Kombucha Concoctions For Every Mood

Kombucha Concoctions For Every Mood

Summer will be here before long and we can’t wait for happy, lazy afternoons punctuated by cool, refreshing cocktails. For many of us, the 2020 pandemic reignited a desire to make healthier choices every day. Living Kombucha makes for the perfect probiotic mixer to create those delicious cocktails (or mocktails!) and ditch the sugar-overloaded sodas.

Kombucha is a fermented and fizzy drink made by adding a culture of yeast and bacteria to sweetened black or green tea and allowing it to ferment. The result is a bubbly and flavourful drink with a mildly sweet and slightly tart taste, known for its probiotic health benefits. Its distinct flavour profile, well-balanced mouthfeel, sparkling fizz, and inherent fermented goodness make kombucha a great choice — as a standalone drink, and as a mixer.

Living Kombucha has delightful underlying notes of Darjeeling estate tea and makes for a versatile mixer that complements both sweet and sour cocktails. Here are five refreshing Kombucha concoctions for you to try this summer.

Before we jump in —

  1. Kombucha is a handcrafted artisanal beverage, so every batch will have a slightly different flavour profile. Remember to taste your kombucha first and if required, vary the quantity as per your preference.
  2. Always add kombucha last, and don’t shake it too hard or you might lose those fizzy bubbles.
  3. Although these ingredients should be easily available in most kitchens, feel free to experiment with whatever ingredients you have available and whatever flavours you prefer — cocktails are for having fun!

Kombucha Mule (Cocktail/Mocktail)

 

This gingery kombucha version of the refreshing Moscow Mule is the perfect pick-me-up for a hot summer afternoon.

INGREDIENTS

  • Crushed ice
  • 60 ml vodka (optional)
  • 15 ml freshly-squeezed lime juice
  • 15 ml ginger juice
  • 120 ml Living Kombucha
  • Lime wedge and mint sprig

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Fill a mule mug with crushed ice.
  2. Add vodka (if using), ginger juice and lime juice over the ice, top with kombucha and stir it.
  3. Garnish with the lime wedge and mint and serve.

Kombucha Old Fashioned

Impress your date with this classic cocktail with a kombucha twist.

Ingredients

  • 75 ml Living Kombucha
  • 30 ml orange juice
  • 5 ml ginger juice
  • 5 ml sugar syrup
  • 30 ml bourbon
  • 1 large ice cube
  • For garnish: Orange twist

Instructions

  1. Add the kombucha, orange juice, ginger juice, bourbon and sugar syrup in a mixing glass and mix with a mixing spoon.
  2. Place the ice cube in the Old Fashioned glass, add the mixture, and stir again.
  3. Garnish with the orange twist.

Kombucha Margarita

Wow your friends with these classy kombucha margaritas.

Ingredients

  • Sea salt or kosher salt
  • 90 ml tequila
  • 60 ml triple sec or Cointreau
  • 90 ml fresh lime juice (about 2–3 limes)
  • 180 ml Living Kombucha

Instructions

  1. Put the salt on a small plate or saucer. Dip the rims of the glasses in lime juice to wet them and dip immediately in the salt.
  2. Add the tequila, triple sec/Cointreau and lime juice along with some ice in a cocktail shaker and shake until the exterior frosts.
  3. Add the kombucha and give a quick stir.
  4. Strain the mixture into margarita glasses (with or without ice depending on preference).
  5. Garnish with lime slices, if desired.

Citrus Burst Kombucha Sangria

This refreshing citrus kombucha version of the sangria is a sure-fire hit at summer brunch parties.

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle dry white wine
  • 800 ml Living Kombucha
  • 30 ml lime juice
  • 60 ml pure rum
  • 60 ml of raw honey (vary as per your sweetness preference)
  • 2 lemons, sliced/halved
  • 2 oranges, sliced/peeled/quartered
  • 1 grapefruit, sliced/peeled/quartered

Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a large jug or pitcher.
  2. Allow the sangria to sit for at least 4 hours before serving.

  3. Optionally store in the refrigerator (depending on your temperature preference).

Ginbucha

This heavenly mix of gin and kombucha is exactly what you want on a buzzy summer Saturday!

Ingredients

  • 40 ml Dry Gin
  • 25 ml Lemon juice
  • 20 ml Simple syrup
  • 7 basil leaves
  • 250 ml Living Kombucha

Instructions

  1. Add gin, lemon juice and syrup in a cocktail shaker and give it a hard shake.
  2. Add basil and give it a soft quick shake.
  3. Strain onto ice in a highball glass, and top up with chilled Kombucha.
  4. Garnish with basil leaves.

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