If you’re already well-versed in the joy of drinking kombucha, you can skip ahead for advice on getting your family to join you on that journey. But if you’re scratching your head wondering what the heck kombucha is, then stay tuned. Let me introduce you to the hippie-turned-hipster drink you may have never heard of (but just might come to love).
First, the facts. According to Humm Kombucha (one of my new favorites):
Kombucha has been called a health elixir, the tea of immortality and a nectar of the gods. For some people it’s a way of life, for others it’s a tasty and healthy treat. But just what is kombucha (and why is everybody talking about it?)?
Fizzy, bright and noted for its probiotics and antioxidants, kombucha is a lightly-effervescent drink made by combining sweet tea with bacteria and yeast. The result is a sometimes sweet, sometimes tangy and always delicious beverage.
Basically, it’s fermented tea that’s mixed with a variety of things, usually fruit juice or other flavored extracts.
Last year, on a quest to reset my health, I participated in the 30 day health challenge called the Whole 30. It’s basically 30 days of eliminating inflammatory categories of food like sugar, alcohol, grains, beans, dairy. Yes, all the good stuff. As a wine enjoyer (I like a glass with my dinner most nights), I was wanted a better substitute than the seltzer I normally drink. My husband brought home his first bottle of kombucha, poured it into a wine glass, and I thought maybe kombucha can be my new substitute.
Well, it turns out I didn’t really enjoy his kombucha. The most traditional types are very yeasty in flavor and just don’t appeal to me. But when I started experimenting with different brands, I found that not all kombucha is created equal and you have to try many brands before you find the one that fits you.
When they sent me a few coupons to try their brand, I found that Humm Kombucha is what I would call the perfect “beginner’s kombucha.” When offering someone as sample of my kombucha, they ask what it is. When they find out it’s fermented tea, they are extremely hesitant to try it or simply dismiss is by saying they don’t like tea.
Whether you’re trying your first sip of kombucha or you’ve already discovered the amazing probiotic benefits and taste of kombucha and want to share it with your family, I’ve got a couple of ways that Humm Kombucha can get your whole family on board.
Host a Kombucha Tasting!
I purchased all four flavors carried at my local Target: Hopped Grapefruit (a seasonal offering), Coconut Lime, Blueberry Mint, and Pomegranate Lemonade. Then I let them sit in my refrigerator until I was ready to photograph the tasting. Everyone wanted to open them but I made them wait. I was creating anticipation!
Side note: Kombucha must always be kept refrigerated.
Then, I pulled out my fancy cordial glasses and set up an official tasting for the family.
I announced that the tasting was ready to begin and everyone scrambled in. You would have thought we were tasting expensive wines the way everyone took a small sip, gave their tasting notes, and then continued with the tasting.
And the winner is…
We all agreed that the seasonally offered Hopped Grapefruit was the favorite for all of us. I’d love to see Humm offer this flavor on a regular basis. We all also agreed that as far as kombucha goes, Humm has a very mild flavor and doesn’t have what I call a “kombucha-y” flavor. In other words, you don’t have to be scared by words like “yeasty” and “fermented.” It’s a great introductory kombucha that was embraced by the whole family.
Making an Adult Kombucha Beverage
Let’s say you aren’t necessarily looking for an adult beverage substitute, you can actually make kombucha part of your cocktail repertoire. To test it out, I chose Blueberry Mint as my mixer of choice, added a little vodka, and squeezed in a little lime juice. You’ll want to make sure you stir the drink, not shake it, as kombucha has a natural effervescence.
If I were to experiment a little more, I’d mix the Humm Coconut Lime Kombucha with a little rum for a lite Piña Colada type drink. The possibilities are endless.
So if you’re brave enough to try kombucha, start with Humm Kombucha found at Target and many grocery stores (check their store locator here). And if you’re already a kombucha devotee, tell me what you think about Humm Kombucha. It’s worth giving it a try just for the pretty bottles!