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cbd cocktail recipe

The cocktail scene is a constantly developing one, as bartenders create, follow and build on trends. Some trends include new spirits or liqueurs, others include novel approaches to the craft, like barrel-aged cocktails or sous vide-infused drinks. One trend that rose in the later part of the 2010s was in the inclusion of cannabidiol in drinks. Cannabidiol—more popularly known as CBD—is an active ingredient in cannabis. Far less regulated than THC—the other major ingredient in cannabis, and the one known for getting people “high”—CBD has no proven psychoactive effect, but has been reported by some users to decrease anxiety and relieve pain.

Using raw CBD oil rather than a syrup also ensures you’re getting the maximum flavor (and any terpenes) from the CBD as it has been minimally processed or heated. The ease of adding it means it’s an easy first recipe with which to try out a CBD infusion.

With more and more states legalizing cannabis, CBD has been making its appearance in bars, adding both a nutty, piney flavor to the drinks as well as, reportedly, enhancing their soporific quality. One of the first—and some would argue, most polarizing—forms of CBD cocktails to emerge was the CBD float. Popularized by innovative bartenders, floating CBD oil works best when it’s paired with strong acidic and salty flavors that cut through its piney tones. The olive brine in this CBD version of a Dirty Martini does the job nicely. Of course, if you’re not a fan of the Dirty part of a Martini, it is acceptable to add it to a traditional, olive-free Dry Martini, just keep in mind that the flavors of the CBD oil will be more pronounced with only gin and vermouth to balance it.

Are you CBD-curious? Making your own CBD cocktails is a fun, easy way to experiment with cannabis’ most famous nonintoxicating compound. Nowadays, grocery stores like Portland, Ore.’s New Seasons even carry CBD products, so you don’t have to venture into a dispensary. And the best part? You can play with alcoholic and nonalcoholic versions of drinks.

There are many ways to incorporate CBD into your drink. One way is to create your own CBD simple syrup. Other popular methods include floating CBD oil on top of your cocktail or using premade CBD tonics to whip drinks up with. These are three recipes representing three different ways to infuse CBD into your drink.