I don’t know about you but I could always use more energy. Especially after a long work day and commute. Do you ever drag yourself in the door at night and just want to take a nap? Instead drink a glass of homemade pineapple kombucha and see the difference… I am much more productive after my evening glass of this tonic.
Something about the magic drink gives an awesome energy boost! I’m not sure who invented this fermented tea, but it’s been around in many cultures for a long time. Like ancient times, in both China and Russia it was considered a wellness drink. Once I started drinking it I was hooked!
Do you want my kombucha recipe?
Why Drink Kombucha
- Ditch Soda! Tons of people swear by kombucha for getting over their soda addiction. It’s slightly sweet, bubbly and flavorful! If you are looking to kick soda to the curb, I highly suggest giving kombucha a try!
- Added probiotics! The more I learn the more it becomes clear how important our gut health is. Fermented foods and beverages are able to help support the good bugs living in our stomachs. Better digestion and absorption of nutrients from food- sounds good to me!
- Energy- I swear by the boost I get from my homemade kombucha. I don’t always feel the same about store brands, just being honest.
- The health properties for tea! Kombucha is made with black and green tea, and even after fermenting you make get some benefits from the green tea, one of the healthiest foods on the planet.
- Antioxidants– many studies show the antioxidant benefits of kombucha aid the liver. Check out one study here and another here.
This is the kind of energy I’m talking about, after an extra long work day! This is what I accomplished: made more tea to ferment, cleaned half of my kitchen floor’s grout on my hands and knees with a toothbrush, prepared and painted a door and wall in the kitchen, swept the whole house, and finished a photo shoot. All I know is you’ve got to be drinking this magic elixir!
What’s great about this kombucha recipe is you can use up extra pineapple scraps. Whenever I try and cut up a whole pineapple there is parts near the skin that don’t look pretty so I don’t serve them. But I can add them to kombucha to give it an amazing flavor. I do this with the core as well.
You can use this method for any fruit you like for flavoring. Other flavors I like are lemon and lime, I use fresh squeezed juice and mint leaves.
If you use fruit, it works well to blend it up first, so it doesn’t get stuck in the bottle.
Here is the recipe to one of the best flavored kombuca’s I’ve ever had. You can’t get this stuff in stores, I have never seen a pineapple kombucha at any store! But even if I did, it costs pennies to make your own compared to a few bucks a bottle at the store.
The Kombucha Recipe
- 3 cups already finished, unflavored kombucha tea. I use my homemade kombucha drained from my continuous brew system.
- Leftover pineapple chunks up to one cup.
- Drain 3 cups of finished kombucha tea into a jar or high sided glass measuring cup. If using a traditional blender add the tea straight to your blender. Remember to use glass if possible when working with Kombucha.
- Add your pineapple to the glass vessel you are using. For 3 cups of tea, add a little shy of a cup of pineapple chunks.
- Blend and then strain out any large chunks. I blend one more time to reduce any pineapple waste.
- Add to you fermenting vessel. Use either flip top bottles or a growler (scale this recipe up for a growler) if you want fizzy kombucha. These tight sealed vessels will produce a very fizzy kombucha and it will have a soda like quality. If bubble are not important to you, you can use a mason jar.
- Here is where the magic happens. After a day on the counter the kombucha begins to eat up the sugar in the fruit and take on the flavor of the pineapple. If you are in a warmer climate pop the top after 1-2 days- outside. Remember the contents are under pressure. In a cooler climate you can let it sit on the counter for around 4 days. Each day you can take a little taste test to see if it is sweet or tangy or bubbly enough for you. Each day you let it sit on the counter it will become less sweet, more tangy and more bubbly.
- When the beverage hits your sweet spot, store in the fridge. Still take caution when opening as it will continue to get bubbly in the fridge just at a much slower rate.
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Serving Size:1 cup
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 25
I hope you give this Kombucha recipe a try and enjoyed some pineapple kombucha!
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