If you have ever been sipping on a nice kombucha or tea and thought, “This could really use a little kick,” then you’re not alone. A lot of mixologists have started incorporating the two beverages as a starting point for their new mixed drinks. However, you can’t just add any alcohol and hope the drink turns out fine. It will almost surely turn out not fine if you don’t do a little bit of planning before you start pouring. Here are some handy tips to help you make tasty cocktails with kombucha or tea.
Kombucha is one of the trendiest things you can put inside your body right now. It’s up there with rolled ice cream, coconut oil, and anything that has “artisan” in its name. For those that haven’t experienced kombucha; it’s a fermented tea that has active probiotic cultures. It’s one of the best-tasting health drinks you can get. Best of all, you can make it at home for the cost of some tea and a probiotic culture. Of course, many of us just buy it premade at the store because this is the 21st century and our smartphones have taught us to crave instant gratification.
Kombucha has a sweet taste than regular tea. This is because of the sugar that’s added for the fermentation process. There is also a very nice bubbly sensation when you drink kombucha. It’s like a lightly carbonated beverage. And, of course, anything carbonated tastes better with a little something extra mixed in.
When making a cocktail with kombucha, you want to try and complement the sweet taste. Try adding some ginger syrup, a little bit of lemon juice, and some vodka for a refreshing drink with a bubbly kick. The tea you use to make the kombucha will also influence the taste of the mixture. A fruity tea mixture will go great with some gin and a splash of lime. Experiment with different flavors to find the right one for you.
Ah, good old tea. If it’s good enough for the Queen of England, it’s good enough for us. Making a cocktail with tea can be challenging but very tasty. First, you have to ask if you want a hot or cold beverage. If you want a cold drink; try making some sweet tea and adding whiskey with a splash of lemon juice to turn things up a notch.
For a hot tea beverage that warms you up right down to your bones, choosing the right liquor to mix with your flavor of tea is the key. A classic Earl Grey tea pairs up nicely with some bourbon. Chai Tea mixes best with some whiskey or Irish cream liqueur.
Turning your tea into a party is easy if you know which flavors work well together. You may need to try experimenting with a few different recipes and flavor additions to find the right combination for your personal taste. Have fun and try new things - you never know what great drink you might invent!