Relaxation (67 reviews)

Marley's Mellow Mood Peach Raspberry Black Tea

Marley's Mellow Mood Peach Raspberry Black Tea

They may have dropped the “passion fruit” from the name, but I’m pretty sure this is the same formula as the old Black Tea, Peach, Raspberry and Passion Fruit bottles that I used to drink more often than I probably should have. If it is different it not by much and it’s still wonderfully delicious.

It’s always a shock when a functional beverage can not only taste like the beverage it’s masquerading as, but also be an exceptional version of that style of beverage. If this were a regular iced tea that wouldn’t make me sleepy I would drink it all of the time. It tastes fantastic and fruity, without being overly sweet. As it is I drink it sparingly when I need to chill out a bit. I do miss it in resealable bottle form though. A full can might just knock me right out.

Website
http://www.marleybeverages.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Pure Cane Sugar
Categories
Iced Tea, Relaxation
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on October 9th, 2016
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Marley's Mellow Mood Raspberry Tea & Lemonade

Marley's Mellow Mood Raspberry Tea & Lemonade

When Mellow Mood first came out there were insane. I almost died because I didn’t know how strong they were and I drank one before a twenty minute drive home. Shortly thereafter they apparently changed the formula and lowered the effective dosage. I no longer feared going from completely awake to asleep in a few short minutes, but they definitely relaxed me and helped me to get to sleep on many a restless night. My brain tends to go into overdrive sometimes and when that happens my chances of organically falling asleep are slim. Mellow Mood allowed me to have following days that weren’t completely miserable due to lack of sleep. It was a lifesaver.

Now there’s a new can, and kind of new flavors (there was a light version of this available in the past), but this can did not have the same effect on me as they have in recent times. I’m afraid they changed the formulation again and it no longer works the way I want it to. I blame the lack of melatonin. I ended up lying in bed all night and I remember light creeping around my curtains before I finally fell asleep. I really hope this is still available in the old formula because this simply won’t do. I mean this is really delicious, but that was never a problem with these drinks. It tastes like a perfect Arnold Palmer with a little bit of raspberry mixed in. I still don’t know what that has to do with Bob Marley, but I love the way it tastes. I just wish it still helped me get to sleep.

Website
http://www.marleybeverages.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Pure Cane Sugar
Categories
Iced Tea, Lemonade, Relaxation
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on August 25th, 2016
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Take 5 Relax + Focus

Take 5 Relax + Focus

Relaxation is sweeping the nation, and I’m okay with it. We’ve been living in an energy drink world for the past two decades and I think everyone needs to take a break from being over-caffeinated and jittery. More and more relaxation beverages are hitting the market all the time. While some of them are meant to just make you sleepy, or come down from an energy drink rush, there are others such as Take 5 that are meant to help you relax, but still stay awake. Since I had a complete stranger tell me that I looked like one of the most tense people she’s ever seen, I probably need this in my life. I don’t know when or how I got so uptight and stressed, but I’m open to options that don’t involve me smoking weed.

While a lot of other relaxation drinks contain things such as melatonin, valerian root, and chamomile to calm you down and make you pretty much comatose, Take 5 uses B vitamins, L-theanine, magnesium and GABA. None of that really means anything to me, but I’m sure there’s science behind it.

Normally shots are very potent, but this tastes pretty watered down. That sounds negative, but it’s actually a nice change from what I’m used to. I mean these aren’t meant to be sipped, you’re supposed to drink the whole thing in one gulp. I’d prefer that gulp to taste like watery lemon/lime juice instead of weird chemicals any day. I can’t really tell if this works because waiting to see if it works is making me anxious. Oh man I surely am a mess.

Website
http://take5drink.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
No Sugar Added
Categories
Relaxation, Shot
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on May 18th, 2016
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Cheribundi Relax Tart Cherry

Cheribundi Relax Tart Cherry

When it comes to cherry juice, Cheribundi does not mess around. Those days of thinking that everything cherry either tastes syrupy or medicinal are long gone. It’s like walking out into an orchard and filling your stomach with cherries you picked right from the tree. They have tried their hand at mixing cherries with tea, chocolate and other fruits (all with great results), now they are expanding into the world of relaxation drinks. Yet again, they have not failed to deliver.

