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5 CBD Cocktail Recipes You Can Whip Up at Home

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Summer might be coming to an end, but most of the US is still experiencing summer weather.

What better way to cool down after work than with a relaxing CBD cocktail. Hemp- and cannabis-infused cocktails have been all the rage since Chris Amirault started serving them up at his bar in LA.

CBD cocktails offer the benefits of quicker but more mellow buzz. And some even suggest the negative side effects of alcohol (i.e. a hangover) can be avoided with CBD cocktails.

Want to try a CBD cocktail you can make at home? Check out our top 5 recipes for cooling down with a CBD cocktail.

How to make CBD Simple Syrup

The best way to infuse your favorite cocktails with CBD is to make your own CBD simple syrup. Simple syrup is usually a 2:1 ratio mixture of sugar and water.

Here, we’re using brown sugar instead of white because we think the extra flavor in the brown sugar works best with the pungent flavors of decarbed CBD flower. But feel free to use any other type of sugar in this recipe.

Ingredients

4 cups Brown Sugar

2 cups Water

2 tablespoons Coconut Oil

4 grams Decarboxylated CBD

Recipe

To begin, place melted oil and decarbed CBD in a jar. Place the jar in a pot of boiling water and bring the temperature of the CBD-oil mixture up to 100 degrees F. Meanwhile, combine sugar and water in a pot over low heat until the mixture is completely homogenous. Add the CBD-oil mixture.

If you prefer, you can also use commercially available CBD oil in place of making your own. Simply measure out 2 tablespoons of your favorite strain of Highland Pharms hemp CBD oil and add to the cooled sugar-water mixture.

5 CBD Cocktail Recipes to Cool Down

CBD cocktails usually come in 2 forms. Either you want to try and mask the herbaceous flavor of the CBD flower or you want to enhance it by adding flavors that work well with the CBD strain you’re using.

We’re giving you a mix of both here, with the first 3 drinks meant to enhance the pungent flavors of your CBD simple syrup and the final 2 meant to mask those flavors. Ready to start mixing? Let’s get started with #1, the CBD-ito.

1. The CBD-ito

The mojito’s classic combination of mint, lime, and rum gets an update with a little CBD simple syrup. This drink is perfect for enjoying pool- or beachside. And if you prefer basil or another herb to mint, you can always make your own twist on this cocktail.

Ingredients

10 Sprigs of Mint

2 oz White Rum

1 oz Fresh Lime Juice

1 oz CBD Simple Syrup

A Splash of Soda or Sprite

Recipe

Add mint to the bottom of a glass or shaker. Muddle the mint by gently pressing down a few times before adding the lime juice, rum, and simple syrup.

Give the drink a quick shake before straining into a high ball glass filled with crushed ice and top with a splash of soda or sprite. For garnish, use a large sprig of mint and a lime wheel.

2. The CBD Whiskey Sour Diesel

While this drink was originally created to be used with the infamous strain, Sour Diesel, this version uses CBD simple syrup instead. Don’t try to skimp on the fresh lemon and lime juice by using sweet & sour instead. The tart flavor of fresh juice better masks the pungent CBD flavor.

Ingredients

2 oz Bourbon Whiskey

1 oz Fresh Lime Juice

1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice

1 oz CBD Simple Syrup

Recipe

In a shaker filled to the rim with ice, add all ingredients. Shake for 30 seconds to dilute the juices and chill the bourbon. Use a strainer to pour into an old fashioned glass, top with ice, and garnish with a cherry.

3. Spiced CBD Sangria

Always a crowd favorite, spiced sangria is the perfect combination of sweet, fruity, and spicey. CBD sangria has the addition of CBD simple syrup. But you can also throw your CBD buds into the mix for extra delicious terpene flavor.

Ingredients

1 Bottle of Shiraz

1/4 cup Brandy

1/2 cup CBD Simple Syrup

1 Apple, sliced

1 Pear, sliced

2 Oranges, sliced

Cinnamon Stick

Whole Cloves

Recipe

Add all the ingredients into a large pitcher and chill for at least 24 hours. The longer this cocktail sits, the better the final product will be. Before serving in red wine or sangria glasses, we recommend removing the cinnamon and cloves from the mixture to avoid a spicey surprise.

4. The Espresso CBD-tini

Love coffee but hate the jitters? Then you might be interested in the amazing benefits of CBD and coffee. If you’ve yet to test out this match made in heaven, the Espresso CBD-tini is your perfect chance.

Ingredients

2 oz Shot of Espresso, chilled

0.5 oz Kahlua

2 oz Vodka

0.5 oz CBD Simple Syrup

Recipe

Add all ingredients to a shaker filled to the rim with ice. Shake for 15 seconds or until the drink forms a light brown crema at the surface. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a sprinkle of cocoa powder for a little extra flavor.

5. The CBD Brownie

This drink is a twist on the traditional chocolate martini. With a little bit of CBD simple syrup added, you’ll feel like you’re enjoying a CBD edible in liquid form. And there’s a reason so many edibles are made with chocolate– chocolate and hemp are a match made in cocktail heaven.

Ingredients

1 oz Godiva Dark Chocolate Liquor

1 oz Creme de Cacao

1 oz Bailey’s

0.5 oz Kahlua

0.5 oz CBD Simple Syrup

1 oz Heavy Cream

Chocolate Syrup

Recipe

Add all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice and shake until the heavy cream emulsifies with the liquors. In a chilled martini glass, drizzle chocolate syrup around the sides. Strain martini into the glass and top with whipped cream or some more chocolate syrup.

Making CBD Cocktails with CBD Hemp Oil

So you want to try out these cocktail recipes but you don’t want to go through the hassle of making them yourself. Instead, you can use a commercially available CBD oil product to add to your favorite cocktails when you’re out at your favorite bar.

Searching for a high-quality CBD hemp oil for your food and beverage recipes? Check out Highland Pharms’ selection of CBD drops and oils and start mixing up your own CBD cocktail recipes today!

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