Be Creative with Your Kombucha

Kombucha has become a popular drink in the past few years for several reasons. Some people drink it for its health benefits while others simply like the tangy taste. Kombucha is made with a SCOBY, a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast, hence its name. It is added to teas, sugar, and water and allowed to ferment until it becomes a bubbly glass of goodness. If you want to get creative with your kombucha, you’re in for an adventure in flavors, fermentation, and fun!  But the real bonus is that Kombucha is good for you!

The Basics of Kombucha

Before you get creative with your kombucha, you need to understand the basic kombucha-making process. It starts with a simple tea and sugar mixture, then you add the SCOBY. The SCOBY starts the fermentation, transforming the sweet tea into a tangy, effervescent drink that will be ready somewhere between a week and a month, depending on your taste preferences and brewing conditions.

The magic of kombucha lies not just in its transformation but also in its versatility. While plain kombucha is good, the real fun begins when you start experimenting with different ingredients to create a beverage that is uniquely yours.

Flavor Inspirations for Creative Kombucha

One of the simplest ways to enhance your kombucha is by infusing it with flavors during the second fermentation. This is where you can let your creativity shine. Here are some popular additions that can transform your brew:

  1. Fruits: Mango, raspberry, lemon, apple, and peach lend a sweet, robust taste.
  2. Herbs and Spices: Mint, ginger, lavender, and cinnamon can introduce a variety of flavors, depending on your spice choice.
  3. Floral Note: Hibiscus, elderflower, and jasmine add a unique, refreshing taste.
  4. Creative Combos: Experiment with combinations like strawberry-basil, lemon-ginger, or apple-cinnamon to create layers of flavors.

Amp up the flavor even more by freezing fruit, herbs, or flora in your ice cubes. When you pour your kombucha over the ice, it won’t be diluted as the ice melts; it will be enhanced a little more.

Advanced Techniques

If you’re feeling adventurous, consider these more advanced techniques to customize your kombucha further:

  1. Oak Aging: If you’ve ever had oak-aged whisky, you know the woodsy flavor that aging in oak adds.
  2. Dry Hopping: Borrowing a technique from craft beer, adding hops to your kombucha can create an aromatic, bitter flavor, perfect for those who enjoy a more complex taste profile.
  3. Blending Teas: Mix different types of teas (black, green, white, oolong) in your initial brew to develop a variety of flavor bases for your SCOBY to work on.

Mix It Up


Who said you have to drink your kombucha like a glass of tea? Shake it up and add it to a smoothie. Use your favorite smoothie recipe and add some kombucha to it. The sky’s the limit when it comes to flavors. Use your smoothie recipes or classics like banana and yogurt with granola.


Unwind with a healthy alternative to alcoholic drinks. Mix your kombucha with seltzer water and a splash of your favorite juice, and voila, you have a kombucha mocktail.

Cooking with Kombucha can be Creative Too!

You don’t have to drink your kombucha; you can incorporate it into your cooking. Try these ideas and elevate your family’s taste buds.

  • Barbecue Sauce: Start with your favorite barbecue sauce recipe. Once your sauce has heated and is thick and bubbly, add about one-half cup of your favorite kombucha, such as ginger or spicy. Serve alongside your favorite meat or brush it on during grilling. Serve any extra sauce on the side for those who like a lot of barbecue sauce.
  • Marinade: You don’t have to be planning a barbecue to add kombucha to your culinary skills. Add herbs and olive oil to your kombucha and marinate your meat, fish, or poultry. Seal the meat and marinade in a bag and soak it in the refrigerator for a few hours or even overnight. You can use your excess mixture as a sauce when you cook it.
  • Dressing: Homemade dressings transform your salad from boring to wow. Use your favorite kombucha as the base. Add herbs, top-shelf vinegar, and olive oil for a tasty dressing. If you like a creamy dressing, add a little yogurt.

Getting Creative at Home

Ready to start brewing? Here’s a simple guide to make your basic kombucha:

  1. Prepare Sweet Tea: Boil water, steep your tea (black or green typically), and dissolve sugar.
  2. Add the SCOBY: Add your SCOBY and some starter tea from a previous batch to a clean glass jar once the tea is cool.
  3. First Fermentation: Cover the jar with cheesecloth or some other breathable material and let it sit in a warm, dark place for 1-3 weeks.
  4. Second Fermentation: Seal the kombucha into bottles with your flavors after the first fermentation. Let these sit for a few more days to develop carbonation.
  5. Enjoy: Chill before serving, then enjoy your homemade kombucha creation!

Join Us for a Kombucha Class!

Are you interested in learning more about kombucha and how to craft your unique brews? Join us on June 8 at Stoney Creek Farms for a special kombucha class. This hands-on workshop will expand your understanding of the fermentation process and allow you to experiment with different flavors and techniques under the guidance of experienced brewers.


Kombucha brewing is more than just a kitchen task; it’s an artistic expression that’s as enjoyable to create as it is to drink. Whether you’re a seasoned brewer or a curious newcomer, there’s always something new to learn and try. So why not experiment with your kombucha? Get creative, and who knows, you might brew up your new favorite beverage.

Don’t forget to sign up for our kombucha class at Stoney Creek Farms. It’s a fantastic opportunity to meet fellow kombucha enthusiasts, share tips, and refine your brewing techniques. Let’s brew, taste, and learn together—reserve your spot today!

We can’t wait to see what delicious combinations you’ll come up with. Happy brewing!