Stress Tea Sour Cocktail

by | Jan 27, 2021 | Adaptogens, Health & Wellness, Recipes, Stress, Tea

This Stress Tea Sour Cocktail is the perfect beverage for anyone looking to step up their mixology game! Whether you’re looking for an aperitif, nightcap, patio sipper or bubble bath delight, this cocktail is sure to impress and destress! It’s simple, light, tart, and full of flavour and benefits! If you love lavender and lemon, these notes shine in our Stress Tea Sour Cocktail. We made this recipe with Thrive Remedies Stress but it could also work with any of our flavours. Stress is an infusion of rooibos tea, lavender, black currant, ashwagandha and holy basil which give this cocktail a ton of complexity. Check out the recipe below then keep on reading for some information on the incredible health benefits of lemon, black current and lavender.

Stress Tea Sour Cocktail Recipe:


  • 1oz vodka
  • 1 lemon
  • ½ cup Thrive Remedies Stress Tea
  • Handful of ice
  • Optional: A dash of honey or lavender simple syrup
  • Optional Garnish: Egg white and lavender


  1. Combine the ice, vodka, juice of 1 lemon and ½ cup of stress tea in a shaker, and 1 egg white (optional). 
  2. Shake to the count of five then strain ¾ of the liquid into a glass of your choice (we used a martini glass)
  3. With the remaining liquid add in 1 egg white, then shake until frothy 
  4. Pour over the top of the drink 
  5. Garnish with a sprinkle of lavender


You can add honey or lavender simple syrup to give this drink some extra sweetness. We’ve included a recipe for lavender simple syrup below.

Lavender Simple Syrup Recipe


  • ½ cup cane sugar
  • ½ cup water 
  • 2 tbsp dried lavender


  1. Add water, sugar and lavender to a small pot
  2. Bring to a simmer on medium to low heat
  3. Let simmer for 5 min or until it gets to a syrup consistency
  4. Remove from heat, let cool and strain
  5. Store for up to one month at room temperature 

Benefits of Lavender

Lavender is one of the main ingredients in the Thrive Remedies Stress Tea. It is well known for its ability to reduce stress and encourage relaxation. Some of its additional health benefits are as follows:

  • Improves sleep 
  • Reduces anxiety
  • Natural pain remedy 
  • Lowers blood pressure & heart rate
  • Improves respiratory health
  • Treats headaches
  • Treats skin and hair issues (when applied topically)

Lavender is a potent herb commonly used in essential oils, soaps, candles and lotions for its calming effects, but it can also be beneficial when incorporated into your diet. You can add lavender to recipes like this one, brew it as a tea or find it in supplement form. People who have insomnia or struggle with getting a good nights rest can benefit. It can help improve your quality of sleep by relaxing the mind, making you fall asleep faster, and it helps keep you asleep throughout the night. Lavender can also help with symptoms of anxiety and depression by improving mood and balancing emotions. Studies show it may even be useful in treating mild pain such as headaches and menstrual cramps.

Benefits of Black Currant

Black currant is another main ingredient in Thrive Remedies Stress. Both the berry and the leaves are considered an adaptogen that aid in health and wellbeing. Adaptogens help protect our bodies physically and mentally from the damage that long term stress can cause. Here are some additional health benefits:

  • Immune boosting
  • Antibacterial
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Improved ocular health
  • Improved gut health
  • Improved skin health

Black currants are rich in antioxidants, vitamin c, potassium and gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). All of these nutrients contribute to immune system health. They can help protect your body from infections and disease, relieve symptoms when you are sick and improve your recovery time. Black currants are also a natural anti-inflammatory, which means your joints can benefit from it by reducing pain, stiffness and damage. Your eye, skin and gut health can also be improved. The GLA in black currants helps protect your eyes from diseases like glaucoma and encourages the growth of healthy skin, hair and nails. Black currant can increase the beneficial bacteria within your gut, which is important for digestive function. Digestion plays a role in weight management, nutrient absorption, blood sugar levels, cholesterol levels and prevention of some diseases.

Benefits of Lemon

The tart flavour of the fresh squeezed lemon juice pairs beautifully with the floral-fruity notes of the Stress flavour tea, but we didn’t just add it to this recipe for the flavour. Lemons have some pretty excellent health benefits and may help with:

  • Immune boosting
  • Antibacterial
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Improved ocular health
  • Improved gut health
  • Improved skin health

Lemons are full of antioxidants, vitamin c and citric acid, which largely contribute to their health benefits. Vitamin C is needed to help keep your body happy and healthy. A single lemon contains around half the daily intake of vitamin C. Incorporating lemons into your diet can help lower cholesterol, which reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke. Lemons can also help with iron absorption, so they are incredibly beneficial for people suffering from low iron or anaemia. The citric acid in lemons may even prevent the formation of kidney stones, which can be caused by several factors such as keto diet, obesity, medications, high protein diets and diabetes.

Lemons also contain pectin, a prebiotic soluble fibre, that can aid in digestion and create a healthy environment for good gut bacteria. Eating lemons or drinking freshly squeezed lemon juice (with the pulp) can also help boost the metabolism. The lemon pulp can also aid in digestion by helping feed the healthy bacteria living in your gut. Helping keep everything running smoothly, slowing the digestion of sugar and starches and improving overall gut health.

*** Disclaimer: The content on this website (Thrive Remedies) is for informational and educational purposes only and should not be taken as medical advice. It is not intended or suitable in place of advice from your health care practitioner or licensed physician. The information and products on this website should not be used for diagnosing, treating, curing or preventing a health problem, you should always consult a health care provider or licensed physician for advice. ***

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