10 Creative Ways to Enjoy Your Kombucha Drink
Kombucha was virtually unheard of just a few short years ago. Now, it seems like it’s everywhere you look — Not that lovers of this tasty beverage are complaining!
However, if you’re a new convert, you might be wondering if there’s anything interesting you can do with your kombucha drink. You’re in the right place! Read on to find out how you can use this tasty, fermented, fizzy thirst quencher in some interesting ways. We’ll start with beverages but keep reading – there are many ways to use kombucha!
1. Kombucha on the Rocks
These days, many kombucha drinks are flavored with fruit, herbs, spices, and even flowers. They’re pretty tasty on their own, so sometimes all you need to add is ice. Take it to the next level by adding fruit or herbs to your ice blocks when you freeze them. It’ll add color and taste to the drink. You can even pour it into a fancy glass to enjoy the colorful liquid!
Kombucha – especially flavored versions – is already a delicious beverage, and it’s a great way to relax and cool down after a hard day. So sometimes, you just want to keep it simple.
2. Kombucha Smoothies
Kombucha is great on its own, but it’s also the perfect ingredient to add to a smoothie. Add chunks of your favorite fruits, some yogurt, and honey to a blender. Top it up with a splash of kombucha drink in a flavor of your choice and whiz until smooth. Kombucha adds just enough tang to make things interesting.
The best thing about making smoothies with kombucha is that you can mix it up to your heart’s content. Choose a classic combination like banana berry or go for a green smoothie with apple, kiwi, and spinach. You can even top it with peanut butter and granola to create a smoothie bowl. If you leave the yogurt out (or use an almond, oat, or coconut version), you can make your smoothie vegan friendly.
3. Kombucha Cocktails
Kombucha is a great substitute for your usual fizzy mixers in your favorite cocktails. Choose your favorite flavor and use it to mix up a batch of your favorite cocktail, but switch the soda for some natural, raw kombucha. Add a fruity garnish and a little umbrella, and it’s the perfect way to relax after a long day!
Some great kombucha cocktail ideas include a Moscow mule with a twist, a whisky highball with kombucha instead of ginger ale, a kombucha champagne cocktail, or a big batch of kombucha sangria – it’s perfect for parties!
4. Kombucha Float
Remember those classic ice cream soda floats you used to enjoy as a kid? Why not try your own version, but instead of the soda, use your favorite flavor of fizzy kombucha? It works fantastically well with plain or fruit-flavored ice cream, and it’s a great way to have some nostalgia with a very modern twist.
If you want to take this to the next level, add some homemade fruit syrup to the mix, and of course, don’t forget the curly straw!
5. Mulled Kombucha
Why not switch wine for kombucha? Although you shouldn’t overheat kombucha (or you’ll risk harming the probiotics in the drink), a little gentle warming won’t hurt – and it’s worth it for the tasty drink you get.
Add kombucha to a saucepan with apple or orange slices, whole star anise, a cinnamon stick, and a few whole cloves. Add some brown sugar (and a shot of whisky if you want a little more kick!) and then heat very gently. Turn the stove plate off before the mixture boils, and then allow it to sit and “mull” as it cools down. Strain the liquid into cups and enjoy.
6. Kombucha and Juice
Many people love the flavor of kombucha; there is nothing quite like it. However, some might find it a little extra potent – especially when they’re first getting used to it.
The good news is that kombucha is a perfect mixer for juice, and it will add just the right amount of fizz. You can try any kind of juice with your kombucha, but if you’re using a flavored type, make sure that the juice you choose doesn’t clash with those flavors.
7. Kombucha Dressings
With its unique and interesting flavor, kombucha is a perfect ingredient in homemade dressings, and they’re so easy to make.
Choose your favorite kombucha drink, whether it’s plain or flavored. Add herbs and spices of your choice, and whisk in some olive oil, a dash of good quality vinegar, and some salt and pepper. If you like a creamy dressing, add some yogurt and mix well.
You can make kombucha dressings to match nearly any kind of salad, but they’re also delicious with fish or chicken.
8. Tangy Kombucha Mousse
Want to make a dessert with a difference? Blend plain cream cheese with berries and honey, and then thin it slightly with your favorite kombucha drink. The mixture should be the consistency of thick yogurt.
Carefully pour into serving glasses, top with more sliced berries, and chill until you’re ready to serve. This tastes like an interesting, modern, and refreshing take on a cheesecake.
9. Kombucha Barbecue Sauce
Barbecue sauce is fantastic on just about everything, and you can make a tangy twist on one with your favorite kombucha. Add half a cup of ketchup, half a cup of Worcestershire sauce, a teaspoon of ginger and garlic powder, chili powder to taste, and a tablespoon of red wine vinegar and brown sugar to a saucepan.
Heat gently, stirring until everything is combined, the sugar is dissolved, and it’s starting to bubble and thicken. Remove from the heat, cool slightly, and then stir in half a cup of kombucha. Spicy and ginger flavors are a great option here. It’ll give your barbecue sauce enough interesting flavor to get you recipe requests.
10. Kombucha Marinade
Kombucha makes a great marinade for meat, poultry, or fish. Add chopped garlic, herbs, and spices to a cup or two of kombucha. Stir in a little olive oil, and then pour over your meat or fish in a large zip closing bag. Massage the mixture into the meat, then place it in a bowl in your fridge for a few hours or overnight. Turn occasionally so the mixture can soak into every side, and then cook on the grill.
You can use the remaining marinade as a brush-on sauce while cooking–just make sure you cook the meat thoroughly after applying it!
A Versatile Addition to Your Kitchen
Whether it’s a fruity kombucha sorbet or kombucha roasted beet salads, the unforgettable tang of our kombucha will transform everything you can imagine. You can use kombucha in your favorite drink or turn it into a sauce. You can use it to deglaze a pan when pan-frying nearly anything or add it to a berry sauce for a special tang. Nearly any recipe you can think of can be elevated with kombucha, so give it a try!
One of the reasons we love kombucha so much here at Brew Dr. is that it’s so versatile. It’s a great beverage on its own, but there are so many other ways to enjoy it. If you’d like more recipes and tips, check out our blog. You can also just grab a few of your favorite flavors of our organic, raw kombucha and let your imagination run wild!