When Whole Foods bans something that’s not usually a sign to buy the product they ban! There is one glaring exception, however, if you’re looking to enjoy a drink in the most healthful way possible and that’s kombucha. Last year it was banned from the Whole Foods’ beverage aisle because of an issue with its alcohol content (basically it has naturally occurring alcohol), but this naturally-occurring challenge was actually a revelation for a very prominent entrepreneur, Kombrewcha CEO and former Honest Tea founder, Barry J. Nalebuff. He launched Kombrewcha (40-65 calories kombucha with 10g carbs, 4-6g sugar and 2% ABV) to capitalize on one of the most natural (and harmless…) ways to get a buzz.
I workout every day and I don’t like to do anything that gets in the way of that, but sometimes when you’re out with a group of friends you want a slight buzz. “Kombrewcha has naturally occurring alcohol as a result of the tea fermentation process already built in the product. It’s at 2% ABV, has four flavors, plus the added bonus of live probiotics, organic acids, B vitamins, and antioxidants,” explains Nalebuff. It’s important to note that kombucha is a lot lower in alcohol than other options so you won’t get truly liqueured up unless you mix it with something else, but that’s also what makes it perfect post late-night spin class or when you’re out with you friends the night before an early morning workout.
If want to up the alcohol content, however, instead of drinking it on its own make a cocktail! Checkout these recipes below which will give you a buzz along with gut health, detoxification, digestion, skin, and overall energy benefits.
Smoked Healthy Rosemary Moscow Mule
- 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
- 1 1/2 oz. vodka, preferably Stoli
- 1/4 oz. simple syrup
- 2 ounces of Ginger Kombrewcha
- Rosemary, for garnish
Lightly shake vodka, lime juice, and simple syrup. Add ginger beer and shake. Serve in a copper mug and garnish with rosemary.
Health Ade’s Gimber Kombrewcha (from Eat by Chloe)
- 3 oz lemon ginger kombucha
- 3 oz saison or hefeweizen beer
- 1 oz dry vermouth
- 3 sleeves herbal bitters (try Ms. Better’s Bitters)
Cool a glass by placing it in the freezer. Pour beer and kombucha into cooled glass. Add the dry vermouth and bitters to taste. Stir to thoroughly combine. Garnish with a slice of lemon.
Citrus Burst Kombucha Sangria (from The Healthy Maven)
- 1 bottle dry white wine
- 2 14 ounce bottles of kombucha
- 1/4 cup pure rum
- 1/4 cup of raw honey
- 2 lemons, sliced/halved
- 2 oranges, sliced/peeled/quartered
- 1 grapefruit, sliced/peeled/quartered
Combine all in a large jug or pitcher. Optional to store in fridge depending on temperature preference. Allow to sit for at least 4 hours before serving.