Light and Refreshing Kombucha Mocktails

3 simple, light kombucha mocktails that combine refreshing flavors and the power of probiotics!

Though further research is needed (as usual), there are many potential health benefits of consuming kombucha. In my opinion, though, it just doesn’t taste very good! While these mocktails still have a distinct vinegar taste, they’re much more palatable than the drink itself.

The basil berry spritzer and lemon ginger kombucha mocktail in wine glasses on a wood cutting board garnished with a lemon on a table.

Why not have a delicious mocktail while also increasing that good bacteria in your gut? Just a few simple ingredients are needed for each drink.

Kombucha stays fresh in the fridge for up to one month after opening, so you can make yourself a mocktail and save the rest for another time.

Now, I am no bartender – but these recipes are a fun and creative way to drink kombucha (especially in the summer). Feel free to customize to your liking – the sky is the limit!

Benefits of Kombucha

Kombucha is a fermented beverage produced through bacteria and yeasts, and is known for numerous health benefits.

The starter for making these beverages includes micro-organisms that produce beneficial nutrients that may have anticancer and antimicrobial effects.

Therefore, not only does kombucha contain actual live bacteria but produces useful metabolites like polyphenols and flavonoids with antioxidant potential. Most notably, though, kombucha can increase the variety and amount of good bacteria in your gut, creating a more well-balanced microbiome.

Two kombucha mocktails in wine glasses with pink straws on a wooden cutting board.

Since kombucha is already high in sugar, I tried to keep these light without adding additional sweeteners. However, feel free to add some stevia or honey!

Kombucha is not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, or those with weakened immune systems.

Mocktail #1: Basil Berry Spritzer

The basil berry spritzer kombucha mocktail in a wine glass on a counter next to a bowl of raspberries.

This mocktail uses the flavor combination of basil and raspberries! Raspberries are high in fiber, which helps to feed that good bacteria from the kombucha. So, you’re getting prebiotics AND probiotics in one delicious drink.

Ingredients:

  • Basil (about 3-4 fresh basil leaves).
  • Lime Juice (1/4 of a lime).
  • Raspberries (1/4 cup, or more).
  • Kombucha, Fruit Flavored (1/2 cup).
  • Club Soda (1/2 cup).

Directions:

  1. Add the basil, raspberries, and juice of 1/4 of a lime to a glass.
  2. Muddle using a wooden spoon or muddler, breaking the berries apart.
  3. Pour the kombucha and club soda into the glass and stir. Add some ice cubes. Garnish with fresh raspberries and a lime wedge (optional).

Mocktail #2: Watermelon Mint Fizz

A watermelon and mint kombucha mocktail in a wine glass on the counter with a pink straw in it.

I named this one watermelon fizz because when I blended the watermelon, it made it a bit foamy and fizzy. However, dicing the watermelon into very small cubes and then muddling it worked much better!

Ingredients:

  • Seedless Watermelon, cubed very small (1/2 cup).
  • Lime Juice (the juice of 1/2 a lime).
  • Mint (about 4-5 leaves).
  • Kombucha (3/4 cup): Choose a red colored kombucha or unflavored. I actually used the Synergy Guava Goddess flavor.
  • Water (1/4 cup).

Directions:

  1. Add small watermelon cubes, mint, and water to a glass.
  2. Muddle using a wooden spoon or muddler, smashing down the watermelon to make it into a juice. If the watermelon is seedless, you’re good -but feel free to run it through a fine mesh strainer.
  3. Pour the kombucha on top. Garnish with fresh mint, ice cubes and watermelon cubes (optional). You can also blend the mint, watermelon, and water prior to adding the kombucha – however, this might result in a more foamy mocktail.
  4. Drink immediately.

Mocktail #3: Pineapple Lemon Mint Refresher

The pineapple adds a little sweetness and it is quite refreshing (hence, the name) along with the ginger, lemon and mint.

If you don’t want that ginger flavor, just select a lemon flavored or unflavored kombucha. You could also add some fresh ginger to this mocktail as well!

A pineapple lemon kombucha spritzer in a wine glass on a counter.

Ingredients:

  • Mint – about 3 large mint leaves.
  • Lemon Ginger Kombucha (1/2 cup): I used the lemon ginger flavor, but you could use a lemon or unflavored kombucha as well.
  • Club Soda (1/2 cup): Feel free to use more but it will decrease the sweetness. Add stevia or honey, if needed.
  • Pineapple Juice (1/4 cup).
  • Fresh Lemon Juice (about 1/4 of the lemon).

