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5 CBD mocktail recipes for warm weather

5 CBD mocktail recipes for warm weather

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30 minutes

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Easy

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Is there anything better than the first sip of a well-mixed cocktail? Stress, distractions, and the weight of the day all fall away as you kick up your feet and relax with a drink.

But if you’re looking for refreshing summer drinks minus the alcohol, you’re in the right place.

A CBD mocktail is made with all of your favorite flavorful cocktail ingredients, plus a CBD tincture

Best of all, having one too many of these won’t result in a pounding headache or nasty hangover, so get your mixers and stir sticks ready!

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Why consider CBD drink recipes? 

For many, there’s nothing better than a joint or a packed bowl to unwind. But cannabis is a versatile plant, and sometimes it’s fun to switch things up. 

Cooking with cannabis (or infusing drinks with cannabis, in this case) lets you get creative, play with flavors, and try something new. It’s a great way to share the benefits of cannabis with friends who don’t want to smoke (and it gives your lungs a break.) 

Tips for mixing CBD infused drinks

  • Decarboxylate your cannabis before making the tincture to ensure you get the full benefit of CBD.
  • Despite the term “tincture” being thrown around a lot in cannabis, it usually refers to infused oils. Traditionally tincture refers to the presence of alcohol, which is what this recipe entails. While cannabis oil could be added to these drinks, they wouldn’t mix nearly as well as an ethanol-based CBD tincture.
  • Experiment with flavors and ingredients! Don’t be afraid to try new things or switch up old cocktail recipes with CBD.
  • Measure your CBD dose so you know how much you’re having. While a CBD tincture won’t produce the same impairing effects as THC it’s still important to measure your consumption, especially if you’re taking prescription medications. CBD has the potential to interact with numerous pharmaceuticals.

The importance of decarboxylation

Decarboxylating your cannabis is the first step in any edibles recipe. Decarbing is the process by which acidic cannabinoids like THCA and CBDA are converted into the THC and CBD you know and love. When you roll a joint, the lighter takes care of the decarbing for you, but with edibles, you have to create the conditions for the chemical change yourself. 

You can also make a CBD tincture without decarbing your bud. You’ll benefit from the properties of CBDA, which are similar to CBD, but the physical effects of the tincture will be less noticeable. 

CBD tincture recipe 

Making a CBD tincture is easier than you think! All you need is your CBD flower, high-proof alcohol, and a few common kitchen items. 

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How to make CBD tincture 

  • Finely grind and decarb your CBD-rich bud at 240F for 30 minutes. Remove and let cool.
  • Put the flower into a glass jar and pour the alcohol over it. Gently shake to combine.
  • Store your tincture in a cool, dark storage space and let it sit for at least 24 hours. The longer you let it sit, the stronger it will be. You can let it sit for up to a month.
  • When you’re ready to use your tincture, strain the mix through a cheesecloth into a large storage container. Strain the mix at least twice before transferring to a small glass dropper bottle. Store your tincture in a cool, dark place.

How to dose your tincture 

It can be hard to measure the potency of a homemade tincture. Potency can range widely depending on the herb you used to make the tincture, so start with a low dose and go slowly. Allow yourself at least a couple hours after dosing to feel the full effects of the tincture. A half mL or 1 mL is plenty to start with. Once you know how strong it is, you can adjust the dose to 2.5 mL or even 5 mL from there. 

Always store your tincture in a secure location, properly labeled and away from kids and pets. 

5 CBD mocktail recipes for warm weather 

Rosemary Citrus CBD Spritzer 

Yield: 6 servings of rosemary simple syrup 
Prep time: 30 minutes, not including tincture 

This recipe from Solful is just begging to be enjoyed from the porch during a summer sunset. 

Rosemary simple syrup ingredients: 

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  • 1.33

    c sugar

  • 1

    cup water

  • 5

    rosemary sprigs, fresh

  • 1.33

    c sugar

  • 1

    cup water

  • 5

    rosemary sprigs, fresh

Spritzer ingredients: 

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  • CBD tincture

  • 4

    lemons

  • Ice

  • Soda water

  • CBD tincture

  • 4

    lemons

  • Ice

  • Soda water

Instructions

  • First, make a rosemary simple syrup by combining the sugar, water, and 4/5 rosemary sprigs in a saucepan. Bring the mix to a boil and stir until the sugar dissolves. 
  • Simmer the mix for one minute, then remove from heat and let cool for at least 20 minutes. Strain the mix into a glass container. Once cooled, store your simple syrup in the fridge for up to four weeks. 
  • Fill your glass with ice. Then cut and juice one lemon, or enough to get ¾ oz.
  • Add the lemon juice, CBD tincture, and 1 oz (30mL) of the rosemary simple syrup to the glass 
  • Top with soda water and garnish with a rosemary sprig and lemon peel. Enjoy! 

