If you’re like me, you’re always looking for novel ways to enjoy the benefits of kratom. Lately, I’ve gotten into crafting custom kratom cocktails! With a little mixology know-how, kratom’s earthy flavor can be transformed into delicious drinks perfect for any occasion.
In this guide, we’ll explore tips for mixing kratom with alcohol or fruit juices to create flavorful cocktails. I’ll share my favorite easy kratom beverage recipes, methods for making kratom extract additives, and information on pre-made drink options. Let’s unlock the secrets to enjoying this beneficial botanical in tantalizing drink form!
Mixing Kratom and Alcohol
Mixing kratom and alcohol to create cocktails is a popular practice, but safety should always be the priority when combining any substances. Through my personal experiments crafting kratom cocktails, I’ve found ways to reduce the risks and make mixing the two as safe as possible:
I choose alcoholic beverages on the lower end of the proof spectrum. Kratom has been shown to intensify and accelerate alcohol’s effects, so high-proof liquors can easily cause someone to become overly intoxicated, even if they limit their alcohol intake. I avoid any liquor over 100 proof when mixing.
Additionally, I am very disciplined about limiting myself to 1-2 alcoholic drinks maximum when kratom is involved. Even if I don’t feel impaired, exceeding this moderate amount could be dangerous due to the synergy between the substances.
Hydrating with water between kratom cocktails helps slow absorption and decrease the chances of adverse effects. I also am very aware of my body and will cease drinking immediately if any concerning symptoms like severe nausea or dizziness manifest.
Finally, under no circumstances will I ever operate any vehicles or machinery when mixing kratom and alcohol. Even if I feel unimpaired, combining these compounds can dangerously alter perception and responses.
With knowledge, precaution, and self-discipline when mixing and dosing, kratom cocktails can be enjoyed responsibly by adults. But safety has to come first when exploring this route. Moderation and common sense are crucial with any substance combination.
Kratom Cocktails Make Kratom More Delicious
While taking kratom raw has its benefits, I’ve found that mixing the powder into delicious drinks masks the bitter taste and makes consumption more enjoyable.
Some popular ways to use kratom in cocktails include:
- Adding powder or extracts to fruit smoothies or shakes
- Using citrus juices like lemon, lime, or orange to flavor drinks
- Creating kratom-infused simple syrups to mix into recipes
- Blending powder into iced tea, lemonade, or fruit juice combos
- Making effervescent kratom fizzes with soda water
With the right mixology skills, the possibilities for tantalizing kratom cocktails are endless!
Using Kratom Drink Mixes
For convenience, there are pre-made powdered drink mixes designed to be blended into water, juice, or other beverages. Drink mixes contain measured kratom powder and often:
- Flavoring agents to improve taste
- Emulsifiers to keep kratom suspended
- Sweeteners to counter bitterness
Drink mixes allow easy, mess-free preparation of kratom beverages. Just add to your liquid of choice and enjoy!
Should you Drink Kratom Powder Instead?
While kratom cocktails can provide an enjoyable way to consume kratom, some may prefer drinking plain kratom powder blended into the water for a quicker and more direct method if the earthy, bitter flavor is not a deterrent. Drinking raw powder has several advantages, including faster onset of effects as the kratom does not have to be extracted out of other ingredients.
It also allows for very precise dosage adjustment by measuring exact amounts of powder. Avoiding additional ingredients means no extra sugars or additives as well. The potency may also be higher gram for gram when consuming plain powder compared to kratom tea, juice, or other cocktails.
Ultimately, kratom cocktails are useful for convenience and taste masking, but drinking raw powder produces faster, stronger results, so it comes down to personal preference. However, those who cannot tolerate the natural flavor of kratom powder may find cocktails or edibles more palatable and enjoyable while still experiencing kratom’s benefits. Both methods have their pros and cons to consider.
Tropical Kratom Fruit Cocktail Recipes
Here are 5 of my favorite kratom cocktail recipes using fresh fruit and juice:
1. Mango Kratom Seltzer
For this fizzy treat, I blend fresh mango with coconut water and kratom powder for a tropical flavor. The lime adds tang and the seltzer gives it carbonation. It’s uplifting and delicious!
- 1-2 grams of kratom powder
- 1/2 cup fresh mango chunks
- 1 cup coconut water
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- Seltzer water
Blend the first 4 ingredients until smooth. Add ice, top with seltzer, and garnish with lime slice.
2. Kratom Mojito
You can’t go wrong with a classic mojito-made kratom-style! Muddling mint and lime juice with sugar masks the kratom completely. Splash of rum and bubbly soda and it’s a party.
- 2 grams of kratom powder
- 1/2 cup mint leaves
- 1/2 cup lime juice
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- Club soda
- Lime wedge
Muddle mint, lime juice, and sugar. Add kratom and stir. Top with soda over ice. Garnish with lime.
