3 CBD Cocktails That Are Way Better Than A Quarantini

JULY 14, 2020

11 minutes read

Photographer: Victor Protasio

 

Let’s be real, a Quarantini is just a regular martini that you drink alone in your house. Across Canada, many stay-at-home restrictions are slowly being lifted just in time for the warmer weather to kick in. Both of these factors offer up the perfect opportunity to have a few friends over to social distance in the back yard, or just cheers in the park to the fact that you survived a few tough months!

Here at B+F, we are advocates for total wellness, which includes taking some time to relax and celebrate the small wins and simple pleasures, as well as nice cocktail once in a while. But as always balance is key, so why not give your cocktail a little oomph without the extra OUCH the next day. Enter CBD cocktails, a foodie trend that could have no better time to shine than now. CBD not only enhances the taste of certain classic cocktails, but also enhance the feelings of relaxation you experience from a good sipper.

Beyond its purported health benefits, CBD can lead to a number of different flavor and texture enhancements in certain cocktails. Although it’s natural taste is mostly neutral, it does have earthy plant-like notes that can add a pleasant complexity to certain drinks. Because it is an oil, it also can add a viscous mouthfeel that works well in certain stirred cocktails.

“We’ve found that gin-based drinks and other cocktails with a botanical twist work well, mostly because they’re also terpene-rich,” says Rachel Burkons, founder of the culinary cannabis company Altered Plates.

CBD doesn’t contain THC, and therefore will not get you high, but it will still deliver a little extra sedation and relaxation when added to a cocktail. “It gives you a different kind of ‘buzz’ for a relaxed state of mind,” says Zsolt Csonka, owner-bartender at Adriaen Block, New York City’s first dedicated CBD bar. “After two drinks, you should find yourself feeling calm and mellow.”

For cocktails, you will want to use a CBD tincture that does not include any essential oils or flavour in it’s ingredients, but rather is just a combination of CBD Oil and a carrier oil like Grapeseed of MCT oil. Mary’s or B+F CBD Tinctures are both great options.

Here are three of our favourite summer cocktails whose flavour profiles are fresh while being complimented by the earthy notes in CBD Oil. Not only are these drinks easy to make, but they’ll also look gorgeous on any table and are totally Insta-post worthy. Are you drooling yet?

 

 


Grapefruit Rosemary CBD Cocktail

Rosemary simple syrup and gin pair beautifully with CBD and tart grapefruit juice in this cocktail. Gin-based drinks and other cocktails with a botanical twist work well with CBD because they’re also terpene-rich. Many of their notes are also the building blocks of flavor in hemp.

What you’ll need (per 1 serving)

1/2 whole grapefruit squeeze and skin peeled for garnish
1/2 ounce Rosemary Simple Syrup
1.5 ounces Gin
15 mg High-Quality Edible CBD Oil I use Bloom Farms
ice
Plain Sparkling water to top

HOW TO MAKE:

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine grapefruit juice, rosemary simple syrup*, CBD oil, and Gin with ice. Shake vigorously together. (*To make rosemary simple syrup, combine 1 part sugar with 1 part boiling water and 5 large pieces of rosemary. Simmer for 10 minutes so flavor permeates).
  2. In a coupe glass, pour the Grapefruit CBD elixir from the shake in coup glass.
  3. Top with sparkling water.
  4. Garnish with a grapefruit twist, slice, or sprig of rosemary

 

More Than Mint Julep

A stiff but refreshing cocktail that will kick you into relaxation mode. The vegetal notes from the cannabis create a stellar backdrop that makes this whiskey-centric cocktail into a seriously porch and patio perfect.

What you’ll need (per 1 serving)

2 1/2 ounces Kentucky bourbon whiskey
15 mg CBD tincture
10 mint leaves, plus a sprig for garnish
1 1/2 teaspoons superfine sugar
Seltzer water
Crushed ice

HOW TO MAKE:

  1. Place the mint leaves in the bottom of an old-fashioned glass and top with the sugar.
  2. Muddle these together until the leaves begin to break down.
  3. Add a splash of seltzer water and CBD, and gently stir
  4. Fill the glass 3/4 full with crushed ice, and add the bourbon.
  5. Top with another splash of seltzer, stir, and garnish with a sprig of mint.
  6. Serve immediately.

 

CBD Mezcal margarita

A combination of smoky mezcal, vegetal Aquavit, and CBD team up with your favorite green juice to create a flavor profile that is both refreshing and forward with a touch of wellness.

What you’ll need (per 1 serving)

1 ounce mezcal
1 ounce aquavit (WHAT IS AQUAVIT: https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2012/11/diy-aquavit-make-your-own-infusion-dill-vodka-project-scandinavian-spirit-recipe.html)
3/4 ounce lime juice
3/4 ounce agave syrup
1 ounce of your favorite green juice like celery, arugula, kale
1 pinch sea salt
15 mg CBD tincture
Edible flowers, lime wedge, or greens of choice to garnish

HOW TO MAKE:

1. In a shaker filled with ice, combine the mezcal, aquavit, lime juice, agave syrup, green juice, salt, and CBD tincture.
2. Shake, then fine strain into a lowball glass with one large ice cube.
3. If you prefer a salted rim, emit salt from shaker and rim your glass.
4. Garnish with a cannabis leaf, edible flowers, or your favorite greens.

References:

https://www.foodandwine.com/cocktails-spirits/cbd-cocktails
https://goop.com/recipes/cbd-julep/
https://www.darlingdownsouth.com/

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