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Pink Moon Milk {a dreamy sleep tonic}
May 9, 2017 (last updated May 17, 2020) in Dairy-Free · Drinks · Gluten-Free · Paleo · Recipes · Vegan · 42 Comments

Vegan Pink Moon Milk {sleep tonic}

This moon milk recipe is sponsored by the Cherry Marketing Institute. I’m excited to be partnering with them this year to bring you more recipes and ideas about Montmorency tart cherries, which are not only delicious, but good for you too.

From being very young and pushing for just two more minutes before getting tucked in, to consistently flying in the door at exactly curfew time in high school. To college, where I wouldn’t walk out the door to party until after 9pm, and sleep until noon the next day.

And now at 33, I’m the exact opposite – so excited for my head to hit the pillow every single night. The exhales. The slow down. The closing of the day. But if only my excitement for sleep matched the ease of falling asleep.

I’m a daydreamer and a night thinker. And worries become much more real as we age. If only those mind wandering hours responded to counting sheep like they used to….

Vegan Pink Moon Milk {sleep tonic}Vegan Pink Moon Milk {sleep tonic}

I’ve been consciously working on my nighttime routine to help calm my mind, and body, so that I’m able to fall asleep easier. Sleep is so incredibly important in recharging, and regenerating our cells, and all the working parts that keep us moving forward each day.

I first started by agreeing to put my phone/computer screen down at 10:30pm, at the latest, as I’d find myself lying in bed, scrolling mindlessly through social media or emails, further provoking racing thoughts. And damaging my vision. I started taking a shower at night instead of in the morning, to act as a signal to my brain of washing the day off, and embrace the soothing feeling that hot water and steam can give.

And I also run an aromatherapy diffuser all night, using this Peaceful Sleep Oil blend, which I feel really does help.

Vegan Pink Moon Milk {sleep tonic}

On the nutrition side of things, I’ve been drinking this soul soothing Pink Moon Milk for the last few weeks. I love that this recipe falls into the category of “I’m-delicious-but-also-medicinal”, and is very easy to make.

It’s made with homemade nut milk, honey, and Montmorency tart cherry juice, one of the few natural sources of melatonin, which is responsible for the regulation of the body’s internal clock and sleep-wake cycle. I also added a little ashwagandha, considered an adaptogen, a substance that enhances the body’s adaptive response to stress and balances normal body functions.

I love its light sweetness, and the way cherries work with almonds (a classic flavor combination). The dried rose petals certainly add beauty, but the fragrance that drifts to your nose with each sip is quite relaxing as well.

Rest well. Dream big. Sleep tight.

Vegan Pink Moon Milk {sleep tonic}

If you make this Pink Moon Milk, be sure to tag me on Instagram with hashtag #heartbeetkitchen, or @heartbeetkitchen!

Vegan Pink Moon Milk {sleep tonic}

Vegan Pink Moon Milk

Yield: 1 serving
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

A vegan sleep tonic, made with tart cherry concentrate and almond milk.



  1. Heat almond milk and tart cherry juice over low heat in a small pot.
  2. Remove from heat, and whisk in honey and ashwagandha. (If you want to make it really frothy, you can add it to a blender). Top with rose petals and drink warm.
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42 thoughts on “Pink Moon Milk {a dreamy sleep tonic}

  1. Kelsey @ Appeasing a Food Geek

    I am 100% with you on the switching sleep cycles to getting to bed earlier and getting a sounder sleep. This sleep tonic is gorgeous, but it also sounds so delicious. I’m all for nighttime routines that calm and soothe. Needless to say, I’ll be trying this one out! xoxo

  2. abby @ Heart of a Baker

    I’m totally with you, the sooner I can go to the bed..the better! I’ve never even thought about combining cherry juice and almond milk, but the combo sounds amazing. I’m with Kelsey, I need to work on a better nighttime routine, winding down from day rather than just hopping into bed and scrolling through social media endlessly. xoxo

    1. amandapaa Post author

      the SCROLL. gosh, that’s exactly it. i will say that putting the phone away (most days) at 10:30pm has been really refreshing. but it’s sometimes hard with the jobs we do! xo

  3. Emily

    Such a pretty pale pink and those rose petals too. I see ashwaganda popping up everywhere these days, but I’ve yet to try. Have you noticed a difference since using it? Do you order yours or can you get it at Whole Foods? Agree with the quiet bedtime routine- I switched to showering at night as well and it’s been a great way to calm and soothe after a long day.

