The increase in popularity of health drink kombucha in recent years has meant it's levelled itself as a go-to refreshment for well-being fans and casual consumers alike.
But now alcoholic versions of the fermented fizzy drink are becoming more popular and hard kombucha is etching out its own market in New Zealand.
With summer upon us, it's time to crack open a can of kombucha and create some refreshing cocktails.
Here's a selection of delicious drinks from Kiwi kombucha companies you can recreate at home.
Mama's Brew Shop's Margarita
- 45ml good quality tequila
- 30ml fresh lime juice
- Lemongrass + Ginger Happy Hour Hard Kombucha
- 15ml simple syrup
- Coarse sea salt
Line a glass with fresh lime juice and dip in sea salt. Add tequila, lime juice, Happy Hour, simple syrup, and ice to a large glass or cocktail shaker and stir vigorously. Don't shake - the Happy Hour is carbonated. Strain into a serving glass with a few ice cubes. Garnish with a lime wedge.
Mama's Brew Shop's Mimosa
- 15ml strawberry puree
- Lavender + Hibiscus Happy Hour Hard Kombucha
- Basil leaves
Put the strawberry puree in the bottom of a glass. Top with Happy Hour and garnish with smashed basil leaves.
Kombucha Bros' Hibiscus and Rye
- Kombucha Bros Hibiscus Kombucha
- One vanilla pod
- 45ml rye whiskey
- Figs, raspberries, or lime to garnish
Scrape a tall glass with a sliced vanilla pod, then add ice. Add whiskey and the hibiscus kombucha, and stir. Garnish with your choice of a sliced fig, raspberries, or sliced lime.
Kombucha Bros' Non-alcoholic Mint and Blueberry Sour
- Kombucha Bros Yuzu, Blueberry, and Collagen Kombucha
- Handful of blueberries
- 5ml lime juice
- Lime peel
In a large glass, muddle mint and blueberries, but set aside some fresh to garnish. Add ice, lime juice, lemon peel, and kombucha. Once poured, top with two fresh blueberries and garnish with mint.