CBD Cocktails: How to Make a CBD drink At Home Using Ablis

It’s summertime, but, because of COVID, it doesn’t quite feel like it. 

Social distancing is hard, and I think we’re all starting to feel a little worn out. But don’t let stir-craziness turn into anxiety!

It’s healthy to take a break from everything that’s going on. At Ablis, we recommend getting outside and staying active, before heading into full relaxation mode. 

That’s why I’m sharing five CBD cocktail recipes that you can make right at home using Ablis! We also got a little help from our sister company, Crater Lake Spirits, to really amp up the flavor in each of these drinks. 

So grab your tumbler, and then sit back and relax Ablis-style!

1. CBD Strawberry Mint Julep

This cocktail is our twist on a springtime classic, the mint julep. It’s the official drink of the Kentucky Derby, and, as a Louisville native, it’s always first on my list during the spring. The Derby was postponed to the fall this year, but this drink will take you there!



  • Pour the crushed ice into a tumbler 
  • Add Ablis, along with the whiskey and give it a light swirl
  • Add a squeeze (or two or three) of lime and stir
  • Transfer the drink into a glass and top it off with fresh mint!

2. Spicy CBD Vodka-Cran

This one is a favorite at Ablis Experience in Portland. And using Crater Lakes Spirits’ one-of-a-kind Hatch Green Chili Vodka takes it to the next level. We balance out the spice with some acidity from Ablis Cranberry Blood Orange, along with a little extra sweetness from the vanilla. 



  • Pour the vanilla syrup into your tumbler
  • Add Ablis, hatch green chili vodka and lime juice and stir
  • Transfer the drink into a glass and garnish with the orange rind

3. The Ablis Pain Killer

I like this one because it’s a creamy, fruity cocktail that packs a punch. Pairing coconut cream with Ablis MCT Oil, which is extracted from coconut oil, leaves a nice, smooth foam on top. Plus, you still get the added benefits of CBD. 

The Pain Killer is perfect for being outside on a hot, sunny day. We often make this one at events for Crater Lake Spirits, and it’s a crowd favorite!


  • 1 TSP Ablis MCT Oil
  • 6oz Spiced Rum
  • 1 TSP Coconut Cream
  • Crushed Ice
  • Orange Juice
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Nutmeg (freshly grated or ground)


  • Combine Ablis MCT Oil and coconut cream in a tumbler, and shake until fully blended
  • Add splashes of orange and pineapple juice, along with a handful of ice
  • Shake until frothy and transfer into a glass
  • Sprinkle nutmeg over the foam to garnish

4. CBD Triple Ginger Mule w/Cardamom Sugar

This one is for all the ginger lovers out there. This cocktail combines three forms of ginger to make one spicy meatball… I mean, cocktail. Topping it off with cardamom sugar, black pepper, and sea salt lends an intriguing aroma and unique taste to this drink.

Our customers in Bend, Oregon, will recognize the rim salt’s spice profile because it’s inspired by another local favorite, the infamous Ocean Rolls from Sparrow Bakery.



  • Finely chop candied ginger with a knife or food processor
  • Combine candied ginger, Ablis Lemon Ginger and ginger vodka in a tumbler
  • Lightly swirl and set aside
  • Mix a dash of cardamom, a pinch of sea salt, and a pinch of black pepper into the sugar
  • Pour the sugar and spice mixture onto a flat surface
  • Wet the rim of your glass with a dampened paper towel, and dip it into the sugar mixture
  • Use a filter to strain your ginger concoction as you pour it into the rimmed glass 

5. CBD Berry Seltz 

This is the easiest cocktail of the bunch! It’s like a light alcoholic seltzer, but with CBD too! Using Crater Lake Spirits Northwest Berry Vodka gives you the fullest berry flavor with our signature blend of strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and marionberries– all natives of the Pacific Northwest. 



  • Combine Ablis Blood Orange with the berry vodka in a tumbler
  • Gently stir until fully combined
  • Cut the lemon in half
  • Add the juice from one half of the lemon and stir
  • Slice the other half of the lemon into wedges and use for garnish

Ablis makes it super easy to incorporate CBD into your favorite cocktails, and there’s something for everyone on this cocktail list. We love hearing from our customers, so let us know what you think of these recipes! 

CBD Education

Does CBD show up on drug tests? Clearing the Top CBD Myths

Let’s be real: there is so much confusion out there about cannabidiol, or CBD, as it’s more commonly known. 

