By Chef: Christina Ross
Posted: June 17, 2013
Detoxify, improve digestion, get a nice hefty dose of b-vitamins and enzymes AND enjoy a refreshing, fizzy, fruity, herbalicious drink with a kick of ginger. It’s Christina of Love-Fed.com‘s Basil Berry Ginger Kombucha and it’s positively healthy and delicious! Step by step directions below.
- 1 scoby
- 1 cup raw sugar
- 1 gallon filtered or distilled water
- 5 oolong tea bags (you can also use black or green tea)
- 1/4 cup sliced ginger
- 1/2 cup raspberries
- 1 sprig of basil with a few leaves
1. Clean and dry well a 1 gallon jar
2. In a large pot boil the water
3. Once the water is boiling add the tea bags and stir in the sugar
4. Once the sugar has dissolved remove from the heat and allow to cool completely to room temperature. Be very mindful of the temperature and patient enough to let it cool completely as you do not want to harm the scoby.
5. Once the tea has cooled to room temperature remove the tea bags and pour into your gallon jar.
6. Add the scoby with the remaining 2 cups kombucha to your jar (if you have a scoby that wasn’t in kombucha already you will use 2 cups of an original flavored kombucha beverage)
7. Place a towel or two layers of cheesecloth over your jar and then seal it with a rubber-band
8. Label your jar with a piece of tape to know what day you began the fermentation process
9. Set your brew in a warm dark space and allow it to ferment for about 1 week
10. You may decide to let it ferment longer depending on how you’d like it to taste
After about 1 week you will notice a new layer of bacteria and yeast you will want to start another jar or give it away for others to take part in the joy that is kombucha
11. Once you find a taste you like and are ready to bottle your brew simply pour the kombucha into a glass jar and add in the ginger, berries and basil
12. Place your bottled beverage in the fridge and enjoy often
The flavor combination of berries, basil and ginger is by far my favorite kombucha pairing yet however, I highly recommend you experiment with your own flavor ideas. Summer is a great time to get your hand on berries and herbs so get creative and have some fun!