This Watermelon Kombucha recipe is the perfect beverage to beat the hot summer days! Filled with the delicious goodness of watermelon and the probiotic benefits of kombucha, this fizzy drink will leave you and your family feeling refreshed and satisfied.
In this recipe, I'll show you how to combine the tangy and effervescence of kombucha with the sweetness and hydrating nature of watermelon. This combination will create a balance of flavors and provide a boost of energy and gut-friendly bacteria to your body.
Best of all, this drink is so easy to make and definitely tastes better than the expensive Kombucha drinks you get from the grocery stores.
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Reasons why you'll love this recipe
Perfect for beating hot summer days.
Watermelon has essential vitamins and kombucha has probiotics.
It's easy to make with minimal ingredients and simple steps.
It can be customized with your favorite fruits and herbs.
A drink that both kids and adults can enjoy making and drinking.
Kombucha: Kombucha is a fermented tea that contains probiotics, which help promote a healthy gut and also improve digestion. It adds a tangy flavor and effervescence to this recipe.
Watermelon: This is the star of this recipe! Watermelon brings sweetness and a high water content that will help keep you well hydrated. It also has essential vitamins and minerals, like vitamin C and lycopene, which is a powerful antioxidant. Juicy fruits like strawberries or raspberries can be used instead.
Mint leaves (optional): Mint leaves add a refreshing and cooling element to the watermelon kombucha. They also elevate the drink's look and enhance its flavor. If you're not a fan of mint, you can totally skip it or substitute it with basil leaves or a lime wedge.
Lemons and Limes (optional): I love using these for garnish.
Tajin: Tajin is a seasoning that is used to give recipes a slightly spicy kick. I used store bought Tajin because it's more convenient, but you can also make your own homemade Tajin. Feel free to rim your glass with either salt or sugar instead.
Start by preparing the watermelon. Remove the rind and seeds, and cut the watermelon flesh into small pieces.
Using a blender, blend the cubed watermelon and strain it.
Rim your glass with tajin.
To your glass, add in a handful of twisted mint leaves and then pour ice cubes into the glass.
Pour about ½ a cup of the fresh watermelon juice into the glass followed by the plain kombucha.
Stir all the ingredients together, garnish the drink with some mint leaves, lime, and lemon slices, and enjoy!
Recipe Tips and Tricks
To increase the carbonation, you can transfer the strained watermelon kombucha to airtight bottles and allow it to undergo secondary fermentation at room temperature for about 1-2 days.
Be sure to burp the bottles occasionally to release excess carbonation. This will keep them from exploding.
If you store it properly in airtight bottles or jars, the watermelon kombucha can last up to 2 weeks in the fridge.
Substitution and Addition Ideas
Feel free to experiment with different melons. Cantaloupe or honeydew are 2 that I recommend. Berries, citrus fruits, or even tropical fruits like pineapple or mango can be used instead.
You can substitute kombucha with plain soda water or sparkling water. Just know that It will taste different because kombucha brings a unique tanginess and probiotic benefits.
Feel free to experiment with other herbs like basil, lemon balm, or even rosemary for unique flavor combinations.
What is kombucha?
Kombucha is a fermented tea beverage made by adding a culture of bacteria known as a scoby and yeast to sweetened tea. It is then fermented for about a week and results in a slightly tangy and fizzy drink. To get it even fuzzier some people ferment it twice. This is known as second fermentation.
Where can I find plain kombucha?
You can find it in most grocery stores, health food stores, or specialty beverage stores. You can also make your own kombucha at home using a kombucha starter culture (scoby), green tea, and added sugar like cane sugar. Here is a link to a store where you can buy a starter kit that contains a new scoby.
Can I use flavored kombucha instead of plain kombucha?
I recommend using plain kombucha for this recipe, but you can experiment with different flavors if you want.
Can I use frozen watermelon instead of fresh?
Yes, you can use frozen watermelon if you can't find fresh personal-size watermelons.
Can I add sweeteners to the watermelon kombucha?
The watermelon adds natural sweetness to the kombucha. But, if you want a sweeter taste, feel free to add a small amount of honey, agave syrup, cane sugar, maple syrup, or another natural sweetener into the blender container during the blending process.
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- 1-gallon glass jar
- Cutting board and knife
- Blender or food processor
- Fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth
- Airtight bottles or jars for storage
- 1 cup watermelon
- 15-20 mint leaves
- 1 cup Kombucha
- mint sprigs, handful
- 4 slices lemon
- 4 slices lime
- ¼ cup Tajin
- Start by preparing the watermelon. Remove the rind and seeds, and cut the watermelon flesh into small pieces
- Using a blender, blend the cubed watermelon and strain it. Rim your glass with tajin.
- To your glass add in a handful of twisted mint leaves and then pour ice cubes into the glass.
- Pour about ½ a cup of the fresh watermelon juice into the glass followed by ½ a cup of the plain kombucha.
- Stir all the ingredients together, garnish the drink with some mint leaves, lime, and lemon slices, and enjoy!