils, etc.), creative opportunities in product formulation have extended far beyond the cannabis industry alone. Now, the sky is the limit when it comes to terpene infusions of any kind: food, beverage, pharmaceutical, topical, and much more.
Notably, the food and beverage industries, have been quick to hop on this terpene trend. Adventurous mixologists have been creating terpene cocktails and mocktails that can now be found on menus from coast-to-coast. Chefs are experimenting using terpenes in desserts, baked goods, jams, honey, butter, and more.
In time, it’s safe to say that terpenes will have a long-standing presence in the food and beverage industries. Terpenes will soon be recognized as a valuable ingredient (along with bitters, simple syrup, alcohol, and more) utilized to add a unique twist to surprise the consumer and tantalize tastebuds.
Why Water Miscible Terpenes?
Previously, terpenes were only utilized in oil-based applications due to their lipophilic nature. Now water-based products can benefit from the flavor, fragrance, and therapy that terpenes offer.
Water Miscible Terpenes, like those from Lab Effects, can be effectively formulated with any water-based or alcohol recipe. Lab Effects does this through a unique micelle technology that allows us to seamlessly fold any terpene profile into a water-based product through an advanced nano-emulsified microencapsulation technique.
How To Use Water Miscible Terpenes:
All it takes is a few drops to spice, sweeten, or liven up a cocktail or food item, offering consumers new flavors and unique aromas to supercharge their senses and enhance the consumption experience.
Recently, the Lab Effects team got together to experiment with some of our favorite water-miscible terpenes and pair them with select spirits. Below are just a few pairings that were so good, it would be gluttonous not to share. These recommendations serve as a baseline for your experimentation. We encourage you to bring your own ideas to the table.
Terpenes are non-polar oil-based hydrocarbons, that in pure form, can be very potent and sometimes volatile, flammable and even corrosive compounds. For this reason, they are ingredients that should be strictly used by experienced and trained handlers. Keep refrigerated for extended shelf life.