Golden Apple Cannabis Terpene Cocktail Recipe - Acapulco Gold
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Acapulco Gold Terpene Cocktail Recipe

Refreshingly sour with a touch of heat, our Acapulco Gold terpene cocktail recipe is an ode to one of the most recognized cannabis cultivars of the 1960s.

  • Drink Personality: Laid back vibes with a mischievous kick
  • Tastes Like: Refreshing citrus with notes of chili and spicy-sweet aromas
  • Terpene Infusion: Beta-caryophyllene
  • Terpene benefits: Pain Relief, Mood Booster, Immunity Booster, Anxiety Relief, Anti-inflammatory

In the 1960s, Acapulco Gold was a legendary cannabis cultivar. Its signature gold color and “mind-blowing” properties resulted from perfectly adapting to its climate, dried by the blazing Acapulco sun and the cool Pacific winds of the Guerrero Mountains.

Acapulco Gold was so popular that it even became a countercultural symbol, inspiring authors to weave its name into popular legends, like the Greek tale of Eris and The Golden Apple.

In their tongue-in-cheek version, Discordian authors took another look at the infamous Golden Apple presented by the mischievous Goddess Eris to her peers Aphrodite, Athena, and Hera. Their theory? It was actually made of Acapulco Gold!

Like it’s legendary cannabis namesake, our Acapulco Gold cocktail recipe reinvents the classic margarita with a peppery terpene kick. It inspires feelings of hot summer days with the cool, lingering notes of a Gulf Breeze. 

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Acapulco Gold Terpene Cocktail Recipe

First, it’s important to note that isolated terpenes don’t contain THC or CBD. However, they are very potent – think of them as even purer forms of essential oils. When making your cocktail, we recommend only using 1-2 drops per 8 oz.


  • 2 oz Blanco tequila
  • .75 oz lime
  • .25 oz simple syrup
  • .5 oz grapefruit juice
  • 2-3 drops of beta-caryophyllene
  • Pinch of salt
  • 8 oz grapefruit soda or beer
  • Tajin for rimming glass


  1. Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker except for grapefruit soda/beer.
  2. Shake for 10-12 seconds.
  3. Strain into a tajin rimmed glass.
  4. Top with grapefruit soda or beer and enjoy!

Terpene Spotlight: Beta-caryophyllene

Beta-caryophyllene is a distinctively spicy-sweet terpene with a woody, cinnamon, and clove-like aroma. It’s found in black pepper, oregano, green, leafy vegetables, and many cannabis varieties.

Beta-caryophyllene is notable because it directly activates cannabinoid receptors, which are part of our body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS). For this reason, beta-caryophyllene has great potential for treating inflammatory conditions and auto-immune disorders. This also explains why eating those green, leafy vegetables is so good for you!

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If you’ve heard of essential oils, then you already have a basic understanding of terpenes. They’re found in cannabis and many other plants, responsible for their aromas, flavors, and physiological effects. They can also influence how we feel and are known for their anti-anxiety, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial properties.

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