My 6-year-old tried this Cinnamon Apple Kombucha the other day; I just wish I’d gotten a video of his response. His eyeballs nearly popped out of his head and he gave me an exuberant thumbs up. Then he ran off to tell his brothers how awesome the Cinnamon Apple Kombucha mom just made is. Then, they all marched into the kitchen to give it a try as well. My 8-year-old marvelled that it tasted like apple pie; he kept saying it over and over in amazement. It was quite a fun experience for the boys! Needless to say, the first batch of my cinnamon apple ‘booch’ disappeared awfully quick!
Do you come up with your own flavors of kombucha at home? Here’s a little formula I use to create flavors:
For each 12 or 16-ounce bottle:
- 1 Tbsp. fruit juice, OR 1 Tbsp. chopped dried fruit, OR 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh fruit – AND/OR
- 1-2 tsp. spice or herbs
You can mix and match several fruit flavors at once; however, I recommend you only do one juice addition per bottle. If you want more than one fruit flavor try to mix up the type of fruit added, either fresh or dried. So, you could add 1 Tbsp. of one kind of fruit juice per bottle, plus 1 Tbsp. chopped dried fruit and 1-2 tsp. spice or herbs. Any more than that and you really won’t have much room in the bottle and will get less kombucha per bottle.
OR, a better option, if you do not plan to consume your fruit-infused beverage within a couple of days would be to add the flavor to a larger vessel and second ferment it for 24-48 hours max. Then, strain out the fruit/herbs/spices and bottle up. I do my water kefir in a 3 liter anaerobic vessel. So for this method, I would strain out my grains and either store them or start a new batch and pour the finished brew into a 3-liter Fido jar and add my flavoring. Since I get five Grolsch bottles worth of water kefir from a 3-liter Fido, I’d add 5 Tbsp fruit juice or dried fruit or 10 Tbsp. chopped fresh fruit and 5-10 tsp. of spices or herbs. With this method your second ferment will
Since I get five Grolsch bottles worth of water kefir from a 3-liter Fido, I’d add 5 Tbsp fruit juice or dried fruit or 10 Tbsp. chopped fresh fruit and 5-10 tsp. of spices or herbs. With this method your second ferment will keep longer as fruit ferments can turn to alcohol. This is a safer method to ensure you avoid your brew turning to alcohol.
If you want to add more flavors than that consider getting larger bottles -such as a quart sized wire stopper bottle. Here is an example of a quart sized wire stopper bottle that would work well -so long as you consume it all quickly and aren’t planning on leaving it only half full for very long (as the trapped oxygen in the bottle will allow a new scoby to grow). Aren’t they cute- they come in clear, red or orange? And if you have Amazon Prime you can get free shipping (*Amazon is an affiliate partner*).
- 1 Tbsp. organic apple cider or apple juice OR
- 1 Tbsp. chopped dried apple (be sure to chop smaller than the bottle neck width, as the pieces will expand during the second ferment and you want to be able to get them back out of the bottle easily when you are done) OR
- 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh organic apple (about 1 quarter of a medium apple)
- 1 tsp. of crushed cinnamon stick
- Pinch of nutmeg, grated fresh or dried
- Place all the ingredients in your 12 or 16-ounce bottle.
- Use a funnel to transfer your brewed kombucha into the bottle, leaving about ½ inch of headroom.
- Close the wire stopped tightly.
- Allow to second ferment in a dark cupboard for an additional 1-2 days (depending on the current temperature). Warmer climates may only need a day or less. Cooler climates (or winter) 2 days is safe. I've even done it longer, but I don't recommend it unless you are checking it daily.
- Try this flavor with pears as well and try it as a flavor for water kefir too!
Are you new to brewing kombucha or water kefir? You can purchase water kefir grains, Kombucha scobies and kits from Kombucha Kamp. To learn how to brew water kefir, check out this post; Water Kefir: Anaerobic Method.
Also, check out my post on How To Second Ferment or Flavor Kombucha to learn how to flavor either kombucha or water kefir. This Fermented Beverages post includes loads of links to recipes for other awesome flavors of kombucha and water kefir, as well as beet kvass and hard cider.
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