During most New Year Eve symposiums I can typically be found with a champagne flute in one hand and a joint in the other – not always a seamless pairing, and certainly less fun the morning after.

A little indulgence is fine every once in awhile but Chron Vivant is all about promoting responsible consumption, so I wanted to highlight a non-alcoholic drink alternative (with an optional cannabis-infused garnish) that’s perfect for those looking to partake in the festivities without the headache in the morning.

When I think of New Years libations my mind automatically goes straight to champagne. And what better way to put an even more celebratory twist on the traditional glass of bubbly than with a sparkling cocktail?

One of my favorites is the classic French 75. Dead simple to execute. The original is made with gin, fresh lemon juice, bitters, and bubbles and is the perfect canvas to play with.

I call my zero-proof interpretation the “French CBD5”. This potable is built by substituting the gin and champagne for premium sparkling tonic and a bitters + CBD soaked sugar cube (you can always leave the CBD out for an equally tasty non-medicated sparkling beverage).

 

French CBD5 Recipe:

Tools:

Shaker, strainer

Glass:

Flute or coupe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of ice
  • 1.5 ounces fresh lemon juice
  • 1 CBD and bitters soaked sugar cube
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • 4 ounces premium tonic water (Fever Tree – get the Light kind, it has less sugar)

Preparation:

Step 1

Drop a bitter soaked sugar cube into a champagne flute or coupe glass.

Step 2

Add fresh lemon juice and citrus bitters to cocktail shaker filled with ice.

Step 3

Shake and pour in your prepared glass.

Step 4

Top off with about 4 ounces of tonic water.

Step 5

Garnish with the a small slice of cannabis-infused olive oil cake and/or of fresh rosemary sprig and  serve.

The French CBD5 has a similar botanical flavor profile as the gin-based version and the addition of CBD should help aid in relaxation and improved mood.

And of course when you’re drinking you need to make sure you have food in your stomach, so I like to pair this mocktail with a microdose cannabis-infused olive oil cake garnish for good measure.

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