While chefs are finding new ways to enhance a meal with CBD, bartenders are changing up their recipes as well. These new cocktails are lighter on the alcohol – or leave it out altogether – and their effects come from tinctures, infusions, and other CBD products. Non-drinkers love the possibilities for alcohol-free cocktails. Even longtime drinkers appreciate giving their liver a break and skipping the next-day headache.
What are some of the best CBD cocktails you can mix for your next party or after-dinner night cap? Read on for a few of our favorites.
In Food & Wine Magazine, Ryan Fleming from Stillhouse Spirits Co. suggests that the earthy flavor of CBD oil can compliment gin and amaro-based cocktails. Variations on the classic Tom Collins are popular, like this Lemon Lavender Collins recipe. Also, it is easy to skip the gin and add your preferred dosage to the BBC’s recipe for Elderflower Collins. The fresh and floral flavor of the elderflower will compliment the CBD oil, and you can add a favorite leafy herb as a garnish.
CBD tinctures are a natural choice for cocktail mixing. They function similarly to an extract, like lemon or vanilla, so it is easy to start with a low dosage in a classic drink. Some tinctures can be bitter, and one way to complement that flavor palate is a bitter-sweet combination, like an Irish Coffee or something with dark chocolate. The Out of the Haze-lnut Coffee from Joy Organics checks all the boxes here.
While it takes a little more prep work, a de-carbed flower can be versatile in a cocktail. One of the best hacks for everyday use, though, comes courtesy of Janelle Lassalle and Liquor.com. She has a recipe for a CBD-ginger syrup, which is a simple syrup with fresh ginger and decarboxylated dried flower. It can be stored in the fridge for up to a month, and it is a great addition for ginger drinks like Moscow Mules.
Readers, we want to hear from you! Have you experimented with CBD in your Happy Hour? What CBD drink do you want to try next? Leave a comment below!