Loveleaf Co. is all about #balance. So… how about a little balance all in one glass? Here’s a round-up of ten delicious, better-for-you kombucha cocktails. Part naughty, part nice (aka healthy-ish), these drinks have more of the healthy stuff (probiotics, vitamins) and less of the not-so-healthy stuff (sugar, weird chemicals, fake flavors, etc.). Cheers!
What is Kombucha?
Kombucha is a lightly effervescent fermented drink made of yeast, sugar, and fermented tea. While kombucha is made with sugar, the kombucha culture consumes most of it during the fermentation process, which means: less sugar for you. When done fermenting, there is usually about 2-6 grams of sugar per 8 ounce glass of unflavored kombucha (… an 8 ounce glass of orange juice has about 24g of sugar!).
Fermented foods, including kombucha, contain probiotics, which are beneficial bacteria needed for digestion and proper nutrient absorption.
The Ideal Kombucha to Alcohol Ratio
While the kombucha cocktails below are great, you can use them to inspire you to create your own combination. To experiment with your own kombucha cocktail recipe use this kombucha to alcohol ratio as a starting point:
1 PART ALCOHOL : 3 PARTS KOMBUCHA
Use slightly less kombucha if you’re using another liquid in the cocktail, like fruit juice. Play around with kombucha flavors, types of alcohol, and mix-ins like fresh herbs, smashed fruit, and spices.
Lower Sugar Kombucha
As kombucha has become more mainstream, brands have been making their kombucha sweeter and sweeter 😐. I like to look for kombucha that has a maximum of 6-7 grams of sugar per serving. Some brands make flavors with varying sugar content, so check the labels!
Spiced Plum, Fig, and Kombucha Cocktail
Spiced Plum, Fig, and Kombucha Cocktail by The Green Life
A refreshing, spiced take on a kombucha cocktail. Made with figs, plums, ginger, and star anise, this cocktail is perfect for any season.
Sunshine Citrus Kombucha Margaritas
Sunshine Citrus Kombucha Margaritas by Loveleaf Co.
Made with fresh orange and lime juice, a splash of kombucha for a bit of fizz and probiotics, and a spicy chili salt rim to give it a kick. They take literally 5 minutes to make and are kind of good for you. Feeling extra healthy-ish? Add a pinch of anti-inflammatory turmeric for good measure (and pretty color).
Blackberry Kombucha Vodka Smash
Blackberry Kombucha Vodka Smash by Darn Good Veggies
Herby, gingery, and bubbly this blackberry kombucha vodka smash gets its sweetness from ripe blackberries instead of extra sugar!
Kombucha Dark & Stormy
Kombucha Dark & Stormy by 101 Cookbooks
A healthier take on the trademarked Dark n’ Stormy cocktail from Bermuda. Use the spiciest ginger kombucha you can find (Heidi recommends the ginger-cayenne variety). Perfect for summer, dark enough for Halloween. 😉
Basil Kombucha Mojitos
Basil Kombucha Mojitos by Loveleaf Co.
The classic mojito taste with a twist! This recipe uses kombucha (with an optional drizzle of honey or pinch of stevia) to sweeten the drink instead of simple syrup. And fresh basil for a new take on the classic mint.
Low-Sugar Strawberry Mojito Kombucha Cocktail
Low-Sugar Strawberry Mojito Kombucha Cocktail by The Real Food Dietitians
This drink has summer written all over it. Made with strawberries, mint, and lime, this refreshing kombucha cocktail is perfect for a hot, sunny day.
Citrus Kombucha Mezcal Cocktails
Citrus Kombucha Mezcal Cocktails by Cotter Crunch
A zippy, citrusy kombucha cocktail made with mezcal, a type of tequila. Full of probiotics, vitamin C rich fruit, and medicinal herbs (like mint) this drink is 100% healthy-ish.
Pomegranate Kombucha Mimosa
Pomegranate Kombucha Mimosa by Choosing Chia
A classic, festive mimosa recipe with a twist. These kombucha mimosas are made with pomegranate juice (instead of orange juice), champagne (of course), and fresh thyme.
Citrus Burst Kombucha Sangria
Citrus Burst Kombucha Sangria by The Healthy Maven
Made with white wine, gut-friendly kombucha, and citrus fruit, this kombucha sangria is made for sharing. Perfect for summer parties, barbecues, and picnics.
Pomegranate Kombucha Gin Fizz
Pomegranate Kombucha Gin Fizz by Elle Talk
A classic gin fizz turned kombucha cocktail. Tart, bubbly, light, and refreshing. With lemon juice for some added vitamin C 👊🏼.
Classic Kombucha Margaritas
Classic Kombucha Margaritas by Loveleaf Co.
A healthy margarita recipe made with fresh lime juice and kombucha: fizzy, tart, and just a tad sweet. I used plain kombucha for a more classic taste, but feel free to play around with kombucha flavors!
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