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Author: John Korkidis aka @ChronVivant

Cranberry Sparkling CBD Cocktail: Celebrate With Our Fizzy CBD Drink!

Start your night off with a toast with a twist of CBD. This sparkling cocktail combines the natural terpenes of high-quality CBD oil with tart cranberry and sweet citrus.

Editor’s Note: Our sparkling CBD cocktail recipe marks our third collaboration with John Korkidis, better known as Chron Vivant. It’s also a chance for us to wish all of our readers a very Happy New Year! 

Looking for other “elevated” drinks to share on a special occasion? Try Chron Vivant CBD spiced cider or these other CBD cocktail recipes. -KO

On New Year’s I typically start my night with a glass of something sparkling. But instead of simply reaching for champagne, I like to challenge myself to be a bit more creative seeing as we are celebrating another trip around the sun.

This riff on a lower ABV (alcohol by volume) sparkling cocktail is elevated by the addition of a full-spectrum CBD tincture to help get the party started. The flavonoids and terpenoids found in most high quality CBD tinctures play well with the tart cranberry and sweet citrus notes and are easily washed down by the sparkling wine.

Elegant and perfect for any celebration, this dead simple champagne cocktail only contains a few simple ingredients and takes less than a minute to build.

A pink cocktail in a champagne glass, garnished with a lemon twist, sits atop a woven drink coaster. Nearby are lemons and a bottle of CBD. Our sparkling CBD cocktail mixes the terpenes and flavonoids of CBD oil with sweet citrus and tart cranberry for an elevated New Years.

Our sparkling CBD cocktail mixes the terpenes and flavonoids of CBD oil with sweet citrus and tart cranberry for an elevated New Years. (Photo: Ministry of Hemp / Chron Vivant)

And if you’re looking to save some money after all of your holiday shopping, you can easily substitute an Italian prosecco or Spanish cava in place of the traditional French bubbly in this recipe (you don’t need to use the good stuff when making sparkling cocktails).

Celebrate responsibly and be sure to tag your NYE cocktails: #ChronVivant #Hempgrams

RECIPE: CRANBERRY SPARKLING CBD COCKTAIL

A hand holds a pink cocktail in a champagne glass. Our fizzy CBD drink will help elevate your New Years Eve, or any special occasion!

Our fizzy CBD drink will help elevate your New Years Eve, or any special occasion! (Photo: Ministry of Hemp / Chron Vivant)

Serves: 1
Prep time: 5 min

Ingredients

  • ½ oz ​orange liqueur (Cointreau or triple sec work well)
  • ½ oz lemon juice
  • 2.5 oz ​cranberry juice
  • 2.5 oz Champagne (or any sparkling wine)
  • 3-4 drops of full spectrum CBD tincture

Garnish: Lemon twist

Preparation

  • Pre-mix the spirit and juice and chill in the refrigerator the night before serving (do not add the champagne yet).
  • When you are ready to serve, add the chilled liqueur and cranberry juice to a champagne glass or coupe.
  • Top with Champagne and add three to four drops of your favorite CBD tincture.
  • Garnish with a lemon twist and serve.
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Recipe: Homemade CBD Hot Cocoa To Soothe Away Holiday Stress

Nothing is more comforting than a cup of hot cocoa and nothing quite hugs the soul like CBD oil. So, there may be no better way to spend a cold winter’s day than snuggled up to a crackling fire with with a mug full of CBD hot cocoa.

Editor’s Note: This CBD hot cocoa recipe is our second collaboration with John Korkidis, better known as Chron Vivant. Don’t miss his CBD spiced cider recipe and our other CBD cocktails and non-alcoholic CBD drinks. -KO

Nothing is more comforting than a cup of hot cocoa and nothing quite hugs the soul like a broad spectrum of cannabinoids. So, there may be no better way to spend a cold winter’s day than snuggled up to a crackling fire with with a mug full of CBD hot cocoa. And if you don’t have a fireplace, this recipe will make you feel like you do.

Hemp-derived cannabinoids and terpenes enhance the spices and bitter chocolate notes. Plus, the added fat of the milk and whipped cream helps increase the bioavailability of the drink.

