CBD is a trending topic right now. These days it seems like everyone and their mother is trying cannabidiol, an extract of the cannabis plant. If you’ve heard the reports of miraculous health benefits, you may be wondering how the plant oil actually works and how to incorporate it into your life.
Research into the effects of cannabis on the human body has yielded the identification of the endocannabinoid system (ECS). This biological system, while still undergoing research, seems to be involved in regulating cognitive processes including mood, memory, appetite and the sensation of pain.
The ECS also plays a role in how a person feels and reacts after ingesting CBD. An endocannabinoid system diagram shows how cannabinoids react with receptors on the surfaces of human cells, transmitting information to the brain. These receptors explain why cannabidiol seems to have an effect on the body.
It’s even having an effect on mixology.
Why CBD in Cocktails?
After doing your research on what cannabidiol is and how it affects the human body, you may be wondering how to incorporate this wonder substance into your life. There are many different methods for ingesting CBD including vaping, eating edibles such as gummies. However, many people are choosing to mix CBD in cocktails.
For example, Evolution’s water soluble CBD tincture can infuse your beverage with cannabidiol. The result is a cocktail with a subtle calming effect. CBD cocktails are stimulating, yet relaxing. You’ll carry a soothing buzz with you throughout the night.
Our Favorite Drink Recipes
We’ve experimented with many CBD infused drink recipes and developed our list of top ten favorites. Take these ideas and make your own concoction at home for your next gathering!
#1: Tequila CBD Sunrise
This cocktail is always a fun one as its colors are reminiscent of a gorgeous sunrise. CBD is a lovely addition to this playful classic.
Here’s how it goes:
Simply mix CBD in with tequila, orange juice, and ice cubes.
Shake well and pour into a glass.
Add a little bit of grenadine and an orange slice garnish.
#2: CBD Cosmo
What if CBD had been big in the 1990s? The Sex and the City cast would probably all have been drinking this take on a classic. Vodka, cranberry juice, triple sec, lime juice, and CBD oil will have you feeling like a more chill version of Carrie Bradshaw.
Sangria is already an earthy cocktail option with its inclusion of fruit. Why not double down and add some cannabidiol? Simply add your water soluble tincture to a glass of red wine with strawberries, blueberries, lime juice, and a little peach brandy.
#4: Dirty CBD Martini
If you’re not normally a martini person, give them another try with CBD. The strong, acidic flavors present in the cocktail blend well with the earthy notes from the cannabidiol.
Extra dry vermouth
Olive cocktail brine
Garnish with green olives and cracked pepper.
#5: Peaches, Cream & CBD
For something fruity and creamy, look no further than this fragrant cocktail. The creaminess comes from including egg white. Peach slices, cherries, and vanilla syrup give it a sweet flavor. Vodka, bourbon, lemon juice, and a dash of peach bitters round out this delicious drink.
#6: Aperol CBD Spritz
Aperol Spritzes are the perfect refreshing summer cocktail. Add some cannabidiol and you’re sure to feel relaxed whether you’re on vacation or just enjoying an evening at home.
This drink is relatively simple. You’ll just need:
Grapefruit slice garnish
You can even try adding cannabidiol-infused sparkling soda!
#7: Mary Jane Mojito
Mojitos are a perfect CBD cocktail. They even have a leafy green garnish…mint!
Mix your water soluble tincture with:
Lemon and lime juice
Garnish with lime wedges and fresh mint for a truly green treat.
#8: Mulled CBD Cider
If you’re looking for a wintry cocktail to warm you up on a cold night, mulled cider is the way to go. When infused with cannabidiol, the result is truly cozy and comforting.
Simmer apple cider with an orange, nutmeg, and cardamom.
Brown sugar, cinnamon sticks, and aromatic cloves will complete this irresistible treat.
#9: Passion Fruit CBD Infusion
Looking to share a cannabidiol cocktail with that special someone? You can’t go wrong with a little passion fruit.
Get some passion fruit puree or blend it fresh yourself.
Mix your water soluble CBD tincture with fresh lemon juice, gin, and a sweet simple syrup of your choice.
#10: Long Island Iced CBD Tea
Last but certainly not least, we have a somewhat infamous concoction. Its notoriety stems from the fact that it includes several different kinds of liquor. It’s not for the faint of heart, but it actually tastes better than you’d think.
Sweet and sour mix
With just a little bit of CBD added, your drink is sure to be memorable.
This is a guest post by C J Rooney