Kitchen > Recipes > Soothing Night-time Drink

Soothing Night-time Drink

Soothing Night-time Drink | Border Park Kitchen

For food allergies and intolerances, please carefully check the ingredient list on each product before using or consuming.


  • 250 – 375ml almond milk (see Peri’s tip)
  • 1 tsp good quality vanilla extract (sugar free, if possible)
  • ½ – 2 tsp pure maple syrup (optional)
  • Tiniest pinch sea salt (optional)


  1. Warm milk in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add remaining ingredients. Whisk in vanilla, maple syrup (if using) and salt.
  3. Simmer and taste. It’s done when you see the occasional bubble (~ 80˚C or 180˚F), but before it boils. Taste and add extra vanilla or maple syrup, if desired.
  4. (optional) Froth. If you’re fond of a frothy latte-like hot drink, carefully blend the warmed liquid in a bullet-style or immersion (stick) blender, or a milk frother for 20 – 30 seconds.
  5. Enjoy. Drink this at least 1 hour before bed for the most calming effect.

Use a nut-free milk if necessary.


Use any milk of choice, but I recommend almond milk as it’s high in tyrptophan and magnesium – both of which are beneficial in improving the quality of your sleep.

More substantial:  

Boost the protein by adding 2 tsp collagen, and 1 tsp MCT oil to support gut health, digestion, nutrient absorption and mood.

Boost the flavour:  

Add a sprinkle of ground cinnamon or other favourite spice. This drink is best left unsweetened, but if desired add maple syrup (which contains minerals and antioxidants) or honey (which assists tyrptophan in working, and contributes to the release of melatonin).

Storage suggestions:  

Best enjoyed immediately.

Time Saving Tips:  

If I’m short on time and want to drink my nightcap and immediately head to bed, I make this drink with 250ml boiling water and 100ml almond milk. That way it can be made all in one cup (I avoid using extra dishes whenever I can), and it’s the right temp to drink immediately.

Peri’s Tip:  

I love making homemade almond milk because I choose the ingredients and it’s so much cheaper than buying it. If you’re making your own, be sure to strain pulp using a nut milk bag. This leaves you with a smooth and creamy liquid.

Peri's Recipe Reflections:

This drink has a simple back story – so ‘normal’ that it’s almost not worth me sharing!

Once dinner is done and the kitchen is cleaned, I frequently find myself wanting a sweet treat.

Can you relate?

Some evenings a herbal sleepy drink does the trick, but not always.

Often, I feel more like something milky (but without dairy), slightly sweet and yummy. But not too sweet because I know that sugar affects my sleep.

So, with minimal effort and without thinking too hard, this warm drink was borne.

Curious about my recipe development method?

It was super simple …. because we keep our homemade vanilla in the same cupboard with our tea and coffee, adding a generous splash to some boiling water seemed like the natural thing to do (cos who doesn’t love vanilla?!).

And then, because it was too hot to drink straight away, I poured in some cashew milk. (See the Substitutions Note about why I’ve since changed to using almond milk).

It felt like the perfect solution – warm, sweet and soothing ?

Perhaps you’ve made something similar before – a Snowy White, as some people refer to it?

And if you haven’t yet tried it, why not make yourself a mug tonight?

I find it has the most soothing effect when enjoyed after our kids are in bed. I like to sit in our loungeroom on our well-worn leather couches, with just a small lamp for light, sipping this drink slowly. If you catch me sitting there, you’ll also notice that I often have my eyes closed, and am practicing my deep breathing (beneficial for so many reasons).

How about you? What’s your favourite wind-down activity before bed?


Peri x



P.S. If you make one of my recipes, could you do me a quick favour? Please leave a star rating and review directly on my website. It takes just 2 minutes!

Your feedback is super-helpful, both for me and for others. It also shows search engines like Google know that my recipes are worth sharing. This helps me continue to provide you with lots of free recipes ? Thank you.

How useful was this post?

Click on a star to rate it!

Average rating 0 / 5. Vote count: 0

No votes so far! Be the first to rate this post.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Enjoy that? Never miss a delicious recipe. Subscribe today!

(We won’t spam you. Promise) 

If you’re looking specifically for beef, lamb or mutton recipes, check out the recipes on our sister site, Border Park Organics.

Return home to see all Border Park Kitchen offers or browse our Free Resources. If you have any questions, drop us a line.

Follow Us On


Free Download