No, my mug didn't look like this other-worldly picture, but I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the taste. One serving size is about a shot or 1.5 ounces — a shot has five calories and one gram of sugar — and you're advised to mix it with warm oat milk (or it can also be served cold). There are notes of clove, ginger, chili (yes, chili!), and cinnamon. There's also "smokey fig" and bourbon vanilla extract, though, to my palate, all of these melded into a spiced flavor with the tiniest wisp of sweetness.
Dream Light was very different from the Som Sleep drink I tested out in the Summer. It had similar sleep-promoting ingredients, but Som was a Red Bull-esque fizzy drink. Dream Light, when mixed with milk, brought me back to the feeling you get during childhood when your parents tuck you in at night. I felt, for lack of a better word, toasty. Under the covers with a mug of this, I felt safe.
I tried a shot of Dream Light with a few different types of warm milk over the four nights that I had it: regular milk, vanilla almond milk, and vanilla oat milk. (Note: I just heated up the milk in the microwave, but you can use a stovetop.) My favorite, hands down, was the oat milk because Dream Light mixed in smoother, in my opinion. Overall, it tasted like a gingerbread cookie without the sugar, plus added spice. There was a kick to it, but the flavor wasn't overpowering to the point where my tastebuds were angry before bed.