Top CBD Christmas Cocktails for this festive season!
by Rowan Bailey
Spice Up Your Christmas with CBD Cocktails: Top Recipes for a Relaxing Holiday Season
Note: This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Please consult with a healthcare professional before consuming CBD cocktails or any other CBD products. As with any type of cocktail, drink with caution and always try a small dose at first before adjusting.
Introduction to CBD Cocktails
As the Christmas holidays approach, many of us are looking for ways to relax and unwind. What better way to add a touch of relaxation to your festive celebrations than with CBD cocktails? CBD, or cannabidiol, is a compound derived from the hemp plant that has gained popularity for its potential therapeutic benefits. Unlike THC, it doesn't get you 'High', but is reported to provide a calming effect with the right dose making it perfect to try with a cocktail this Christmas!
In this article, we will explore the world of CBD cocktails, from their legal perspective to popular recipes that will spice up your Christmas. Whether you want an easy infusion that allows you to adapt any of your favourites maintaining their regular flavour profile, or whether you want to pair a terpene profile from a super lemon haze CBD Drop infusion with the flavours of your favourite Gin and Tonic? Whatever takes your fancy, we've got the know how and the shopping list you'll need to give it a go!
So, let's dive in and discover the perfect CBD-infused drink to elevate your holiday spirits without bringing the dreaded hangover with it!
CBD Cocktails vs. Traditional Cocktails
CBD cocktails offer a unique twist on traditional cocktails by incorporating the potential benefits of CBD. While traditional cocktails can be enjoyable, they often contain alcohol, which can have its own effects on the body and mind. Not everyone enjoys alcohol, and often the nights where a few drinks line up socially, isn't always the best time to have a hangover the next day. With that in mind, CBD cocktails offer up the perfect balance without the nasty hangover the next day!
CBD cocktails provide a way to relax and unwind without the intoxicating effects of alcohol or the terrible hangover the next day. The combination of CBD and other ingredients in these cocktails can create a sense of calm and relaxation, making them an excellent choice for those who prefer a more mellow experience during the holidays.
CBD Cocktails: A Legal Perspective
Before we delve into the world of CBD cocktails, it's essential to understand the legal perspective surrounding them. In many countries, CBD derived from hemp is legal, as long as it contains less than 0.2% or 1mg of THC, the psychoactive compound found in cannabis. However, it's crucial to check your local laws and regulations before purchasing or consuming any CBD products. Additionally, ensure that you source your CBD from reputable suppliers who provide third-party lab test results to verify the purity and potency of their products. Beyond that it's worth looking into validated reviews and opinions on the brand as a whole to ensure they supply a quality consistent product. By following these guidelines, you can enjoy CBD cocktails with peace of mind and celebrate the holiday season in a legal and responsible manner.
Popular CBD Cocktails and Recipes
Now that we have covered the basics, let's explore some of the most popular CBD cocktails and recipes that will add a touch of relaxation and indulgence to your holiday celebrations. Remember you can add your own twists to these, as well as try infusing CBD into your own favourite cocktails using the principles we've outlined here for you!
Infused Cocktail Recipes: Adding CBD to Classic Drinks
One way to enjoy CBD cocktails is by infusing CBD into classic drink recipes. For example, you can add a few drops of CBD oil to your favorite Old Fashioned or Mojito recipe. The CBD will complement the flavours of the cocktail, providing a subtle hint of relaxation. Experimenting with different ratios and flavoUrs will allow you to find the perfect balance that suits your taste buds.
One thing to note is that CBD Oil is, well it's an oil. Famously oil and water don't mix particularly well, so with this in mind you need to consider how to blend your CBD cocktails to avoid an unsightly oil slick on top of your drink!
So how do we achieve this? Well the first easiest step is by opting for a CBD Oil strong enough that only 1-2 drops per drink would be enough for your dose. As an example, these 1,000mg CBD drops would only take 2 drops for a 10mg CBD drink, or these 2,000mg CBD Drops would only take 1 drop for a 10mg drink.
This means it's a lot easier to blend together, where as a 2.5% 250mg bottle of drops would require 8 drops for the same dose!
Next up! Shaken not stirred! Shaking your mix helps break down the droplets more evenly throughout the drink where as stirring can be harder to achieve the same blend.
If your cocktail uses creamy ingredients like Baileys or are foamy like an espresso martini, this will make blending the CBD Drops much easier!
CBD Edible Recipes: Delicious Treats for the Holidays
If you prefer to indulge in CBD-infused treats, there are plenty of options available. CBD brownies, for instance, are a delicious and relaxing dessert that can be enjoyed during the holiday season. You can also explore other CBD edible recipes, such as CBD-infused cookies or CBD gummies, to satisfy your sweet tooth while experiencing the potential benefits of CBD. For the most part you can follow classic recipes and simply add CBD oil into the mix, or perhaps melt in some CBD Chocolate for some added flavour!
