Making your own CBD cocktails is a fun, easy way to experiment with cannabis’ most famous nonintoxicating compound. The best part: Harnessing CBD doesn’t need to be complicated. You can add it to drinks using oil, infused simple syrups or bottled drinks like tonic and sparkling waters to imbue your favorite beverages with a dose of CBD.
The classic Gin & Tonic is a great place to start. The two-ingredient dynamo is an ideal complement to CBD’s funky notes. Experiment with different gins to see what works best for you, but an especially citrusy selection like Tanqueray Rangpur gin does a good job taming CBD’s bold tones.
The CBD Gin & Tonic uses a premade CBD elixir from Aurora, based in Portland, Oregon. The company makes a handful of different elixirs, each infused with 25 milligrams of hemp extract. Choose from Rosemary Grapefruit, Blackcurrant Spruce, Lavender Orange and other flavorful combinations to find the tonic that best suits your tastes. Pour the gin and your chosen elixir into a glass with ice, and garnish with a fresh lime wheel and aromatic rosemary sprig.
Note that, while CBD doesn’t have the intoxicating effects of THC, it’s still advised to start slow. And keep in mind that CBD can take up to two hours to take full effect.
2 ounces Tanqueray Rangpur gin
4 ounces Aurora hemp-infused beverage
Garnish: lime wheel
Garnish: rosemary sprig
Fill a highball glass with ice.
Add the gin followed by the hemp-infused beverage, and stir well.
Garnish with a lime wheel and rosemary sprig.