Did you know that cherries naturally contain melatonin? I certainly did not, but it’s good to know. Unlike some relaxation drinks that are just meant to calm you down and focus, this one is more for sleepy time. You’ve got your specific tea for that when the weather is cold, but in the summer when you don’t want a hot beverage you can now reach for a bottle of this.

The only things in this bottle are tart cherry juice, water, L-theanne (tea extract) and reb a (stevia). I honestly had no idea that there was stevia in here at all, and that is saying something since I can normally spot it a mile away. The taste of the cherries completely overpowers it. This is how zero calorie sweeteners should be used. You’ll have to excuse me now I can hear my pillow calling.

Website
http://www.cheribundi.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Reb A
Categories
Diet, Relaxation
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on April 1st, 2016
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Just Chill Jamaican Citrus

Just Chill Jamaican Citrus

Just Chill is quickly falling into the category of drinks that I wish didn’t have an intended purpose, because I just like the way they taste. There are times in my life when it’s probably not appropriate to chill, but does that mean I should be deprived of delicious beverages?

When most drinks are named something citrus it’s a pretty safe bet that orange or pineapple is going to be your forerunning flavors. This is not the case here though. This drink is chock full of lime that actually tastes like limes and I love it. There is a weird hint of lemongrass too. It threw me for a bit but after a few sips I was glad that it was there. I think I detect a slight amount of mint as well, but that could just be my taste buds dreaming of mojitos.

Something that sets Just Chill apart from other relaxation drinks is the exclusion of melatonin and valerian root. As a result you can just calm yourself without falling asleep. I swear the first time I had a Marley Mood I wasn’t ready for it and I thought I was going to fall asleep in traffic. There is no fear of that with these drinks. They are simply delicious and calming, just as advertised.

Website
http://drinkjustchill.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Non Gmo Crystaline Fructose
Categories
Relaxation
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on January 21st, 2016
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Just Chill Jamaican Citrus, 12 Ounce (Pack of 12)

Just Chill Rio Berry

Just Chill Rio Berry

Drink this in. I received a case of Just Chill in the mail. I excitedly put a couple in the fridge to cool down and then went about my day. The next morning I am woken up by my ladyfriend who is crying hysterically because she fell down the stairs. I somehow assumed the role of decent boyfriend and jumped to make sure that she was not seriously hurt. I mean I’m not a monster, but after discovering that no real harm had been done I could see myself going back to sleep. I did not play the part of the jerk that day and I consoled her, as she was really shook up. She was pretty worked up, as any normal human being would be after tumbling down a full set of stairs at 7am. I really, really wanted to have her drink one of these to help calm her nerves, but as soon as the thought crossed my mind I instantly knew that if I uttered the phrase, “You should drink a Just Chill” all she would hear is the word chill and assume I was telling her she needed to chill out. In hindsight I should have just gone and grabbed her a can, but it was early and I am part monster, and the warm bed won out. Eventually she calmed down and went to work and I did the same. It’s a longwinded story, but the fact is that these drinks do what they are supposed to and it actually would have been appropriate for her to drink one at that time. I feared getting stabbed so I didn’t’ bring it up. No one likes to be stabbed.

In addition to their functionality these drinks really do taste great. They do the whole mixture of sugar (crystalline fructose) and stevia thing to keep calories low, but retain a decent taste. I don’t know how they do it, but I would never guess that stevia was involved at all just by the flavor. I have not ruled out sorcery. Rio Berry is light, but realistically fruity. I appreciate a beverage that actually tastes like berries and not artificial garbage that we are told taste like fruit.