Ablis is starting to roll out more CBD products, like our muscle rub, but we’re best known for our CBD infusions: the canned beverages we craft from mountain-sourced sparkling water, all-natural fruit and pure CBD extracted from hemp. 

As you can imagine, we get a lot of questions about CBD., from what it is, to how it works. 

We want each and every one of our customers to make informed choices about the products they consume. So to help with that, we’re clearing up five common misconceptions about CBD.

Let’s dive in!

  1. Will CBD get me high?

First of all, no. Just to be totally clear, CBD is non-intoxicating, meaning it won’t cause any of the sensations associated with a THC-induced high that you get from marijuana.

Second, while CBD awareness is growing, the false idea that CBD could have any intoxicating effect, such as grogginess, giggles, or paranoia, is hard to squash. A lot of misunderstandings about CBD come from its connection to marijuana, so let’s unpack that. 

CBD and THC are both naturally occurring chemicals called “cannabinoids” that come from plants in the Cannabis genus. That group of plants includes both marijuana and hemp. The significant difference between marijuana and hemp is that marijuana contains THC, and hemp does not. 

Both compounds affect the body in various ways, but CBD won’t get you high. Period. 

At Ablis, we use CBD isolate from hemp. So you won’t find trace elements of THC or any other cannabinoids in our products.

  2. Does CBD need THC to work?

Like I mentioned, CBD is one of many cannabinoids that interact with our body’s endocannabinoid system. It’s basically a network of proteins on each of our cells that interact with cannabinoids when they enter the body. (It’s actually pretty incredible.)

You won’t find THC or any cannabinoids other than CBD in any of Ablis’ products. But that’s not true for every CBD brand. Many CBD products do contain trace amounts of THC and other cannabinoids. The idea that CBD works best with THC has become known as the “entourage effect” in our industry. We still need more research on this theory, but if you’re curious about the combined effect of CBD and THC, you can always try using Ablis products with THC. THC has its advantages, but CBD is definitely effective by itself. 

When we’re talking to people about Ablis, we’ve found that the easiest way to overcome the misconception that CBD should always be paired with THC is by simply allowing people to test our pure CBD products and see for themselves what CBD can do all on its own!

  3. Will CBD show up on a drug test?

When people ask this question, it’s usually because they’re worried about how using CBD could affect their current job or a job they’ve recently applied for. 

CBD isolate, the thing we use in Ablis products, will not show up on a standard employer drug test. Those tests are built to detect THC for workplaces that have rules around marijuana consumption, which is a very common thing.

There is one caveat, though: if you’re consuming a CBD product that uses full-spectrum CBD, it’s possible that trace amounts of THC could build up in your system. It would have to be a lot to show up on a drug test, but if you want to make sure you’re in the clear, then choosing products that use CBD isolate is your best bet. 

  4. Is CBD legal?

Short answer: Yes, but we’re still working out some kinks. 

Long answer: Until very recently (2018 to be exact), the federal government treated hemp just like marijuana.  This meant that CBD was treated exactly like THC, which is still illegal at the federal level.  

The federal government paved the way for the regulation of CBD by legalizing the hemp plant, and the CBD industry has taken off since then. But we know more specific CBD regulations, especially for food and beverage products, are in the works. And we hope they bring even more clarity to both consumers and businesses. 

Because things are still in flux, CBD markets vary from state to state. Some states have passed their own rules about CBD, while others have lifted all CBD restrictions. So we always encourage people to look up the specifics of the state where they live. 

We’ve come a long way on CBD, but we still have some progress to make!

  5. Is CBD a magical cure-all?

Okay, if this last one sounds a little bit outrageous, that’s because it is. 

As CBD’s popularity has increased, we’ve also seen more and more outlandish claims about what it can do, from curing cancer to eliminating addiction.

We wish CBD were a magical cure-all that could end disease and suffering, but it’s just not true. However, many people find CBD helpful when it comes to managing their health, so we encourage everyone to make sure they’re looking into the scientific research that’s been done on CBD and talking to a health care provider whenever possible. 

People use CBD differently depending on their needs and goals, and it’s often a trial and error process when it comes to how much to use and choosing a product that fits your lifestyle.

There is still a lot to learn about CBD, and trying to figure out what’s what on your own can be overwhelming. 

We’re here to help. So let us know if you have questions about CBD! We’ll help you get answers. 


