13 Refreshing Summer Drinks to Make with Kombucha

Beat the summer heat with one of your favorite kombucha drink recipes. Mix one up to sip poolside or at the next neighborhood barbecue.

Summertime means lazy sunny days and fruity drinks garnished with sliced strawberries and lemon wedges. But have you considered adding your favorite kombucha drinks to create the perfect summer beverage? According to a Polaris Market Research study, the global market for kombucha was $2.59 billion in 2021, and it's expected to grow 15.7% from 2022 to 2030.

As kombucha sales increase, your options are endless for creating tasty drinks that keep you cool all summer long. 

What is Kombucha?

Kombucha is a probiotic tea that's fizzy, sweet, tart, and absolutely delicious. This gut-friendly drink is made from fermented tea leaves, cane sugar, and a SCOBY (Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast). When brewed correctly, the result is a delicious beverage that contains live and active cultures that offer a number of health benefits.

Related: Kombucha 101

Kombucha comes in a number of fruit and herbal flavors, which taste delicious when consumed on their own. If you're feeling especially ambitious, you can mix your favorite kombucha flavor with other fruits and juices in order to make a one-of-a-kind boochy summer drink. Here are some tasty kombucha recipes for you to try this summer as you soak in that Vitamin D.

Kombucha Slushies

Kombucha plus ice is the equivalent of those nostalgic slushies of summer's past, but they have a fraction of the sugar. These two- or three-ingredient drinks are super easy — and super versatile — so you can mix and match ingredients until you find the flavor you like best. Take a look at the crowd-pleasing and easy-to-make recipes below.

1. Strawberry Kombucha Crush

Refreshing, with a hint of sweetness, this recipe from Better Homes and Gardens hits the spot. 



Blend your kombucha and strawberries until they are nice and smooth. Pour the mixture over crushed ice and sprinkle fresh basil over the top. Enjoy with a straw or a spoon. Cocktail umbrella: optional.

2. Royal Superberry Slushie

Bright purple and full of flavor, this superberry slushie is sure to curb your sweet tooth and keep you cool. Not to mention, it's a great source of antioxidants to help you maintain health through all the fun activities you have planned. 


  • 8 oz Superberry Kombucha
  • 1 cup blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, or your favorite frozen mix
  • handful of ice


Place the kombucha and frozen fruit into a blender and mix until smooth. Add ice and blend until it's the right slushy consistency. Drink, and repeat.

3. Cran-Raspberry Limeade Slushie

Fresh, tart, and bright red, this slushie is sure to invigorate your senses and energize your body.


  • 8 oz Raspberry Limeade Kombucha
  • 1 cup frozen cranberries
  • handful of ice
  • Optional: 1 tsp honey or maple syrup


Blend all ingredients and pour into your favorite glass. If the drink is too tart, feel free to add a spoonful of honey or maple syrup. You can also experiment by adding delicious fruit like pineapples, bananas, or peaches to sweeten things up.

Kombucha Smoothies 

Kombucha smoothies are the answer to all your summer breakfast questions. Mix and match your favorite fruits and kombucha flavors to find the smoothie that speaks to your soul. Below are some recipes to kickstart your mornings and beat the heat.

4. Blackberry Island Mango Smoothie

This smoothie recipe is so good, it's written to serve four people! Be sure to grab your drink because there likely won't be any leftovers.


  • 1 ¼ cup (10 oz) mango kombucha
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • ½ frozen banana
  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • 1 cup frozen blackberries


Throw everything into your blender and pulverize until it's smooth. Pour into four glasses and garnish with a lemon wedge.

Related: Our Favorite Kombucha Smoothie Recipes

5. Simple Strawberry Banana Smoothie

This straightforward smoothie is as simple as can be, but the tried-and-true flavors of strawberry and banana marry perfectly on a summer afternoon.


  • 1 large banana
  • 8 oz strawberry kombucha 


Cut the banana into large chunks and place them into a blender with your kombucha. Blend until creamy and pour into your favorite glass. To make it fancy, garnish with a thinly sliced strawberry.

6. Peachy Green Ginger Smoothie

Bright green and sweet as can be, this fresh smoothie is one of a kind. It's packed with leafy greens, but all you'll be able to taste is sweet peaches and ginger kombucha.


