CBD Cocktails are the focus here today. We’ve covered a whole myriad of THC cocktails but these recipes are a little different, they don’t contain any psychoactive cannabinoids.
For these recipes, we will be focusing on CBD cocktails, more specifically, CBD-infused gin will be used as the base for every cocktail here. As always the first thing to do is create a liquid marijuana infusion, from here you have free reign to get creative. With that being said, we will provide some ideas to get you started!
Why Choose CBD Cocktails?
CBD cocktails can be enjoyed by those who prefer non-psychoactive cannabinoids. By making CBD cocktails you can create a tasty alcoholic drink to help you relax. CBD-infused drinks are great for relaxing at the end of a long, stressful day.
A History of Gin Cocktails
Although there are records of 11th-century Italian monks infusing a distilled spirit with Juniper berries, it is the Dutch who are credited with the creation of Gin, although their national spirit is called Genever.
The British were introduced to Genever whilst over in The Netherlands, fighting the Spanish in the early 17th century. It was given to the forces before they went into battle, to warm them up and steady their nerves; the original ‘Dutch Courage’.
Though London Gin had been made by a cartel of distillers for many years, it was the latter part of the 17th century before the spirit became ubiquitous. The dutch ruler, William of Orange, sat on the throne of England and broke the monopoly, encouraging the British to distill gin and other spirits. It was so popular that wages were sometimes even paid in gin. Ironic really, as the current popularity of the spirit in the UK means that wages are now often spent on gin!
Gin is a base spirit (vodka) distilled with or infused by herbs and botanicals, notably Juniper. There are many boutique gin producers, each with their own recipes and flavors. Given the way that gin is made and the varying herbal qualities within its taste profile, it should come as no surprise that infusing gin with cannabis imparts a new, complementary, flavor dynamic.
The shape-shifting character of gin’s aromatics and the flavor is harnessed and put to good use in many cocktails around the world. Our team of Spanish mixologists has put together a selection of 5 gin-based cocktails to show exactly how cannabis-infused gin can be used to stunning effect.
Before you start work on your first Weed-infused rum cocktail, we suggest you read our piece All you Need to Know About Cannabis Cocktails.
What do I Need to Make Gin CBD Cocktails?
Obviously, you’re going to need some cannabis-infused Gin. We have covered how to infuse liquor with marijuana in another article, so that is a great place to start. You can infuse any gin you like, but we’d suggest a dry gin with herbal botanicals, rather than a fruit-flavored one.
This is only so that you can appreciate what the additional CBD infusion brings to the party, other than a cannabinoid hit; a strong fruit-flavored gin is likely to mask any new flavor you might add. Perhaps more importantly, a strong fruit-led gin will change the cocktail you’re mixing dramatically. None of our cocktails use a fruit-based gin.
Of course, if you happen to love a blood orange gin, or blueberry and rhubarb, use it! This is your weed, your gin, your party.
Each of our recommended cocktails has a full ingredients list, so read those and prepare what you’ll need.
In addition to the liquid ingredients and garnishes, you’ll need fresh ice to hand, a cocktail shaker, and some glassware. It’s nice to show your cocktail off in the correct, recommended glass, but the truth is it’ll taste good out of a jam jar. Our glassware suggestions are exactly that, use whatever glass you have to hand.
Our Suggested Gin CBD Cocktails
Our list of five weed-infused Gin cocktails has been selected largely for ease of production; we’ve shied away from recipes that involve a well-stocked bar, such as a Singapore Sling, Monkey Gland or Aviation. We have tried to provide a mix of cocktail styles and the first on our list was created just for you!
The Relaxtini is a CBD infused twist on a classic ‘Dirty Martini’ where the brine from the olive jar would be used, instead of our salt solution. Feel free to swap this out. Also, infusing the gin with one of the high CBD strains of cannabis will accentuate the relaxing element of this cocktail.
2 oz CBD-infused GIn
¾ oz Dry vermouth
2 Dashes of orange bitters
1 Dash salt solution
How to mix:
Pour all the ingredients into your cocktail shaker, over lots of ice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds or more. Strain into a Martini glass. Take a slice of lemon zest and twist it over the drink, showering the surface in a fine mist of lemon oils. Discard the peel and enjoy one of the best CBD cocktails.
Make the salt solution by mixing 20g Salt to 80ml of water and stir until dissolved.
The Italian Count, Camillo Negroni, is credited with the Negroni’s invention, back in the early 20th century, while drinking in a bar in Florence. This simple to make cocktail is refreshingly bitter and compliments the herbal tones of your weed-infused gin, perfectly.
1 oz CBD-infused gin
1 oz sweet vermouth
1 oz Campari
How to mix:
No shaker or strainer required, this is traditionally built in the glass. Pour all the ingredients into an Old-fashioned or Rocks glass, with large ice cubes, and stir until well-chilled, do not shake. Garnish with a slice of orange peel.
Another supremely simple cocktail to make, the wonderfully refreshing Gimlet, is said to date back to the late 18th-century. Adding lime juice to alcohol was a sure-fire way to get sailors to drink the vitamin-c rich juice and help fight off scurvy. Now drunk for pleasure the world over, the Gimlet is a drink worthy of your cannabis-infused gin.
2 ½ oz CBD-infused gin
½ oz lime juice, freshly squeezed
½ oz simple syrup
How to mix:
Pour all the ingredients into your shaker with lots of ice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds or longer. Strain into a chilled Martini or Old-fashioned glass, filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.
Another twist on a Moscow Mule, this variation elevates the genre to a sublime level of sophistication and style. The fresh ginger, mint, and the herbal notes of your bud-blessed gin, are what sets this drink head and shoulders above any old ‘mule’. If you don’t have any fresh ginger, don’t let that stop you; it’s a stunning drink, even without that extra hit.
A thin slice of root ginger, 2cm x 2cm, cut across the grain.
½ oz simple syrup
½ oz fresh lime juice
10 mint leaves
2 oz CBD-infused London dry gin
Good quality ginger Beer
How to make:
In your shaker, muddle the root ginger and simple syrup. Add the lime juice, mint, and gin, along with a good quantity of fresh ice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds or more and strain into an ice-filled Collins or Hi-ball glass. Top the glass with ginger beer, stirring gently. Garnish with a mint sprig and a lime wedge. Don’t forget to clap the mint sprig between your hands, once, to release its essence.
Legendary bartender Dick Bradsell invented this classic in the mid-’80s, whilst working at Fred’s Club in London’s Soho. In an interview where he demonstrates how to make a Bramble, he says that he was inspired by the fresh blackberries he used to collect as a child. Dick himself says that if you don’t have any creme de mure to hand and you really want a Bramble, you can swap that ingredient out for Ribena. We’re not quite 100% on that, but if the great man said so…? You must, however, use only crushed ice in the serving glass!
2 oz CBD-infused dry gin
1 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 bar spoons Simple syrup
1/2 oz Crème de mure
How to make:
Pour the gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup into a shaker with a good serving of ice and shake vigorously for 30 seconds or more. Strain into an Old Fashioned glass over crushed ice. Drizzle over the creme de mure and garnish with half a lemon wheel and a fresh blackberry.
The Best CBD Cocktails
We have provided a comprehensive list of CBD cocktails in this article, while all have their merits and are no doubt great drinks, we stand by our own, The Relaxtini, as being the best alcoholic CBD infused drink.