When I was in culinary school I was exposed to the process of fermentation and wild yeast fairly often. They introduced us to kombucha, kefir, kimchi, and sour dough bread just to name a few. So when I went home I was determined to make my own kombucha and have been brewing kombucha for almost 2 years now!
I was driven to continue brewing kombucha mainly because of all the amazing health benefits that come from drinking it. First off, kombucha is an amazing natural probiotic that is great for digestion. It also has been known to improve weight loss, increase energy, a strong immune support, reduce joint pan, and prevent cancer.
So what even is kombucha? Kombucha is fermented black tea and sugar. Kombucha contains a colony of bacteria and yeast that are responsible for initiating the fermentation process once they are combined with the sugar. I actually bought my initial bacteria culture online, which is called a “Mother Scoby.” You can also build the culture naturally by using a previous kombucha, but it does take quite a while. Realistically, to make kombucha, all you have to do is brew a pot of tea add sugar and allow the yeast and bacteria to do the rest of the work!
The kombucha I used in the recipe below is not my own kombucha, but rather a company that is doing some pretty amazing things! Brew Dr Komucha believes in having as little impact on our natural environment as possible. They also have several delicious and creative flavors in their product line including my favorite, their refreshing citrus hops!
Recently, I went to Cindy’s in the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel and they offer an amazing selection of unique cocktail and mocktail drinks! They have a very talented team of mixologists! After trying one of their kombucha cocktails, I was inspired to create a recipe of my own!
Kombucha Moscow Mules
Makes 1 drink
- 2 oz. Vodka
- 1 oz. Lime juice
- 4 oz. Kombucha (If you use ginger flavored kombucha, add 6oz and don’t use ginger beer! )
- 2 oz ginger beer
- Lime wedges (for garnish)
- Fill a mug with some ice and add the vodka, lime juice, and kombucha.
- Add the lime wedges and garnish.
- Serve immediately.