Mood-Brightening Herbal Beverages for Late Winter

These late winter months often tease us with spring-like sunshine, but they mostly consist of snowstorms, freezing temperatures, and gray skies. Our moods, mirroring this sentiment, tend to be a little all over the place as well.

As we 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, but we also turn to herbalism, whatever the weather, for stress and mood support* to get us through these months.

Perhaps you are in the mood for a tonic to support energy levels* and boost stamina* or a joyful, mood-brightening* spritzer; whatever the occasion, there's something that feels good about breaking up the routine and getting creative with herbal beverages that are not only beautiful but also serve a purpose in supporting your mental health and overall well-being. These drinks are perfect for this time of year!

Kombucha Joy Tonic Sparklers with bottle of joy tonic, spoon and raspberries

Kombucha Joy Tonic Sparklers


  • ½ cup favorite kombucha flavor- we used schisandra & rose!
  • 1 tablespoon Urban Moonshine Joy Tonic
  • Squeeze of Lemon 
  • Rose and Schisandra Sugar for cup rim
  • Ice if desired


Wet the rim of the glass by dipping in water first and then into the powder mix. Combine all ingredients into a glass, and enjoy in bliss.

To make Rose and Schisandra Sugar: combine 1 tablespoon of each herb (powdered) and add 1 tablespoon sugar. Mix well.

 Rosey Reishi Mocha with Immune Tonic and cacao powder

A Rosy Reishi Mocha 


  • 1 tsp rhodiola tincture or powder
  • 1 tsp reishi powder
  • 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 need the kick!
  • ½ tsp Urban Moonshine Mushroom Immune 


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 the desired temp. Add in a shot of espresso or dash of coffee if you want the extra kick and the Immune Tonic. Enjoy warm or cold over ice. 


Citrus Energy Spritzer with Citrus Bitters, Ginger, Lemon, rose flower

Lemon Bitter Sparkler

A spicy and bitter beverage that ignites warmth to the body on cold days. A morning favorite as we desire gentle detoxification as we transition to spring.


  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 1/4th tsp Citrus Digestive Bitters
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Sparkling or mineral water


Mix the raw honey and lemon juice in a glass, stirring well. Add in the digestive bitters and cayenne pepper.

Top with sparkling water and ice if desired. Cheers to good health!


Make Your Own Herbal Syrup

This ratio can be used for any herbal syrup; simply substitute the herbal ingredients with the ones of your choice. 


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cups honey
  • 1 cup dried hibiscus flowers or and minced ginger root. 
  • 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.

The syrup will keep for up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator and is perfect for drinks, smoothies, ice cream/ desserts!

Upated February 2021

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