I’m a big fan of Water Kefir and Kombucha for their probiotics and beneficial enzymes. They do require specific cultures though (available here) so if you don’t happen to have a SCOBY sitting around your kitchen, you are pretty much out of luck.
Luckily, as there is an easy lacto-fermented drink that you can make with basic ingredients from your grocery store, and your kids will probably even drink it!
I made probiotic lemonade recently and it was wonderful! It is very easy to make and is ready in just a couple of days. If you don’t have the water kefir grains or kombucha starter to try those drinks… make a batch of this to try today!
- Juice of 10 lemons or limes
- ¾ cup sugar or sucanat
- 1 cup of whey
- 2.5 to 3 quarts of filtered water
- gallon size jar
- Pour the sugar into the gallon size glass jar and add just enough hot water to dissolve the sugar.
- Add lemon juice and fill the jar about ¾ full with filtered water.
- Make sure the liquid is at room temp and add the whey.
- Cover tightly and let sit on the counter for 2-3 days. The longer it sits, the less sugar in the final product.
- After 2-3 days, keep in fridge and drink 4-6 ounces per day. The flavor will continue to develop in the fridge.
- Since the sugar ferments out, it is rather tart. Add a couple drops of stevia if it is too tart for you!
- Lemons or limes can be used, or a mixture
- You can add about 1 tsp of molasses to the sugar before dissolving to add extra minerals and make a slightly sweeter taste
- Blending this with ice cubes make a delicious smoothie (or margarita if using limes!)