Rooibos Honey Kombucha

How to brew kombucha with alternative sweeteners

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Want to make sugar-free kombucha, or avoid caffeinated tea? Here is how to make kombucha with herbal tea, honey, and other alternate sweeteners.


Units Scale
  • 1 rooibos tea bag or 1 tsp of green tea
  • 1/4 cup of honey (or other sweeteners, see section above for details)
  • 3 cups of filtered water, divided
  • 1 kombucha pellicle
  • 1/2 cup of leftover brewed kombucha


  1. Boil 2 cups of water and brew a sweet tea with rooibos and honey.
  2. Add the remaining cup of water. Allow the tea to cool down to room temperature.
  3. Place the brewed tea, SCOBY, and leftover kombucha in a large glass jar or measuring cup.
  4. Cover with a cloth or paper towel and use a rubber band to keep it in place.
  5. Allow it to ferment in a warm location for 4-9 days (it will take longer than regular kombucha).
  6. After 4 days, pour off a little liquid to taste it. It is finished when it has reached the desired level of sourness.
  7. When you like the flavor, it’s ready to be bottled! Pour the honey rooibos kombucha into a plastic bottle or a swing-top beer bottle. Either refresh the SCOBY in its usual sweet tea or use a fresh new SCOBY to brew another batch of honey rooibos kombucha.
  8. Kombucha brewed without sucrose (sugar) will be less bubbly. If you really want bubbles, prime the carbonation by adding 1/2 tsp of white sugar into the bottle. This will feed the kombucha enough to carbonate.