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Tis the season for a little indulgence and letting that hair down. As we wind down and reflect on everything we’ve accomplished this past year, it’s important to take a moment of recognition and celebrate. Sure, there could still be things on that to-do list that might have to wait until next year, but holding gratitude for ourselves and inciting some positive self-talk is always such a lovely way to wrap up the year. And what better way to do that than sharing some CBD cocktails with the one’s dearest to you? Never made cocktails with CBD before? Don’t worry, we’ve got all the deets on these dreamy potions!

CBD and Alcohol

Before we get to the fun part (ie CBD mixology and our favorite recipes), it’s important to dig into some background. When mixing CBD and alcohol, it’s essential to understand all the potential effects so you can plan accordingly and choose the right cannabinoid dosage for your yummy concoctions. You may have heard warnings about CBD cocktails and their potential to amplify side effects. Mixing CBD and alcohol can lead to drowsiness, fatigue, and lightheadedness for some. Here are some ways to help prevent these side effects, while allowing you to sink into full relaxation mode:

  • Opt for broad-spectrum or CBD isolate: The minimal THC content in full-spectrum products is believed by some to amplify side effects when mixed with alcohol. If you know you’re on the sensitive side, try a broad-spectrum or isolate product sans THC with your cocktail recipe. 
  • Don’t skip the calories: Unsurprisingly, one study found that taking CBD and drinking alcohol on an empty stomach resulted in 80% of the participants having more severe side effects. Don’t forget this important lesson we often learn in our 20s – always eat before or during cocktail hour, especially if CBD is involved.
  • Try lower CBD doses: Self-experimentation is always key in finding your sweet spot with any cannabinoid dosage and the same goes for CBD cocktails. Start low and slow with a microdose of 1mg-5mg in your cocktail to see how it affects you. If you find the perfect buzz for you right off the bat, brilliant! If not, try increasing the dose next time around – there’s no harm in a little practice 😉
  • Already life of the party: We’re loving this sobriety era where many are prioritizing their health and celebrating their fabulous sober selves. We’re rooting for you and hate that feeling of pressure to drink in these settings. So break the cycle, skip the alcohol, and opt for a CBD mocktail in its place! Get your relaxation on and mood right by supplying yourself with a heavier CBD dose than you would in a CBD cocktail. 

Here are some big bonuses, research shows that cannabis may even mitigate alcohol toxicity. CBD may also help reduce alcohol consumption and is being further investigated for its potential use for alcoholism. And just a friendly reminder, whether you’re drinking alcohol with or without CBD, think safety first and never drink or drive! Now let’s get to the fun part…

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If you’re not looking for a nightcap, a CBD espresso martini might just be the perfect option for you. This dreamy classic is infused with CBD to help take the edge off the caffeine buzz while giving that all-around magical vibe that can be enjoyed at any time of the year. 


Ingredients: (1 serving)



  1. Add all ingredients except for CBD over ice in a shaker. 
  2. Shake vigorously for at least 15 seconds in order to create foam and chill the hot espresso.
  3. Add a quarter dropper of our Balance Tincture for about 7-8mg of CBD and shake again to incorporate.
  4. Double strain into a martini glass and garnish with coffee beans.

Tip: The Balance Tincture will add a hint of mint. If you love the minty twist, you can swap the coffee liqueur for a mint liqueur. 

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Mimosas are definitely one of our love languages – who doesn’t revel in trying all the different flavor combos at brunch? Our refreshing fave at the moment is the blackberry mint mimosa infused with CBD. It’s such a lovely way to start the day!


Ingredients: (1 serving)

  • 4 ½ oz fresh organic blackberries
  • 5 mint leaves
  • 4 ¾ oz brut champagne
  • Press Pause Balance Everyday Tincture
  • Fresh blackberries and mint for garnish



  1. Muddle the blackberries in a glass until juicy and soft then pour into a shaker.
  2. Muddle the mint leaves with the blackberries in the shaker.
  3. Add a quarter to a half dropper of our Balance Everyday Tincture for about 7-15mg of CBD. Then add ice and shake or stir.
  4. Strain the mixture into a champagne glass, top with champagne, then garnish with blackberries and a mint sprig.


Tip: Since champagne has a lower alcohol content, we like adding a bit more CBD to the mix. As always, it’s important to stay true to yourself and your limits but enjoy yourself as you experiment with CBD cocktails! This recipe can also be modified for a fabulous mocktail – swap the champagne for sparkling water and you’ve got a winner!

Press Pause CBD Cocktails and Mocktails

We love a good happy hour moment surrounded by our nearest and dearest. Adding CBD into the mix might just add that other layer of relaxation and positive vibes that you’re looking for. Press Pause proudly offers the highest-quality women’s wellness CBD products perfect for incorporating into your favorite cocktail and mocktail recipes. We’re always happy to give some pointers if this is your first time experimenting with mixology and CBD. Shop our products today or reach out anytime!