What's in Kombucha?
Ways to Flavor Your Kombucha
Fruit is a Delicious Ingredient
This is a great option because not only are you getting more flavor from the fruit, you'll be getting more nutrients too. There are some different ways to add fruit.
The first way is just to add the juice of your fruit to the tea. You can use a juicer for your fruit, or simply juice the lemon, grapefruit, or orange right into the tea. If you use a fruit without a lot of juice, like strawberries, using a juicer first can be helpful. Another way that fruit helps you to flavor the Kombucha is by using the actual fruit. You can take your fruit and puree it first, add little-chopped pieces, or even mash it, then stir it in. After you can take the fruit out and you'll have a delicious flavored Kombucha.
Add Some Herbs and Spices
Another way to get a new blend of flavors with your Kombucha tea is to add some herbs and spices. You can add these along with your fruit or fruit juice to the batch. Or, if you like, you can go with these herbs on their own.
Some other herbs and spices that work really well in Kombucha are:
- Orange and Lemon Zest
- Fennel Seed
- Crushed Cinnamon Sticks
- Fresh Ginger
Different Types of Tea
You can also adjust the flavor of your Kombucha by starting with a different tea. You might use green or black tea for the majority of the Kombucha, but then add some flavored tea to kick it up a bit. Keep trying new blends of flavors until you find one that you love.
Kombucha Tea Recipes to get you started:
Kombucha Tea Recipes
Basic Kombucha Base
You'll need just a few items if you just want to make a basic Kombucha tea. If you don't want to gather them yourself, keep in mind, most of these items are available in kombucha kits. Otherwise, you'll need at least 2-quart sized jars. Also, you will need cheesecloth, a rubber band to secure the cheesecloth to the top of the jar, and a wooden spoon.
What's in Kombucha? For the Kombucha tea base you'll need:
Combine approximately 4 quarts hot water and 1 cup sugar in the jar. Add the 8 tea bags and allow it to steep. Let the mix cool. Add the SCOBY and about 3 Tbs of vinegar. Now let it ferment for three to 30 days in a well-ventilated room. The kombucha culture is alive and needs oxygen.
Ginger Kombucha Tea
For ginger Kombucha all you'll need is the basic Kombucha tea mix, fresh ginger, and some turmeric powder.
Make the basic kombucha base. After the kombucha has fermented, before you add it to the bottles you'll be using… Drain off the kombucha into the bottles.
Add 3/4 tablespoon of fresh ginger and a pinch of turmeric powder. Mix well and place in the fridge to cool.
Chia Seed Kombucha Tea
You may already know the benefits of adding chia seed to your diet, especially if you're working on weight loss. You can make a powerful Kombucha with this superfood. After the fermentation process, drain the tea and begin pouring it into your bottles. Add ½ cup of rehydrated chia seeds to each bottle. You can now get the power of the superfood along with the power of the bacteria in the kombucha.
Each kombucha recipe starts with a base that's very similar. You can use that base of tea, water, and yeast and build on that with your own ideas and recipes.
Don't be disappointed if you don't like the new recipes you create. I encourage you to keep trying and find your own special recipes that you love. It's worth the effort!
Now that you know what's in Kombucha, have fun and let me know if you have questions or just leave me a comment in the space below.