I’m trying to re-create this amazing drink. Bob Marley’s Mellow Mood. It’s a verrrrrry relaxing iced tea.
I was drinking this great black tea everyday – but it’s a little too sweet for me and it’s also $3 a bottle. Which I think is a lot for something that doesn’t contain any alcohol. I want to keep drinking it because this tea actually works and relaxes me. I was accused of being in a good mood 3 days in a row at work. And if you know me at all – you’ll know that is a freakin miracle. Because working gets me all grouchy and stressed out about nothing and then I’m no fun to work with.
I’m thinking if I’m gonna be spending $3 a day on this tea it’s gonna get costly and I should just figure out how to make it myself. I look into a little and see that the ingredients include black tea, sugar, valerian, lemon balm, chamomile, hops, passionflower, and melatonin. haha. No wonder it relaxes me, it’s practically a sleep aid. I also noticed that it says not to use heavy machinery afterwards and not to drink the tea if pregnant. ummmmmm. Oooooookay. I’ve decided that I’m still going forward with this re-creation project.
I bought all the extracts I needed from Whole Foods to try to make the tea. At least all the ingredients are readily available. I’m already way more successful with my project than the time my friend Louis tried to buy all the stuff from Safeway to make homemade Coca-Cola.
The first issue I encountered was that it was all super expensive. Some quick math made me believe it was worth while, but it still ran me about $60. The second issue is that the amounts of each ingredient in mellow mood are listed in mg and I’m working with ml. It’s sorta tricky to convert milligrams to milliliters because one’s a measure of mass and the other is a measure of volume. And I ain’t no mathematician. I know there will be a few test batches until I get it right.
The first day I made the drink it was really, REALLY wrong. I was so tired I had to drink a bunch of coffee to balance it out. And I was sleepy for two days. FAIL! But I was really mellow during my work day; even though it was my 6th day in a row of work. And I did succeed in getting two more people to be my guinea pigs. So I won’t just be testing it out on myself anymore. I also learned that trying to go for a run after taking a bunch of melatonin is really hard and not an effective way to exercise.
I’m working on batch #2 right now. I just wanted to finish writing this blog first, in case the outcome is not exactly the desired one. I will keep ya updated on my progress. When I get it right, I’ll let ya know.
If you wanna learn more about Mellow Mood products and the 1love organization check it out HERE
And if you feel like mellowing out but don’t have any melatonin on hand then: listen to this. Man, I love this song.