In December of last year, I learned how to make kombucha, and discovered it was easier than I thought! I have been brewing batches every 2-3 weeks since. And as much as I LOVE kombucha as is, I wanted to learn how to flavor kombucha at home.
For my first batch of flavoring kombucha at home, I bottled half of my kombucha with strawberries, and the other half with mangoes. I was surprised at how easy it was to make flavored kombucha and wanted to share my step-by-step tutorial with you!
How to Flavor Kombucha
Step 1: Make a Batch of Kombucha
You’ll need a batch of homemade fermented kombucha to flavor it. If you haven’t made kombucha before, no worries – I have a step-by-step guide so you can learn how to make kombucha. Check it out, and when your kombucha is ready in 7 – 21 days, come back here!
If you have your kombucha fermented and ready to bottle, move on to step 2!
Step 2: Pick your Flavor
There are endless options on how to flavor kombucha! You can make it simple by adding cut up strawberries or mangoes (great for beginners), or you can make a more complex flavor, such as blueberry ginger kombucha. Here are some flavor ideas/combos to try:
Kombucha Flavor Ideas
- Raspberries and ginger
- Green apple and cardamom
- Mixed Berries
- Pineapple and Basil
- Lemon zest and Rosemary
- Blueberry and Ginger
- Strawberry and Basil
- Strawberry and Thyme
- Blueberries and Cinnamon
- Apple Juice and Cinnamon
- Lemon Juice with Fresh Ginger
Here are some general guidelines to follow:
- For fresh, dried, or frozen fruit, dice or puree and add to the bottom of the bottle, using a 10 – 30% fruit and 70 – 90% kombucha ratio.
- For juice, use a 20 – 10% juice and 80 -90% kombucha ratio.
Once you know what recipe you’re using to flavor your kombucha, simply add your flavors to the bottom of a sterile glass container with a lid (I use grolsch bottles, but you can also use these). Fill to the top with your fermented kombucha, making sure to leave a few inches of head space in your bottle. and seal.
Step 3: Second Fermentation
Once you have added your flavors to your kombucha, you can either transfer your bottles straight to the refrigerator, or you can do a second fermentation. The second fermentation gives your kombucha a more pronounced fruit flavor and additional carbonation.
To do your second fermentation, place your airtightbottles in a dark place that is room temperature. Allow to sit 2- 4 days.
Step 4: Strain out Solids
After 2 – 4 days, strain out the solids from the bottle, then pour back into the bottles and store in the refrigerator for 1 – 3 months (not that it will last that long!).
A Printable Recipe – How to Make Flavored Kombucha
- Finished Kombucha
- Airtight Bottles
- Add flavors to airtight bottles. Fill with finished kombucha, leaving a couple inches of head space.
- Seal and place in a dark, room-temperature space for 2 - 4 days.
- After 2 - 4 days, strain out solids, and re-bottle. Transfer to fridge and consume in 1 - 3 months.
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If you have any questions on how to flavor kombucha, leave a comment below!