A mug of hot chocolate with whip cream, with a Christmas tree in the background. Our CBD hot cocoa recipe will warm you up and soothe away the stress of chasing the perfect gifts.

Our CBD hot cocoa recipe will warm you up and soothe away the stress of chasing the perfect gifts. (Photo: Ministry of Hemp / Chron Vivant)

Fun Fact: The first chocolate beverage is believed to have been created by the Mayan peoples around 2000 years ago, and much like cannabis, the cocoa beverage was an essential part of Aztec culture. I wonder if they ever mixed the two?

RECIPE: CBD HOT COCOA

Serves: 1
Prep time: 5 min

Ingredients

  • 1 oz dark chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup whole organic milk
  • 2 tablespoons organic granulated sugar (optional)
  • 1 pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 2-3 drops of full spectrum CBD tincture

Garnish: Whipped cream or marshmallows and a candy cane

A mug of CBD hot cocoa garnished with whipped cream and candy cane pieces. The mug sits on a woven coaster with another candy cane.

(Photo: Ministry of Hemp / Chron Vivant)

Preparation

  • In a small saucepan, mix the chocolate, cocoa powder and 1/2 cup of milk over low heat.
  • Stir continuously until the chocolate is completely melted. Add the remaining milk, a dash of cinnamon, and a dash of sea salt.
  • Stir in organic sugar to taste and add a few drops of the CBD tincture of your choice.
  • Pour CBD hot cocoa into your favorite mug and top with whipped cream or marshmallows.
  • Take a candy cane and place in a ziplock bag. Gently crush the candy cane with a mallet or similar object and sprinkle the remaining candy cane bits on top of your whipped cream or marshmallows.
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CBD Mulled Apple Cider: Warm Up & Slow Down During Busy Holidays

We’re excited to introduce Ministry of Hemp readers to Chron Vivant and share his delicious CBD mulled apple cider recipe. We thought we’d start with a brief Q&A about his work and the art of hemp-infused cocktails.

We’re excited to introduce Ministry of Hemp readers to Chron Vivant and share his delicious CBD mulled apple cider recipe. We thought we’d start with a brief Q&A about his work and the art of hemp-infused cocktails. -Kit

A Q&A WITH CHRON VIVANT

Kit O’Connell, Editor in Chief at Ministry of Hemp: How did you get into making elevated cocktails? Was there a steep learning curve?

John Korkidis, a.k.a. @ChronVivant: Little known fact: I spent most of my 20’s living and working in China as a creative. During my time there I cut my teeth in various agency roles and had the honor of working closely with artists like Ai Weiwei in his Beijing studio.

I actually gained my appreciation for mixology during my time in China. I had a few friends who opened up some of the first cocktail bars in Beijing. They are the ones I credit for acquainting me with properly constructed classics and riffs. Also, because of proximity, Beijing had some fantastic Japanese whiskey bars where I gained a true appreciation for quality spirits, attentive service, custom hand-carved ice, and technique-driven mixology programs.

A bundle of cinnamon sticks in a ribbon sits next to a clove orange. Cinnamon sticks and a clove orange help enhance the warm apple and hemp flavors of our CBD mulled apple cider.

Cinnamon sticks and a clove orange help enhance the warm apple and hemp flavors of our CBD mulled apple cider.

When I first got to San Francisco, I found this type of experience and quality execution surprisingly lacking. (These days, though, the drink scene has definitely caught up). In addition, I wasn’t used to paying $16 for a classic cocktail that was not properly executed, so I started to experiment with building the base of my favorite drinks at home.

I focus on education and do my best to make things approachable for home chefs, apartment bartenders, and expert mixologists alike. Like anything in life, practice makes perfect. But getting started is not as hard as one might think.

MoH: What are some of your recipes you make most?

CV: Typically the drinks I feature are more mood enhancing than medicinal. However, I provide basic education and best practices for making all sorts of infusions. So depending on one’s particular needs, responsible adults (in legal states) have the ability to manufacture quality products affordably in their own home and use them how they see fit.

