Cortisol Cocktail

Cortisol Cocktail in two jars with orange slices on the table.
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This delicious concoction is an absolute breeze to whip up and will have you feeling on top of the world in no time. Hey there, my friend 👋 Buckle up, because this Cortisol Cocktail is about to become your NEW favorite pick-me-up. 🍹

Wait until you hear about the secret ingredient that gives it that extra zing

Why You Will Love This Cortisol Cocktail Recipe

Not only is this cocktail a party for your palate, but it’s also a GAME-CHANGER when it comes to giving your mood a much-needed boost. 🥳

It has a unique flavor and it is filled with tons of energizing nutrients. It is safe to say this cortisol cocktail is like a hug in a glass.

Say arrivederci to those afternoon slumps and buongiorno to renewed vitality.


Cortisol Cocktail in two jars with orange slices on the table.

Easy Cortisol Cocktail

A delicious, non-alcoholic cocktail filled with fruity flavors and a kick of spice to boost your mood and energy levels.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Course Beverage
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 120 kcal


  • 2 cups freshly squeezed orange juice
  • ½ cup pomegranate juice
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 4 cups sparkling water chilled


  • In a large pitcher or mixing bowl, combine the orange juice, pomegranate juice, lemon juice, honey, ground ginger, and cayenne pepper.
  • Whisk or stir the mixture until the honey is fully dissolved.
  • Add the chilled sparkling water to the pitcher and gently stir to combine.
  • Pour the Cortisol Cocktail into glasses filled with ice.
  • Garnish with fresh orange slices or pomegranate arils, if desired.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy.


  1. To give it a slightly different flavor, rim the glasses with a blend of sugar and cayenne pepper.
  2. Adjust the amount of honey or cayenne pepper to suit your personal taste preferences.
  3. If you prefer a sweeter or spicier drink, feel free to add more honey or cayenne accordingly.
Keyword cocktail, energizing beverage, fruity cocktail, mood-boosting drink

Utensils You Need To Make This Cortisol Cocktail

  1. A pitcher or large mixing bowl
  2. A whisk or spoon for stirring
  3. Measuring cups and spoons
  4. A citrus juicer (or you can use pre-squeezed juices)
  5. Glasses for serving

Alternative Ingredients

If you do not have the ingredients I listed above, do not worry. You can swap them out for the alternatives below.

Original IngredientAlternative
Orange JuiceGrapefruit Juice
Pomegranate JuiceCranberry Juice
Lemon JuiceLime Juice
HoneyMaple Syrup or Agave Nectar
Ground GingerFresh Grated Ginger
Cayenne PepperGround Black Pepper
Sparkling WaterClub Soda or Tonic Water

Frequently Asked Questions About Cortisol Cocktail and the Recipe

Why is it called a “Cortisol Cocktail”?

The name “Cortisol Cocktail” refers to the potential mood-boosting effects of this vibrant beverage. Cortisol is a hormone that helps regulate our stress levels, and the combination of ingredients in this drink may help promote a sense of relaxation and well-being.

Can I make this cocktail in advance?

Yes, you can. You can prepare the juices and spices ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator. Simply add the sparkling water right before serving for that refreshing fizz.

Is this drink suitable for vegans?

Yes, this Cortisol Cocktail is completely vegan-friendly. All of the ingredients are plant-based, making it a perfect choice for those following a vegan lifestyle.

Can I use fresh ginger instead of ground ginger?

Yes, you can. Fresh grated ginger adds an extra zing and can be used as a substitute for the ground ginger. Just adjust the amount to taste, as fresh ginger tends to be more potent.

Is this cocktail appropriate for kids?

While this drink is non-alcoholic, it does contain a small amount of cayenne pepper, which may be too spicy for some children. You can omit the cayenne or reduce the amount to make it more kid-friendly.

Can I use a different type of sweetener?

Of course, you can. If you prefer, you can substitute the honey with other sweeteners like maple syrup, agave nectar, or even a touch of sugar. Just keep in mind that the flavor profile may be slightly altered.

How long does this cocktail stay fresh?

It’s best to consume the Cortisol Cocktail within a day or two for optimal freshness and flavor. The carbonation from the sparkling water will dissipate over time, so it’s not recommended to make it too far in advance.

Can I add alcohol to this cocktail?

While this recipe is designed as a non-alcoholic beverage, you can certainly experiment by adding a splash of your favorite spirit, like vodka or gin, if desired. Just remember to enjoy responsibly.

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