I’m a big fan of Water Kefir and Kombucha for their probiotics and beneficial enzymes. They do require specific cultures though (I use these water kefir grains and this kombucha scoby) 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!
Yield 8 +
A fizzy and tangy fermented lemonade that has a boost of probiotics.
- Juice of 10 lemons or limes
- 3/4 cup sugar or sucanat
- 1 cup of whey (here's how to make it)
- 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 3/4 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!)
Feeling adventurous? Will you try this healthy drink? Tell me below!