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So, who says that kombucha, the probiotic health elixir championed throughout history as the secret to long life and vitality, can't be used as a mixer with your favorite alcoholic cocktails?
It just so happens that kombucha is known for its liver cleansing properties, so if you're drinking moderately, it can be an excellent way to mitigate the effects of alcohol without needing to resort to hangover cures the next day.
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Personally, I think it's just about perfect. Not for every cocktail, but for anything with citrus or berries, as well as with Scotch or bourbon, the flavor profiles mix incredibly nicely. (Actually, I can't verify the Scotch one from personal experience, as my husband is the GQ gentleman who sips exclusive single malts, but I can imagine kombucha would make a pretty memorable Rusty Nail.)
But I can verify that kombucha makes a delightful Cosmopolitan. I love the cranberry and orange (two of my favorite flavors, don't you know?) with the kombucha. It's a killer every time. Sort of makes me want to try other kombucha cocktails, too. Doesn't a kombucha mimosa sound lovely for brunch one morning?
So, if you enjoy healthy living but also like to enjoy a cocktail now and then, here's a sophisticated, refreshing cocktail just for you – the Kombucha Cosmopolitan. Enjoy!
If you'd like inspiration for more Real Foodie cocktails, check out Natural Cocktails by Kendahl of Our Nourishing Roots. Her Cosmo doesn't include kombucha, but she shows you how to make all your bar basics, including liquors, bitters, and colas, as well as dozens of classic and modern cocktails – all free from dyes, artificial colors, or fake flavors. Fabulous cocktails for the Real Foodie!
Kombucha Cosmopolitan: The Ultimate Kombucha Cocktail
Makes 2 – 4 1/2 ounce cocktails
3 ounces citrus vodka
2 ounces orange-flavored liqueur, such as Cointreau or Triple Sec
2 ounces plain or cranberry kombucha (learn how to brew kombucha here)
2 ounces pure cranberry juice
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice, more to taste
2 lime wheels or wedges, for garnish
Fill two martini glasses with crushed ice and set aside to chill.
In a cocktail shaker filled with large pieces of ice (we're using large ice rather than crushed due to the making two drinks at once, as we don't want the large amount of liquid to melt the ice too quickly), pour in all the cocktail ingredients. Shake, then empty the martini glasses of their ice and strain the cocktail evenly between the two glasses.
Garnish with lime wedges or lime wheels and serve immediately.