Cookouts & Cannabis — 3 Ways to Include Cannabis on Independence Day

Ah, the 4th of July.

Independence day is a day for cold beer, cookouts, and loud, public expressions of patriotism. This weekend marks one of the most popular summer holidays and kicks off with an abundance of backyard barbeques and poolside parties.

But despite the potato salads and pies and fireworks, 2021 marks the first year Chicago has had legal recreational marijuana on the market, which brings on some time to reflect. The 4th of July celebrates rebel successes in gaining independence from tyrannical governments. While using cannabis has become less and less rebellious every year due to the legalization wave, it’s still a great holiday to think about and celebrate the death of the laws that outlawed cannabis and created social inequities within the country.

With that said, spend your 4th of July reveling in these newfound personal freedoms. Leverage the products detailed below and host a 420-friendly cookout. Share them with the people you love, and reflect on how far we’ve come. There may be a long road ahead, but every year we come a little closer to full-fledged recreational freedom.

1. Offer THC-infused beverages, too.

If you’re offering beer at your cookout, you might as well offer THC-infused drinks too! Chicago’s recreational dispensaries offer a variety of THC-infused beverages. However, at 100mg per serving, they tend to be a little pricey and also a little intense for novice cannabis users. If you want to offer something special that won’t make anyone feel too sauced, try this recipe for a festive, THC-infused 4th of July layered cocktail:

You will need:

  • 1 oz grenadine

  • 3 oz lemonade

  • 10mg of your favorite store-bought THC-beverage (about 1 oz)

  • 1 oz blue curacao

  • Ice

To make it:

  • Add grenadine to a glass then fill with ice

  • In a shaker, shake lemonade and THC-infused beverage then gently pour the mixture over the back of a spoon into the glass creating the white layer of the drink.

  • Cascade blue curacao over the back of a spoon to make the final blue layer.

2. Spark up these patriotic strains and spread the love

These five 4th of July strains are as patriotic as they come. This list includes a great mix of Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid strains, many of which can be found at Chicago dispensaries. So be sure to stock up for your cookout this weekend!

American Kush - Indica

American Kush is a heavy indica strain known for its relaxing properties and pain-relieving qualities. It has a sweet, almost coffee-like flavor that is reminiscent of the nostalgic American dream, and it makes the perfect strain for relaxing next to a bonfire or right before the fireworks.

American Pie - Sativa

Bye-bye, Miss American Pie! Much like the Don McLean classic, this uplifting and energizing strain has a bittersweet flavor, so it reminds you of a tasty pastry. What’s more American than a slice of pie on the 4th of July?

Spirit of ‘76 - Hybrid

Our founding fathers fought for their independence in 1776 and paved the way for the United States to become everything it is today. That spirit puts a fire in any American belly, and so does the Spirit of ‘76 strain. Best of all, it’s great for relaxing and giving your mind a boost.

Liberty Haze - Sativa Give me liberty or give me death! This Sativa-dominant hybrid has a very potent citrus and lemon flavor, and it’s great for helping you to focus on pleasant conversations and enjoy the fireworks display

Presidential OG - Indica

Okay, yeah, this one is a little obvious, but it still belongs on our list! It’s known for a very balanced cerebral and physical high that can help you feel both physically relaxed and mentally euphoric. Best of all, you can’t go wrong with the lemony piney flavor!

3. Try this recipe for THC-infused barbeque sauce

Rib, White, and Blue! If you want to make something special to celebrate the holiday and reflect on cannabis becoming legal and normalized, offer your cookout guests some infused barbeque! This barbeque sauce makes an excellent addition to your favorite ribs, chicken, pork, brisket, or anything else you slather the sauce on. At a modest 10mg THC per serving, you’ll find it tastes and feels great.

You will need

  • 2 Tbsp oil tincture (found at your favorite dispensary)

  • ½ onion, minced

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • ¾ cup bourbon whiskey

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ½ tablespoon salt

  • 2 cups ketchup

  • ¼ cup tomato paste

  • ⅓ cup cider vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons liquid smoke flavoring

  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce

  • ½ cup packed brown sugar

  • ⅓ teaspoon hot pepper sauce, or to taste

To make the sauce:

  • In a large skillet over medium heat, combine the tincture, onion, garlic, and whiskey. Simmer for 10 minutes, or until the onion is translucent.

  • Mix in the ground black pepper, salt, ketchup, tomato paste, vinegar, liquid smoke, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, and hot pepper sauce.

  • Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 20 minutes. Run sauce through a strainer if you prefer a smooth sauce.

All in all, we hope you have a safe and festive Independence Day weekend. If you're looking for more ways to enjoy cannabis on the holiday, be sure to check out one of our luxury 420-friendly cannabis tours.

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