What Is Kombucha & How To Make It Taste Better (By Making It Into A Cocktail!)

13 Kombucha Cocktail Recipes That Are Great For Happy Hour
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If you're reading this and wondering what the heck is Kombucha, well then, let's start with the basics. 

Officially, it is "a fermented tea made by adding a culture of bacteria and yeast to a solution of tea, sugar and sometimes fruit juice and other flavorings." That sounds like a lot of science, right? Basically, it's tea.


​Kombucha's major popularity though is due to its reputation for having many health benefits.  The health benefits associated with Kombucha have been impressive too. In studies, it is said to help combat the negative effects of stress on immune systems, regulate metabolism, and help with the heart, skins, and nails.

In other reviews of the beverage, Kombucha has been known to help with arthritis and cancer as well. The drink originally comes from Asia and although it has been around for a long time, it's quickly becoming a staple in western culture as well. It's the new "it" health trend.

With Kombucha tea becoming more and more popular, it would make sense that variations on it would also become trendy. That's where the Kombucha cocktails come into play.

The high-calorie count alone in cocktails can have us feeling guilty. What if there was a drink that took a popular cocktail and put a healthy, new twist on it? Sign me up!


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Kombucha cocktails are creative variations on drinks that we already know and love. Adding it to margaritas, Moscow mules, and sangria are just some of the inventive ways people are bringing the health benefits of Kombucha to their parties. 

The success of Bettheny Frankel's Skinnygirl Margarita shows that people are interested in healthier alternatives without having to miss out on have a drink with your friends. 

Read below for some delicious and healthy Kombucha cocktail recipes for your next party or a refreshing drink after a long day of work that will have you feeling great. 


1. Ginger Peach Kombucha Sangria

- 1 bottle ginger kombucha​
- 1 handful mint leaves
- 1 peach
- 1 cup strawberries
- 1/4 cup peach schnapps
- 1 bottle white wine

Find the original recipe here.


2. Kombucha Moscow Mule

- 6 oz ginger kombucha​
- 1 lime, juice of
- 1 lime slice
- 1 tsp agave
- 2 oz vodka

Find the original recipe here.


3. Pomegranate Kombucha Mimosa

- 2 bottles of dreamy orange live kombucha​
- 1 orange peel
- 3 fresh oranges
- 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
- I bottle of champagne or prosecco 
- coconut sugar

Find the original recipe here.



4. Midori Kombucha Cocktail

- 1/2 lemon, juice from
- 1/2 lime, juice from
- 12 oz kombucha, unflavored
- 1 oz of midori​
- 1 oz organic apple juice

Find the original recipe here.


5. Berry Kombucha Vodka Smash

- 1/2 cup fresh blackberries
- 12 oz ginger kombucha​
- 2 thyme, springs
- 2 oz vodka

Find the original recipe here.


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6. Kombucha Margarita a.k.a. The 'Kombucha-rita'

- 3 oz ginger kombucha​
- 1/4 squeezed lime
- 2 oz tequila
- 1 oz triple sec

Find the original recipe here.


7. Cucumber Basil Kombucha Mule

- 4 large basil leaves
- 4 thick cucumbers
- 4 thin slices of fresh ginger
- 12 oz ginger kombucha​
- 1/2 cup sparkling water
- 2 cups of ice cubes
- 2 oz of gluten free vodka

Find the original recipe here.


8. Blackberry Moscow Mule - A Kombucha Cocktail

- 1 tbsp fresh blackberries
- 5 oz ginger lemon kombucha​
- 1 lime
- 1 optional garnish of additional blackberries
- ice
- 1 1/2 oz vodka

Find the original recipe here.


9. Pineapple Ginger Kombucha Cocktail

- 2 cups ginger kombucha​
- 1 organic lemon
- 5 sprigs of fresh rosemary
- 1/4 cup organic lemon juice
- 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
- 1 tbsp organic cane sugar
- 2 cups pineapple juice
- 4 oz orange liquor 

Find the original recipe here.


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10. Ginger Lemon Kombucha Cocktail

- 4 oz ginger kombucha​
- ice
- 1 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 oz vodka

Find the original recipe here.


11. Strawberry Ginger Kombucha Cocktail

- 2 cups strawberries (tops cut off and halved)
- 4 cups vodka
- 6 oz strawberry infused vodka
- 2 shakes orange bitters
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- 2 cups ginger kombucha

Find the original recipe here.



12. Mint  Julep Kombucha Cocktail

- 8 mint leaves
- 1 tsp sugar
- ice
- 1 1/2 oz bourbon
- 2-3 oz kombucha​

Find the original recipe here.


13. Strawberry Mojito Kombucha Cocktail

- berries
- 4 mint leaves
- 1/2 cup strawberries
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- sparkling water
- 1 cup ice
- 4 oz vodka or clear rum
- 16 oz kombucha​

Find the original recipe here.


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Jill Zwarensteyn is a writer and Michigan native. When she's not writing, Jill enjoys Zumba class, travel, and referencing classic Seinfeld episodes.