Cherry Almond Moon Milk

Wind down with this moon milk made of warm almond milk with honey and tart cherry juice.

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Cherry Almond Moon Milk in a mug

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Sleep is one of my things. It helps me think more clearly and feel better overall. If you’re like me, not getting enough sleep leads to brain fog and makes you cranky.

Per CDC sleep recommendations, I try to get at least 7 hours a night and 8 hours seems to my real sweet spot.

But sometimes it can be a challenge. To help, I like to wind down with a warm beverage at night. In the past, I’ve used golden milk lattes. Before that Sleepytime Tea Extra was my go-to nightcap. Lately, I’m into moon milk. That yes… I’m not ashamed to admit, I discovered this dreamy drink via Instagram. 💁🏾‍♀️

Make this Cherry Almond Moon Milk and fall asleep a little faster tonight! #moonmilkClick to Tweet

This moon milk recipe is made with steamed almond milk, honey, and tart cherry juice – which is a natural source of melatonin and may help with sleep. Try it with whole milk or cashew milk to suit your own preference.

Whether it’s the tart cherry juice or the whole process of slowing down, moon milk definitely helps me fall asleep faster.

What is moon milk?

Moon milk has origins in centuries-old ayurvedic medicine where it’s used as a remedy for sleeplessness. It’s a warm mug of milk blended with herbs and/or spices. Traditionally made with whole milk for the sleep-inducing components found in dairy, the moon milk popping up all over Instagram has been adapted in mainstream wellness circles to use non-dairy milk.

How to make moon milk

To make moon milk, you’ll simply heat milk in a small saucepan with whole herbs or spices to extract as much of the benefits as possible. Whisk in ground or powdered spices like nutmeg before serving for a frothy, comforting cup of warm milk.

I used a handheld frother to get the beautiful frothy finish you see in the picture. I highly recommend it.

You can add adaptogenic ingredients like ashwagandha, powdered valerian root, or other sleep-inducing or stress relieving ingredients that work for you.

I am using tart cherry juice, which is a natural source of melatonin and may help with sleep. I got mine at Trader Joe’s. It’s 100% juice and doesn’t have any added sugars. It will be tart. So, I’ve added honey. The honey sweetens the drink and also helps emulsify the moon milk to keep it from breaking down before you’re done sipping.

I added some edible rose petals on top just for the fragrant aroma and aesthetics.

So. That’s my very non-traditional take on moon milk.

When your goal is to fall into blissful sleep, you don’t need a tedious task keeping you up. As such, I made this moon milk recipe as easy as possible using real, simple ingredients. 

And here’s the easy recipe:

herry Almond Moon Milk Recipe
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5 from 7 votes

Cherry Almond Moon Milk

This pink moon milk is made from tart cherry juice, warm almond milk, and honey. Sip it to help you fall asleep faster tonight!
Prep Time10 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: moon milk
Servings: 1
Calories: 120
Author: Marisa Moore

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ cup tart cherry juice
  • 1-2 tsp honey
  • splash vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Heat the milk and cherry juice in a small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk continuously, adding in the honey just as the mixture starts to heat up, about 3-5 minutes. If using, whisk in the vanilla extract after removing the milk from the heat. Pour into a cup and enjoy!
  • For a creamier texture, before adding to the cup, use a handheld frother for a whipped and frothy finish. 

Notes

Tips for Making the Best Moon Milk:
  • I used a handheld frother to get the super frothy finish. I highly recommend it!
  • Add in ashwaganda or other adaptogens to supercharge this recipe. 

Nutrition

Calories: 120kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 335mg | Potassium: 201mg | Sugar: 17g

19 Comments on Cherry Almond Moon Milk

  1. Jacquelyn Hastert
    March 10, 2019 at 10:30 PM (4 months ago)
    This sounds amazing! I love the flavor combination of cherry and almond. I bet with would taste great in the mornings.

    Reply
    • Marisa
      March 10, 2019 at 10:35 PM (4 months ago)
      It's such a classic combination and the color just makes me fall in love all over again! Reply
  2. Jere Cassidy
    March 11, 2019 at 12:33 AM (4 months ago)
    I would drink this anytime it sounds so amazing with the cherry juice in it.

    Reply
    • Marisa
      March 11, 2019 at 7:02 AM (4 months ago)
      Yes. It's a lovely combination. Hope you get to try it! Reply
  3. Valentina
    March 11, 2019 at 12:54 AM (4 months ago)
    This moon milk is calling for me! Not only does it sound delicious, but I can only imagine what a lovely calming affect it much have. And now I'm ready for sleep. ;-)

    Reply
    • Marisa
      March 11, 2019 at 7:01 AM (4 months ago)
      It's quite soothing. Definitely puts you in the mood for a slumber :) Reply
  4. Michelle Miller
    March 11, 2019 at 2:03 AM (4 months ago)
    Had no idea! Thanks for the amazing tip and aside from the fact this is a good help to go to sleep, it also sounds very delicious!!! Thanks for this moon milk recipe.

    Reply
    • Marisa
      March 11, 2019 at 7:01 AM (4 months ago)
      It's my pleasure! Reply
  5. Natalie
    March 11, 2019 at 2:37 AM (4 months ago)
    Looks and sounds so delicious and comforting ♥

    Reply
    • Marisa
      March 11, 2019 at 7:00 AM (4 months ago)
      It's both and also kinda fun to look at :) Reply
  6. Kim
    April 24, 2019 at 8:53 PM (3 months ago)
    Mine curdled right away. What did I do wrong? Reply
    • Marisa
      April 24, 2019 at 8:57 PM (3 months ago)
      Hi Kim. I'm sorry to hear that happened! I'm curious what type of milk you used? The fat content can make a difference but the main reason it would curdle is if either the milk or juice was too cool when mixed? Reply
  7. Lorraine
    June 6, 2019 at 3:23 PM (1 month ago)
    when do you add the vanillla? Reply
    • Marisa
      June 6, 2019 at 3:26 PM (1 month ago)
      Hi Lorraine! Thanks for the note. If you're using it, I'd add the vanilla right after removing the milk from the heat. I am updating the recipe right now. Thanks again! Reply
  8. Sharon Ellis
    June 13, 2019 at 7:58 PM (1 month ago)
    Would love to try this recipe. I have always been curious, can you actually eat the rose petals? Reply
    • Marisa
      June 13, 2019 at 8:34 PM (1 month ago)
      Hi Sharon! There are some that are edible. You can look for culinary or food grade dried rose petals. Those are the only ones Let me know if you try them. Reply
  9. Kelly
    June 26, 2019 at 11:12 PM (3 weeks ago)
    This tastes like a cherry pie warm from the oven! I have a bottle of Trader Joe's tart cherry to drink before bed but seldom remember to have it. The last couple weeks I've enjoyed golden milks and can tell that they help with my sleep issues. I stumbled on this recipe today and knew I had to try tonight. I used TJs tart cherry, unsweetened vanilla coconut milk, tiny splash of good vanilla and a bit of local raw honey...delish! Cheers to a good nights and you for sharing!

    Reply
    • Marisa
      June 27, 2019 at 9:20 AM (3 weeks ago)
      Kelly, Thanks so much for the note. It's so soothing! And now I'm suddenly craving warm cherry pie :) Reply
      • Kelly
        June 27, 2019 at 11:34 AM (3 weeks ago)
        Update: It worked! And my skeptical husband also enjoyed it. Looking forward to tonight's mug ;)

        Reply

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