relaxation drink
n. A nonalcoholic drink formulated to help promote relaxation and relieve stress.
relaxation-drink adj.

Example Citations:
While energy drinks are a very competitive segment of the beverage market, he said, Chillo — which has a slight hint of citrus but no medicinal aftertaste — has its own niche. "There are a couple of other hemp drinks out there, but they're billed as relaxation drinks, rather than energy drinks," Behar said.
—Mimi Whitefield, "Thousands expected to attend the 14th Americas Food & Beverage Show," The Miami Herald, October 22, 2010

Has the energy-drink craze peaked? Drinks like Slow Cow, Vacation in a Bottle and Mary Jane's Relaxing Soda are the anti-Red Bull: they're loaded with natural — though not necessarily F.D.A.-certified — relaxants like melatonin, hops, linden, kava extract and valerian....IBISWorld, a market-research company, says it expects the relaxation-drink category to reach sales of $68 million this year. —Clay Risen, "Relaxation Drinks," The New York Times, December 19, 2010

Earliest Citation:
Blue Cow relaxation drink expanded overnight to the shelves of over 500 stores in California....Tom, a 45-year-old LA Freeway commuter, says, "My feelings of road rage and commuter stress have reduced significantly since I have been drinking Blue Cow; it's a must-have in my car."
—"Blue Cow Announced as Sponsor of the College of the Desert Golf Team," Market Wire, February 7, 2007

Notes:
A relaxation drink is also called a non-energy drink. Here's an earlier citation that uses the phrase relaxation drink in a, well, more relaxed way (i.e., that isn't referring to the drink as a specific and separate category of beverages):

A Federal Express driver pleaded not guilty Tuesday to what is believed to be the state's first driving under the influence prosecution over consumption of kava, a relaxation drink popular with Pacific Islanders.
—Kaye Ross, "Kava drink on trial when man battles impairment charge," San Jose Mercury News, May 3, 2000

For good measure, here's an even earlier cite that just happens to pair the name of a beverage — Relaxation — with the word "drink":

Their Relaxation drink is made from chamomile, "the widely popular herb of the sun, known to soothe nerves and promote relaxation."
-Jan Norris, "Teas or tease?," Palm Beach Post, April 16, 1998

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