TBH, I’m not typically cocktail girl. I like to keep it super simple with a glass of red every now and again, rose if it’s that time of year. But sometimes you just want to dress things up a bit. This cocktail has no added sugars and uses vodka, which is one of the lowest sugar/carb forms of liquor. The Kombucha adds immune system and digestive boosting properties and a light, tart flavor. Feel free to substitute any flavor you like, but I like to use a super clean kombucha with very minimal add-ins (or homemade is obviously best!).
So let’s talk Kombucha for a sec.
This fermented tea beverage originated in the East over 2,000 years ago and is renowned for its gut healing, immune boosting benefits. The Chinese refer to it as the "Immortal Health Elixir”. Kombucha contains a plethora of probiotics and these healthy bacteria protect against infection and illness.
Traditionally, Kombucha is made with black tea and sugar. The tea and sugar undergo a fermentation process resulting in a tea that is carbonated, full of B vitamins, enzymes, probiotics, acid and vinegar. "The solution is fermented by bacteria and yeast commonly known as a SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast) (source).” I know, I know — if you’re unfamiliar with Kombucha this sounds pretty strange and perhaps unappealing, but it’s incredibly good for you and many find it delicious, though it may take a few tries to acquire the taste.
Here are a few more benefits:
Contains antioxidants that help protect against inflammation, which is the known root of most diseases.
Supports a healthy gut, which is known as the “second brain”.
Retains strong antibacterial properties. The live cultures in the drink help destroy bad bacteria, fighting illness and fortifying the immune system.
Try multiple brands and flavors and be careful to stick to brands without too many extra fillers and added sugar.
4 cups of your pink lady apple Kombucha (or your favorite flavor)
12 ounces of vodka
4 sprigs of fresh rosemary
4 sprigs of fresh mint
handful of berries, apples, or other chopped fruit
Pour 1 cup of Kombucha in each mason jar or wine glass. Add the vodka to each glass, 3 ounces per glass. Stir, add ice and garnish with the rosemary and mint. Drop in some apple slices or cut little bloobs…Enjoy!