The recipes I make the most leverage CBD and act to enhance relaxation. I love classic cocktails like old-fashioneds but I’m also a sucker for an egg white sour, so these are the drinks I make most at home.

I personally have found that micro-dosing cannabinoids works for me. But in regards to traditional cocktails and mocktails, it’s common to have more than one. So it’s important that when creating recipes, dosing takes that into account. Also, I look at cannabis as just another ingredient and never try to make it the focal point. As you know, it’s important to get the balance right; it takes complex flavors and ingredients coming together to make a great drink. And it’s no different when making a canna-beverage.

MOH: What do you think people need to know about CBD drinks & cocktails? Any common misconceptions?

CV: Definitely lot’s of common misconceptions. When people hear cannabis cocktail often they assume that these drinks are going to get you high. To avoid any negative synergistic effects, I never recommend combining psychoactive cannabis with alcohol.

Chron Vivant is all about promoting responsible consumption and typically creates recipes that feature either CBD cocktails (low ABV) or non-alcoholic THC drink alternatives (no ABV).

An antique "Hot Apple Cider" sign, shaped like an apple, painted on a wooden fence. Our hot CBD mulled apple cider will enhance those autumn vibes and help you relax during the busy holiday season.

Our hot CBD mulled apple cider will enhance those autumn vibes and help you relax during the busy holiday season.

Another thing for people to keep in mind is that everyone responds differently to ingesting cannabis. Even experienced users should exercise caution when consuming medicated infusions and follow the golden rule of ”going slow and keeping the dosage low.”

ENHANCE THE AUTUMN VIBES WITH CBD MULLED APPLE CIDER

We are already a month into fall and that means the holiday season is fast approaching.

It seems that once Halloween arrives, time speeds up and New Year’s Eve is here before we know it – a phenomenon known by some as Hallowthanksmas.

I find a good way to slow things down is to break up my daily routine and take a moment to catch my breath and reflect with a fall-themed CBD cocktail or non-alcoholic CBD beverage.

Croptober is one of my favorite times of year for ingredients. It’s period of transition, when the colors are still changing, the weather is shifting, and savory fruits and warm spices flood local markets.

As soon as I start to see apples, persimmons, and pumpkins popping up, that’s when I get the signal that the change in seasons truly is here and I know it’s time to make a batch of my signature mulled apple cider.

This easy-to-make, and even easier-to-drink, beverage is perfect for warming up the soul and makes an excellent batch concoction for your next seasonal party.

The addition of CBD is sure to comfort the body and relax the mind. And since CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, you won’t need to worry worry about experiencing any negative synergistic effects when combined with alcohol. But of course, this fall-themed CBD cocktail can easily become a non-alcoholic mocktail by simply negating the booze.

A decanter of bourbon sits on a platter with a bottle of tincture, apples, cloves, and a glass of cider decorated with a cinnamon stick. Chron Vivant's CBD Mulled Apple Cider will warm you up and help relieve the stress of the holidays.SPIKED CBD MULLED APPLE CIDER RECIPE

Yield:

  • 8-10 servings

Equipment:

  • Large pot or slow cooker
  • Ladle

Prep time:

  • 10 minutes

Cook time:

  • 2.5 hours

Total:

  • 2-3 hours

Ingredients:

  • 2 quarts organic apple cider
  • 5 cinnamon sticks (plus more for garnishes)
  • 1 large organic orange
  • 2 tablespoons whole cloves
  • Bourbon or rum of your choice (optional)
  • CBD tincture (see our choices for top CBD brands)

Preparation:

  • Add organic apple cider into a large pot or slow cooker
  • Place whole cinnamon sticks into the liquid
  • Embed cloves into the rind of an orange and place orange into the cider
  • Cook on low until the spices really start to come through and the cider is hot (about 2.5-3 hours)

Serving:

  • Carefully ladle cider directly from your pot or slow cooker into heat resistant cups
  • Add one ounce of bourbon or rum (optional)
  • Add 3-4 drops of your favorite CBD tincture
  • Place a cinnamon stick in each glass to garnish and serve

 

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