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You’ve no doubt heard of CBD, one of the biggest buzzwords in the wellness market. Demand for CBD has exploded, projected to hit sales of nearly $2 billion in the next few years.
CBD, or cannabidiol, has made inroads as a potential way to ease pain, cure insomnia and more. Although there are health and wellness claims, that’s not all CBD is used for.
We’re going to show you another fun way to use CBD. You’re going to be looking for any excuse to throw a cocktail party once you see our list of six delicious CBD cocktails!
What is CBD?
Before we lay out each perfect CBD cocktail, let’s answer the basic question of what CBD is. There’s a lot of info out there but we’ll make it easy to understand.
CBD is a compound found in cannabis, or marijuana. Unlike marijuana’s other famous compound, THC, CBD doesn’t give you that “high” feeling.
CBD comes in many edible, sublingual, or topical forms. One of the most common forms is CBD oil, which is what we suggest using for these cocktail recipes.
CBD and Alcohol
If it doesn’t give you a buzz, what’s the point of a CBD cocktail?
There are many health claims regarding CBD’s medicinal properties. While the jury’s still out, almost half of the people who try it for pain ditch their traditional medicines and stick with CBD.
CBD allegedly helps you chill out without the harsh down of alcohol. It can’t hurt to give it a try and see if CBD is just what you need for happy hour.
1) CBD G&T
Is there anything as refreshing as a good old gin and tonic? It’s a classic for a reason.
Adding CBD gives it an extra twist — and we’re not talking about just the hint of lemon. Here’s what you need:
- 15 mg CBD oil
- 3 1/2 ounces tonic water
- 1 1/2 ounces gin
- 1/4 ounce lemon juice
Gently combine the gin, tonic, and lemon juice in a wine glass. Add ice and any aromatics (edible flowers, citrus peels, peppercorns, etc.) that you feel compliments your taste.
Float the 15 mg of CBD oil on the top. Every sip will have a taste of the oil, aromatics, and the crisp cocktail combo.
2) CBD Cosmo
Cranberry vodkas, AKA the Cosmopolitan, went out of style for a while but it’s set to come back. The CBD-infused version is a great new take on this favorite.
- 2 oz. vodka
- 1 oz. cranberry juice cocktail
- 3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
- 3/4 oz. Triple sec
- 1/4 oz. CBD simple syrup
First, make your CBD simple syrup. The recipe calls for simmering one cup of water with one cup of sugar infused with one gram of CBD for 45 minutes.
Combine all ingredients like you usually would in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake, strain, and garnish it with a twist of citrus.
3) Mint Julep CBD
You’re off to the races with this refreshing CBD cocktail with a kick. Although this recipe calls for simple syrup, don’t use the CBD-infused version from the previous recipe.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 15 mg CBD
- Handful of mint leaves
- 2 1/2 ounces bourbon
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
Muddle about two to six mint leaves with the simple syrup and CBD tincture. Reserve some of your mint leaves for garnish.
Pour in your bourbon, add some ice, and stir it together gently. Top off with your reserved mint leaves and serve chilled.
4) Green Margarita
This cocktail is green in more ways that one. With all the greens that are packed into this drink, you’ll feel like you’re being health-conscious.
- 15 mg CBD
- 3/4 ounce lime juice
- 3/4 ounce agave syrup
- 1 ounce mezcal
- 1 ounce aquavit
- 1 ounce kale, celery, or other green juice
- Pinch of sea salt
Combine all ingredients together along with some ice in a shaker. Shake until chilled, strain, and pour into a glass rimmed with salt.
5) CBD Sangria
It’s not really a party until someone brings out a pitcher of sangria. Sangria is perfect for celebrating in a low-key way, and this recipe is perfect for a weekend dinner with friends.
- 1 apple, lime, lemon, and orange
- 3 cups red wine
- ½ cup of orange juice
- 1 cup of cranberry juice
- 2 cups seltzer
- 1 milliliter CBD
Cut the fruit into pieces, preferably into rounds so that it looks pretty in the pitcher. Mix everything together and add ice.
The beauty of sangria is that you can use a cheap wine and it ends up tasting great. Try to find a flavored CBD oil to take it to the next level (lemon, orange, or grape work well).
6) CBD Chai Tea
Sometimes, a cocktail is just a way for you to unwind after a long day at work. Not every drink is about going to a party or finding CBD bars.
The CBD chai cocktail is a great way to end a long day after work. It’s a cozy, comfy evening in a mug — and super easy to make.
- 1 milliliter CBD
- 1 cup hemp milk (any milk is fine, we’re just sticking to a theme)
- 2 tablespoons sweetener, like honey or agave syrup
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 ounce of Irish cream or Kahlua
- Dash of nutmeg
- 1 stick of cinnamon
Add everything except the liqueur and spices to a small saucepan. Whisk together until warm.
Add the shot of alcohol right at the end, then pour it into a mug. Top with a sprinkle of nutmeg and stir with a cinnamon stick.
Bottoms Up With Delicious CBD Cocktails!
Which one of our tasty CBD cocktails did you want to try first? It’s hard to pick one, isn’t it?
There’s only one way to find your new favorite. You’ll have to throw a CBD cocktail party, invite all of your friends, and try them all!
If you’re looking for the perfect CBD oil to use or are curious about what other CBD products there are to try, you’ve got a lot of options. Our store offers tinctures, oils, salves, tablets, and more.
Start shopping and find your perfect CBD product today!