Fruit flavored kombucha – I am sure you have seen the bottles of it in stores such as Sprouts or Whole Foods. You may have even bought them. I confess, I have from time to time. Even though I do not like spending so much for them, they taste so good and it is so refreshing!
Back in January, I was in Georgia for my sister’s surgery and while she was in the hospital, I had the chance to visit a Whole Foods store in Atlanta. I bought a couple of bottles of fruit flavored kombucha and even one with Chia seeds in it – they were delicious! But, as I was drinking them, I kept thinking that I should be able to make this or at least something close to it!
Thanks to a friend whom I was talking with, now you can make fruit flavored kombucha easily and for a fraction of the cost of the store bought version. All you need is kombucha and fruit – I used frozen fruit straight from the freezer.
I did two batches, one strawberry and one blueberry. For the strawberry, I used a half gallon jar of kombucha and added five whole frozen strawberries. For the blueberry kombucha, I used 1/3 cup of frozen blueberries to a quart of kombucha.
You can see in the photo below, the fruit floating on top and the color of the berries changing the color of the kombucha almost immediately. I let them sit on the kitchen counter for a couple of days before refrigerating the jars. If you look back to the first photo of the post, you can see the finished product has a beautiful color – and the taste, well, I wish I could share it with you!
Of the two flavors, strawberry was the favorite but the blueberry was also good. Let this be just the beginning of your adventure with fruit flavored kombucha. I can’t wait to try raspberry, cherry, cranberries, grape….
Fruit Flavored Kombucha
Yield 1 - 2 qts
- 1 - 2 qts. kombucha
- 1/3 - 1/2 c. fruit, fresh or frozen
Kombucha is very forgiving so don't worry about being too exact in how much to use.
- Once your kombucha has finished fermenting, remove the desired amount and add it to a jar with a lid.
- Add fruit to the kombucha, screw on the top and let sit for two days to a week - depending on the flavor you like.
- When the second fermentation is finished, place kombucha in the refrigerator, chill and enjoy!
Fruit juice can also be used giving a stronger fruit flavor. Use about 1/4 cup juice to 16 - 20 oz. of kombucha - adjust to your taste.