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Kombucha Agua Fresca

If you’ve been a reader for a while, you’ll know I have a love-hate relationship with kombucha.

The thing is, I want to like it. I really do. I mean, it’s so good for you and your gut health… but as much as I try it, I just don’t like it. It’s too strong for me, it gives me vinegar vibes, and I ultimately am not able to get it down.

I had hoped that brewing my own would help. It didn’t really. And I gave up for quite a while.

But at the beginning of the pandemic, I started to try again. I’ve been brewing my own, and I’ve finally figured out a combo that (mostly) works for me, but I still mostly drink it topped off with sparkling water.

Kombucha Agua Fresca

Earlier this year, at The Wellness Show, I discovered Remedy Kombucha. Often when I’m at a trade show and they offer me a sample of kombucha, I refuse, because in my head, I’m the girl who doesn’t like kombucha. But this time for some reason, I said yes, and was pleasantly surprised at how drinkable it was.

The other thing I love about Remedy specifically is that it’s shelf-stable. That means you can stock up and keep the bottles in your garage or whatever until you have room in your fridge for them. Most kombuchas are not shelf-stable and need to be kept in the fridge.

Another beef a lot of people have with kombucha is the amount of sugar in them. You see, the wee critters that inhabit the scoby and ferment the tea need the sugar to live on. Remedy has somehow figured out how to do this in a low-sugar way, and they actually taste good, not like weird chemicals (which is why I also cannot handle stevia and other artificial sweeteners).

This kombucha basically tastes a lot like what I have been doing–about half to 2/3 of a glass of kombucha, topped with sparkling water. And it’s tasty! I’ve been drinking a glass at night after dinner instead of wine or a cocktail.

It’s great on its own, but then I thought I’d take it to the next level and make some mocktails and cocktails out of it.

So! I present to you the Kombucha Agua Fresca.

Agua Fresca is a drink that’s popular in Latin American (read: HOT) countries. Basically the idea is, you take fruits, vegetables, herbs, juice them up and then drink them with water or sparkling water. They’re cold, refreshing, and delicious.

Kombucha Agua Fresca

Ingredients (makes 1)

  • 1 small Japanese cucumber or a 5″ section of an English cucumber, unpeeled
  • 2 sprigs of fresh mint
  • Juice of one lemon or lime
  • 1 bottle of Remedy lemon, lime & mint kombucha (you could also use a mix of kombucha and sparkling water)

Method:

  1. Place the cucumber, mint and juice in a blender and blitz well until pureed and liquefied.
  2. Strain into a tall glass with ice.
  3. Top with the kombucha.
  4. Garnish with a lemon or lime slice.
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5 Uses for Kombucha (other than drinking)

A few months back, I embarked on a challenge. You see, I don’t like kombucha. I don’t like it one bit. But I wanted to try to learn to like it because it’s good for you.

Kombucha is a fermented tea drink (yeah, I realize that sounds gross) that’s actually pretty good for you. It has probiotics in it, which can help with things like digestion and they also support your immune system (not to be underrated as we move into cold and flu season).

5 Uses for Kombucha

Sure, there are other forms of probiotics, like other fermented foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchee, sourdough and miso. But kombucha is a pretty convenient source of drinkable probiotics.

Lots of people love it. I have many friends that like it as a kind of substitute for drinking wine. But for me, I have a hard time with it. It has a kind of vinegary taste to it that I find (literally) hard to swallow.

A few months back, I decided I’d try to see if I could learn to like it. The beginning of that process was learning to make my own. First I learned how to grow a SCOBY (which is the “mother” or the thing that ferments the tea. Once you have a SCOBY, it’s a snap (although it takes a week to ferment) to make your own kombucha. Here’s how:

 

The idea for me, with making my own, was that it would be easier to make it to my own taste. I discovered that green tea makes it a lot more palatable than black tea, and also that doing a second ferment with some fruit and mint leaves went a long way.

So, my learning curve with kombucha is… curving. But I still don’t love it. I am, however, discovering other ways of integrating it into my diet without drinking it.

5 Uses for Kombucha

Vegan Kombucha Pretzel Knots: in this case, kombucha makes a great leavener for these home-made pretzels.

Kombucha Salad Dressing: Sub out the vinegar in your fave vinagrette recipe with kombucha. It works great! Here’s a recipe.

Fruit fly traps: It’s not so bad now that the weather is cooling a little, but this summer (and most summers) fruit fly infestations in my kitchen are something I really hate! To be safe, I move my compost outside, and I also make sure I store my fruit in the fridge instead of on the counter. But kombucha makes a great fruit fly trap. I use a small glass, and pour some kombucha into the bottom, maybe about 1″ worth. Then I cover it with a piece of plastic wrap and pull it down tight. Finally, using a skewer, I poke holes in the top of the plastic wrap. The fruit flies are attracted to the sweetness and the fermentation of the kombucha (better that than my wine!) and crawl in through the holes and either can’t get out or drown.

Cocktails! Okay, now we’re talking!! Here’s the thing: kombucha is brewed and fermented just like a lot of your favorite alcholic bevvies. It does have a very tiny amount of naturally occurring alcohol in it, about 1%. Kombucha goes great in mixed drinks, especially with cocktails like a Moscow Mule, which uses something a lot like kombucha called Ginger Beer. Here are some to try.

In the garden: Kombcuha has properties that help acidify, and it can be useful for everything from spraying on plants to deter pests, to using to water your garden, to burying leftover SCOBYs in your soil.

What’s your favorite way to use Kombucha (other than drinking it)? Share in the comments below.

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