Straight out of the bottle, kombucha tends to taste like fizzy apple cider vinegar. Depending on how long you fermented your kombucha, it can be quite sour. However, it is simple to turn your basic kombucha into a delicious sparkling lemonade, or a cranberry spritzer, or cherry cola…
First follow the basic kombucha brewing method. The SCOBY needs sugar and tea to thrive. Flavours can be added to kombucha when it is being bottled.
Here are some basic bottling principles:
- If it is really sour then you can dilute your kombucha with herbal tea, caffeinated tea or fruit juice.
- When bottling you can use alternative sweeteners (like stevia or xylitol) however you won’t end up with a fizzy drink. For fizzy kombucha add sugar or maple syrup to feed the yeast.
- If you’re including fresh or dried fruit, chia seeds or herbs and spices then bottle into a wide mouth jar.
- Kombucha will continue to carbonate, even if it is stored in the fridge. So use a bottle specifically designed to handle the pressure of carbonation (like a pop bottle or beer bottle) or keep a close eye on the carbonation. You don’t want your jar could explode.
- To make sure that bottled kombucha is fizzy and probiotic, stick to a ratio of 80% kombucha to 20% added flavouring.
- The easiest way to flavour kombucha is to create a concentrated flavour syrup. The will ensure the right amount of sugar (to feed the bubbles) along with really strong flavours that will taste amazing when diluted with sour kombucha tea. See the bottle of the post for a kombucha flavour syrup recipe.
Some popular kombucha flavours:
Not sure what flavours to try? Well, here are some delicious and popular kombucha flavours. The flavour syrups in each of these flavours can be made following the recipe below. Use the ratio of 20% juice or flavour syrups to 80% kombucha tea, when bottling these flavours.
- Tutti Fruit: Fresh fruit and juices can be added to your kombucha.
- Citrus-aid: Wash the skins of lemons, oranges, grapefruit and limes. Slice the fruit and add it directly to the kombucha with some sweetener, to taste.
- Apple Cinnamon: Add apple juice and a cinnamon stick to your kombucha.
- Vanilla cream soda: Add vanilla syrup along with a few prunes.
- Ginger-aid: Mix with ginger syrup
- Berry-mint: Mix in fresh berries with some mint syrup
- Sparkling Bubble tea: Add 1 tbsp chia seeds per cup of liquid. Mix well and allow to gel for at least 2 days before serving.
Kombucha Flavour Syrups
The easiest way to flavour kombucha is with homemade flavour syrups. This flavour syrup recipe has the right mix of sugar to water ratio to make deliciously sparkling kombucha. See the section above for some popular kombucha flavour.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: 4 cups 1x
- Category: Beverages
- Cuisine: Probiotic
- 3 1/2 cups water
- 1 1/4 cups of sugar (or honey or the equivalent in other sweeteners)
- Flavouring (see notes for options)
- Mix in a sauce pan 3 1/2 cups of water, 1 1/4 cups of sweetener and flavouring of choice (see notes.)
- Bring to a boil, then simmer for 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let stand for 30 minutes.
- Strain out the flavouring and store in a glass jar in the refrigerator for up to two months.
- Mix 1 part flavour syrup with 4 parts kombucha tea, then bottle the kombucha and let it ferment for 1 -3 days to carbonate.
- The goal in making a flavouring syrup is to make sure that it is really strong. It’s going to be diluted when it’s mixed with kombucha, so don’t skimp on the flavours.
- There are lots of different options for this kombucha flavour syrup. Here are some suggestions:
- 6″ piece of ginger thinly diced
- 2 vanilla beans split open
- 2 cups of chopped fresh mint
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