Kombucha

Sounds like a type of salsa dancing. Or an African flute type of instrument that yields a low, melancholy sound. Maybe a fried German pastry with sugar sprinkled on top?

No, none of those things. Kombucha is an effervescent fermentation of sweetened tea that is used as a functional food. Doesn’t sound so sexy. My first ideas are far more appealing.

But sometimes life becomes interesting when you mix things up. Not a lone ingredient. A single note hangs in the air, waiting for the others to accompany.

That was how we tasted kombucha today. A flight of different versions mixed with a pitcher of superfruit sangria. Now that was a great combination of flavours and so fun to compare one to another.

The proper recipe is included in the cookbook Superfood Kitchen by Julie Morris. I didn’t have 2 of the superfoods on hand and really wanted to have the overnight soak time. So substitutions were in order.

  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2 T goji berries
  • 1 1/4 cups pomegranate juice
  • 750ml red wine, (I only had 600ml…..)
  • 2 cups kombucha

Instead of the raisins, I was to have 1/4 cup each mulberries and goldenberries. I have procured those and will include in the next batch. I can’t decide the best type of wine to use. Looking in my cellar, do I use wine that is good enough to drink its own? Great red wine is out of the question. There is also the wine I have received as gifts. Could be great, but how does one know? Which is how I ended up with 600ml above. Quite frankly that wine was undrinkable, but made great sangria.

The method here is, berries and wine together – marinate for at least 5 hours, better overnight. Pomegranate juice is added before serving. Once you have the kombucha sorted out, add just before serving. Assuming the whole batch will be consumed. Otherwise add to each glass like soda water.

kombuchaFor the kombucha, we wanted to be very analytical. Plain or ginger as recommended? We went with plain and GT’S “third eye chai”. And we had to compare to soda water as well. Good old Canada Dry for that.

“Third eye chai” won – 2 votes out of 3 cast.  Next favourite was plain kombucha. Canada Dry soda water will have to be used for something else.

Kombucha can be brewed at home. That practice would save money. This is an expensive drink. But supporting small companies like GT’S feels good. I think the aspartame industry can live just fine without me.

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