  • 2 fresh or frozen peaches, peeled and sliced
  • 8 oz fresh or frozen chopped pineapple
  • handful of fresh spinach or kale
  • 16 oz ginger kombucha


Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until completely smooth. Garnish with a toothpick containing a pineapple chunk and a cherry

Kombucha Popsicles

Who says adults can't have popsicles? According to UCLA Health, our bodies are made of 60% water, and it's crucial to stay hydrated during hot summer days. Sipping on water is recommended, but it's always fun to mix things up. Prep some kombucha popsicles with these easy recipes so you've always got a stash in the freezer for when you want a little extra flavor in your hydration.

Popsicle molds are convenient, but they aren't necessary. Create kombucha pops with muffin tins or ice cube trays that you have on hand.

7. Clear Mind and Blueberry Skies

Simple, delicious, and bright blue, these popsicles are packed with herbal flavors like refreshing mint, rosemary, and sage.



Simply sprinkle blueberries into your popsicle molds, muffin cups, or ice cube trays. Then, pour the kombucha over the top until each mold is filled. Put a popsicle stick in each and freeze for several hours.

8. Creamy Orange Popsicle

Reminiscent of those sugary sweet push-up delights of your childhood, these creamy orange-flavored treats are packed with vitamins, minerals, and plenty of protein.


  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 8 oz orange-flavored kombucha
  • Thin slices of oranges


Gently stir yogurt, orange juice, and kombucha until combined. Pour into molds and place a few orange slices in each. Freeze and enjoy!

9. Summer Love

Romantic, subtle flavors make this the perfect date-night dessert. As an added touch, place edible flowers in your popsicle molds before freezing them.


  • Thinly sliced strawberries, blueberries, pears, lemons, or oranges (any combination)
  • Floral-infused kombucha (try varieties with jasmine green tea, lavender, chamomile, rose, and diamania)


Carefully place sliced fruit in each mold. Pour kombucha over the top and add popsicle sticks. Freeze for several hours until they're ready to enjoy!

Kombucha Cocktails and Mocktails

Up your booch game by adding some booze to the mix. Each recipe is delicious with or without alcohol, so feel free to leave it out if you're in the mood for a mocktail. With so many different kombucha flavors to choose from, your cocktail and mocktail options are endless! Let's look at some of our favorite recipes.

10. Minty Mojitos

Mojitos are the perfect summer drink with refreshing mint and fresh fruit. Add kombucha, and this drink is top-notch. 


  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1/2 cup fresh strawberries
  • 2 mint leaves
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 oz vodka or rum 
  • 6 oz kombucha (this recipe goes great with strawberry or mint flavors)


Muddle the mint leaves, strawberries, and lime juice until you've made a puree. Pour the puree into a cocktail glass. Add kombucha and alcohol before topping with ice. For a mocktail mojito, substitute sparkling water in place of vodka or rum.

11. A Cup of Happiness

Subtle floral notes will tickle your senses and leave you feeling happy and at peace. Garnish with a slice of lemon or float a few blueberries in your drink to add a luxurious touch.



Stir kombucha, grapefruit, and gin in a glass. Add tonic water and top with ice. For the mocktail version, just skip the gin altogether.

12. Spiked Lemons

Nothing screams summer more than lemonade. Why not build upon those mouth-watering citrus tones by spiking it with fizzy kombucha and a touch of liquor? This recipe is great for evening get-togethers in the peak of summer.


  • ½ cup lemon-flavored kombucha
  • 1 ½ oz vodka
  • 3 mint leaves
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice


Mix kombucha, vodka, and lemon juice in a shaker and shake for 30 seconds. Pour into a glass that's filled with ice and stir in mint leaves. Skip the vodka for a lemon-inspired mocktail.

13. Kombucha Highball

The classic highball lends itself to customization well, so it just makes sense to combine your desired kombucha flavor with a liquor of your choice. Here's a recommendation that will help cool you down while you partake in summertime festivities.


  • Juice from one lime
  • 2 tsp simple syrup (or honey)
  • 1½ oz vodka
  • 3 oz orange and ginger kombucha


Fill a highball glass with ice. Stir vodka, lime juice, and sweetener into the glass and top with kombucha. To enjoy this cocktail booze-free, simply leave out the vodka. Garnish with a lime wedge or fresh slice of a blood orange.

Enjoy Refreshing Summer Drinks with Kombucha From Brew Dr.

Brew Dr. proudly makes delicious high-quality kombucha that's tasty and good for your gut. We use the best loose-leaf organic tea leaves from around the world, combined with fruit, juices, botanicals, and herbs that mix perfectly with summertime drinks. Each batch is carefully brewed because we believe in the "no shortcuts" way of doing business. 

Shop one of our many kombucha flavors to discover your favorite combinations that ease you into the summer atmosphere.

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