Are you looking for a new twist on girl’s or guy’s night out?

Consider giving CBD cocktails a try!

The CBD cocktail is a trendy new twist on other emerging CBD drinks, and it’s set to become the next big thing.

It’s essentially just your favorite cocktail with the added benefits of CBD oil. And, if you’ve taken sublingual CBD oil and didn’t like the taste, have no fear.

Different CBD extracts impart different flavors – allowing for you to experiment for yourself.

Ready to give it a shot? Keep reading for more information.

What Is CBD?

In case you’re not familiar, CBD is short for cannabidiol, and it’s one of the active compounds found in the cannabis Sativa plant. Unlike THC, however, it does not possess any psychoactive properties.

That means it won’t get you high.

Your body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS for short) is full of cannabinoid receptors. These receptors react to the effect of the countless cannabinoids found in cannabis.

CBD is unique, though.

It doesn’t bond directly with cannabinoid receptors. Instead, it encourages the body to create its own internal cannabinoids, also known as endocannabinoids. And it is these that bind with the receptors.

Is Mixing CBD and Alcohol Safe?

Yes. But as with any drink, you’ll need to be careful not to make it too strong.

When you start to experiment with making your own CBD cocktails, you’ll need to pay attention to the ABV of the spirit you’ve chosen.

If there’s too much alcohol, you’re more likely to feel only the alcoholic effects.

But, you don’t want to use too much CBD either. An excess of CBD may leave you feeling sleepy or lethargic.

Ideal Dosing

Chances are, you already have a sense of how much alcohol is too much when making a cocktail.

But with CBD, there’s more of a grey area.

Most CBD brands recommend new users start with 25 mg and increase or decrease from there. Mixing CBD with alcohol requires a little more discretion, though.

So we recommend starting with 15mg per drink. Then from there, you can increase or decrease as you see fit.

Before you jump in and start testing your mix master skills, we’ve got several recipes for drinks that are already familiar to you, but with the added benefit of CBD. This is a great place to start.

1. CBD Tranquil Mint Julep

You don’t have to sit in the stands of the Kentucky Derby to enjoy a mint julep.

Adding a CBD tincture with a minty essence will take it up another notch. Plus, it’ll do wonders for your breath – just in case kissing is in your future.

Ingredients:

  • 15 mg. CBD tincture – preferably mint flavored
  • 1/2 oz. simple syrup
  • 2 drops peppermint essential oil (optional)
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • 2 oz. bourbon

Pour the CBD tincture into a chilled julep cup. Add the simple syrup and optional peppermint oil, and gently swirl the mixture.

Toss some mint leaves into the cup with the syrup and tincture. Muddle the leaves.

Once the mint is sufficiently muddled, pour bourbon over the mixture. Then top off the beverage with pebble ice.

Garnish with mint leaves, if you wish.

2. Smokey CBD Mezcal Margarita

Mezcal provides a smoky flavor to this drink, while the herbal flavors of Aquavit and CBD team up to give it a vegetal element. This is not your standard margarita.

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. mezcal (choose joven or reposado depending on how smokey you like it)
  • 1 oz. aquavit or other herbal liquor
  • 3/4 oz. lime juice
  • 3/4 oz. agave syrup
  • 1 oz. cannabis leaf juice (you can substitute other green juice)
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 15 mg CBD tincture
  • cannabis leaf, edible flowers, or greens of choice, to garnish

Place your mezcal, aquavit or liquor, lime juice, agave syrup, juice, salt, and CBD tincture in a cocktail shaker.

Shake the mixture, and use a fine strainer to pour it into a lowball glass over ice.

For an extra effect, garnish your glass with a ring of salt around the rim.

3. CBD Cosmo

The cosmopolitan is the iconic kick back and relax cocktail. Adding some orange CBD tincture brings on the chill factor even more.

This recipe has a real citrus kick to give it a little different spin.

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 oz citrus flavored vodka
  • 1 oz cranberry juice
  • 15 mg. orange CBD tincture
  • 3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 oz. triple sec or grand marnier
  • Orange twist

Grab a cocktail shaker and pour in the vodka, cranberry juice, CBD tincture, lime juice, and triple sec or grand marnier. Add a bit of ice and shake vigorously for at least 20 seconds. (The shaker should feel very cold.)

Pour the mixture into a strainer over a martini glass.

4. CBD Sangria

Sangria is a great party drink because it’s cheap, easy to make, and everyone likes it! How can you beat that?

Ingredients:

  • 1 apple
  • 1 lime
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 orange
  • 1/2 cup of orange juice
  • 1 cup of cranberry juice
  • 3 cups red wine
  • 2 cups seltzer
  • 15 mg. CBD tincture
  • Ice

Cut up the fruits into wheels and chunks and place them in a large pitcher. Pour in the remainder of the ingredients and ice.

Serve cold.

5. CBD Pimm’s Cup

Fans of the Pimm’s Cup appreciate the refreshing combination of ginger and cucumber in this cocktail. Adding CBD makes it the ultimate refreshing chill.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Pimm’s Original No. 1 Cup
  • 3/4 oz. lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz. simple syrup
  • 3 cucumber slices
  • 3 cannabis leaves (optional)
  • 1 oz. ginger beer
  • 15 mg CBD tincture

Muddle the cucumber, simple syrup, and cannabis leaves (if you’re using them) in a cocktail shaker. Add the Pimm’s, lemon juice, and ice.

Shake the entire mixture, strain it, and pour the chilled mixture into a collins glass filled with ice.

Top with 1 oz. of ginger beer.

6. Gin and Chronic

The updated name of this familiar cocktail has nothing to hide. The combination of gin and tonic topped with CBD makes for the perfect after-dinner wind-down.

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 oz. gin
  • 3-1/2 oz. tonic water
  • 1/4 oz. lemon juice
  • 15 mg. CBD tincture
  • Aromatics such as edible flowers, grapefruit peels, or herbs for garnish

Pour the gin, lemon juice, and tonic water into a wine glass and top off with ice.

Place your choice of aromatic garnish on top, then pour the CBD tincture on top.

Experiment with CBD Cocktails for Yourself

CBD oils have varying intensities of cannabis flavor and some pack a greener taste than others. So, the choice of oils used in your CBD cocktails can alter the flavor quite a bit.

Don’t be discouraged if you have to experiment a bit to craft a great tasting cocktail!

If you believe you’ve crafted the perfect CBD drink recipe and you’d like to work with a curated team of beverage scientists, graphic designers, and operation specialists who can bring your beverage idea to life, then contact us!

We’d love to help share your CBD cocktail with the world!