Flavored Kombucha is a fermented drink that is a delicious treat and easy to make! This flavored Kombucha recipe uses fruit for a variety of flavors. Even kids love it!
I am sure you have seen the bottles of fruit flavored Kombucha 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!
I have bought them at Sprouts and once even had a flavor with Chia seeds in it - it were delicious! I love chewing my juice!
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.
How is it made?
All you need is kombucha and fruit - you can usefrozen fruit straight from the freezer or fresh fruit.
Either way, once the kombucha is fermented and ready, you will do a second fermentation.
I did a few batches to try it - strawberry, blueberry and raspberry.
Adding the fruit:
- For the strawberry, I used a half gallon jar of kombucha and added 1 c. whole frozen strawberries.
- With the blueberry kombucha, I used ⅓ cup of frozen blueberries to a quart of kombucha.
- For raspberry, I used ½ c. fresh raspberries to a quart of Kombucha.
Once you add the fruit to the Kombucha, the berries begin 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.
After a 2 days, the finished product has a beautiful color - and the taste, well, I wish I could share it with you!
Experiment to see how strong a flavor you like the best. The longer you leave it out, the stronger the flavor becomes.
Which fruits to use?
You can use almost any fruit you'd like, but we've tried the following with good results:
You can use almost any fruit you can get your hands on. If using a citrus fruit, I'd juice half and put the other half in slices instead of wedges.
Make sure to clean the peel/skin thoroughly before putting it into the Kombucha to
What is the best flavor?
That is completely a matter of opinion! My whole family preferred the strawberry.
That is not to say, though, that the others were not enjoyed - they were!
So, you try it and let me know what your favorite flavor is.
Can you drink it daily?
Since Kombucha is a fermented drink and contains probiotics, it is fine to drink everyday. In fact, the probiotics can help maintain a healthy gut. (source)
For more information on the benefits of fermented foods, see Getting Started With Fermented Foods.
Can you eat the fruit after?
What about fruit juice?
Yes. In fact, using fruit juice will give a stronger fruit flavor.
To use fruit juice: Add ¼ c. juice to 16 - 20 oz of Kombucha.
Adjust to your taste.
Does it need to be refrigerated?
During the fermentation when the fruit is in the jars for a second fermentation, do not refrigerate.
After fermentation, the flavored Kombucha should be kept in the refrigerator.
This helps keeps the live probiotics produced in the Kombucha fresh and active.
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- 1 - 2 quarts kombucha
- ⅓ - ½ 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!
Flavoring Kombucha - What Fruits To use?
- strawberry - This was probably our favorite flavor.
- use almost any fruit you can get your hands on
What is your favorite Kombucha flavor?
Leave a comment - I would love to know!