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.
Fermented beverages provide a healthy alternative to soda pop. They are probiotic and refreshing on a hot sunny day. Both kombucha and water kefir are popular, however, they require you to continuously brew, as they need to be fed (like a pet.)
Salty beet kvass is a traditional tonic-style beverage reminiscent of cold soup.
Sweet beet kvass is my favourite soda pop alternative.
- It is sugar free, since it is made from honey.
- Full of the vitamin and mineral goodness of beets
- It’s made from scratch, so you only need to brew what you want to drink.
- And it’s a beautiful shade of pink!
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
- 1 cup beets washed and diced into cubes (about 2–4 beets)
- 2 tbsp raw honey (unpasteurized)
- 2 1/2 cups filtered, water to cover (chlorine free)
- Sterilize a quart-sized jar, and fill it with the beet cubes.
- Dissolve the honey in 1 cup of water, pour over the beets, and add more water to cover. Use an appropriate container for fermentation because it will carbonate as it ferments. (See notes.)
- Allow to ferment somewhere cool and dark for 2-3 days. (A closet is perfect.)
- Store in the fridge and consume within 1 month.
- This won’t work with pasteurized commercial honey. Raw honey contains naturally occurring yeasts, which are needed for fermentation.
- Make sure your fermentation container can handle the carbonation. Use a fido jars or a mason jar with an airlock or pickle-nipple lid (affiliate links.) You can also use a jar without a lid, just put a towel over top to keep bugs out.
- After the 3 days of fermenting, you can either store the jar with beets in the fridge and strain it each time you want a glass of sweet beet kvass.
- This is a lightly sparkling beverage. To increase the bubbles, strain the kvass into a plastic pop bottle or a swing-top bottles, and add 1 tsp of sugar. The leave the bottle out on the counter for 1-3 more days to carbonate. I recommend testing the carbonation by popping the lid once a day.
- You can replace up to half the beets with apple, but using some beets is necessary because they provide sugar for the ferment (think of sugar beets).
- You can also flavour the kvass by adding other flavours to the ferment. I like: cinnamon, mint or orange zest.
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