March often teases us with springtime weather, while also delivering blustery days full of rain, snow and gray clouds. Our moods can be all over the place too after a burst of warm sunshine and a cold snow storm leave our bodies in confused states. As we make this transition and await the arrival of spring, our spirits are definitely in need of some brightening, uplifting inspiration and energy!
Nourishing ourselves with good food and time spent outdoors is always helpful. We can also turn to our plant allies, whatever the weather, for mood-brightening tonics to get us through these transitional months.
Even if you don’t take mood and stress support tonics on the regular, it’s fun to break up the routine a little and make herbal beverages that are not only beautiful and inspiring but serve a purpose in your mental health and optimal well-being.
Perhaps you are in the mood for a solid energy buzz, or a joyful, brightening spritzer; whatever the occasion these drinks are perfect for this time of year.
Kombucha Joy Tonic Sparklers, with Damiana and Hawthorn
½ cup favorite kombucha flavor- we used schisandra & rose!
1 tablespoon Urban Moonshine Joy Tonic
1 teaspoon Damiana tincture or powder
1 teaspoon Hawthorn tincture
Rose and Schisandra Sugar for cup rim.
To make Rose and Schisandra Sugar- combine 1 tablespoon of each herb (powdered) and add 1 tablespoon sugar. Mix well.
Wet the rim of the glass by dipping in water first and then into the powder mix.
Afternoon Mushroom Mocha
A Cacao, Rhodiola + Reishi Mocha with rosewater, almond milk and maple syrup.
1 tsp rhodiola tincture or powder
1 tbs reishi powder
1.5 tablespoon cacao powder
1 tablespoon maple syrup, or to your taste
Dash of rosewater or vanilla
1 cup almond milk
1 shot of espresso- if you really need the kick!
Add powders, maple syrup and rosewater into a small saucepan. Pour almond milk into the pan and bring to a simmer. Use a whisk or milk frother to blend well and heat to desired temp. Add in a shot of espresso or dash of coffee if you want the extra kick. Enjoy warm or cold over ice.
Citrus Energy Spritzer
Blood orange, hibiscus + ginger syrup, energy tonic and seltzer.
1 juicy blood orange
2 teaspoon hibiscus + ginger syrup
1 tablespoon Urban Moonshine Energy Tonic
Lemon/ orange slices for garnish
Juice the blood orange and squeeze out every last drop! Add the syrup and energy tonic to the cup and top off with sparkling water. Serve with a garnish and enjoy!
Make Your Own Herbal Syrup
This ratio can be used for any herbal syrup.
2 cups water
1 cups honey
1 cup dried hibiscus flowers or any herbs
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
Combine all ingredients except the lemon juice in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Stirring occasionally. Add the lemon juice. Remove from heat. Let the mixture steep for 30 minutes. Strain and let stand at room temperature until cool.
Syrup will keep for up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator and is perfect for drinks, smoothies, ice cream/ desserts!