Having a relaxing drink every night before bed can be a great way to get in the mood for sleep. For many that drink of choice includes alcohol. While alcohol may be able to get you to sleep a bit faster than usual, it actually has the ability to lower the quality of your sleep. So whether you’re wanting a better quality sleep or simply living an alcohol free life, we have come up with our favorite alcohol free nightcap recipes for you all. Keep reading to see some of our favorite products and recipes, all alcohol free.
Is alcohol really all that bad for your sleep? Read our post Alcohol + Sleep and find out for yourself.
This is a classic, a soothing drink suitable for all ages. That is as long as you are not lactose intolerant. Warming up the milk makes it soothing. While the tryptophan which helps you produce serotonin, which makes you feel calm and happy. This is what makes milk so effective. For all of our dairy free folks, almond milk is the next best option. Almonds are a natural source of melatonin, which is a sleep regulating hormone. So if you can’t handle the lactose, go for the almond milk.
Our Warm Milk Recipe
Put in microwavable mug, add milk. Mix in any spices. Microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute. You don’t want to cook the milk, just make it warm. Then simply stir and enjoy.
- 1 mug of Milk or Almond milk
- A pinch of nutmeg or cinnamon
Tart Cherry Juice:
This nutrient rich juice is a good source of tryptophan and anthocyanins, both of which help the body to produce more melatonin naturally. So instead of popping a melatonin vitamin, drink some Tart Cherry Juice and your body will produce more naturally. Helping many who struggle with insomnia to get to sleep naturally without the help of alcohol or sleep aids.
Our Tart Cherry Almond Soda Recipe
Simply pour all ingredients over ice, stir and enjoy. We like the Zevia Cream Soda specifically due to the fact that it adds a sweetness that softens the punch of the tart cherry juice without the added sugar. Some Almond extracts are stronger than others, so adjust accordingly.
- 1 part Tart Cherry Juice
- 1 Part Zevia Cream Soda
- 1/2 Teaspoon Almond Extract
Tea is another warm option that is especially cozy to drink on cold winter nights. There are so many different teas varying in flavor and strength, it is nearly impossible for us to pick just one, however one of the star ingredients in many night time teas is Valerian. We highly suggest trying it out for yourself if you have trouble getting to sleep.
We picked our top 8 night time teas and put them in a list on our Best Tea For Sleep – Top 8 Bedtime Teas page. Click the link to check them out.
Not a drink on its own, however most CBD oils can be ingested and therefore can be added to other drinks. We suggest adding to a strongly flavored drink to cover up any CBD funky flavors your oil may or may not have. Check out all the great CBD Oil options at PureRelief.com.
Our CBD Nighttime Punch Recipe
You can shake and enjoy or if you want a bit of a smoothie, blend with ice and enjoy. Yum!
- 1 part tart cherry juice
- 1 part apple & grape juice
- Preferred dose of CBD oil
One of the fun parts of having a nightcap is drinking something fancy and special. Which is why we simply love a mocktail. Just make sure that your mocktail is not loaded with sugary mixes or simple syrups. This Lady Lavender Mockatail really hits the mark. Not only does it have the distinction of a cocktail without the alcohol, but it also has calming aromatics to lull you to sleep.
Our Lady Lavender Mocktail Recipe
Select the glass of your choice and add ice. Fill with lavender soda and then add your splash of grenadine and squeeze of lemon. To top off this drink simply place the basil in your palm and smack with your other hand. This technique is used to awaken the oils of the basil and make it fragrant without crushing the leaves. Stir drink and top with the now awakened and fragrant basil.
- Dry Lavender Soda
- 2 Leaves Basil
- Squeeze of Lemon
- Splash of Grenadine
Drinks To Avoid at Night
There are a few things to keep in mind when picking your alcohol free nightcap. Avoid stimulants like caffeine. Even coffee and tea that claim to be “decaf” still have a low level of caffeine. Also try to avoid anything too high in sugar. This will spike your blood sugar and could make it difficult to get to sleep later.
- Hot chocolate – caffeine and sugar
- Decaf Green Tea
- Drinks high in sugar
- Decaf Black Tea
- Decaf Coffee
Want to know more about where caffeine may be hiding? Check out our page Caffeine Free: The Benefits of Quitting Caffeine to learn more.
Alcohol Free Nightcaps:
We hope you love these nightcaps as much as we do and we hope the tips help you avoid any accidental sleepless nights. If you want to see more original recipes like these, tell us! Go to our Contact Us page and tell us what you would like to hear. We want to help you and yours get the best sleep of their lives.
We selected some of our all time favorite mess free Breakfast in Bed recipes for our readers. Check them out on our Breakfast in Bed page to have the cleanest breakfast in bed experience of your life.