This collection of 9 Easy and Flavorful Kombucha Cocktails and Mocktails feature reduced-alcohol (and calories) cocktails, and fresh, vibrant, and healthyish mocktails. With artisan, store-bought kombucha in flavors like ginger and lemon, berry, and vanilla and chai, you’re sure to find a drink recipe you can’t wait to try!
Several months ago, I became interested in kombucha – an effervescant fermented tea with complex flavors that range from fruity and slightly tart to intensely spicy (like this ginger-lemon kombucha) to downright sour. I feature ginger-lemon kombucha in this kombucha cocktail with bourbon.
We have been looking for ways to reduce both alcohol consumption and calories, so I was excited to come up with a cocktail that does both. And it’s quite tasty! In looking further, though, I discovered there are not a lot of recipes that use kombucha as a mixer, rather than drinking it straight out of the bottle. It took me awhile, but I am confident I have assembled a collection of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
🫖 What is Kombucha?
Kombucha is a fermented tea beverage that has gained popularity in recent years for its potential health benefits and unique taste. It is made by fermenting sweetened tea with a culture of bacteria and yeast known as a SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast).
During the fermentation process, the SCOBY consumes the sugar and produces a tangy and slightly effervescent beverage. The fermentation typically takes around 7 to 14 days, depending on factors such as temperature and desired taste. The longer the kombucha ferments, the more acidic and tart it becomes.
Kombucha has a slightly sour and fizzy taste, often described as tangy and refreshing. It can have a variety of flavors depending on the ingredients used during brewing or added in secondary fermentation. Common flavors include fruity, herbal, or spicy variations.
Is kombucha healthy?
Kombucha is often considered a healthful beverage, but its health benefits may vary depending on the specific brew, how it’s made, and individual factors. Here are some potential health benefits and considerations associated with kombucha:
In summary, kombucha can be a part of a balanced diet and may offer some potential health benefits, particularly for gut health. However, it’s not a miracle cure, and individual responses can vary. If you have any specific health concerns or questions about incorporating kombucha into your diet, it’s advisable to consult with a healthcare professional.
Does Kombucha Live Up to the Hype?
Yes. Kombucha is made from sweetened tea, and some sugar is necessary for the fermentation process. However, some commercial varieties can be high in sugar, so it’s important to read the label.
Once you’ve opened a bottle of kombucha, it’s best to consume it within a few days to enjoy its fresh taste and carbonation. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.