Maybe it’s because I live in the city that never sleeps (where the night owls feel an exceptional need to shout at each other from under my window), but I’m becoming a big fan of dreamless sleep. My favorite, in lieu of a nightcap of Tylenol PM, is a soothing cup of Celestial Seasonings Sleepy Time Tea. I usually don’t touch CS tea – it’s like the Dinty Moore Beef Stew of the tea aisle. Sleepy Time, though, is a whole ‘nother story. Enriched with chamomile and valerian extract, it manages to tuck me in at night and mute the sounds of the city outside. It’s rather glorious – especially coming from a girl of the suburbs who remembers fireflies and crickets as harbingers of night, not sirens and car alarms.
This is my summertime ode to the dreamless sleep – a deliciously crisp and cool cocktail that blends fresh lemonade and iced Sleepy Time. A glass or two, and you’ll feel like you’re swinging away in a hammock without a care in the world. And yes, it works, so please drink this after the chores are done. Like most of my drinks, this one is sweetened with a simple syrup – it makes the drink blend together so perfectly, it’s really worth the extra effort. This particular syrup gets its glory from a mint infusion – yet another layer of flavor before naptime.
Sleepy Arnold Palmers (Lemonade and Valerian Iced Tea)
1 c. of mint simple syrup (recipe below)
4 bags of Celestial Seasoning Sleepytime Tea
2 c. of water
Heat the two cups of water to a boil and then pour into a pitcher. Add the tea bags, cover, and let steep for a half an hour. Remove bags and let tea sit until at room temperature. Squeeze in the juice of six lemons and add water to make 2 quarts. Sweeten with a cup of simple syrup (adding more or less to taste). Stir well and chill. Serve with lemon wheels and enjoy the restful time that ensues.
Mint Simple Syrup
1 c. of water
1 c. of sugar
1 bunch of mint
Bring all ingredients to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off and strain into a tupperware. Pop in the fridge to chill before using.