Website
http://drinkjustchill.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Crystalline Fructose
Categories
Relaxation
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on January 5th, 2016
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Just Chill Rio Berry, 12 Ounce (Pack of 12)

Just Chill Zero Ginger

Just Chill Zero Ginger

Just Chill has been good to us. They have sent us samples several times, and when they have they have sent a lot of them and we appreciate that. Here at Thirsty Dudes we are not to be bought though, just ask Mountain Dew about the time they sent us a care package with the samples of their Kickstart line before they hit the market. The same can be seen in our first Just Chill review. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either. It was a perfectly serviceable middle of the road beverage and because of that it got a 3/5 bottle rating.
I’m pretty sure they accidently sent our samples to us twice because I got two identical packages with a whole lot of beverages in each. It’s no secret that I am a sucker for ginger flavored drinks, but the mountain of cans staring at me that clearly state that they are zero calories had me a bit standoffish. I can handle stevia and in moderation it’s just fine, but thinking of so many ounces of it just waiting for me was intimidating. I let a can chill (get it) in the fridge for a while and then cracked it open for a nice relaxing night on the couch with a movie.

There are two important things to acknowledge at this point.

First, this is a relaxation beverage, but it did not put me to sleep and that is the way I feel these things should work. I have no doubt that has I went to bed shortly after drinking this I would have been fast asleep in no time at all, but I appreciate that it allows me to stay awake in a calmer state. I’ve had a handful of other drinks of this variety and most of them just make me sleepy. This one still allowed me to function and that is great.

Second, ginger reigns supreme. Zero calorie sweeteners are no match for a healthy dose of ginger. Think of the perfect ginger ale, with just a hint of a burn, and then up the ginger flavor a bit more and you have this drink. If I were to place a wager I would put my money on 95% of the stevia flavor is masked by the ginger. Only the faintest hint of it remains.

You may not be able to buy our opinions at Thirsty Dudes, but I am very grateful to have a stack of these on hand to drink at my leisure.

Website
http://drinkjustchill.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Erythritol
Categories
Diet, Ginger, Relaxation
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on December 23rd, 2015
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Purple Stuff MD Cherry Cola

Purple Stuff MD Cherry Cola

After nearly 20 years the world’s questions have finally been answered. Nearly twenty years ago a commercial was aired where a teenager read off the contents of his fridge to his friends so they could choose a beverage; “OJ, purple stuff, soda, Sunny D.” The purpose of this was to show that kids preferred Sunny Delight over other beverages. We all know that is a fallacy, as the stuff is fake orange juice that is so syrupy. I don’t know a person now who would accept a glass if it were presented to them. The mystery has always been what was the purple stuff? Was it grape juice? Kool Aid? Some other weird concoction? I now know that it was a product that was ahead of its time and the children in the ad simply did not know what to do with it. Purple Stuff was/is a calming, relaxation beverage.

Now call me old fashioned but when I think about relaxation, drinking a cola isn’t the first thing to come to mind. Actually, carbonation and relaxation don’t commonly fall into the same sentence. Finally the time came when I was freaking out about the house I am in the process of buying and I needed to just calm down or I was going to give myself an ulcer. I sat back, cracked open the can, took a deep breath and sipped away. I was surprised at how good it tasted. It had a very nice cola flavor and the cherry is also pleasant, but in a way that is almost like an energy drink. With each sip it starts off as a normal cherry cola but slowly shifts into a candied aftertaste. No part of the experience was gross or weird though. In addition to a pleasant flavor this also helped to slow my brain down a bit so I could continue with life and not be consumed about all of the little things I had to get done from the road in order to close on my house. I could make a dumb joke about that British army saying, but you’ve seen enough puns of that for a lifetime, so I’ll leave you alone.

Website
http://www.mypurplestuff.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Crystalline Fructose
Categories
Relaxation, Soda Pop
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on March 31st, 2015
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Lotus Botanical Elixers Balance Mind & Body Raspberry Infused

Lotus Botanical Elixers Balance Mind & Body Raspberry Infused

I have never been to a spa. I feel like the intended relaxation would fail and I would be left feeling anxious. You know, now that I think about it I really don’t know what exactly happens at a spa. I imagine massages are the norm, and that I’m okay with. It’s the facials, mud baths (do those exist outside of movies?), and things like that which leave me uncomfortable. I feel like my version of relaxation is very different from the bulk of society. I don’t even truly know what my relaxation is, but it’s not just awkwardly sitting somewhere with goop on me, constantly wondering how much time I have left. Wow, I sound like turd dude there, but honestly is everything…..right?

