Some of us never forget our first experience with Kombucha. I remember staring blankly at those bouncy clusters of (extremely foreign) floaters, wondering why my mom insisted that I gulp down the alien drink. Fast forward a couple years and many tangy sips later, this trendy, fermented drink has got me hooked. Whether it’s that distinct burst of flavor, the bubbling consistency, those wondrous health benefits, or the utter mysteriousness found in every bottle—the organic refresher is here to stay.

Now that the “fermented” fad has hit the ground running, creating a cocktail with the natural concoction was long overdue… and what better way to do it than adding a little strawberry, basil, and lime to the mix? Plus, a tasty summer cocktail with some great health benefits is always a total crowd-pleaser. Feel free to share your own Kombucha stories with us and keep reading for the recipe below…

The Kombucha Cocktail

*serves 2

Ingredients:

for the simple syrup:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water

for the cocktail:

  • 1 16 oz. strawberry Kombucha
  • 2 oz. vodka
  • juice of ½ lime
  • sliced strawberry for garnish
  • sprigs of basil for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Make simple syrup: in a medium saucepan, bring 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup sugar to a simmer until sugar is dissolved. Turn off the heat and cool completely.
  2. In each glass, add 1 oz. vodka, 8 oz. Kombucha, and desired amount of simple syrup for additional sweetness. Top with a splash of lime and garnish with sprigs of basil and sliced strawberry.

*Photography by Emma Banks

15 comments
  1. 1
    Heidi | June 12, 2014 at 9:16 am

    I get excited whenever I see someone else use Tito’s! It’s my favorite brand of vodka and I’m actually picking up another bottle (okay, fine a handle) of it tonight.

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  2. 2
    Nessa @ Living in Steil | June 12, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Looks delicious and very freshing! I am looking forward to making this over the summer!

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  3. 3
    tara | June 12, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    This looks SO good. I love kombucha!

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  4. 4
    Christina | June 12, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    These look delicious and would be a perfect drink to end a hot summer day!

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  5. 5
    Constanze Lutter | June 12, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    looks refreshing and tasty. love it!

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  6. 6
    Kat | June 12, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    I love kombucha and this looks really refreshing and healthy! Beautiful photos!

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  7. 7
    Jamie | June 16, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    Amazing! Pinned this one for later 🙂

    xo,
    Jamie

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    Tessa | June 20, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    My favorite local wine and beer joint serves kombusake – kombucha and sake. Its delicious warm in the winter and cool in the summer. An awesome concoction. This sounds fantastic as well! I’ll try it out with my homemade brew.

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