This Viral “Adrenal Cocktail” Boosts Energy and Balances Hormones—Here’s How to Make It

A nutritionist tells all.

By Edie Horstman
Three glasses of adrenal cocktail recipe.

I was first introduced to adrenal cocktails in 2019. (You might know it instead by its now TikTok-famous name, the cortisol mocktail.) At the time, I was one year into my PCOS diagnosis. Determined to heal my hormones naturally (spoiler alert: success!), I went all in. Of everything I tried, getting a grip on nutrition was critical. Food was a game changer. And it wasn’t just about what I was eating, but how I was eating. I began focusing on nutrient-dense foods and balancing my blood sugar. Almost immediately, I noticed a significant shift in my energy. Regardless, I still needed to get my stress under control. Which, in part, meant using food as medicine. Enter: the adrenal cocktail.

Edie Horstman
Edie Horstman

Edie is the founder of nutrition coaching business, Wellness with Edie. With her background and expertise, she specializes in women’s health, including fertility, hormone balance, and postpartum wellness.

What is an adrenal cocktail?

As the name suggests, this mocktail is a magical elixir of vitamin C, potassium, and a slew of essential minerals. It supports energy and hydration. Best of all, it tastes delicious. Whether you’re feeling burned out, stressed, or simply want a refreshing drink in the afternoon, add these adrenal cocktail recipes to your daily wellness routine.

This article is for informational purposes only. It is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and we recommend that you always consult with your healthcare provider.

Glasses of adrenal cocktail.

Ingredients in Adrenal Cocktails

Hate to disappoint, but this drink isn’t actually a cocktail. That said, it could be delightful in your favorite distilled bevvy! The adrenal cocktail focuses on three nutrients: vitamin C, sodium, and potassium. These are key to maintaining adrenal health. This trio also helps maintain hormone stability, proper hydration, and electrolyte balance.

Basically, the adrenal cocktail helps replenishes the body’s adrenal glands. Because of this, it helps counter fatigue. Typically, adrenal cocktail recipes include fresh orange juice, coconut water, and sea salt. However, the sky’s the limit. You can also add cream of tartar (for more potassium), collagen powder (for protein and joint health), magnesium powder (for regularity), and canned coconut cream (to balance blood sugar).

Fresh Citrus Juice

Adrenal cocktails start with fresh orange juice. (Lemon or grapefruit work, too!) This serves two main purposes: Orange juice is loaded with vitamin C and it’s an energizing source of simple carbohydrates. When you’re stressed, your adrenal glands use more vitamin C than they would on a regular basis. Beyond regulating cortisol production, vitamin C’s antioxidant properties are also needed to fuel the adrenal glands, protect against oxidative stress, and boost the immune system.

You can also sub fresh OJ for one teaspoon of whole food vitamin C powder. I like this one from Pure Synergy—it’s made from real fruits rather than ascorbic acid.

Coconut Water

In addition to being naturally sweet and hydrating, coconut water is loaded with several important nutrients—including minerals that many people don’t get enough of. Unlike coconut milk, which is a blend of coconut water and grated coconut, coconut water is a coconut’s clear fluid. For potassium and other electrolytes, opt for pure coconut water. Otherwise, you can sub this for aloe vera juice!

Sea Salt

By adding a large pinch of high-quality sea salt (Himalayan or Celtic), you’re adding additional essential electrolytes and minerals (like magnesium) that are key for energy production, blood pressure, and adrenal function. Salt also elevates the flavor of adrenal cocktails, so don’t skimp!

Optional Add-Ins

When it comes to adrenal cocktail recipes, there are plenty of optional add-ins. You can either keep it simple or elevate this daily wellness routine. Because there is some concern that the natural fruit juices in adrenal cocktails can spike blood sugar, you can add a few spoonfuls of thick coconut cream for fat and a scoop of collagen powder for protein. Both of these macronutrients will help blunt a blood sugar spike.

If you’d rather add coconut milk instead of coconut cream, that’s a great option as well. Coconut milk has fatty acids to help stabilize blood sugar levels and provide your body with energy. Personally, I prefer coconut cream because it’ll make your drink taste like a creamsicle (seriously!).


The Best Time of Day to Drink an Adrenal Cocktail

Most of my clients prefer drinking their adrenal cocktail mid-morning. That said, it can also serve as an afternoon pick-me-up. Energy levels tend to dip between 10 and 11 a.m. and 2 and 3 p.m., so either of those windows—when you would normally reach for a cup of caffeine or a handful of sugar—is ideal.

You can also try the adrenal cocktail as a bedtime snack if you deal with 3 a.m. insomnia (this can be the result of a daytime blood sugar issue). Otherwise, it serves as an energizing pre-workout snack! Last but not least, try it as a light breakfast—particularly if you find yourself not hungry upon waking. This potent elixir will kickstart your metabolism.

If you’re pre-diabetic or diabetic, consult your physician before introducing the adrenal cocktail. It’s best to drink this shortly after a meal, as opposed to in between meals if you have blood sugar management issues. Drinking it about 10-15 minutes after a meal will help blunt a blood sugar spike.

What are adrenal glands?

All of that said, you might be wondering: What are adrenal glands? The human body has two adrenal glands. They’re hormone glands, located on top of both kidneys. They produce hormones that help regulate various processes: metabolism, glucose, blood pressure, immune health, and response to stress. We can’t live without our adrenal glands, so it’s important to support and nurture them as best as possible!

Adrenal cocktails.

