Updated: Jul 31
One of the most delightful parts of a wind-down routine is grabbing a glass of something tasty to snuggle up with and enjoy your company, a good book, or your favorite television show. Something warm and cozy is great for the cooler months, but enjoying a warm beverage during the hot Summer can be challenging.
When it comes to delicious and refreshing cold drinks, these often fall under the cocktail category, but they don't have to. So whether you're abstaining entirely or just wanting to make healthier choices before bedtime not to disrupt your sleep, here are some ideas for a healthy bedtime ritual that gives you an excellent sleep experience.
These nightcap options -- warm and cold -- don't include any alcohol and may be just what you need.
Lavender Collins Mocktail
It's easy to turn a lavender Collins cocktail into one without alcohol. As lavender is beneficial for sleep, it may help you relax even more with its soothing flavors and aroma. You'll want to add a sugar-free lavender simple syrup to a glass with club soda. Squeeze in some lemon and add a lavender sprig to garnish.
Tart Cherry Spritzer
Tart cherry juice has anthocyanins and tryptophan, both of which will naturally promote your best rest. Fill a glass with half tart cherry juice and half tonic water or seltzer. Garnish with maraschino cherries.
Chamomile-Lemon Tea Sparkler
Chamomile tea is renowned for helping with better sleep, though it's not as fun as other beverages. Please give it a fizzy makeover by pairing it with sparkling water and lemon. Make your tea and let it steep for several minutes. Then stir in maple syrup and lemon juice, followed by cold sparkling water. Garnish with lemon for a refreshing nightcap.
Milky Dream Mocktail
Warm-up a mug of your chosen milk, then add nutmeg or cinnamon to it. You can add pumpkin pie spice seasoning if you'd prefer to wash those fall feelings over you.
Hot Toddy Mocktail
Switch from a traditional hot toddy to a mocktail version, and you'll be on your way to a great night of sleep—boil water with a slice of fresh ginger and a cinnamon stick. Then mix in fresh-squeezed lemon juice and honey (or pure maple syrup) to round it out.
Tart and tangy cranberries are a nice burst of flavor that will soothe you to sleep. You'll muddle these with orange to create a tasty nightcap with no alcohol. Using coconut water helps you bring in more potassium and magnesium, two minerals that help relax muscles for a blissful night of sleep. Add cranberries and orange juice to a jar and muddle, then add a cup of coconut water, stirring until combined. Throw in a rosemary sprig for garnish and get ready for bed.
By making these swaps, you'll be taking small steps to achieve significant results with the health of your heart.
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