Alcohol is not known for its sleep-promoting qualities. In fact, nothing ensures I have a terrible, unrestful night like a parade of high-proof cocktails. But a little bit of alcohol — a scoach — can calm the mind and relax the muscles. Pair that with melatonin-rich sour cherry juice (and maybe a glass or two of water), and you have a nice little cocktail to help you unwind.
Nightcaps, in my opinion, should be very easy to throw together. You should be able to build it in the glass (or teacup, for true nighttime vibes), and not worry about measuring too much.
A half and half mixture of tart and sweet juice with bonded bourbon makes for a surprisingly perfect balance of flavours — neither too tart or too sweet — and a twist of orange zest adds just a hint of dimension. As for effectiveness: I don’t have any peer-reviewed data to share, but I had one of these this morning, and am now quite sleepy.
To make one yourself, you will need:
- 45ml bottled in bond bourbon (or any other bourbon you enjoy)
- 45ml tart cherry juice
- 1 strip of orange zest
Add the juice and bourbon to a teacup (or other small drinking vessel). Add a large ice cube. Give everything a stir to chill and dilute, then squeeze a strip of orange zest over the cup to express the oils. Enjoy.