The possibilities are endless when it comes to cooking with CBD. Whether you want to make a CBD infused gravy for the special day, make a spiced CBD Honey to drizzle into your teas throughout the season or making some CBD Gingerbread men!
If you decide to cook something using our CBD Oil, send in some pictures and a tell us how you get on! We may even send you a free bottle as a thank you!
How to Make CBD Hot Chocolate: A Warm and Relaxing Christmas Drink
For those looking for a warm and comforting CBD-infused drink, CBD hot chocolate is the perfect choice. Combining the soothing effects of CBD with the rich and decadent flavours of hot chocolate creates a delightful beverage to enjoy on a cold winter's night. Simply mix your favourite hot chocolate mix with CBD oil, and you'll have a luxurious treat that will warm your body and relax your mind. We suggest adding CBD at the beginning to help blend it evenly throughout your drink.
Or level it up and buy a gourmet CBD infused chocolate bar, and make your own flavoured CBD Hot Chocolate. Why not try a Gingerbread CBD Hot Chocolate or a little Salted Caramel? Add a couple of squares to your regular hot chocolate mix, or melt down half a bar with some hot milk of your choice for a decadent hot chocolate experience! Checkout this range of SALSA accredited gourmet CBD Chocolates Bars HERE.
Popular CBD Cocktails for a Unique Flavour Experience
The possibilities are endless when it comes to CBD cocktails. Some popular options include CBD-infused Old Fashioned, CBD Mint Julep, and CBD Whiskey Sour, to name a few. These classic cocktails have been given a modern twist with the addition of CBD, resulting in a drink that not only tastes great but also provides the potential benefits of CBD.
CBD Eggnog: A Festive Twist on a Holiday Classic
Eggnog is a beloved holiday classic that has slowly made its way to our shores from America. I must admit I didn't think i'd be a fan but that changed quite quickly... The best thing is that it can be easily transformed into a CBD-infused delight! By adding a few drops of CBD Oil to your eggnog recipe, you can create a festive twist that not only tastes delicious but also provides a sense of relaxation.
Sip on this creamy and comforting beverage while enjoying the company of loved ones, and let the CBD help you unwind during the holiday festivities.
Non-alcoholic CBD Cocktails and Mocktails
For those who prefer to avoid alcohol, non-alcoholic CBD cocktails and mocktails are a fantastic option. These drinks, often referred to as 'CBD mocktails' or 'CBD cocktails non-alcoholic', offer the same unique flavour experience as their alcoholic counterparts, without the alcohol content. Giving the next day hangover a miss is a popular choice!
Some popular non-alcoholic CBD cocktails include CBD-infused Lemonade, CBD Virgin Mojito, and CBD Arnold Palmer. These drinks are refreshing, flavourful, and a great way to enjoy the benefits of CBD in a non-alcoholic format. These days there is such a wide selection of non alcoholic counter parts with mixers and 0% spirits that hold true to their original counterparts. So the possibilities of a top shelf cocktail without the hangover are very real!
CBD Infused Espresso Martini recipe
The Espresso Martini is a classic cocktail that has been given a modern twist with the addition of CBD. I'd be lying if I said this wasn't my favourite classic cocktail so with CBD in the mix, what is there not to love?! This recipe requires the following ingredients: 1 shot of espresso, 1 ounce of vodka, 1 ounce of coffee liqueur, and a dropper full of CBD oil. For a touch of sweetness you can also add a squirt of your favourite syrup!
To prepare this cocktail, mix the espresso, vodka, and coffee liqueur in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well until the mixture is thoroughly chilled. Strain the cocktail into a martini glass and top with the CBD oil. Stir gently to combine, and enjoy!
Cosmo with a CBD Twist recipe
The Cosmo, or Cosmopolitan, is a popular cocktail that pairs beautifully with the earthy notes of CBD. This recipe requires the following ingredients: 1 ounce of vodka, 1/2 ounce of triple sec, 1 ounce of cranberry juice, a squeeze of fresh lime juice, and a couple of drops of your favourite strength CBD Oil Drops.
To prepare this cocktail, mix the vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well until thoroughly chilled. Strain the cocktail into a martini glass and top with the CBD oil. Stir gently to combine, and enjoy!
CBD Gin and Tonic recipe
The Gin and Tonic is a classic cocktail that can be elevated with the addition of CBD. This recipe requires the following ingredients: 2 ounces of gin, 4 ounces of tonic water, a squeeze of fresh lime juice, and 2 drops of these 10% 1,000mg CBD Oil Drops.
To prepare this cocktail, mix the gin and lime juice in a shaker and mix thoroughly before pouring into glass filled with ice. Top with the tonic, stir gently to combine, and enjoy!
