Lavender Lullaby Mocktail

By far one of the coolest things to trend in the last couple years is the love of mocktails–hence special months like Sober October and Dry January–so that we can enjoy special treats without the guilt like this sleep-inducing Lavender Lullaby Mocktail.

Don’t be intimidated by the lavender… this is just one of many new types of drinks and mixers more crafty than our Boonesfarm predecessors. 😁

The lavender in this craft lavender mocktail isn’t overwhelming; but it is known to induce calmness and help some sleep. Which makes it the perfect post-dinner treat.

**One thing I will caution: Not all lavender sodas are sugar-free, EVEN if they say ‘dry’!! Check the label to ensure you’re getting sugar-free to keep your mocktail anti-inflammatory, low-carb, and keto!

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Lavender Lullaby Mocktail

The lavender in this craft lavender mocktail isn't overwhelming but is known to induce calmness and help some sleep. Which makes it the perfect post-dinner treat.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Drinks

Ingredients

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  • 1 bottle dry lavender soda (*Make sure it's 'diet' or 'sugar-free'!)
  • 23 basil leaves (muddled)
  • 1 TBSP lemon juice (fresh is best)
  • 2 drops liquid stevia (or use 12 tsp erythritol (Swerve brand is great))

Instructions

  1. Fill glass with ice. Fill a highball glass with ice.
  2. Muddle basil. Place muddled basil in glass.
  3. Pour lemon juice + sweetener. Pour in lemon juice and drops of stevia (or other sweetener).
  4. Fill with lavender soda. Fill the glass with lavendar soda.
  5. Garnish + enjoy! Garnish with basil if you need more fragrance. Enjoy!

Keywords: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, Sugar-Free, Vegan

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Cucumber Cherry Lime Mocktail

What a better way to celebrate summer than to use in-season ingredients that have the bonus of giving us better sleep — like this Cucumber Cherry Lime Mocktail!

Although this craft mocktail contains cherry juice, which is essentially straight fructose, the cucumber’s fiber will help blunt the blood-sugar spike. Also, tart cherry juice has mega phyto-nutrients and antioxidants!

{If you’re diabetic or pre-diabetic, please be smart about consuming drinks with fruit juice. This is technically sugar free, but that only means ‘added sugars’. The fruit juice still contains fructose!}

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Cucumber Cherry Lime Mocktail

  • Prep Time: 7 minutes
  • Total Time: 7 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Drinks

Ingredients

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  • 1/3 cup cucumber (peeled and chunked)
  • 1/8 cup tart cherry juice (Montmorency cherry juice)
  • 1/8 cup lime juice (fresh is best)
  • 4 oz seltzer water (plain, unflavored)

Instructions

  1. In high-powered blender cup, place cucumber chunks, cherry juice, and lime juice.
  2. Pulse 20-30 seconds until completely smooth.
  3. Pour into glass over ice cubes.
  4. Fill with seltzer water and serve.

Keywords: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan

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Cherry Sour Mule Mocktail

An amazing way to celebrate cooler weather and earlier nighttime hours is to combine tart cherry (for its sleep-inducing properties) with a Moscow mule to make this delectable Cherry Sour Mule Mocktail.

Although this mocktail is technically sugar-free, it does have tart cherry juice in it, which is basically straight fructose. Tart cherry juice does have less sugar than other cherries, so pay attention to the type you’re buying (it will say Montmorency cherry juice).

So if you’re able to have a bit of sugar and need a boost in sleep, this Cherry Sour Mule Mocktail could be the perfect warm-weather after-dinner beverage!

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Cherry Sour Mule Mocktail

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Drinks

Ingredients

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  • 1/3 cup tart cherry juice (Montmorency cherry juice)
  • 1/4 cup lime juice (fresh is best)
  • 1 can diet ginger beer (Zevia Mixers is a great brand)
  • 1 sprig mint (for garnish + aroma)

Instructions

  1. Place large ice cube or ball in a copper mug.
  2. Pour lime juice and cherry juice over ice.
  3. Fill with diet ginger beer.
  4. Garnish with mint + enjoy!

Keywords: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan

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Tart Cherry Almond Mocktail

If you’re searching for a way to use tart cherry to improve your sleep, look no further than this Tart Cherry Almond Mocktail! The sweet almond and tart cherry mesh together beautifully and give a delicious treat to send you off to dreamland.

Tart cherries have been shown to boost sleep through melatonin content and possibly the high amounts of antioxidants. They also have a lower sugar content than other cherries.

So while keeping your blood sugar down is a concern for supporting better sleep (and is necessary for diabetes and inflammatory conditions), this mocktail may still be a viable option, even with the straight tart cherry juice.

Although alcohol can always be added to mocktails to make a full-on cocktail, I don’t advise doing it with this recipe. The recipe-tester (that would be me) advised that it will turn this delicious treat of a beverage into a large, full glass of cough-syrup flavor. No thank you.

Instead, enjoy this tart cherry mocktail treat alcohol-free after or during dinner to prep you for bedtime!

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Tart Cherry Almond Mocktail

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Drinks

Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1/3 cup sugar-free cream soda ((diet or Zevia brand))
  • 1/3 cup tart cherry juice (Montmorency )
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 sprig mint (optional)

Instructions

  1. Place ice in short tumbler. Place ice cube/s in a short tumbler.
  2. Pour ingredients into glass over ice. Pour almond extract first, then tart cherry juice, and top it with the diet cream soda.
  3. Garnish with mint + enjoy! Add a sprig of mint for garnish.

Notes

**I don’t recommend converting this to a full-on cocktail by adding alcohol– it turns the drink into cough-syrup flavor.

Keywords: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, Vegan

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Pineapple Kiwi Mocktail

When it comes to a mocktail that’s fun + fruity but has the added benefit of improving sleep, this Pineapple Kiwi Mocktail is pretty much perfect!

Pineapple contains melatonin, which helps improve sleep, and kiwifruit has been shown in studies to improve sleep as well, making them a perfectly dynamic duo.

What I love about this Pineapple Kiwi Mocktail recipe is that even though we’re using fruit, which contains fructose, we’re not using straight juice. The fruit itself stays in the recipe, which keeps all the fiber. This is important for sleep to help blunt blood-sugar spikes, which can interfere with sleep.

Plus the tropical feel of this mocktail is super fun!

{This is not to say that this mocktail is a good option if you’re diabetic or pre-diabetic and having a hard time controlling your blood sugar. Know your body and go from there. ie-be smart about your mocktail options!}

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Pineapple Kiwi Mocktail

  • Prep Time: 7 minutes
  • Total Time: 7 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Drinks

Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1 kiwi fruit (peeled and chunked)
  • 1/4 cup frozen pineapple chunks (or can use canned)
  • 23 drops liquid stevia (to taste)
  • 1 can lemon seltzer water (or sparkling water)
  • 1 sprig fresh mint leaves (optional, for garnish and aroma)

Instructions

  1. Puree fruit and stevia. Put chunks of kiwi and pineapple, and stevia drops in a high-powered blender cup. Add 1/4 cup seltzer water and pulse approx 20-30 seconds until pureed into a smoothie-like texture.
  2. Place ice in glass. Place ice cubes in a large glass.
  3. Pour into glass. Pour fruit mixture into glass.
  4. Top with selzer. Top it off with seltzer water and stir.
  5. Garnish and enjoy! Garnish with mint. Enjoy!

Keywords: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan

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