  4. Ruby

    So beautiful! I never used to be a pink person until recently, and if I hadn’t already warmed to it, THIS color would convert me! Would this drink work with the juice from fresh cherries as well? They are just about in season this time in Morocco :) xoxo

    1. amandapaa Post author

      I confess, I’ve always been into pink! But it sure is having it’s day right now. I’m sure this would be amazing if you juiced the cherries yourself. xo!

  5. Lucille Marchica

    I’m excited to try this, starting tomorrow night! I’m a “night owl” – due to many years of staying out late into the early hours of the morning. I’ve been having some difficulty at night with putting my phone down, stop scrolling through social media, and getting to bed earlier. Thank you for sharing this! It sounds so good!

  6. April

    I made this and the almond milk separated when I added the cherry juice, any advice on how to fix this? Otherwise, it tasted great!

    1. amandapaa Post author

      Hi April! Did you by chance use storebought almond milk? I find it works much better with homemade. Also, did you whisk them together thoroughly while warm on the stove?

    2. Jennifer

      Same thing just happened to mine :(
      Separated for sure. And yes I used store bought almond milk. I guess I can’t make this recipe if not then :/

      1. amandapaa Post author

        Yes, storebought nut milk will separate in this. But I just found a solution! Make sure to not overheat the milk and cherry juice, which can cause separation. And the blender frothing also really helps.

  7. Maria

    I cannot find cherry juice where I live, but I can get my hands on frozen black cherries. How do you think I could use them instead of the tart cherry juice? Do black cherries have the same properties than tart cherries for sleeping purposes?

    1. amandapaa Post author

      Hi Maria! You could blend the black cherries with this recipe and make it a smoothie, instead of a warm beverage. Black cherries unfortunately don’t have the same chemical properties such as melatonin, that are helpful with sleep.

  8. kerry barnes

    This is delicious and I really think I’m sleeping better having incorporated it into my nighttime routine, but one big question- how do you get yours to be such a pretty light pink color? Mine keeps coming out closer to mauve or burgundy! I even tried reducing the amount of cherry juice but it’s still an awful color. Not that it matters that much, as long as it tastes delicious and does the job, but I am curious!

    1. Vicki

      Same thing I got – a dark, nearly purple color. Tasted good, though. I used organic tart cherry juice (not from concentrate). Bottle doesn’t specify the type of cherries used.

  9. Jenny

    Can I make just a big ol batch of this and bottle them up for use as needed? My prep kitchen habits always show.

  10. Amy Ayers

    Last week, I had a nutritionist tell me to start adding in Ashwaganda into my daily routine to help with hormonal balance. I decided to try the powder form instead of pill form, and just made this for the first time tonight. The taste was absolutely delicious!! I think this will easily become a normal part of my nightly routine.

  11. Bel

    OMGosh this is sensational I’m so glad I found your blog, I will definitely be putting some of these recipes to good use 😊 my question is regarding the cherry juice is there a way to make it at home? As we don’t have that brand in Australia that I’m aware 😊 may your weekend be bliss

  12. Coco

    Where can I get unsweetened Montmorency tart cherry juice? I tried to Google it but I don’t see any of them that are unsweetened. Is there a brand you can recommend?

  13. larry winslow

    Just got my Ashwagandha root powder did not know about the tart cherry juice till now i heated 1 cup of milk then added half spoon of ashwagandha and honey taste great cant wait to get the cherry juice.


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