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Summertime and the Livin' is Boozy!

Prices are Jumping yet everyone's high!

Let me ask you a question...what did you drink with dinner last night: wine, a beer or a cocktail?


Thanks to ingenious marketing, alcohol has now become a part of our every-day-life. It seems everyone wants to feel buzzed or 'high'.


The question is, "Can we have a Healthy High?" (Jump to Mocktail recipe)


That’s where CBD or CBG mocktails come in!


You can have a drink that’s tasty, healthy and feels celebratory but doesn’t leave you dehydrated or hung over the next day. Actually, you'll find that by activating your endocannabinoid system, you're back in to balance and you feel pretty AMAZING!



Not to mention - mocktails can actually boost your health by incorporating ingredients packed with nutrients like vitamins, minerals, enzymes and anti-oxidants; they’re not prone to addiction like alcoholic beverages and they’re safe for anyone, including PREGNANT women, the elderly even CHILDREN!


So how can you start replacing those unhealthy adult beverages with mocktails? I’m glad you asked.


My Favorite CBD/CBG Mocktail

The Oxford Lexico defines 'Mocktail' as a North American word meaning:

“A non-alcoholic drink consisting of a mixture of fruit juices or other soft drinks.”


The best mocktails should always include ingredients that offer you not just a tasty beverage, but HEALTH BENEFITS as well. Always look for recipes that are NOT high in sugar or empty calories, and incorporate fresh herbs or organic fruit.

Personally, I also recommend a really high-quality mineral water.


I like to use Mountain Valley Spring Water who’s website states: “We pride ourselves on truth, integrity, and pure American spring water. Rising naturally from a spring in the Ouachitas, The Mountain Valley spring water filters through granite-based aquifers collecting all the pure, healthy, goodness from the land. Our water is sodium-free with a naturally detoxifying pH and rich blend of calcium, magnesium and potassium.”


I have no affiliation with this company, I'm just a fan of their quality spring water.



MY TOP 3 MOCKTAIL TIPS:

  1. Use high quality, sparking mineral water (not soda water) as a great go-to base for a healthy mocktail.

  2. If your recipe requires simple syrup, make it yourself. Do NOT use white refined sugar! There are plenty of alternatives. I use organic Rapadura (dehydrated cane juice) organic Maple syrup, or local (raw) honey.

  3. Adding a high quality CBD, a CBG or a combo Tincture will activate your endocannabinoid system so you feel balanced, relaxed and can have fun! A full dropper of our Badass Bandit 1:1 tincture provides a 20mgs of CBD and 20mgs of CBG. Our CBG is 40mgs so I recommend 1/2 a dropper, and wait 15 minutes, because you should feel it.


WHAT WILL I FEEL?

It's hard to describe it exactly because it can be VERY subtle at first, and may be different for each person. We host the 'CBD Supper Club' where we get together to enjoy a meal cooked by a 5-star chef, and the only thing to drink are our CBD mocktails and sparking water. We made that decision because we really wanted people to feel the effects of the CBD.

People were served a Mocktail on arrival, to which they'd typically comment, "Mmm...Surprisingly it tastes delicious", and then later they would ALWAYS come back for more stating, "I feel great! and the CBD mocktail is so 'more-ish'!"


BUILDING WELL-BEING AND COMMUNITY


What's most fulfilling to me is watching people from various walks of life with differing views getting along, having fun, mingling and dancing. I heard people having passionate conversations, smiling, eating, laughing as we were building community.


People would come up to me and say;

"I don't know what you've put in that drink, but I feel Wonderful!"


WHAT DO CANNABINOIDS DO?

Cannabinoids are known to positively effect our mood by helping us to relax, reduce STRESS and anxiety, and bringing a feeling of CALM and well-being. Many People have a ECS deficiency, which means, that the person is not producing enough of their own inner cannabinoids to be in balance, or "homeostasis".


So when we supplement with plant or phyto-cannabinoids like CBD and CBG we bring our entire system back to HOMEOSTASIS.



CBG activates the same receptors as THC, but does NOT intoxicate you!



This is one of the main reasons we love Cannabigerol, because CBG activates the CB1-and CB-2 receptors, the exact same receptors as THC. Yes, THC is the cannabinoid that has many health benefits but can also give you an intoxicated feeling. However, CBG is amazing as it manages to give the physical and mental health benefits WITHOUT the intoxication. YAY! 🤸


It's a 'healthy high' or naturally 'raising your vibration!'



CBG MOJITO


Below you’ll find my favorite recipe that has been tried and tested and received the best testimonials at our Supper Club, at our Wellness Events and BBQ's!


Name: MOJITO MOJO!

Sip it or swig it, you can’t go wrong with this super impressive-tasting, non-boozy cocktail which will leave your guests Wanting Mo Mojito!


This fresh mint, lemon and “Caramel-y Simple Syrup” combo gets even better with our BadassBandit Cinnamon CBG



Q: What is “Caramel-y Simple Syrup”?


A: Simple syrup made with Rapadura.


Q: What is Rapadura?


A: See explanation below



Quoted from their website:

Rapadura captures the sweet essence of sugar cane - organically. This deliciously pure UN-refined sugar, prized for its unique caramel flavor and grainy texture, retains a beautiful golden color and offers unmatched nutritional value because unlike other sugars - it is not separated from the molasses stream during squeeze-dried processing. Delivering pure flavor and superior culinary results, it is the perfect substitute for white sugar and can be added to your favorite food, drinks and baking.




'Mojito Mojo' Mocktail Ingredient List:


(makes 2 liters = 67 Ounces = 8.375 Cups)

You can really stretch this recipe out to 12 drinks by adding plenty of ice to the glass


  • Simple Syrup: 1 cup Rapadura: 1 cup of filtered or alkaline water

  • Limes: 6 sliced into wedges

  • Mint: Bunch of fresh mint leaves, (smashed to release the essential oils) plus a few for garnish

  • Sparkling Mineral Water: 2 x 1 Liter bottles of high quality

  • Badass Bandit CBD:CBG Tincture

  • Ice: 1 bag



Directions

First to make the Simple Syrup.

TIP: Best if you can make this an hour or more ahead to allow it to cool down.

Over a low heat, stir 1 cup of Rapadura sugar with 1 cup of filtered water in a sauce pan. Stir until all the Rapadura has all dissolved. About 3 minutes.

Rapadura has a delicious caramel-like aroma and dark brown color. Take pan off heat to cool.

TIP: Add a few smashed mint leaves and let the liquid fully cool.


While it’s cooling:

1) Take a lime and rub around a highball glass. Dip glass in Rapadura sugar to create a sugared rim. You can also add spices such as cinnamon, ginger or star anise, but the Rapadura alone is delicious!


2) In the bottom of a highball glass, muddle the lime wedges and the mint leaves.


3) Add ice, then stir in the syrup and sparking water in a 1:4 ratio (1 part syrup to 4 parts water). Taste for sweetness. If you prefer sweeter add more syrup.

4) Top it off with half a dropper of CBG Tincture. (1/2 dropper is 20 mgs, a full dropper is 40mgs) Add mint leaves to garnish. Voila!


(Image from Savour the Flavour)


Don't forget if you have your own mocktail recipe, you can definitely use that, but try adding the Badass Bandit CBG tincture and see how your guests like it!


Enjoy the summer evenings and LMK if you have any questions.

Ciao for now,

xoxo Kate





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