Add this deliciously easy tart cherry juice mocktail to your evening routine for better sleep! This tart cherry bedtime mocktail recipe uses just three ingredients and comes together in under five minutes.
Why You'll Love this Recipe
Quick & Easy - No fancy techniques, hard to find ingredients or expert kitchen tools needed for this one so it's the perfect beginner friendly mocktail to make at home.
Science Backed Sleep Health Benefits - Tart cherry juice has high amounts of melatonin from tryptophan (the same stuff in turkey that gives you the itis after Thanksgiving dinner!), which helps to regulate the sleep-wake cycle (Sleep Foundation).
Studies have shown better sleep quality and duration, as well as higher levels of melatonin, in individuals who drank tart cherry juice before bed (NCPC).
Vegan - This drink is naturally vegan, gluten-free, and blood sugar friendly. I've been drinking it before bed regularly for over a year now to improve my sleep routine!
I've been all about getting a good night's beauty sleep since before the Instagram and TikTok hype so, of course I'm going to give you multiple options: check out my calming turmeric milk for a warm and cozy bedtime drink.
What You'll Need for this Recipe
Tart Cherry Juice also called Montmorency cherry juice, is the foundation of this bedtime beverage and don't let the name fool you--it is not low sugar! I recommend using unsweetened, organic tart cherry juice not from concentrate for the best results.
Apple Cider Vinegar helps balance out the flavor profile with a touch of tanginess. I use the kind with the mother.
Check out the recipe card below for full ingredients list, measurements, nutrition facts, and step-by-step instructions!
Substitutions & Variations
Cinnamon - A sprinkle of cinnamon is a common addition for the girlies wanting a blood sugar balanced sleepytime mocktail that adds a warming spice flavor. You can also add a splash of cinnamon tea!
Soda Water adds bubbles without changing the sour cherry flavor so feel free to top up your glass with Topo Chico or whichever brand of sparkling water, club soda, or seltzer you like.
Magnesium Glycinate Powder is a popular ingredient that's been shown to help reduce anxiety and support relaxation, among other things, so while it doesn't necessarily improve sleep quality, many people swear by making the tart cherry juice and magnesium mocktail.
It's generally a good idea to check in with your healthcare provider before adding new supplements to your routine!
How to Make a Tart Cherry Nighttime Mocktail
Step One: Add tart cherry juice, apple cider vinegar, and soda to a glass over ice and stir gently to combine. It's that easy to make!
Pro Tip #1: I like to use frozen cherries instead of ice to chill my non-alcoholic tart cherry juice cocktail because they provide a little extra razzle dazzle normally reserved for alcoholic beverages.
Pro Tip #2: Serve this drink in a fun glass and/or sip through a sustainable straw and live your best life. I'm a big believer in treating yourself and making self care fun because these days it's really such a privilege to be able to invest in yourself!
Quick Demonstration Video
Frequently Asked Questions
The timing can vary from person to person but studies recommend drinking tart cherry juice about one hour before bed to allow the tart cherry juice benefits to take effect and give you time to use the restroom before falling asleep.
I recommend preparing the cherry juice mocktail just before drinking, especially if you're adding carbonated soda or water so that the bubbles don't fall flat.
Is the sleepy girl mocktail good for PCOS?
Because I drink this mocktail, you know I had to make it PCOS friendly. The splash of apple cider vinegar helps balance out the potential blood sugar spike of the natural sweetness in tart cherry juice (NIH) or you can achieve the same effect by adding a sprinkle of cinnamon (Healthline).
And I recommend using prebiotic soda or even sparkling water instead of some of the more sugary renditions you might find elsewhere that use ginger ale or ginger beer.
Check out my collection of PCOS recipes, while you're here!
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Tart Cherry Juice Mocktail for Sleep
- 1 rocks glass
- 1 spoon
- 4 frozen cherries optional
- ½ cup tart cherry juice unsweetened and not from concentrate
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 3-4 ounces prebiotic soda
- Add ice and frozen cherries (if using) to a rocks glass.
- Pour in tart cherry juice and apple cider vinegar then top up with prebiotic soda and stir.