Elderberry Lemon CBD Mocktail 

Yield: One mocktail 
Prep time: 5 minutes 

Immune-supporting elderberry meets a bright burst of lemon and the relaxing powers of CBD in this quick and easy mocktail from Ganjapreneurgal

Ingredients

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  • 0.5

    c ice

  • 1 oz

    elderberry syrup

  • 0.75 oz

    lemon juice (juice and zest of ½ a lemon)

  • CBD tincture

  • 1

    lemon sparkling water

  • 1

    rosemary sprig

  • 0.5

    c ice

  • 29.5 ml

    elderberry syrup

  • 22 ml

    lemon juice (juice and zest of ½ a lemon)

  • CBD tincture

  • 1

    lemon sparkling water

  • 1

    rosemary sprig

Instructions 

  • In your glass of choice, add the ice, elderberry syrup, lemon juice, and CBD tincture. Mix well.
  • Top with the lemon sparkling water and garnish with the rosemary sprig and lemon zest.
  • Enjoy!

CBD Watermelon Mojito

Yield: One mocktail 
Prep time: 5 minutes 

The iconic summer mojito gets a cannabis twist in this simple recipe from Real Simple Good

Ingredients

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  • 2

    cubes watermelon (about 2 inches  x 2 inches)  

  • 3

    leaves fresh mint

  • 2

    cucumber slices, ⅛ inch thick

  • 2

    tsp agave nectar (to taste)

  • CBD tincture

  • 1

    can of sparkling water

  • 2

    cubes watermelon (about 2 inches  x 2 inches)  

  • 3

    leaves fresh mint

  • 2

    cucumber slices, ⅛ inch thick

  • 2

    tsp agave nectar (to taste)

  • CBD tincture

  • 1

    can of sparkling water

Instructions

  • Cut your watermelon into cubes and place in the bottom of your glass. Add a few fresh mint leaves and muddle together.
  • Add your ice, cucumber slices, agave, and CBD tincture.
  • Top with sparkling water, stir, and enjoy!

Cucumber Ginger CBD Mocktail

Yield: 6 servings of ginger cucumber simple syrup
Prep time: 110 minutes 

If you love the spicy kick of ginger, you’ll love this infused mocktail from Papa and Barkley

Ginger cucumber simple syrup ingredients: 

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  • 1

    cup water

  • 1

    c agave nectar

  • 2

    tbsp ginger, chopped roughly

  • 1

    sliced cucumber

  • 1

    cup water

  • 1

    c agave nectar

  • 2

    tbsp ginger, chopped roughly

  • 1

    sliced cucumber

Mocktail ingredients:

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  • Sparkling water

  • CBD tincture

  • 1

    slice of cucumber

  • Sparkling water

  • CBD tincture

  • 1

    slice of cucumber

Method

  • In a saucepan combine water, agave nectar and ginger, and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer until mixture has reduced by 25% and the ginger becomes aromatic, about 10 minutes.
  • Add cucumber, remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Transfer mixture to the refrigerator for a minimum of 90 minutes, preferably overnight to allow all of the flavors to come together. Strain mixture into a storage container and store in the refrigerator for up to one month.
  • In a rocks glass, combine 1.5 oz ginger cucumber syrup, ice, CBD tincture, and  5oz sparkling water. Garnish with fresh cucumber and enjoy!

Pomegranate CBD Mocktail 

Yield: 8 servings of orange simple syrup 
Prep time: 30 – 45 minutes 

The delicious flavor of pomegranate meets cinnamon and citrus in this flavorful recipe from Page & Plate

Orange simple syrup ingredients:

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  • 2

    cup water

  • 2

    cup sugar

  • 1

    medium orange (for juicing and zesting)

  • 2

     cinnamon sticks

  • 1

    tsp orange zest 

  • 2

    cup water

  • 2

    cup sugar

  • 1

    medium orange (for juicing and zesting)

  • 2

     cinnamon sticks

  • 1

    tsp orange zest 

Mocktail ingredients: 

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  • 1 oz

    pomegranate juice 

  • CBD tincture

  • Sparkling water

  • 1

    tsp pomegranate seeds

  • 29.5 ml

    pomegranate juice 

  • CBD tincture

  • Sparkling water

  • 1

    tsp pomegranate seeds

Instructions

  • In a saucepan combine water, sugar, orange juice, cinnamon and ¾ of the zest and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Stir until the sugar is dissolved, about one minute, remove from heat and cool to room temperature.  Strain mixture  through a strainer and store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to one month.
  • In a glass, combine pomegranate juice, CBD tincture, and 1 oz of the orange simple syrup.
  • Top with sparkling water, garnish with pomegranate seeds, and enjoy!
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