Kombucha flavor recipe ideas
You Brew Kombucha’s favorite flavor pairings
I very often mix and match these pairings because these are my favorite ingredients. They play so beautifully together! I’ll just hodgepodge a bunch of delicious fruit together to make my flavoring. It’s not unlikely to find a bottle of passionfruit-raspberry-pineapple-ginger in my fridge. And it’s not hard to come up with something yummy when you start with a basis of great ingredients!
Passionfruit-Pomegranate: Goya Fruita frozen passionfruit pulp + POM pomegranate juice + sugar
Blackberry-Mint: pureed blackberries + a few whole mint leaves
Blood Orange-Blackberry: blood orange juice + blackberry puree
Tangerine-Rosemary: tangerine juice and zest + a sprig of rosemary
“Sangria:” grape juice + apple juice + pear juice + orange juice and zest + dash of cinnamon
Raspberry-Ginger-Lemon: pureed raspberries + ginger juice + lemon juice and zest
This is a riff on GT’s Trilogy recipe, but I think homemade is better, if I do say so myself!
Citrus Mint: orange juice and zest + lemon juice and zest + sugar + mint leaves
Mango-Pineapple: pureed mango + pineapple juice
Oro Blanco Grapefruit: oro blanco grapefruit juice
If you can find oro blanco grapefruit, those are sweeter and have a mellow, honey flavor compared to regular ruby red grapefruit
Plum-Thyme: plum juice + a few sprigs of thyme
Cherry-Ginger: cherry juice + ginger juice
Strawberry-Lemon: pureed strawberries + lemon juice and zest
Watermelon-Lime: watermelon juice + lime juice and zest
“Mint Julep:” lime juice and zest + sugar + mint
Pear-Rose: pear juice + rosewater
Use the rosewater sparingly, it can be overpowering
Apple-Raspberry: apple juice + pureed raspberries
Apricot-Hibiscus: apricot juice + dried hibiscus flowers steeped in water + sugar
Alternatively you can use bagged hibiscus tea
Peach-Orange Blossom: peach juice + orange blossom water
Use the orange blossom water sparingly, it can be overpowering
What’s your recipe? A note on measurement...
I don’t measure when I puree or juice my fruit, so none of my flavor combos have a set “recipe.” I adjust based on my taste preferences, so I recommend that you rely on your tongue to dictate your recipe.
As a general guideline, I like to use about 1/4 - 1/3 cup of puree/juice per 16 oz. bottle. If I find that the fruit is a little on the sour side, I add some cane sugar to the puree to help sweeten it up. In some instances above, I’ve noted where the fruit combos likely need a sugar boost to help balance out the flavor. You can adjust the sweetness levels to your preference, knowing that the yeasts rely on those sugars to produce carbonation and some of the sweetness will continue to get eaten away during second fermentation.
Juicing vs. blending/puree-ing
My favorite way to flavor is with fresh fruit that I juice or puree myself. Read my article on flavoring to learn more about other flavoring methods and to see why I prefer fresh puree over cut pieces of fruit or other options. Whenever I use herbs, I also generally prefer fresh over dried.
I’ve had some hit-or-miss moments with store-bought frozen or bottled fruit, but I have a couple flavorings that I prefer to buy instead of make myself. I’ll note those in my “grocery list” below, but aside from those, I go fresh all the way!
If you have a juicer, it’ll remove a lot of the pulp for you so that’s great. But juicers aren’t really the best way to get the full flavor out of things like blackberries or raspberries, for instance. I prefer juicing fruit like pineapple, ginger, apples, pears, citrus to remove the more fibrous/pulpy parts. But I prefer to puree berries in my blender.
My list always starts with whatever fresh fruit is available and in-season!
But below are the ingredients I like to buy instead of make myself:
Goya Fruta frozen passionfruit/maracuya pulp (can be found at Mexican/Latinx grocery stores)
I always have a stockpile of this in my freezer. I haven’t yet found a flavor that can’t be enhanced with a bit of passionfruit. It’s my absolute favorite, even just by itself.
POM pomegranate juice
Rosewater (can be found in Middle Eastern stores)
Orange blossom water (can be found in Middle Eastern stores)
Dried hibiscus flowers/hibiscus tea
The beauty of homemade kombucha is that you can flavor
it with pretty much anything you like! If you want to learn
about making kombucha, you can learn about the process
You can also learn about pros and cons to using different
types of flavorings here (fresh vs. frozen vs. canned vs.
dried…) And I'll be posting a video soon with details on
how I like to prep my flavorings, so stay tuned!
Below are some flavor pairings that I’ve made and love.
I hope it inspires you to create wonderful flavor combos.
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