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Now, before you get your happy hour on, this ‘cocktail’ is more of a mocktail, yet is still a fun blended beverage! An adrenal cocktail contains three simple ingredients and can provide natural support for those of us carrying around a little or a lot of stress.

adrenal cocktail in a short glass with a stainless steel straw.

As a young mom juggling family, a job and a cross country move, I de-stressed with caffeine, carbs and sugar. No wonder I never actually felt better!

The more I learned about the power of real, whole food, the more I started reaching for more natural remedies like this unique orange beverage.

Table of Contents
  1. What is an Adrenal Cocktail?
  2. When to Make an Adrenal Mocktail
  3. Recipe Variations
  4. Adrenal Cocktail FAQs
  5. More Natural Remedy Drinks
  6. Adrenal Cocktail Recipe
measuring glass with coconut water on a counter with whole orange and sea salt.

What is an Adrenal Cocktail?

The adrenal glands sit on top of your kidneys and are super important! This simple orange beverage uses nutrient-dense ingredients to provide the vitamins and minerals our bodies burn through when we are in a constant state of stress: potassium, sodium and vitamin C.

peeling oranges over a blender then pouring in coconut water and finally adding sea salt to a blender container.

I’m not here to tout magical claims about this elixir, yet I do believe in the power of plants, and I’m 100% on board with helping my body destress naturally.

KitchenAid blender with orange beverage in it, freshly blended.

When to Make an Adrenal Mocktail

If you experience a moderate to large amount of stress in your day to day life, then this adrenal cocktail, or my adrenal smoothie, can replenish the nutrients your body is using at a fast rate. You can gain natural energize for the day by drinking this simple beverage.

View it as a morning or mid-afternoon drink that won’t cause the crash or anxiety from caffeinated beverages.

pouring orange beverage from a blender container into a glass on a marble slab.

Recipe Variations

Since this ‘cocktail’ focuses on boosting your potassium, vitamin C and sodium levels, then you can swap in any of the following to make this drink your own:

  • Vitamin C- 100% orange juice or any other citrus fruit you desire to fresh squeeze, tart cherry juice also works
  • Potassium- aloe vera juice, water with a pinch of cream of tartar
  • Sodium- Regular sea salt, Celtic salt
  • Protein- If a blood sugar spike concerns you, then be sure to add a homemade protein powder when blending.
pouring adrenal cocktail with hemp protein into a short glass from a blender pitcher.

Adrenal Cocktail FAQs

What is an adrenal cocktail?

This is a three-ingredient drink that you blend together for a boost of potassium, sodium and vitamin C. These are three nutrients that the adrenal gland processes in high doses when the body experiences stress.

When should you drink an adrenal cocktail?

This beverage can feel energizing without caffeine, so drink this in the morning or afternoon for a good, clean rush of energy.

How often should you drink an adrenal cocktail?

Be sure to drink this with a balanced meal or snack so that you don’t have a sugar crash (if that’s a concern for you). Feel free to consume on a regular basis if you find it brings you energy! You can also add in a protein like hemp protein to your adrenal cocktail to help balance the natural sugar.

2 short glasses of orange beverage on a marble tray next to a basket of oranges.

More Natural Remedy Drinks

I love ‘taking supplements’ in the form of nourishing drinks made from real plants. I’m not much for synthetic versions of vitamins and minerals when I can get the real stuff, yet I def believe in the healing power of plants. Here are a few remedies I keep on hand to give my body what it needs, when it needs it:

Would you review and rate this recipe once you make it? I’d love to hear how it turns out for you.

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Adrenal Cocktail

When you find your adrenal system working in over drive (rising blood pressure, increased heart rate, feelings of anxiety) drink my adrenal cocktail to naturally reset. This calming beverage uses plants to provide a vitamin C, potassium and sodium boost.
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Author: Jen Hansard
Course: Beverage, Natural Remedy
Cuisine: Healing, Plant-Based
Serves: 2


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  • 2 cups coconut water unsweetened and chilled
  • 2 oranges peeled
  • ¼ tsp pink Himalayan sea salt
  • ½ serving homemade protein powder optional
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  • Place all ingredients into a blender. Puree until smooth.
  • Pour into glasses and serve immediately. If desired, serve over ice.


  • If you’ve got a high-powered blender, you can leave some of the white pith on the oranges. If using a standard blender, then remove that for the smoothest result.
  • You can swap the pink Himalayan sea salt for the sea salt of your choice.
  • The 2nd serving can be refrigerated overnight, just give it a good shake before drinking. 
  • Adding a plant-based protein powder to this beverage will help balance out the natural sugar from the orange.


Calories: 107kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 543mg, Potassium: 837mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 19g, Vitamin A: 295IU, Vitamin C: 75mg, Calcium: 110mg, Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    This is such an interesting recipe. I just got some orange juice to make it after my long workout tomorrow, I’m hoping it is a better way for me to get down coconut water.