Welcome to my new series where I’m making digestive mocktails based off of Taylor Swift songs. Here in the Healthier Together community, our mocktail recipes don’t just take out the alcohol. We add in a bunch of health benefits. This Lavender Haze Digestive Mocktail has antioxidants from the blueberries, blood sugar balancing effects from earl grey tea, and calming lavender–for obvious reasons. If you’re a Swiftie like me, this is the perfect drink recipe to make for a girls night in or for yourself on chill nights at home.
Calling all Swifties: make this healthy, song-inspired Lavender Haze Digestive Mocktail and put on Taylor Swift’s latest masterpiece, Midnights (3am edition).
Recently on Zack and I’s road trip to find our new home in California, we ranked our favorite songs on Taylor Swift’s new album from top to bottom. My top favorite song keeps changing, but currently, my favorite song on the new album is You’re on Your Own, Kid. I would’ve started this new Taylor Swift song-inspired mocktail series with it, but I still need to figure out how to translate it into a drink (it’ll probably taste like tears…).
But I figured if Lavender Haze was good enough to kick off her new album, it’s good enough to kick off my new series. Beyond the hazy lavender color, I added in dried culinary lavender, which helps make this mocktail super calming. The earl grey tea provides a beautiful “haze” but also lovely tannic elements that balances the mocktail and gives it depth of flavor–like something you’d find in an LA cocktail lounge.
Ingredients in lavender haze mocktail
You could probably make this recipe right now with ingredients you already have in your kitchen. We talk all about relieving anxiety and essential mental health hacks on this Healthier Together podcast episode with Dr. Julie Smith. Here’s what’s in this lavender haze digestive mocktail:
- Earl grey tea bags: These tea leaves have chlorogenic acid which have been shown in studies to have an anti-diabetic effect and balance blood sugar levels. I recommend using decaf in this recipe to help wind down, especially if you’re going to drink it at night.
- Dried culinary lavender: you can find this in the spice section of most natural grocery stores
- Raw honey: substitute for real maple syrup or coconut sugar if you’re vegan
- Frozen blueberries: I recommend wild frozen blueberries which are proven to contain more antioxidants than conventional blueberries. They also help give this mocktail a beautiful lavender color.
- Lemon: is packed with Vitamin-C and is proven in studies to boost your immune system.
- Canned light coconut milk: We give this digestive mocktail a creamy, hazy effect and keep it dairy free with light coconut milk from the can.
How to make this digestive mocktail on the stove
Make the tea: Boil water and add it to a large mason jar with earl grey tea bags and culinary lavender. Cover it and let it steep. Then, remove the tea bags, stir in the honey and quick-chill it in the freezer.
Muddle the fruit: Microwave the frozen blueberries in 30 second increments, smashing with a muddler or wooden spoon in between.
Combine them: Use a fine mesh strainer to strain earl grey and lavender mixture into a large measuring cup to remove lavender. Then strain blueberry mixture into same vessel, pressing out as much juice as possible. Add lemon juice and coconut milk.
Shake & serve. Transfer to a cocktail shaker or large mason jar with a lid. Add ice and shake until cold. Strain into two glasses.
Can I make it ahead of time?
Yes! Making this lavender haze mocktail ahead of time is simple. Just follow steps 1-3 above, stopping before you’d shake with ice. And instead of storing in the freezer, store in the refrigerator with plastic wrap on top.
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- 2 earl grey tea bags, decaf is great for nighttime
- 3/4 teaspoon dried culinary lavender
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 cups frozen blueberries
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1/2 cup canned light coconut milk
- Optional:1.5 ounces of vodka or gin to make it a cocktail
- Boil 1 cup of water and add earl grey tea bags and culinary lavender. Let it steep for 4 minutes, then remove tea bags, squeezing them out, and stir in the honey. Transfer to the freezer to quick chill.
- Microwave blueberries in 30-second increments, smashing with a muddler or wooden spoon in-between, until it’s as liquidy as possible (about 1-2 minutes total).
- Using a fine mesh strainer, strain the earl grey and lavender tea into a large measuring cup to remove lavender. Discard the lavender pieces, then strain the blueberry mixture into the same vessel, pressing out as much blueberry juice as possible. Discard or compost solids. Add lemon juice and coconut milk to the same vessel.
- Transfer to a cocktail shaker or large mason jar with a lid. Add ice and shake until cold. Strain into 2 glasses and garnish with lavender as desired or add a shot of vodka if making a cocktail. Enjoy!
- Serving Size: 2