Who doesn’t love a nice drink when winding down after a long week? We all have the demands of work, family and friends alike putting a little bit of pressure on us from time to time. Need a little extra weight off your shoulders without all the excess alcohol? Try a CBD cocktail!
CBD-spiked cocktails intrigue lots of people and it seems like just about everyone is experimenting with cannabidiol, also known as CBD oils. Devotees swear by it, and it's said to help with a whole range of problems - from sleep and stress to canine joint pain. People have also started mixing it into everything, from smoothies to coffees. Certain restaurants and bars have even started using it in cocktails.
If you are based in a major city, then the chances are you may have come across a bartender mixing up a CBD cocktail. For many younger people, this is an ideal way to enjoy drinks without the typical effects of intoxication - though that largely depends on how much you consume. But aside from this, putting CBD into your cocktails changes how you experience alcohol. Keep in mind that overdrinking will still make you sick, but there is evidence that CBD makes people less nauseous and might actually reduce the effects of intoxication.
Benefits of CBD Cocktails
Studies suggest that CBD is an excellent way to relieve stress and anxiety because it generates a feel-good sensation once consumed. This non-psychoactive substance extracted from the cannabis plant also has anti-inflammatory properties.
With all these health benefits, mixing CBD with cocktails is a perfect way to drink, relax and unwind after a long and stressful day. The aroma of CBD can indeed soothe your senses, and its taste can surely make your day worthwhile.
CBD and Alcohol - why mix the two?
The reason why CBD oil is used by so many people is that it does not have psychoactive properties. Hemp produces very small amounts of THC and therefore, there’s no real high when you use hemp-derived CBD products. Blending of the two worlds creates a different kind of ‘buzz’ for a relaxed state of mind.
CBD helps your body maintain a relaxed mood. If you are feeling down from alcohol or wired from caffeine, infusing your beverage with CBD may help you to level out those emotions.
Not to mention, CBD supports joint and muscle function. There’s nothing better after a long day of sitting hunched at your desk or hovering over your steering wheel in traffic than working out those kinks with a CBD cocktail.
So, now that you understand a little more about why it’s worth trying CBD cocktails, let’s get to making them. Here are three of our favourite Little Rick CBD cocktail recipes that you can easily whip up at home as a refreshing evening treat!
Little Rick Spritz
Few cocktails dominate summer quite like the Spritz cocktail, though make no mistake this is a beverage that can be enjoyed all year round. It's moreish and fruity flavour is deliciously refreshing, and with the addition of prosecco or a sparkling wine of your choice, you’re sure to be transported to the picturesque, sun-soaked shores of Italy - Spritz in hand!
Despite conjuring up such continental images, this cocktail is surprisingly simple to make, and can be concocted using only two core ingredients - but you may add additional extras if you wish to! The drink being so simple means, like us, you'll easily be able to make one at home, but the key to the perfect, refreshing Spritz is getting the measurements just right. Although it’s often presented in a wine glass, a Spritz can also be served in an Old Fashioned or rocks glass – essentially a short tumbler used for serving spirits or cocktails with few ingredients.
For this cocktail you will need:
- Little Rick Raspberry and Coconut - a half measure
- Prosecco - a half measure
- Handful of ice
- A wedge of orange or a handful of fresh raspberries (for garnish)
Top your large wine glass or short tumbler up with an ample handful of ice and add to this a half measure of Little Rick Raspberry and Coconut drink, and another half measure of Prosecco. Garnish with a thick wedge of fresh orange or a handful of fresh raspberries. If you wanted to step it up a notch, a dash of Aperol would give this cocktail a nice fruity punch of flavour, or even a dash of Vermouth for a slightly more bitter taste - similar to a Negroni.
