Flavor Ideas

FullSizeRender-1 3For seasoned Kombucha drinkers, plain or original brew is delicious. But here at Digestible Wisdom, the fun of making kombucha is in developing new and exciting flavors! We love introducing our friends to our homemade soda!

Flavoring kombucha goes two ways for us. Either we plan for weeks, researching our herbs and spices that we’re about to use…or we realize at the last second that our batch is ready to turn over, and we frantically throw together whatever vegetables/fruits/juices/herbs/spices we can find.

Honesty moment? It’s generally the latter that turns out the best. They’re weird and DELICIOUS. The beauty of kombucha is that it is inexpensive to make. You can release your fear of failure and get creative. Worst case scenario? You toss the batch and start over. Still learning? Play it safe and scroll to the bottom for recipes!

Types of Flavoring

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Fruit

Fresh or frozen fruit work equally well.

  • The general rule is ½ cup of fruit per gallon of brew.
  • Fruit juice is also an option, use ⅓ cup juice per gallon of brew.

 

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Dried 

Example: basil, mint, hibiscus, lavender, black pepper, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves. Generally dried or juiced herbs and spices work better for kombucha than fresh.

  • 1 tbsp per gallon when adding to a fruit blend.
  • 1/3 cup per gallon when using as primary flavor. (example lavender, hibiscus, root beer spices)FullSizeRender-6 2

Fresh

Fresh herbs and spices generally do not work as as dried or juiced. I have had great success with mint, flowered herbs and fresh ginger (use more than you think! It is very fibrous!). See what works for you. Experiment! Do not flavor with fresh herbs for longer than 24 hours.

  • 3 tbsp per gallon if not primary flavor.
  • ½ cup per gallon if primary flavor

Juiced


An example is ginger juice. This is by far the most potent form of ginger and therefore makes the best kombucha! Our favorite brand to use is by The Ginger People.

  • 2 tbsp per gallon

Molasses

Adding molasses will create a ‘cream soda’ like flavor!

  • 1 tbsp blackstrap molasses per gallon

 

Flavor Suggestions

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Banana

  • 1 banana, slightly mashed

Blackberry Cream Soda

  • ½ cup frozen or fresh blackberries
  • 1 tbsp blackstrap molasses

Blackberry Ginger

  • ½ cup frozen or fresh blackberries
  • 2 tbsp ginger juice

Blackberry Hops

  • ½ cup frozen or fresh blackberries
  • 2 tbsp dried hops

Blueberry Cinnamon

  • ½ cup frozen or fresh blueberries (slightly mashed)
  • 2 tbsp dried cinnamon chips or 4 sticks

Blueberry Ginger

  • ½ cup frozen or fresh blueberries (slightly mashed)
  • 2 tbsp ginger juice

Chai Spice (Soda)

  • 1 tbsp dried cinnamon chips or 4 sticks
  • 2 rounded tsp cloves
  • 5 cardamom pods
  • 2 rounded tsp black peppercorns
  • 2 tsp ginger juice or 1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • Optional: add 1 tbsp blackstrap molasses to give a soda flavor.

Cranberry-Raspberry Ginger

  • 1/2 cup whole, fresh or frozen cranberries (or ¼ cup unsweetened cranberry juice)
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 1 tbsp ginger juice or 2 tbsp fresh, grated ginger

Ginger

  • 2 tbsp ginger juice or 4 tbsp fresh, grated ginger

Grapefruit

  • 1 grapefruit, peeled (remove as much peel as possible, as it will add a bitter flavor)

Hibiscus

  • ⅓ cup dried herb, ½ cup fresh flowers

Orange Cream Soda

  • 1 orange, peeled (remove as much peel as possible, as it will add a bitter flavor)
    • Substitute ½ cup orange juice.
  • 1 tbsp blackstrap molasses
  • Optional: add one vanilla bean pod (opened)

IMG_0352Orange Chocolate

  • 1 orange, peeled (remove as much peel as possible, as it will add a bitter flavor)
    • Substitute ½ cup orange juice.
  • 2 tbsp cocoa nibs

Lavender 

  • ⅓ cup dried lavender buds or ½ cup fresh

Lavender Hibiscus

  • ¼ cup dried lavender buds
  • ¼ cup dried hibiscus

Mango Ginger

  • ½ cup frozen or fresh mango
  • 2 tbsp ginger juice

Strawberry Basil

  • ½ cup fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 1 tbsp dried basil leaf

Sweet Basil

  • ½ cup fresh basil leaves, torn in to pieces
    • **do not steep for more than 24 hours!
    • ***Generally we prefer dried basil when flavoring with fruit or other spices. However fresh, sweet basil is more effective for this flavoring. It gives a gentler, more rounded flavor.

Vanilla Cream Soda

  • 1 tbsp blackstrap molasses
  • 1 vanilla bean pod (open pod)

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