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3 Comfort Cocktails for the Holidays

The holidays are just around the corner, but don’t let extra stress from holiday preparation add unnecessary pressure. Instead, try a CBD oil-infused cocktail to serve and relax during the holiday season! 

Best Holiday Cocktails

Here are a few of our favorite cocktail drink recipes, filled with holiday cheer. Sit back, sip, and relax! 

Hot Tip: We recommend adding 10 milligrams in your cocktail to start, mixing in an additional 10-15 milligrams at a time after if needed. Typically, the more alcohol in the drink, the less you’ll feel the CBD effects. 

Gin and Tonic 

Serving for One

Ingredients: 
  • 1 1/2 ounces gin
  • 3 1/2 ounces tonic water
  • 1/4 ounce lemon juice
  • 15-25 milligrams CBD oil
  • Garnish choice of lime, grapefruit peel, edible flowers, herbs, and peppercorns
Steps:
  1. In a wine glass, combine the gin, lemon juice, and tonic water. Top with ice.
  2. Arrange aromatics in the drink in an aesthetically-pleasing fashion.
  3. Float CBD oil on top.

Holiday Old-Fashioned 
Serving for One

Ingredients:

  • 1 sugar cube (or 1/2 teaspoon sugar)
  • 2 to 3 dashes of ​bitters
  • 2 ounces ​bourbon or rye whiskey
  • ​orange peel
  • maraschino cherry ​
  • 15-25 milligrams CBD oil
Steps: 
  1. Put a sugar cube in a glass and saturate it with the bitters. Muddle or stir to mix thoroughly 
  2. Add whiskey, fill the glass with ice, stir. 
  3. Grate the orange peel over the drink before dropping it in the glass and add a cherry to finish. 
  4. Add CBD as a finishing touch. 

Pumpkin Relaxer 

Ingredients:
Serving for One 
Cocktail
  • 1 oz pumpkin spice syrup
  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 1/4 oz lemon juice
  • 4 oz soda water
  • Lemon wedges
  • 15-25 milligrams CBD oil
Simple Syrup
  • 8 oz pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup water, more as needed
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
Rim
  • 1/2 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 Tbsp ground ginger
  • Pinch of ground allspice
  • 1/2 Tbsp brown sugar
Instructions: 
  1. To make the simple syrup, add pumpkin puree, water, sugar, and pumpkin pie spice to a  saucepan. Bring the mix to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Once the syrup is boiling and smooth, remove from heat and cover. Let sit and cool for 15 minutes.
  2. Strain the pumpkin mixture into an airtight container. Let cool completely before making the cocktail. 
  3. In a smaller mixing bowl, stir together ingredients for the cinnamon rim coat.
  4. Rub the edge of a rocks glass with a lemon wedge.
  5. Pour the rimming sugar into a shallow dish. Rim the rocks glass with sugar. Set aside.
  6. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the desired amount of pumpkin spice syrup, bourbon, and lemon juice for the cocktail. Shake, and add CBD oil. 
  7. Fill a rimmed rocks glass with ice. Strain the cocktail into the glass.
  8. Top with soda water. Give the cocktail one final stir and serve.

CBD Benefits 

Now that you know the best CBD recipes for a stress-free season, let’s dive into the facts about CBD benefits.

CBD is an all-natural plant-based therapy tool. To be clear, CBD is a 100 percent naturally-occurring compound called a cannabinoid found in the hemp plant. It’s safe for use with alcohol or in beverages (in moderation, of course), and there are no psychoactive or intoxication effects from CBD. 

CBD produces pain-relieving, stress-reducing, and relaxing effects on the body and in the endocannabinoid system. 

Specifically, one of the major benefits of CBD includes reduced anxiety. CBD acts on the brain receptors for serotonin, which regulates mood and social behavior. CBD users often notice a calming effect that can help during anxious moments. 

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More About the Endocannabinoid System 

The endocannabinoid system is the body’s internal network of neurotransmitters and receptors that work together to help your cell and tissues of the body support a healthy inflammatory response, pain and immune response systems, neurogenesis (new cell production), apoptosis (programmed cell death), and even psychological behavior and response.

CBD and Alcohol 

It’s entirely reasonable to question if CBD is right to drink in a cocktail. It’s always important to speak with your medical advisor to see if combining CBD cocktails with your current medication is proper for you, as some adverse effects could include the inhibition of certain enzymes. 

However, in preliminary research, CBD may be beneficial in combination with other therapies to support recovery from substance dependence, including alcohol. One study from Liput et al. found that when testing rodents, CBD reduced their consumption of alcohol.

What does this mean? Long story short shows that CBD appears to be safe to drink with alcohol and means that you can relax and enjoy your holiday cocktail!

About Winged CBD 


Winged is the first CBD product line formulated exclusively for women by addressing the most common issues such as stress, mood support, sleep improvement, hormonal balance, and skincare.

To combat adverse effects from life’s daily stressors, Winged formulates using a combination of Cannabidiol (CBD) and female-specific herbs and adaptogens to tailor-make products for a woman’s unique physiology.

Be sure to keep up-to-date on our blog for more holiday comfort cocktails! 

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