What We’ve Learned From COVID-19: Things To Do in Bend, Oregon

It’s been about four months since COVID 19 was first reported in the United States, and like many of you, I’m juggling working from home as Ablis’ Acting CEO while also parenting full-time. 

Some days are a struggle— cabin fever is real— but I know we’ll make it through. 

The pandemic has definitely made certain parts of doing business more difficult and even impossible. But it’s also given us the chance to gain a new perspective and put more time and thought into new areas of the business. With every challenge comes opportunities to grow stronger, and that’s what we’re doing. 

Here’s what we’ve learned as a company during COVID 19. 

Relationships Are Key

Remember eye contact?! There’s something about being able to look someone in the eye, and man, I miss seeing the Ablis team in person. 

Our core team has been working together daily for years. In “normal” times, we had a lot of face-to-face interaction as people came and went from the office and our production facility each day. Our number one priority is keeping people healthy and safe, so now everything is either remote or carefully planned to follow social distancing guidelines. 

Remote communication has been a learning curve for the Ablis team as we’ve integrated new technologies into our workflow. Like you, we’re hopping on video chats throughout the day and taking advantage of new tools that allow us to collaborate easily online. 

We miss seeing each other, but we also realize just how strong our team is. There’s something about doing work you love, with people you love, in the place that you love. It’s created a strong dynamic that has been key to navigating all the recent changes in how business gets done. The same goes for staying in sync with our distributors and suppliers during this time. Strong relationships have been clutch. 

For us, the real takeaway is to invest in our internal and external relationships and make sure that rapport and trust continue to shine through, no matter how we communicate. 

Focusing Online

As we’ve shifted the way we communicate internally, we’ve also begun to invest more in how we talk to our customers. Now, more than ever, we’re investing in our digital presence.

You can find Ablis at bars and on grocery store shelves. And Ablis Experience, our spot in Portland’s biggest food hall, was another way for us to connect with customers in person. But online sales have always been a good piece of our business, and we see that accelerating.

The social distancing rules many states have put in place to keep people healthy has definitely dampened demand through traditional retail. BUT, we’re seeing an uptick in our online sales. As Ablis’ CEO, I see that as more than a blip on the radar. I think the power of online shopping and rising directly to consumer sales are here to stay, and we’re focusing more of our resources on meeting that demand.

We’re investing more in Ablis’ web experience and even dreaming up new ways for people to get the CBD products they need. For example, we’re fast-tracking plans for an Ablis subscription box! (Stay tuned for more details in the near future.)

Shifting Our Marketing

Just like we relied on face-to-face interaction to build cohesion as a team, we also invested a lot of time and resources into making personal connections with our customers. 

Being on-site or sponsoring local community events, for example, always has had an excellent result for us.

In fact, our events team was on its way to one of our biggest summertime events in Oregon when we got word of the shutdown. They literally had to turn around almost as soon as they arrived to set up an Ablis sample station. 

Losing out on events has been hard, but Ablis is still in growth mode. So we’re not going to back away from marketing. We’re using this opportunity to shift more of our marketing spend online and testing out new ways of reaching people and telling them about our awesome CBD products. 

It’s definitely the right time to be polishing our web presence and figuring out the most effective ways to build a virtual community of people who use CBD to stay active and pursue outdoor adventure. It’s an exciting shift for us!

A Little Soul-Searching Will Do Ya Good

Lastly, amid all the crazy changes that have happened over the last couple of months, we’re finding a lot of value in reflection. 

Isolation is tough. There’s no doubt about that. And change is never easy, especially when it happens so suddenly. We’re navigating these changes as a company, but we also recognize that each member of our team has different personal circumstances and that there may be moments when someone just needs a break.

We’ve intentionally built a family-oriented culture at Ablis, and it’s allowed us to make room for people to step back when they need to and do some inward work so they can bring their full energy to the business.

It’s a give and take, and we’re finding that giving people time to shift their mindset or rethink their approach to a problem can be transformational on both the individual level and the team level. It’s a win-win. 

I’m confident we’ll emerge stronger from this pandemic. We just need to keep caring for each other as a team and keep caring for our customers.

About Us

We’re Ablis. And This is the Story of Ablis’ CBD Journey.

Ablis is a father-son venture that started with a dream. Literally.

The idea for the first-ever CBD beverage came to my dad, Jim Bendis in his sleep one night during the summer of 2014. As a triathlete, Jim was very health conscious and would often think of ways to optimize training sessions or recover from a race.  This particular night Jim had a clear lucid dream of a future filled with beneficial cannabis beverages.  The name Ablis itself came from blending the words cannabis and bliss.

