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Kombucha isn’t something new (as in, there’s proof the fermented tea drink has been passing human lips since round 220 BCE) nevertheless it seems you’ll be able to educate an previous drink new methods. The newest innovation popping up at kombucha bars and taprooms throughout the nation is the kombucha slushie. Much just like the frosé wave of 2017, booch tenders are placing their product into slushie machines, including components which will embody juice, wine, or spirits, and allotting an icy, sometimes-boozy (although not essentially) deal with excellent for decent summer time days.

Want to get a style of those frosty, semi-healthy sippers however haven’t fairly gotten round to putting in the industrial frozen margarita machine in your personal kitchen? We requested three booch execs to place us on to the ins and outs of creating your personal refreshing kombucha slushies at house this summer time, together with adapting their taproom recipes in your normal-sized blenders.

(Photos: Flying Embers)

Ryan Smith, General Manager & Cocktail Curator at Flying Embers Taproom, Los Angeles, California

At the downtown Los Angeles taproom of Flying Embers, Saturdays are for the slushies. The one-day-a-week particular brings in followers desirous to strive rotating cocktails based mostly off of the model’s array of onerous kombucha flavors.

“Our recipes are light and fresh, without sacrificing on flavor. It’s the perfect warm weather drink, especially as things start to heat up,” says GM and Cocktail Curator (a wonderful job title) Ryan Smith. “Customers love that they can still enjoy this refreshing weekend treat without feeling weighed down by excess sugar or carbs. Our latest flavor, Orange Passion Lychee, is made with fresh squeezed lemon juice, monkfruit syrup, fresh lychee purée, and topped with our Orange Passion Mimosa Hard Kombucha.”

For house slushie excellence, Smith suggests you convey out some further {hardware}: “We use a slushie machine at our taproom, but if you don’t own one an ice cream machine or a high temperature freezer can work just as well after the mixture is complete.”

If you’ll be able to’t make it to L.A., be aware that Flying Embers additionally has taproom places in Santa Barbara and Boston.

Recipe: Orange Passion Lychee Kombucha Slushie

Servings: 1

Ingredients
1 oz Fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1 oz Monkfruit syrup
2 oz Fresh lychee purée
6 to eight ounces of Flying Embers Orange Passion Mimosa Hard Kombucha

Combine the lemon juice, monkfruit syrup, and lychee purée in a slushie slushie machine, ice cream freezer, or high-temperature freezer. Churn or freeze till set however not onerous. To serve, pour the slushie base into a big glass and prime with kombucha. Stir to mix and drink instantly.

kombucha slushie(Photos: Wild Tea Kombucha)

Emily Baadsvik, CEO & Co-Founder of Wild Tea Kombucha, Calgary, Alberta

“Wild Tea Kombucha is unlike any other kombucha available in Canada,” boasts co-founder and CEO Emily Baadsvik. “Our original line is flavored with fresh-pressed juices with fun cocktail inspired names and minimal carbonation.” And the cocktail connection goes past simply the identify on the can. Her group has developed a group of cocktail recipes utilizing their booch, together with their tackle the traditional frosé.

“We thought about what we like to drink in the summer: cold drinks that are not packed with preservatives and sugar,” she says. “[Slushies] are nostalgic, universally appreciated on hot summer days, and are the perfect drink to slow down our faced-paced lives. You have to enjoy a frosé. They make you take time to appreciate the beverage, savor the flavors, and take a mental time out.”

Recipe: Wild Tea Kombucha Frosé

Servings: 2

Ingredients
1 cup frozen strawberries
½ to ¾ cup Sparkling Rosé Kombucha
1 bottle rosé glowing wine (non-compulsory)
Natural sweetener of your selection, to style (non-compulsory)

Pour the kombucha and frozen berries right into a high-speed blender. Blend on excessive till easy and frothy. Begin with 1/2 cup and add extra as essential for desired consistency.

Divide the fruit-kombucha combination into two glasses.

Pour 4 to six ounces of glowing wine into every glass or, for a mocktail, float extra Sparkling Rosé Kombucha on prime.

kombucha slushie(Photos: Harvest Root Ferments)

Lindsay Whiteaker, Co-Founder of Harvest Roots Ferments, Birmingham, Alabama

At the Harvest Roots Ferments taproom in Birmingham, co-founder Lindsay Whiteaker and and her colleagues have dialed within the slushie science. “To ensure proper consistency of the base and prevent the slushie from freezing solid, we take a brix reading to ensure we have proper sugar. Traditional slushie wisdom suggests a brix reading of around 15, but we have found that we can go as low as nine brix. We use a refractometer to help us take this reading.” Finding the very best taste mixtures, she says, is the place it turns into extra of an artwork.

Whiteaker says these non-alcoholic slushies win over even those that haven’t in any other case hopped on the kombucha prepare. “We find that folks all ages enjoy them but especially children and people who may be on the fence about kombucha. We see them as a bridge to the rest of our menu.”

Recipe: Pick-Your-Flavor Non-Alcoholic Kombucha Slushie

Servings: 1

1 ⅓ oz kombucha
2 ⅔ oz fruit juice
1 cup ice cubes
Agave syrup to style (non-compulsory)

A tough information for making a kombucha slushie in a blender can be utilizing 3 elements liquid (1 half kombucha to 2 elements fruit juice) to six elements ice. If you discover your slushie is just too tart, we like so as to add natural agave syrup. You can simply pour it proper into your slushie combination and mix.

Some of our favourite taste mixtures embody: Hibiscus kombucha with recent watermelon juice; Ginger kombucha with mango and lime juice; Lavender kombucha with blueberry juice.