FRIDAY NIGHT! Congrats! Whew, what a busy week…
Here’s a well deserved treat for moms only! Well, maybe dad too. You can call this Kombucha drink healthy too!
Lets try a Buzzy Kombucha Recipe for a healthier Friday night drink! You might already know about kombucha, its a tea base fermented with probiotic cultures, yeast and sugar.
Similar to beer or wine, the fermentation process inherently creates an alcoholic drink, but store brands are limited to .5% to maintain the non-alcoholic label. However the bubbly, sweet, tart brew is simply born to be made into a cocktail.
Take a look at our video to see a basic recipe, there’s really not much to it!
What Is Kombucha?
If you are into health at all, you have been hearing about kombucha for several years. But what is this stuff? The first time I bought a bottle, I drank the whole thing.
Later when I was bloated, I learned that you need to build yourself up to a whole bottle to avoid kombucha side effect and 1 cup per day is enough…it really should say that on the label!
Kombucha is basically a fermented “tea”. It is made with a fermented tea fungus, called a Kombucha scooby.
And that is all I will say about that…if I go on, you will never give it a try!
What Are The Benefits of Drinking Kombucha? (Kombucha Health Benefits)
Regardless of how disgusting it sounds, Kombucha actually tastes good! The fermentation process creates carbonation, making it similar to soda. Most people drink it for it’s health benefits, which are said to include:
- beneficial probiotics for gut health (important for the brain-gut connection)
- It may provide the same benefits as green tea! This includes lower blood pressure, weight loss and blood sugar control
- It contains antioxidants – think anti-aging!
- There are other helth benefits claims such as preventing cancer and helping with hair loss. However, it is important to note that there is limited studies in this area and nothing has been officially proven.
Wait…Does Kombucha Contain Alcohol?
Remember when I told you that I bought my first bottle of Kombucha and drank it all in one sitting? Well I didn’t mention that I was pregnant and I was at work.
So imagine my surprise when I started researching Kombucha AFTER I guzzled the whole thing. The first thing that popped up was that Kombucha was alcoholic.
But don’t worry, most are less than .5% which is barely anything.
However, now that I am not pregnant, I like to experiement with different types of drinks. I tried Kombucha with Whiskey becuase I thought it sounded good. But it wasn’t
It turns out Vodka is the perfect match!
how Do You Drink Apple Cider Vinegar?
I know some people like to take shots of ACV, but that is hardcore! I can’t do that and I don’t recommend it!
When we first made this drink, it needed a little kick… something to make it different from every other drink out there.
That’s when my husband suggested some ACV. Yes, Apple Cider Vinegar! In this recipe we added just a splash of ACV and it is the perfect complement.
You can’t taste the vinegar but it add a little kick. And ACV is good for you, so why not?
The important thing to remember is that it can damage the enamel on your teeth if you drink too much and don’t dilute it first. When I say add a splash, I mean 1/8 teaspoon or less, and stir it well. Then you should be good to go!
How Often Should You Drink Kombucha?
Now days you can buy big boxes of Costco kombucha. We may or may not buy those…
But even if we do happen to have a box in our garage, we do not drink it everyday. My husband is able to drink a cup several days in a row but I only like to drink it a few days in a row. Primarily becuase I get tired of it by the time I finish one bottle.
Anything in excess is not good for you so I would suggest drinking a cup a day, but not everyday. If you drink too much you might get stomach upset, so listen to your body!
But honestly, follow this recipe and have one delicious kombucha drink and I wouldn’t worry about it!
Can Kids Drink Kombucha?
When it comes to my kids, I don’t like to give them anything questionable. So I do not feed them Kombucha becuase I’m not convinced it is safe for them.
You can find articles telling you that it is safe for kids and these are usually people who make it themselves and know how it was made.
This one is up to you but I personally would not recommend it for kids. And definitely not this recipe, LOL!
Honestly, they probably wouldn’t like it anyway! But you will!
If You Like This Kombucha Drink, be sure to try these other ‘Mom Only’ drinks too!
- 1 Cup Kombucha
- 1.5 ounces Vodka, Optional
- 1/8 teaspoon Ginger, minced or grated
- Dash Apple Cider Vinegar
- In a glass, combine the Vodka, Ginger and Apple Cider Vinegar and mix well
- Pour the Kombucha to the top of the glass
- Gently stir and serve with lemon slices
The nutrition facts above do not include the Kombucha. It will depend on what brand you use.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1 Drink
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 98.43Sodium: 0.46mgCarbohydrates: 0.04g