Sweet beet kvass is a lightly sparkling and refreshing beverage. Like mead, it relies on the natural fermentation properties of raw honey for a delicious and probiotic drink.
There are many different types of kvass. In my husband’s Russian cookbooks there are recipes for bread kvass, cucumber kvass, and beet kvass. I think kvass might mean fermented beverage, though some of the recipes are for acidic soups.
I created this recipe as a less-salty alternative to the traditional beet kvass, a tonic-style beverage.
Probiotic Soda Pop
There are a lot of different probiotic beverages that provide a healthy alternative to soda pop. They are sweet, sparkly, and refreshing on a hot sunny day. Some beverages, like kombucha, require continuous brewing.
The ginger and turmeric bug take about a week to catch then brew.
This simple sweet beet kvass is my favorite soda pop alternative.
- Since it is made from honey, it is refined sugar-free. And with only 2 tablespoons of honey, it’s really not very sweet.
- Full of the vitamin and mineral goodness of beets.
- It’s made from scratch each time, so you only need to brew what you want to drink.
- And it’s a beautiful shade of pink!
Sweet beet kvass is perfect for all sorts of different sweet-fermented flavors. Here are a few options that I really enjoy:
- Vegetable cocktail: Use a mix of beets and carrots for a sweet vegetable mix.
- Citrus: Add the zest of an orange, lemon or lime for a bit of a citrus flavor. I don’t recommend adding the whole fruit as citrus doesn’t always ferment nicely.
- Orchard fruit: Add in sliced peaches, pears, apples or plums. You can easily add in upto 1 cup of sliced fruit for flavor. However, don’t descrease the beet, as they provide some of the necessary sugars to feed the ferment.
- Mint: Add a few sprigs of fresh mint for a refreshing drink.
How to make carbonated sweet beet kvass
This is a lightly sparkling beverage. To increase the bubbles, you will need to bottle the kvass and prime it with a bit more sugar.
Here’s how to get your sweet kvass to bubble.
- Strain the liquid into a plastic pop bottle or a swing-top beer bottle. Avoid decorative bottles as they won’t be able to handle the buildup of carbonation.
- Add 1 tsp of sugar to the bottle to prime the carbonation. Cap it, and swirl to dissolve the sugar.
- Leave the bottle out on the counter for 1-3 more days, until it is carbonated. If you’re using a flip-top bottle, you will need to test carbonation by popping the lid.
- When it’s carbonated, store it in the fridge, and enjoy within 2 weeks.
Sweet Beet Kvass
Sweet beet kvass is a slightly sparkly and refreshing beverage. Like mead, it relies on the natural fermentation of raw honey for a delicious alternative to pop.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 2 cups 1x
- Category: Beverages
- Method: Fermented
- Cuisine: Probiotic
- Diet: Vegetarian
- 2 1/2 cups water (chlorine-free)
- 2 Tbsp raw honey (see notes)
- 1 medium-sized beet (or 2 smaller beets)
- Additional flavors (see section above for suggestions)
- Mix the water and honey in the bottom of a 1-quart (1 L) jar.
- Scrub the beet. Remove the top and tail, but don’t peel the beet. Chop the beet up into small cubes. You need at least 1 cup of beet cubes.
- Add the beet cubes to the jar. Cap the jar with a lid that will allow gas to escape as it ferments (see notes).
- Place the jar somewhere dark to ferment for 2-3 days. (A kitchen cupboard is perfect.)
- Cap with an air-tight lid and store in the fridge. Or see the section above for instructions on how to bottle sweet beet kvass so that it carbonates.
- Don’t throw out those beets! Add them to soups and salads. Serve them for a snack. Or try making my beet kvass and potato salad.
- Because of the health risks associated with the consumption of raw honey, this ferment is not recommended for pregnant women, children under the age of 1 year, or anyone who may be immunocompromised.
- This won’t work with regular commercial honey. Raw, unpasteurized honey naturally contains yeasts and bacteria, which are needed for fermentation.
- This ferment will really bubble. Make sure the gas can escape by using a fido jar or a mason jar with a pickle pipe. Since it’s a short ferment, I usually just cap my jar with a loose-fitting lid to keep the fruit flies out.
- With only two tablespoons of honey, this kvass won’t turn into mead. However, it’s also not very sweet. Feel free to sweeten to taste, after fermenting.
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