What do you enjoy drinking in the summer? As rosé, frosé and aperol spritz trends rage on, I’m sipping something a little different with my new Strawberry Basil Kombucha Cocktail. Cocktails have a bad reputation for being super sweet and sugary. Combine alcohol and sugar and you’re setting yourself up for a massive blood sugar crash – and perhaps even a hangover. Lighten it up as you kick back by the pool, enjoy a picnic or sit on your front porch this summer with a Strawberry Basil Kombucha Cocktail instead. You can use those fresh berries and basil growing in your garden to whip this cocktail up in minutes.
Kombucha is a fermented tea beverage you can make at home or buy in the store. It will be in the refrigerated section to preserve the live bacteria. Kombucha has a slightly vinegar taste and it’s more tangy than sweet. It is also naturally carbonated and fizzy because of the fermentation. You may notice some floaters in the container and that’s the stringy bits of yeast and scoby – the good bacteria. There is some evidence that the bacteria we eat in food (think pickles, wine, sour cream, yogurt, kimchi, etc) helps support the good bacteria living in our gut – specifically the colon- and that microbiome has been linked to human health. Kombucha makes a great base for Strawberry Basil Kombucha Cocktail because it is tangy and bright, complimenting the strawberries perfectly.