As we enter the dog days, summer is starting to see its close. Already, temperatures are starting to lower as days become shorter; autumn is almost upon us — but not quite yet. Before summer is officially over, you should celebrate the warm season one last time, with cocktails that remind you of tropical vacations and a cannabis compound celebrated for its ability to eliminate stress and encourage relaxation.
You don’t have to go to some fancy cocktail bar to have CBD in special mixed drinks. Here is a guide to some of our favorite end-of-summer CBD specialties, which you can brew from the comfort of your own home.
First, How to Add CBD to Cocktails
In truth, any cocktail can be a CBD cocktail once you understand the science of imbuing your favorite mixed drink with this special cannabis compound. Fortunately, there are a few different ways to drink CBD in your cocktails, so you can experiment to find the best method for you. Our favorite strategies include:
Infusing your own CBD alcohol. You can create bespoke CBD alcohols by purchasing a high-CBD cannabis and infusing it in the alcohol of your choice. DIY infusion will imbue your alcohol with other cannabis compounds, like cannabinoids and terpenes.
Using CBD tincture. Tinctures are medicines dissolved in alcohol, so tinctures mix beautifully into cocktails. Still, you should investigate what is included in the CBD tinctures you buy; some come with additional infusions, like other herbs, to enhance certain healing properties.
Using CBD mixers. CBD has become so popular that there are many pre-made CBD products you can mix into your cocktails. You can look for CBD-infused mixers like sodas, sparkling waters, tonics and the like, or you can find CBD garnishes, like olives and cherries.
Buying CBD liquors. Just as there are CBD mixers, there are also pre-made CBD alcohols. This isn’t an ideal solution because CBD liquor tends to be gimmicky and lack the quality you want for a good cocktail. However, if you know a certain CBD alcohol is good, you can go for it.
Using CBD oil. This is the worst option on this list, but it is still an option if you have no other choice. Oil won’t integrate fully into your cocktail; it will sit on top or sink to the bottom, which isn’t ideal in a mixed drink. Still, CBD oil is easy to get ahold of, so you can use it in a pinch.
Once you have your CBD in hand, you can start mixing your end-of-summer celebratory drinks, such as:
Fill a chilled copper mug with ice, and pour over 2 ounces of vodka, 1 ounce of lime juice and 1/3 ounce of CBD-infused ginger syrup. Top with ginger beer, and garnish with a mint sprig and a lime wedge.
Gin & Tonic
Combine 1 1/2 ounces of gin, 3 1/2 ounces of tonic water and 1/4 ounce of lemon juice in a glass, and top with ice. Then, add your aromatics of choice: cannabis leaves, lime wheel, grapefruit peel, peppercorns, etc. Finally, float 15 milligrams of CBD oil on top.
Muddle 6 cannabis leaves and 2 mint leaves (or just 8 mint leaves) in 1/2 ounce of simple syrup in a chilled glass. Add 2 1/2 ounces of bourbon and 15 milligrams of CBD tincture. Top with ice and swizzle, then garnish with mint sprigs.
Muddle 3 cucumber slices, 3 cannabis leaves and 1/2 ounce of simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Add 2 ounces of Pimm’s Original No. 1, 15 milligrams of CBD tincture and 3/4 ounce of lemon juice, and then shake with ice. Strain into a chilled glass filled with ice, and top with 1 ounce ginger beer. Garnish with a cucumber.
In a cocktail shaker, mix 2 ounces of Mezcal, 3/4 ounce of lime juice, 3/4 ounce of passion fruit juice, 1/2 ounce of Chartreuse and plenty of ice. Shake briskly and strain into a glass, garnishing with a rosemary sprig and finishing with 4 to 5 drops of CBD tincture or oil.
Once you are comfortable mixing CBD into these summer cocktails, you can start thinking about adding CBD to other seasonal beverages — maybe something pumpkin spiced for upcoming fall.
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