After a year or holiday season full of tipsy memories and hangovers, many people choose to use January to “dry out.” That is, they opt out of alcohol for the month.
Joining the #DryJanuary crew doesn’t have to mean you’re restricted to cranberry juice and club soda, though — especially now that cannabidiol (CBD) is a part of the sober lifestyle. You can infuse CBD in the form of flavored drops to make concoctions that rival the fanciest mixed drinks and cocktail classics.
If you’re committing to start the new year with a sober perspective, the CBD mocktails we’re sharing in this article will help ditch the boozy bottles without losing the fun and flavor you love about your usual drinks.
But first, you might be wondering…
Beyond being a tasty and versatile non-intoxicating option, CBD has wellness-supporting properties that may bolster the benefits of quitting drinking.
Drizzle in the no-hangover factor, and you’ve got a recipe for 31 days of sobriety your body will really thank you for.
Now, let’s get to the fun part: making drinks!
If you need a primer on bartending with CBD, we’ve got you covered with Be A CBD Bartender! CBD Bar Basics.
This non-alcoholic drink menu has something for everyone.
Love a light and bubbly refreshment? We’ve got you covered. Serving a crowd? You’ll find a pitcher-friendly option here. Want to wow your friends with some bartender flair? There’s plenty of shaking and flavor alchemy in this lineup.
You will need a couple of basic tools to make some of these recipes:
These can be acquired at your local kitchen supply store or online. You can probably also find them at any of those big box or discounter type retailers.
Other than that, add some CBD tinctures to your sober bar, and you’ll be ready to rock on the rocks or straight up.
Inspired by a vodka press, this lightly sweetened CBD drink hits the spot for something bubbly and fruity but not too sweet.
A modern press is made with a combo of lemon-lime soda, club soda, and liquor. Instead, this recipe harkens back to simpler times, calling for a DIY citrus soda that you mash up yourself. Tropical flavored CBD drops replace the spirits for a distinctive yet familiar sipping experience that inspires chill holiday vacay vibes.
Makes 1 serving.
Eggnog is one of those things that you either love or you hate. And if you love it and can’t have it because it contains booze and/or animal products, that’s a real bummer.
Enter: This virgin and vegan ‘nog. It’s “spiked,” but only with vanilla-flavored, vegan CBD oil drops.
This recipe makes 11 servings, so you can whip up a batch and dip into it throughout the festive season, or make a help-yourself pitcher for a sober celebration. Just make sure parents know it’s a CBD-infused virgin drink and keep it far away from kiddos and pets.
Makes 11 servings. Store leftovers in the fridge in a labeled container that indicates CBD content and serving size. Inspired by the Easy Vegan Eggnog recipe by Minimalist Baker.(6)
Sours are part of the OG cocktail family. Whiskey Sours are the most popular today, but the sour technique can be used with any spirit — or with CBD!
Like traditional sours, this recipe calls for an egg white. This may sound weird if you haven’t tried it before, but the egg white mellows out the citrus edge and creates an irresistible frothy texture.
A CBD oil sour with egg white would typically be difficult-slash-impossible because oil can prevent the egg whites from stiffening. But thanks to the scientific wonder of water-soluble CBD drops, the whites are able to build up the body that gives this drink its signature richness.
Any flavor of water-soluble CBD drops will do here. Take your pick and get shaking!
Makes 1 serving.
If you’re a mojito drinker, you’ll be pleased to hear that a no-alcohol version of your favorite drink can be just as delicious!
When you back up the herbaceous mint and sweet strawberries with a strawberry mojito flavored CBD simple syrup, you won’t be missing a single thing — except the hangover. Good riddance!
Makes 8 servings.
CBD Simple Syrup Ingredients
Makes 1 serving.
Strawberry Mojito Ingredients
Nothing hits the spot on a cold January day like a cup of cocoa.
This CBD-infused hot cocoa is a delightful afternoon treat or after-dinner drink. Peppermint-flavored CBD oil drops bring all the minty flavor you need, keeping your ingredient list short and sweet. It can be made with fully plant-based ingredients, too!
Makes 1 serving.
Saying “no” to impairment is a great way to kick the year off right.
Jumping on the Dry January wagon is a whole lot easier with an arsenal of tasty non-alcoholic drink alternatives at the ready. And when you add CBD to the mix, it can help your system reset and recover from the effects of booze while keeping your refreshments interesting.
Shake up your usual with these CBD drinks made with flavored CBD tinctures and see what a month of sobriety can do for you!
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