Fresh strawberries and basil muddled together and paired with vodka and basil, this healthier cocktail recipe is a match made in heaven!
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Give it up for kombucha cocktails!
Never thought kombucha could be used in a cocktail? Think again! This healthy carbonated beverage makes a lower sugar option as a mixer than most processed juices out there. Plus they come in a variety of delicious flavors – like this strawberry basil!
What is kombucha?
Kombucha is a fermented tea. Black or green teas are combined with sugar and left to ferment. Once the process is complete, it produces a fizzy carbonated beverage that’s pure delicious!
Benefits of kombucha
You probably see every health nerd out there drinking kombucha but there’s a reason for that! Kombucha packs in some health benefits:
Like any fermented foods, kombucha is full of live and active cultures. Kombucha also contains antioxidants which aide with healthy aging.
Ingredients in a kombucha cocktail:
For this cocktail, we use fresh strawberries and basil to bring out the flavors in the kombucha. Next, we need:
Agave – Or any sweetener. This brings out the sweetness and juices of the strawberries
Fresh strawberries + Basil – To bring out the fresh flavors!
Vodka – Can substitute with gin, tequila, or even rum!
Kombucha – Dr. Brew Strawberry Basil is used in this recipe.
How to make a kombucha cocktail:
Start by muddling the strawberry and basil using a mortar and pestle.
Don’t own a mortar and pestle? That’s okay! You can simply crush the strawberries and basil on a cutting board with the bottom of a mug or mason jar. Then add to a small bowl and mix in the agave.
This step just helps release the juices in the strawberries and basil.
Divide the strawberry basil mixture among the glasses and add a few ice cubes. Measure and pour in vodka (or spirits of choice) and top it off with kombucha.
Garnish with a strawberry slice and a sprig of mint and you got yourself a fancy healthy-ish cocktail!
Do you have to be 21 to drink kombucha?
There are actually some kombucha varieties out there that have an alcohol percentage as a result of their fermentation process. I won’t get into the specifics of how alcohol is made, but it starts with fermentation.
However, if you are mixing kombucha with alcohol anyways, it’s a given you need to be over 21! 🙂
What alcohol can you mix with kombucha?
Anything really. This recipe calls for vodka, but tequila, rum, gin, or even champagne would all taste fantastic too.
Can I make this kombucha cocktail recipe virgin?
You sure can! Just omit the alcohol and add more kombucha for a healthy elixir.
However, if you want the strawberry basil in a smoothie form, check out this kombucha smoothie recipe!
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Strawberry Basil Kombucha Cocktail
- 3 ounces vodka or spirit of choice (2 shot glasses worth)
- 1 cup Dr. Brew Strawberry Basil Kombucha
- 1 Tablespoon agave nectar can substitute with maple syrup or honey if not vegan
- 1/4 cup strawberries finely chopped (about 2-3 strawberries depending on size)
- 6 fresh basil leaves finely chopped
- mortar and pestle if do not have, see notes
- Chop strawberries and basil and put in the mortar.
- Add agave nectar and use pestle to release the juices of the strawberries and basil.
- Divide strawberry and basil mixture into two cocktail glasses. Add ice and 1.5 ounces of vodka in each glass. Top with kombucha. Garnish with s strawberry slice and basil (optional).
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