Hi everyone – while I am traveling overseas for my day job, I have some guest posters stopping by to introduce themselves. First up is Meagan of Growing Up Herbal with some great ideas for flavoring your kombucha + a how-to on how to make your own kombucha! I cannot wait to try these when I get home!
Kombucha is a fermented tea product that aids the body in detox, digestion, boosting the immune system, and overall bodily health, but no matter how good we parents know it is for us, it can sometimes be difficult to get our kids to happily drink it.
Kombucha has benefits and is very healthy for the whole family. Kombucha is many times referred to as “kombucha vinegar” because it can have a very vinegar like taste to it. Not always. It just depends on how long you let it ferment. But, this vinegar-like taste can be a turn off to kids who are less likely to take something because it’s good for them. They’re all about the taste, right moms?
So if you’re wondering how you can get your kids to drink more of what the Chinese refer to as the “immortal health elixer”, read on because today I have 3 flavored kombucha recipes you’re kids will love to drink. Not only have they been doctored up a bit to make them taste less vinegar-like, but they’re still full of beneficial properties for your little one’s body. I bet they’ll love them so much, they’ll constantly be asking you for them!
To get started making your flavored kombucha, you’ll need a fresh batch of kombucha that you’ve fermented over the past 8-10 days. If you’re new to making kombucha, it’s not that difficult. Here is a great ‘how to make kombucha’ tutorial which will get you started. And here is a link to get great kombucha making supplies.
Now that you know how to make kombucha you’re going to follow these next steps to make your flavored recipes.
Take your finished kombucha, remove your scoby and your starter kombucha that you’ll need to make a new batch, and pour the finished kombucha into 3 glass jars. You’ll need one quart sized jar of kombucha for each of the following recipes. If you want to make more of one later on, you’ll need to adjust your measurements to taste.
Strawberry Lemonade Kombucha
Strawberry Lemonade Kombucha is hands-down, my favorite kombucha! I love it, and my kids love it. In fact, my 18 month old gets really excited if I ask him if he wants a “bucha berry”, and don’t even think about taking it away from him!
Here’s how to make it.
You’ll need some organic strawberries and a few slices of fresh lemon. That’s it!
Just plop 3-4 berries and 3-4 half slices of lemon in your kombucha, put a lid on it, and let it sit for 24 hours on your counter to give it just a bit more fermentation (and extra fizz). Your kombucha will turn red like your berries and it will take on some of the sweet and sour of the berries and lemon. Delicious!
This is another kombucha recipe that I’m loving right now, especially as warmer weather comes through the cool mountains. It makes me feel like I’m at the beach sipping on some pina-colada flavored fizzie drink! Plus, my kids love the sweet coconut flavor this one has!
All you need for this recipe is some sliced pineapple, 3 TBSP of pineapple juice concentrate, and 1/2 – 1 tsp. of coconut extract.
Put it all in your kombucha, put a lid on your jar, give it a good shake to mix it all in, and let it sit on the counter for 24 hours to let the flavors infuse.
Enjoy, and join me at my imaginary beach!
Cinnamon Apple Kombucha
This is the last recipe I have for you today, and this one has a nice subtle flavor. If you like the taste of plain kombucha, this one is close to it. Not only is it not overly sweet, but it has that hint of apple that makes it smell delicious!
Put these things in your kombucha, cover with a lid, shake well, and let it sit on your kitchen counter overnight so your flavors mingle together.
This is a great kombucha drink for fall as well!
After 24 Hours
After you’ve let your kombucha jars sit on your counter for another 12-24 hours, they’re ready to drink. Put them in your refrigerator to store them and when you’re ready to try one, pour your flavored kombucha through a tea strainer to catch anything you may not want to drink. You can always eat the fruit after you and your kiddos have finished drinking all the kombucha!
Want even more flavor ideas?
Try this Peach Kombucha from Thank Your Body.
Enjoy and be healthy!
What’s your favorite flavor of kombucha? Share with me in the comments below!
Meagan Visser is the owner of Growing Up Herbal on Etsy where she offers natural, herbal skin care products for children. She also teaches parents how to take charge of their children’s health naturally on her blog, GrowingUpHerbal, and she’s enjoys living a simple and healthy life with her husband and 3 little boys in the southern Appalachian Mountains of East Tennessee. Connect with her on her Blog, Facebook, and Pinterest.