Little Rick Colada
Do you like Pina Coladas? Well, the chances are you are going to love our take on the classic tropical cocktail - The Rick Colada! The Pina Colada’s origins lie in Puerto Rico through and through, of this we are certain. But who in Puerto Rico first made it is up for debate. The most amusing origin story comes out of the Caribe Hilton hotel's Beachcomber Bar in San Juan, circa 1954 when the bartender allegedly spent a rigorous three months attempting to invent a cocktail and landed on the Piña Colada. Joan Crawford is alleged to have tried it, loved it, and even called it "better than slapping Bette Davis in the face."
There is no cocktail more iconic or as refreshing as the pina colada. A splash of rum, refreshing pineapple juice, coconut milk blended with ice - you can almost smell the Caribbean. The pina colada has been around for decades, some even claim a whole century, and while newer variations exist, the general recipe has stayed true to the original, or at least what is widely considered the original, as has our version of the cocktail - The Rick Colada!
For this cocktail you will need:
- Little Rick Piña
- White Rum
- Coconut Milk
- Fresh lime juice
- Pineapple (to garnish)
- Maraschino Cherry (optional)
For this cocktail, you will need to blend together a half measure of your Little Rick Piña, mix this with 2 parts white rum and 1.5 parts Coconut milk. If you want a sweeter kick you could add a dash of pineapple juice. To serve this cocktail, pour into a chilled (or even better, frozen) glass, then add plenty of ice and a wedge of pineapple and serve. Maraschino cherry and parasol optional!
Little Rick Mojito
Cocktail trends come and go but the mojito is timeless. A mojito, the refreshing and minty drink from Cuba that mentally transports you to a tropical location no matter where you’re drinking it, is a lot more than meets the eye. The drink also has strong associations with Ernest Hemingway, who was rumoured to have drank the cocktail often at one of his favourite bars, La Bodeguita del Medio in Havana. There’s even a sign on the wall that boasts his (potentially forged) signature and affinity for the drink, stating: “My mojito in La Bodeguita, My daiquiri in El Floridita.” Though Hemingway’s love of the mojito may be more myth than fact, that doesn’t stop tons of visitors from ordering the cocktail at the Havana bar every day. It’s not just the ideal drink for quenching your thirst or relishing during a fun night out. The traditional recipe is a fresh combination of rum, mint, lime, sugar, sparkling soda, and lots of ice, our Little Rick Mojito is inspired by this traditional recipe.
For this refreshing cocktail recipe, you will need:
- Little Rick Mint & Lime
- White Rum 50ml
- Dash of Lemon Juice
- Crushed ice
- Fresh mint
- Fresh lime (to garnish)
Firstly, if you want to have the authentic mojito experience, you’ll want to slap your mint leaves to release the flavour then rub them around the edge of a tall glass, then tear them once and drop them in. Add a half measure of your Little Rick Mojito mix. At this point, you’ll want to fill your glass with crushed ice and then add the rum, to this add a dash of zesty lemon juice. If you want a lesser alcoholic variation of this drink you could alternatively top up with soda water. Swizzle with a teaspoon to distribute the mint. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint and a wedge of lime. If you don’t have crushed ice available - replace with ice cubes.
Although Mojito is very easy to prepare, it’s also a cocktail with lots of personality, and unlike other long drinks, the basic recipe can be amended in order to satisfy everyone’s taste. You can replace the rum with gin or vodka; the lime with lemon, apple, strawberries, or any fresh fruits; the regular sugar with icing sugar or simple (sugar) syrup.
CBD cocktails are safe to drink and can provide you with many surprising health benefits. If you want to relax and be healthy at the same time, it is certainly worth giving CBD-infused cocktails a try.
Little Rick is a relaxing alternative to alcohol using naturally occurring cannabinoids. We've packed our drinks right up to the legal limit, to bring you what we believe to be the most unwinding drink on the planet. For your first taste of pure relaxation, browse our selection of Little Rick drinks on our website or order wholesale from our online shop. Choose between Mint & Lime, Raspberry Coconut or Piña and see how good it feels to unwind today.