Directions:

  1. Place the mint in the bottom of a glass. Squeeze about a quarter of a lemon on top.
  2. Muddle the mint and the lemon with a wooden spoon.
  3. Pour the club soda, kombucha, and pineapple juice into the glass.
  4. Mix with a spoon. Add ice. Garnish with a lemon wedge and additional mint (optional). Enjoy!

Additional Thoughts About These Mocktails

Two kombucha mocktails in wine glasses on the counter, next to a bowl of raspberries and lemon wedge.

Since kombucha contains a lot of sugar as is, I tried to keep the sugar content lower without adding any additional sweetener. However, a little bit of honey or stevia would really sweeten up these mocktails!

Even just a 1/2 cup of kombucha per day can offer health benefits – there really isn’t a recommendation on how much to drink at this time. Most bottles are 15-16 ounces. If you are used to drinking kombucha, feel free to make 2-3 of these mocktails per day or add more to each drink that you make.

However, if kombucha is a new ingredient for you – stick to the 1/2 cup in case you have any undesirable side effects.

Like I said, I am no bartender – so feel free customize however you want! Jalapenos would be a good addition, if you like things a bit spicy (I do).

I just felt inspired to share because I don’t love drinking kombucha by itself. These, however, I would even drink in replace of any traditional mocktail! Best results if consumed immediately.

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The basil berry spritzer and lemon ginger kombucha mocktail in wine glasses on a wood cutting board garnished with a lemon on a table.

Light and Refreshing Kombucha Mocktails

Alex Evink, MS, RD
3 super simple mocktails with the power of probiotics from kombucha! They're light, refreshing and much more palatable than drinking kombucha alone. Why not drink a delicious mocktail why also getting some additional health benefits?
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 serving
Calories 156 kcal

Ingredients
  

Basil Berry Spritzer

  • 3-4 basil leaves
  • 1/4 lime (juice of 1/4 lime), or more
  • 1/4 fresh raspberries
  • 1/2 cup berry flavored Kombucha (or any fruity flavor)
  • 1/2 cup club soda

Watermelon Mint Fizz

  • 1/2 cup seedless watermelon, cubed very small
  • 1/2 lime
  • 4-5 fresh mint leaves
  • 3/4 cup kombucha (I used Synergy Guava Goddess)
  • 1/4 cup water

Pineapple Lemon Mint Refresher

  • 3 large mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup lemon ginger kombucha, or unflavored/lemon flavor
  • 1/4 lemon, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 cup club soda
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice

Instructions
 

Basil Berry Spritzer

  • Add the basil, raspberries, and juice of 1/4 of a lime to a glass.
  • Muddle using a wooden spoon or muddler, breaking the berries apart.
  • Pour the kombucha and club soda into the glass and stir. Add ice. Garnish with fresh raspberries and a lime wedge (optional).

Watermelon Mint Fizz

  • Add small watermelon cubes, mint, and water to a glass.
  • Muddle using a wooden spoon or muddler, smashing down the watermelon to make it into a juice. If the watermelon is seedless, you're good -but feel free to run it through a fine mesh strainer.
  • Pour the kombucha on top. Garnish with fresh mint, ice cubes and watermelon cubes (optional). You can also blend the mint, watermelon, and water prior to adding the kombucha – however, this might result in a more foamy mocktail.

Pineapple Lemon Mint Refresher

  • Place the mint in the bottom of a glass. Squeeze about a quarter of a lemon on top.
  • Muddle the mint and the lemon with a wooden spoon.
  • Pour the club soda, kombucha, and pineapple juice into the glass. Mix with a spoon. Add ice cubes. Garnish with a lemon wedge and additional mint (optional). Enjoy!

Notes

Since kombucha contains a lot of sugar as is, I tried to keep the sugar content lower without adding any additional sweetener. However, a little bit of honey or stevia would really sweeten up these mocktails!
Drink immediately for the most refreshing result.
Nutritional information is just an estimation, and individual ingredients and preparation may lead to slight discrepancies.
Nutritional information for the basil berry spritzer: 
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving  
Calories 156
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.8g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 55mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 33.8g 12%
Dietary Fiber 3.2g 12%
Total Sugars 9.6g  
Protein 3.5g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 186mg 14%
Iron 3mg 19%
Potassium 334mg 7%
Keyword functional beverages, healthy mocktails, improving gut microbiome

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