Signs Your Adrenal Glands Are Out of Whack

The central theme with the adrenal cocktail is balance. It encourages our body’s natural ability to regulate blood sugar, energy, and fight fatigue. One of the ways we can support homeostasis—and overall wellbeing in the body—is via the adrenal cocktail.

Signs you may benefit from the adrenal cocktail include:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Weight loss and decreased appetite
  • Darkening of your skin (hyperpigmentation)
  • Low blood pressure, even fainting
  • Salt cravings
  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
  • Nausea, diarrhea, or vomiting (gastrointestinal symptoms)
  • Abdominal pain

The adrenal cocktail is a simple yet effective way to lessen the symptoms of adrenal fatigue. If you’re feeling run down, it’s worth a shot! Helping bring a few important hormones and mineral levels back into balance, this magical concoction benefits overall health.

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Adrenal Cocktail, 3 Ways

  • Author: Edie Horstman


High in nutrients and packed with flavor, these three adrenal cocktail recipes are a great way to relax while keeping your body nourished. 


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Freshly Squeezed Adrenal Cocktail

  • 2 cups plain coconut water
  • 2 oranges, peeled (any variety!)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pink Himalayan sea salt (or sea salt of choice, just don’t use sea salt flakes)
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla protein powder (optional)

Blended Adrenal Cocktail

  • 1 cup orange juice, no sugar added
  • 1 cup plain coconut water
  • 2 tablespoons coconut cream (from the can)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pink Himalayan sea salt (or sea salt of choice, just don’t use sea salt flakes)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar *this adds potassium
  • 1 scoop collagen powder

Sparkling Adrenal Cocktail

  • 1/2 cup orange juice, no sugar added
  • 1 cup plain coconut water
  • 1/2 cup sparkling water
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 teaspoon pink Himalayan sea salt (or sea salt of choice, just don’t use sea salt flakes)


Freshly Squeezed Adrenal Cocktail

  1. Place all ingredients into a blender. Puree until smooth.
  2. Pour into glasses and serve immediately. If desired, serve over ice.
  3. The additional serving can be refrigerated overnight, just give it a good shake before drinking. Adding a scoop of protein powder helps balance out the natural sugars from the coconut water and orange.

Blended Adrenal Cocktail

  1. Place all ingredients into a blender. Puree until smooth.
  2. Pour into glasses and serve immediately. If desired, serve over ice.

Sparkling Adrenal Cocktail

  1. Place all ingredients into a glass. Stir to combine (use a small whisk or shaker).
  2. Pour into glasses and serve immediately. If desired, serve over ice.

Disclaimer: consult your physician before introducing the adrenal cocktail.

Comments (18)

  1. emily1987 says:

    Cool tips. I have long been using coconut water as a source of electrolytes. Still, for more significant water mineralization (depending on needs), you can use drops of iodine or selenium. For example, I add 2 drops of Wellabs Vegan Liquid Iodine to a water bottle and drink this already mineral water. A good life hack on how to maintain the right level of iodine in the body for your thyroid health

  2. Kelly says:

    Interesting. I would like to try these recipes but how many ounces is a serving size? The record say “serves 1” but then talks about storing the extra serving. Thank you

    1. Isabelle Eyman says:

      Hi Kelly, the second two recipes make one serving while the first recipe is doubled. Simply divide between two glasses and either split with a friend or store the other for later. Enjoy!

  3. Josie says:

    In the second two, do you squeeze oranges, or buy no-sugar-added OJ? Thanks!

    1. Isabelle Eyman says:

      We recommend freshly-squeezed oranges, but in a pinch, no-sugar-added OJ can work too. Enjoy!

  4. Gabriela says:

    Can I add olive oil for fats if I don’t have coconut cream at the moment and drink before bed?

    1. Edie Horstman says:

      Hi, Gabriela! Great question. While olive oil is one of our favorite fats, it wouldn’t work well in this recipe (because of the consistency!). Instead, I would omit the fat and add an extra 1/2 scoop of collagen for a bit more protein. This will help balance blood sugar before bed. You can also pair this drink with a handful of nuts — to help balance blood sugar — and omit the coconut. Hope this helps!

      1. Jen says:

        I looked at the celtic sea salt but it appears to be salt crystals or flakes. I’m a little confused because you said not to use salt flakes. Can you explain the difference for me?

        1. Casey McKee says:

          Hi There! Apologies for any confusion! To confirm, you’ll want to use finely ground sea salt crystals (not flakes).

  5. Megan says:

    Can this be replaced with pineapple juice?
    Orange juice shoots my sugar levels up , causes migraines and stomach issues

    1. Casey McKee says:

      Hello! Pineapple juice typically has more sugar than orange juice, so I would actually recommend swapping OJ for unsweetened cranberry juice.

  6. Ute says:

    A good reminder of what adrenal cocktails can do and what they should consist of!
    Just one thing: himalayan salt is NOT sea salt. It has a very different profile.

  7. Allison says:

    Can I add Spirulina to this??

    1. Casey McKee says:

      Hi! While we don’t list Spirulina as a recommended add-in, feel free to try and let us know!

  8. Pat says:

    This is the most informative article I’ve ever read on the role of adrenal glands. Thank you for this very useful article, the tips, and the yummy recipes. I can’ t wait to try the cocktails.

  9. Izzy says:

    just saying this is a drink not a snack. seems really weird to call it a snack as if it is food.

  10. Christine says:

    This doesn’t explain how it helps with cortisol regulation?

  11. christine montalvo says:

    I love to try these drinks…my question is how often do you keep drinking them?

    Thank you,

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