3. Kale & Banana Kratom Smoothie
I know it sounds weird, but trust me on the kale and banana combo. The kratom smooths out the veggie flavor. Cocoa powder and nut butter make it rich and nutrient-dense. Delicious and healthy!
- 2 grams of kratom powder
- 1 cup kale
- 1 banana
- 1 cup nut milk
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
Blend all ingredients until smooth.
4. Butterfly Pea Flower Kratom Iced Tea
Butterfly pea flower tea has a beautiful blue hue and provides a floral flavor. Mixing it with kratom makes for an exotic iced tea that’s as tantalizing as it is visually stunning.
- 2 grams of kratom powder
- 1⁄4 cup dried butterfly pea flowers
- 1 teabag of black tea
- 1 cup hot water
- Honey or sugar to taste
Steep kratom powder, flowers, and tea bags for 5 minutes. Strain, chill, then serve over ice.
5. Kratom Sangria
For a boozy cocktail, I’ll mix kratom into a fruity sangria base along with brandy, citrus juices, and wine. The sweetness covers the kratom completely. It’s potent so go easy!
- 2 grams of kratom powder
- 1 orange, juiced and sliced
- 1 lime, juiced and sliced
- 1⁄4 cup brandy
- 3⁄4 cup red wine
- 1⁄2 cup pineapple juice
- 1⁄4 cup orange juice
- 2 tablespoons honey
Mix all ingredients except ice. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Add ice, and garnish with fruit.
Get creative and concoct your own delicious kratom fruit cocktails!
Kratom Liquid Extract Recipe
Kratom liquid extract is an extremely concentrated form of kratom that can be added to cocktails or drinks for a powerful boost. To make your own simple kratom extract at home, start with 1 ounce of kratom quality guide powder and enough 90-100 proof alcohol such as Everclear to make a very thick, doughy paste when mixed, around 3-4 ounces.
Transfer this paste to a glass jar and seal. Shake the jar vigorously for a minute to thoroughly mix. Then, add more alcohol until the jar is completely full, sealing it again. Store the jar in a cool, dark place and shake vigorously for 5 minutes daily for 1-3 weeks.
This long steeping allows the alcohol to fully extract the alkaloids from the kratom powder. After the extraction period, strain the liquid through a cheesecloth, squeezing out the liquid from the leftover powdered solids. Discard the solids.
The resulting liquid is a concentrated kratom extract that can be added by drops or dribbles to any beverage to produce effects with only a small volume. Start with a few drops and increase as desired. The extract allows flexible kratom dosing in a highly concentrated form.
Lower-Effort Option: Pre-Made Kratom Beverages
For convenience, there are ready-to-drink kratom beverages marketed as shots, teas, carbonated drinks, and more. While pricier than homemade, these can save time and effort.
If purchasing pre-made drinks, vet the company carefully for quality, safety testing, reviews, etc. Avoid obscure brands or products.
With the right mindset of safety and moderation, pre-mixed kratom cocktails allow easy, discreet enjoyment of kratom’s unique properties.
I hope this guide has illuminated the diverse possibilities for crafting tasty kratom cocktails! With some basic mixology skills, kratom’s earthy flavor can be transformed into refreshing drinks using juices, extracts, and fun recipes.
Of course, using wisdom if opting to integrate alcohol moderation and hydration is key. For maximum safety and effects, straight powder with water gets the job done as well.
Let me know if you have any other questions as you explore kratom mixology! I’m always happy to nerd out over cocktail recipes. Bottoms up!
Can you add kratom to cocktails or smoothies?
Absolutely! Mixing kratom powder or extracts into fruit smoothies, juices, and cocktails can help mask the natural bitterness. Just be mindful of added sugars or calories from mixers.
What alcoholic drinks mix best with kratom?
Kratom tends to work best with lower alcohol content beverages like beer, wine, or lighter mixed drinks. Avoid high-proof liquors. Limit alcohol to 1-2 servings max when combined with kratom.
Is mixing kratom with alcohol safe?
As with any substance combination, kratom and alcohol interactions carry risks if misused. Keep dosages moderate for both, avoid driving or machinery, and stay hydrated. Do not overdo it with alcohol consumption in particular when mixing.
Can I make my own kratom extracts for cocktails?
Yes, you can easily make concentrated kratom liquid extracts at home using high-proof alcohol and kratom powder. Adding small amounts of extract allows the creation of potent kratom cocktails or adding it to any beverage.
Where can I buy pre-made kratom drinks?
Certain brands produce ready-to-drink kratom beverages like carbonated tonics, iced tea, “shots” etc. However, quality varies greatly, so vet any pre-made products thoroughly before purchasing. Make sure testing and transparency standards are met.