Why am I talking about spas? Well, to me this drink tastes like what I imagine you would be served at such a establishment. Now I doubt spas serve anything carbonated, and probably just give everyone cucumber infused water or something along those lines, but to me this is the taste of self-indulgence and relaxation. Actually it tastes like someone overly infused some water with raspberries and added a touch of sugar as well as a few botanicals. It’s light but still fruity, just the way I like it. It’s the taste of reflection, if you want to be arty about it. Even though it has natural caffeine in it it’s the type of beverage I can sip and relax and go over my life without having a freak out. This company is all about balance, and I have to say that it comes across in the way their beverages affect me. It makes me want to sip on a can and then walk through a portion of the woods where I am sure to not encounter another human and just take it all in.

I’d like to stress that this is not a relaxation drink in the way Marley’s Mellow Moods are. It’s not going to put you to sleep. It’s simply going to let you settle and reflect. You know what if this was involved with a spa maybe I would put up with people touching my face (which I hate). At least the anxiety would be turned down to a minimum.

Website
http://www.lotuselixirs.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Pure Cane Sugar
Categories
Relaxation, Sports/Dietary Supplement
Rating
5/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on January 17th, 2015
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Lotus Botanical Elixirs, Pink Lotus Elixir, Raspberry Infused, 12 Fluid Ounce (Pack of 12)

Marley's Mellow Mood Lite Raspberry Tea Lemonade

Marley's Mellow Mood Lite Raspberry Tea Lemonade

I have no idea what is up with me lately. Up until recently I have never had a problem with falling asleep. For my entire life, any place or time, I could just lay down my head and in a few minutes I would be out in blissful sleep. Things started to change when energy drinks hit the scene. I don’t drink coffee, so my caffeine intake is pretty low, so these drinks affect me a lot. If it’s in the evening when I drink one, I can kiss sleep goodbye. I’m aware of this issue though, so I know how to control it. Recently though, sleep tends to avoid me for no good reason. There are times when I haven’t had any caffeine, or other stimulants, my mind isn’t racing and I’m not worried about anything; I just can’t sleep. I don’t understand it at all. I’ll be watching a movie late at night, feeling like I’m about to nod off, so I’ll go to bed and as soon as I lay down, BAM I’m awake. Luckily it’s not a constant, just once or twice every couple of weeks, but it’s still bloody annoying. It’s for times like these that I like to keep a bottle of Mellow Mood in my fridge.

Now, as you can see from our older reviews these drinks will make you feel all warm and cozy, while your will to stay awake washes away. They aren’t as strong as they originally were, but they still get the job done. It confuses me when I’m on a decent hike and I find a bottle deep in the woods. Who thought that would be a good idea? You’re trekking through the woods and you decide, shit I need to sleep right now and then leave my trash behind. Scumbag idiots roam this planet.

There are a handful of flavors of Mellow Mood on the market these days, some are teas and some are sparkling. I am more a fan of the tea varieties. I mean who wants to drink bubbly water before sleep? (Yes I know this is just meant to relax you and not actually put you to sleep, but everyone I know who has drunk them falls asleep quickly.) Marley’s has done a great job making functional beverages that actually taste delicious. This is very clearly raspberry tea mixed with lemonade and it tastes natural. Sure it’s sweetened erythritol as well as cane sugar, but it doesn’t taste very diet and the other functional ingredients are completely hidden from your taste buds. I would drink this even if it didn’t help cure my ailments. I’m just lucky it serves other functions as well as tasting nice.

Website
http://www.marleybeverages.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Cane Sugar
Categories
Iced Tea, Lemonade, Relaxation
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on September 6th, 2014
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Marley's Mellow Mood Lite Raspberry Half & Half Tea (12x16oz)
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