Bhang Lassi Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


Bhang Lassi is a traditional Indian beverage that has been enjoyed for centuries. It is typically made during the Hindu festival of Holi and is believed to have originated in the Indian subcontinent. The drink is known for its unique combination of ingredients, which includes yogurt, spices, and cannabis leaves. This alcoholic version of Bhang Lassi is perfect for those who want to enjoy the traditional flavors with an added kick.

How Bhang Lassi Tastes?

Bhang Lassi has a rich and creamy taste, with a hint of sweetness from the sugar and honey. The spices, such as cardamom and cinnamon, add a warm and aromatic flavor, while the cannabis leaves provide a subtle herbal undertone. The addition of rum in this alcoholic version adds a smooth and slightly sweet taste, making it a well-balanced and enjoyable cocktail.

Interesting facts about Bhang Lassi

  • Bhang Lassi is traditionally consumed during the Hindu festival of Holi, which celebrates the arrival of spring and the victory of good over evil.
  • The cannabis leaves used in Bhang Lassi are believed to have medicinal properties and are used in Ayurvedic medicine.
  • Bhang Lassi is often served in clay cups called 'kulhads', which are believed to enhance the flavor of the drink.


  • Yogurt: 1 cup
  • Whole milk: 1 cup
  • Cannabis leaves: 2 tbsp
  • Ground cardamom: 1 tsp
  • Ground cinnamon: 1/2 tsp
  • Sugar: 2 tbsp
  • Honey: 1 tbsp
  • Rum: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Ice: 1 cup
  • Garnish: Mint leaves


An essential base for Bhang Lassi, it provides creamy texture and tangy taste. It also calms the stomach, which is great for the other robust ingredients. No yogurt, less smoothie, more sad you.

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Whole Milk

It adds rich creaminess. Skim can make it less indulgent, while a non-dairy alternative like almond milk could make it lighter but might compromise the traditional taste.

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Cannabis Leaves

The star ingredient, giving the cocktail its unique psychoactive and herbal touch. Excluding it would be like Batman without his cape, simply not the same.

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Ground Cardamom

Adds a sweet, aromatic punch. If you ditch it, you're missing out on some warm and comforting essence. You could swap it with nutmeg, but it's like trading a unicorn for a horse – both magical but not the same.

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Ground Cinnamon

Gives a slight spicy warmth. No cinnamon, no warm hug for your tongue. A possible change could be allspice, though it's like dating cinnamon's cousin – familiar yet different.

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Sweetness to balance the spices. Less sugar, more pucker; more sugar, might as well be a dessert.

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Natural sweetener and gives a silky mouthfeel. Removing it is like a bee without buzz, just a yellow and black insect.

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It's the kick in this lassi. Different alcohols could alter the vibe – vodka for a cleaner hit, whiskey for more depth.

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For that cool, refreshing effect. No ice, it's a no-go unless you like warm lassi.

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Garnish: Mint Leaves

A breath of freshness to cut through the richness. Without it, the drink is like an outfit with no accessories; fine but not fab.

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Recipe. How to make Bhang Lassi Drink

  1. In a blender, combine the yogurt, milk, cannabis leaves, cardamom, cinnamon, sugar, and honey.
  2. Blend until smooth and well combined.
  3. Add the rum and ice to the blender, and blend again until the ice is crushed and the mixture is frothy.
  4. Pour the Bhang Lassi into a tall glass and garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh cannabis leaves for the best flavor and potency.
  • Adjust the amount of sugar and honey according to your taste preferences.
  • For a thicker and creamier texture, use full-fat yogurt and milk.

Perfect Pairings

Savory Snacks

The earthiness of Bhang Lassi complements the bold flavors found in savory Indian snacks like Samosas and Pakoras. The yogurt base provides a cooling contrast to the spice.


Rich and creamy desserts like Gulab Jamun or Carrot Halwa pair nicely, echoing the sweet notes of honey and spices in the cocktail.

Tea or Coffee

A cup of aromatic Masala Chai or strong Indian Coffee after the Bhang Lassi could be the perfect digestive aid while continuing the depth of spices.

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What you could change in Bhang Lassi

  • If cannabis leaves are not available, you can substitute with a few drops of cannabis oil or tincture.
  • For a non-alcoholic version, simply omit the rum and add an additional 1/2 cup of milk.

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Mango Bhang Lassi

Add 1/2 cup of fresh mango pulp for a fruity twist. The mango adds tropical sweetness that will make the spices sing a different tune – a tropical holiday in a glass.

Coconut Bhang Lassi

Use coconut milk in place of whole milk, and garnish with toasted coconut flakes. This offers a nuttier flavor and a vacation vibe that's more 'beach' than 'yoga retreat'.

Choco-Mint Bhang Lassi

Instead of rum, use a chocolate liqueur and add a handful of mint leaves to the blend. The result is a decadent chocolatey version with a minty freshness that'll make your tastebuds dance the tango.

In case you forgot basics how to make Bhang Lassi

Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Bhang Lassi

Are there any non-alcoholic alternatives for rum in Bhang Lassi?

Yes, you can substitute it with non-alcoholic rum extract for that signature rum flavor.

How do I store leftover Bhang Lassi?

You can refrigerate Bhang Lassi in an air-tight container or bottle and consume it within 1-2 days.

Can I make Bhang Lassi vegan?

Yes, by substituting with vegan alternatives such as coconut yogurt and almond milk.

Can I make Bhang Lassi ahead of time for a party?

Yes, Bhang Lassi can be prepared ahead of time. However, add the rum just before serving.

Can I make Bhang Lassi without Cannabis?

Yes, you can omit the cannabis for a non-psychoactive version of the drink. You could add more cardamom and cinnamon for flavor.

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