How to Create Your Own CBD Infused Drink Recipes
Creating your unique CBD infused drink is relatively straightforward. All you need is your favourite drink recipe, a high-quality CBD oil or tincture, and a little creativity. Start by choosing a drink that you think will pair well with the earthy, botanical flavours of CBD. Then, experiment with adding varying amounts of CBD to achieve the desired effect.
Essential CBD Cocktail Mixers for Every Home Bar
A well-stocked home bar is key to creating great CBD cocktails. Essential CBD cocktail mixers include simple syrups, bitters, and a classic range of spirits. These mixers can add depth and complexity to your cocktails, elevating them from good to great.
Top CBD Mocktail Recipes
If you're looking for non-alcoholic alternatives, CBD mocktails are the way to go. Some of the top CBD mocktail recipes include CBD-infused Lemonade, CBD Virgin Mojito, and CBD Arnold Palmer. These drinks are refreshing, flavourful, and a great way to enjoy the benefits of CBD in a non-alcoholic format.
Tips for Making the Perfect Hemp Cocktails
Making the perfect hemp cocktail requires a bit of practice and experimentation. Start by choosing a high-quality CBD oil or tincture. The quality of your CBD product will significantly affect the taste and efficacy of your cocktail.
When mixing your cocktail, remember that the flavours should complement each other. The botanical notes of CBD can work well with a variety of ingredients, from fresh herbs and citrus fruits to rich, creamy liqueurs.
Weed Jello Shots: Fun and Potent Party Treats
If you're looking to add a bit of excitement to your holiday gatherings, weed jello shots are a fantastic option. These colourful and potent party treats can be infused with CBD to provide a relaxing and enjoyable experience for your guests. With a wide range of flavours and combinations available, you can get creative and customise your jello shots to suit your preferences. With smaller moulds and some patience you could also look into CBD Gummy recipes too!
Canna Sugar Recipes: Sweetening Your Cocktails with CBD
Another way to incorporate CBD into your cocktails is by using canna sugar. Canna sugar is made by infusing sugar with CBD, creating a sweet and relaxing addition to your favourite drinks. It really couldn't be easier and opens up plenty of possibilities when mixing it up with flavoured options, adding cinnamon or even swapping sugar out for salt with a cheeky mojito!
Whether you want to sweeten your morning coffee or or line a glass with bright pink strawberry canna sugar for your cosmo! Canna sugar is a versatile ingredient that can elevate your holiday spirits.
CBD Brownies Recipe: Indulgent and Relaxing Dessert
If you're looking for a decadent and relaxing dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth during the holiday season, CBD brownies are the perfect choice. These indulgent treats combine the rich flavours of chocolate with the potential benefits of CBD, creating a dessert that is both delicious and soothing. Here's a simple CBD brownie recipe to get you started:
- 1 cup of all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup of cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 cup of unsalted butter
- 1 cup of sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup of butter or oil
- 200mg CBD Oil Drops
- Optional: chocolate chips, nuts, or any other desired mix-ins
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a baking pan and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
- In a separate large bowl, melt the unsalted butter. Add the sugar and mix until well combined. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla extract and whisk thoroughly until it thickens and peaks can be formed.
- Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined. Be careful not to overmix by gradually folding it. You want to keep as much of the air from whipping it still in the mix.
- Fold in any desired mix-ins, such as chocolate chips or nuts.
- Pour the batter into the greased baking pan and smooth the top with a spatula.
- Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out with a few moist crumbs.
- Allow the brownies to cool before cutting into squares and serving. For extra gooey chewy goodness, place in your fridge overnight once cooled!
Where to Buy CBD for Cocktails and Edibles
When it comes to purchasing CBD for your cocktails and edibles, it's essential to choose a reputable supplier. Look for companies that provide third-party lab test results to ensure the purity and potency of their products. Online retailers, health food stores, and specialised CBD dispensaries are all excellent options for purchasing CBD. Additionally, consider the concentration and form of CBD that best suits your needs, whether it be CBD oil drops, or CBD-infused products specifically designed for cocktails and edibles.
Safety and Dosage Tips for CBD Cocktails
While CBD is generally well-tolerated, it's crucial to exercise caution and follow proper dosage guidelines when consuming CBD cocktails. Start with a low dose and gradually increase as needed, paying close attention to how your body reacts. Remember that CBD affects everyone differently, and what works for one person may not work for another. If you have any pre-existing health conditions or are taking medication, consult with a healthcare professional before incorporating CBD into your holiday celebrations.
If you want to read more about CBD side effects and drug interactions you can read up about it in our article HERE.
Conclusion: Celebrate the Holidays with CBD-infused Cocktails
Spicing up your Christmas with CBD cocktails can add a new level of relaxation and enjoyment to your holiday season. By exploring the world of CBD-infused drinks and treats, you can discover unique recipes that suit your taste buds and provide a sense of calm. Remember to source your CBD from reputable suppliers, follow proper dosage guidelines, and always prioritise your safety and well-being. Cheers to a relaxing and joyous holiday season filled with CBD-infused delights!