Recipes for Bedtime Mocktails That Can Help Improve Your Sleep
Recipes Bedtime Mocktails

Bedtime Mocktails To Finally Get a Full Night’s Rest

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May 2, 2024 at 5:16 PM PST
Recipes Bedtime Mocktails

Bedtime Mocktails To Finally Get a Full Night’s Rest

By
May 2, 2024 at 5:16 PM PST

You probably do not need a statistic to believe that most adults do not get a full night’s rest every night; it’s no secret and a part of everyday life. However, we all know we need at least eight hours of sleep to function properly, though that often does not feel like an option. Those who may have the time to sleep may find it difficult to lay their body to rest to get an adequate amount of sleep. If this is you, consider trying bedtime mocktails to calm your body down and allow you to relax and prepare to sleep. TikTok has been raving about the “Sleepy Girl Mocktail” and this list includes that viral recipe and more.

What Are Bedtime Mocktails?

Though it may be tempting to just have a regular cocktail before sleeping, bedtime mocktails are the better way to go for quality rest. Cocktails typically contain alcohol, which can disrupt sleep patterns. Even moderate alcohol consumption can interfere with the quality of sleep, leading to more frequent awakenings during the night and a reduction in overall sleep duration. Mocktails, on the other hand, are alcohol-free, reducing the likelihood of sleep disturbances.

Mocktails also often include ingredients known for their calming and soothing properties, such as chamomile, lavender, mint, and certain fruits. These ingredients may have natural sedative effects or help reduce stress and anxiety, promoting relaxation and aiding in the transition to sleep. Plus they are not dehydrating like alcohol can be.

Here are a some bedtime mocktail recipes that could help you sleep:

Sleepy Girl Mocktail

The Sleepy Girl mocktail is the perfect tart cherry juice mocktail for sleep. Pictured: a cocktail

  • Ingredients:
    • Ice
    • ½ cup of tart cherry juice
    • 1 tablespoon of magnesium powder (specifically, magnesium glycinate, which is better for regulating sleep while not causing any gastrointestinal discomfort, according to registered dietitian Samantha Cassetty for TODAY.)
    • Prebiotic soda or sparkling water
  • Instructions:
    • Fill desired amount of ice into glass.
    • Add cherry juice.
    • Add magnesium glycinate power.
    • Add prebiotic soda or sparkling water.
    • Stir well to combine.

Chamomile Dream

This cherry green tea is the best tart cherry juice mocktail for sleep and a calm and relaxing night. Pictured: Tea

  • Ingredients:
    • 1 cup brewed chamomile tea, chilled
    • 1/2 ounce honey
    • 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
    • Splash of ginger ale or sparkling water
  • Instructions:
    • In a shaker, combine chamomile tea, honey, and lemon juice.
    • Shake well until honey is dissolved.
    • Strain into a glass filled with ice.
    • Top with a splash of ginger ale or sparkling water. Stir gently and garnish with a lemon twist.

Lavender Lemonade

Lavender Lemonade is the best drink and tequila cocktail of the summer. Combine the rich floral flavor with the tangy lemonade and the kick tequila for the best cocktail you'll ever have. Pictured: Lavender Lemonade

  • Ingredients:
    • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
    • 1/2 cup lavender simple syrup (made by simmering equal parts water and sugar with dried lavender)
    • 2 cups cold water
    • Lavender sprigs for garnish
  • Instructions:
    • In a pitcher, combine lemon juice, lavender syrup, and cold water.
    • Stir well to combine.
    • Serve over ice, garnished with lavender sprigs.

Sleepy Berry Cooler

This cranberry drink is the perfect love mocktail for Valentine's Day. Pictured: A cranberry drink

  • Ingredients:
    • 1/2 cup mixed berries (such as blueberries, raspberries, or strawberries)
    • 1/2 ounce honey
    • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
    • 1/2 cup coconut water
    • Ice cubes
  • Instructions:
    • In a blender, combine mixed berries, honey, lime juice, and coconut water.
      Blend until smooth.
    • Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve to remove any seeds.
    • Pour over ice in a glass and serve immediately.

Golden Milk Latte

If Banana Cream Pie is your favorite dessert, you'll love this Nespresso recipe. Pictured: A latte

  • Ingredients:
    • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or any milk of your choice)
    • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
    • Pinch of ground black pepper
    • 1 teaspoon honey (optional)
  • Instructions:
    • In a small saucepan, heat almond milk over medium heat until warm but not boiling.
    • Whisk in turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, and black pepper.
    • Continue to heat for another 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    • Remove from heat and stir in honey if desired.
    • Pour into a mug and enjoy warm.

Valerian Vanilla Swirl

Photo credit: Jupiterimages
  • Ingredients:
    • 1 cup brewed valerian root tea, chilled
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/2 ounce honey or agave syrup
    • 1/2 ounce almond milk or coconut milk
    • Ice cubes
  • Instructions:
    • In a glass, combine chilled valerian root tea, vanilla extract, honey or agave syrup and almond milk or coconut milk.
    • Stir well until the sweetener is dissolved.
    • Add ice cubes and stir again.
    • Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon if desired.

Minty Dream Cooler

A refreshing lemonade with a twist, this cortisol mocktail is perfect for a hot summer day. Pictured: Lemonade

  • Ingredients:
    • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
    • 1/2 cup cucumber slices
    • 1/2 ounce lime or lemon juice
    • 1/2 ounce honey or agave syrup
    • 1 cup coconut water
    • Ice cubes
  • Instructions:
    • In a blender, combine fresh mint leaves, cucumber slices, lime juice, honey or agave syrup and coconut water.
    • Blend until smooth.
    • Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve to remove any pulp.
    • Pour over ice in a glass and serve immediately.




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