A local Bay Area Kombucha that tastes good and looks good (aka no SCOBY floaties) landed on my doorstep, and I haven't been able to stop raving about it. Allow me to introduce you to Clearly Kombucha:
Kombucha, an ancient drink with Asian roots, is a naturally carbonated tea which is fermented with a SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast). The fizzy drink is filled with beneficial bacteria and probiotics as well as antioxidants that aid digestion and detoxify.
What makes Clearly Kombucha different from other brands? For starters, their Kombucha is Non-GMO, Vegan, Organic, Gluten-free, Kosher and Fair Trade Certified. Clearly Kombucha is a low-cal, low-sugar version that is brewed from Organic, Fair Trade, whole-leaf green tea and then fermented with a SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast) for 30 days to ensure a smooth taste. What I love about Clearly Kombucha versus other brands: no SCOBY floating around. That's a huge bonus in the appearance and texture of the Kombucha.
I sampled three flavors, all of which I preferred over other Kombuchas I've tried based on the fact that these had a much less acidic taste, and the flavors tasted natural.
- Strawberry Hibiscus: Naturally sweet and fresh. Bright and flowery. My favorite flavor! Easy to mix into smoothies and cocktails.
- Asian Pear: Clean, unsweetened, simple, crisp. This flavor has a stronger hint of the apple cider vinegar-like taste associated with Kombuchas, but it is still very drinkable. Easy to mix into smoothies, cocktails, dressings.
- Raspberry Ginger: Power punch of ginger. Nice bite. Very flavorful. A stronger flavor profile for those with a sophisticated love of ginger.
After sampling the flavors, I chose my favorites and came up with two great Clearly Kombucha cocktail recipes. The first, the JinTiki Mai Tai is a stronger, less sweet cocktail. The second, the Strawberry Lemon Kiss Martini, is a strong but sweet cocktail.
JinTiki Mai Tai
1 oz light rum
1 oz dark rum
1 oz dark rum (oh yes, another ounce!)
2 oz pineapple juice
3 oz Clearly Kombucha Asian Pear
Pineapple wedge and umbrella to garnish
Fill your favorite tall 8 oz glass with ice:
Pour in 1 oz of light rum
Pour in 1 oz of dark rum
Pour in 2 oz pineapple juice
Pour in 3 oz Clearly Kombucha Asian Pear
Top with 1 oz dark rum floated
Garnish with pineapple wedge and umbrella. Drink with a straw and a smile.
This drink is very strong, very tropical and very fun. (Like me!) I wanted to keep the cocktail clean and free of simple syrups and Mai Tai mixes, so it is not as super sweet as the traditional Mai Tai. If you'd like to make the cocktail sweeter, just add more pineapple juice before adding the final ounce of dark rum. When it tastes sweet enough for you, stir it and float the last shot of dark rum on top. Enjoy!
Strawberry Lemon Kiss Martini
2 oz vodka
2 oz Strawberry Hibiscus Kombucha
1/2 small lemon (save peel for garnish)
2 small strawberries (1 is for garnish)
.5 oz Cranberry Juice
pinch of organic sugar in the raw + more to rim martini glass
In a martini shaker:
Drop in 1 small diced strawberry, juice of 1/2 lemon and a pinch of sugar. Muddle together.
Pour in 2 oz vodka
Pour in .5 oz cranberry juice
Pour in 2 oz Clearly Kombucha Strawberry Hibiscus
Strain into chilled, sugar rimmed martini glass
Garnish glass with the 2nd strawberry and small, thin slices of lemon peel. Sip, smack your lips and kiss someone.
This cocktail is delightfully sweet and addictive. (Also like me!) But seriously, be warned: because it's so sweet, cool and refreshing, it goes down quite easily and you don't realize how strong it is! The strawberry lemonade taste that lingers on your lips is enticing - perfect to share with someone via a kiss.
It's your turn to try Clearly Kombucha! I'm hosting a giveaway of 3 bottles to one lucky reader. Enter the giveaway via Rafflecopter below. Let me know which cocktail looks yummy to you: the Mai Tai, the Martini or both.
Disclosure: I was provided with Clearly Kombucha product samples to test and honestly review without compensation. Opinions and recipes are my own. Giveaway product is being generously provided by Clearly Kombucha to one winner, and will ship from their distribution center directly to the winner.