Jim might have started Ablis in 2014 but he has been an innovator in the craft beverage space for decades.  That summer night, something just clicked. Jim knew CBD could be a business opportunity, but he also saw it as a real way to help people like himself stay active or level up their outdoor activities.

Soon after, I came on board and got to work on Ablis’ very first CBD infusions, experimenting with different flavors and techniques until he found a few clear winners. We still produce many of my first flavor profiles, but there is so much more to our story.

Building On Past Success

The early days of Ablis were all about experimentation, and we have to admit: sometimes it was a little bit more art than science.

Some of the most popular Ablis flavors, like blood orange and lemon ginger, were what we like to call “happy accidents.” Landing the perfect flavor combination, however, was just the beginning.

Luckily, we had the right expertise at our disposal.

Most of the Ablis team actually comes from Bendistillery, a craft-beverage facility in Central Oregon that Jim started over 25 years ago. It’s there, surrounded by the natural beauty of the Cascade Mountains and the sweet smell of fresh air, that we’ve been crafting and packaging an award-winning line of all-natural liquors called Crater Lake Spirits since 1996.

As you can imagine, Bendistillery was the perfect place to launch Ablis.

Cody Cloyd was working at Bendistillery back during Ablis’ experimentation phase, and he was quick to lend a hand by helping Max reverse-engineer flavor profiles and create bigger batches, so more people could try the product.

Still, there were many unknowns. This was before most people knew about CBD and long before the industry began growing at the rapid pace that we’re seeing today. So, at the time, we didn’t know how strong the demand for CBD was, though that quickly changed.

Many of the local customers who love Bendistillery for its small-batch, all-natural spirits were more than willing to be part of our little experiment. Max started delivering small orders of Ablis in his pickup truck, and it didn’t take long before the product took off locally. Like us, people enjoyed Ablis as part of their active and outdoor lifestyle, whether it was going for a daily nature walk or training hard for an ultra marathon. Plus, they loved the taste and mouthfeel. This functional beverage, the CBD infusion, just made sense for our customers.

With more orders coming in every day, we had to get serious about scaling production. That meant quickly mastering new techniques like emulsification and carbonation and toggling with CBD dosages. It was also a matter of building out our infrastructure, finding new distribution partners and, of course, getting the right team in place.

Eventually, Cody became Ablis’ Acting CEO, and we brought in Parker Moessner, who had also worked at Bendistillery, to help spread our message far and wide. Max still loves to play around with CBD infusions, but he’s more focused on building relationships with distributors these days. And Jim continues to inspire us every day with his vision!

To The Future!

In many ways, Ablis is an extension of the expertise and care that led to the success of Crater Lake Spirits. Our company is truly a family, and we only use ingredients that we’re willing to consume ourselves. (We’re always first in line for a taste-test!) As we continue growing and competing in new markets, we plan on staying true to our roots.

Today, Ablis’ six all-natural flavors are sold in fourteen states, and demand keeps growing.

We’ve found new ways to help our customers stay active through new CBD products, like our must-try muscle rub. We also opened the country’s only CBD beverage lounge, Ablis Experience, in Pine Street Market, Portland’s biggest food hall. It’s a place where people can relax, get social, and enjoy Ablis on-tap. They can also test out a CBD cocktail and even create what we like to call “functails,” non-alcoholic drinks like coffee or tea infused with functional additions like CBD, MCT oil, and bee pollen. It’s been a great way to expand brand awareness and get to know our customers on an even deeper level.

As demand for CBD keeps soaring, we’ll continue leading with a focus on customers who value staying active. Here are just a few of the things we have in store in the coming years:

  • Continue expanding our team, including building out sales teams in new regions of the United States and doubling down in high-growth markets.
  • Establishing a nationwide presence with Ablis sold in all 50 states.
  • Offering subscription plans for people who use Ablis as an essential part of their daily wellness routines.
  • Bringing more Ablis flavors and new functional CBD products to market.
  • Continuing to grow a family-friendly workplace culture that revolves around enjoying the outdoors.

We’re so proud of how Ablis has grown over the years. What started as an experimental whim evolved into a leading CBD brand. As we look to the future, we’re planning to move fast, while still maintaining the same philosophy and commitment to quality that got us to where we are today.