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, 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!
Probiotic Lemonade Recipe
Yield 8 +
A fizzy and tangy fermented lemonade that has a boost of probiotics.
- In a gallon size glass jar, stir together sugar and 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.
- After 2-3 days, keep in refrigerator and drink 4-6 ounces per day. The flavor will continue to develop.
- Since the sugar ferments out, it is rather tart. Add a couple drops of stevia if it is too tart for you!
You can add about 1 teaspoon of molasses to the sugar before dissolving to add extra minerals and a bit more sweetness.
Blending the final product with ice cubes will make a delicious slushie (or margarita if you're using limes!).
- 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 slushie (or margarita if using limes!)
Feeling adventurous? Will you try this healthy drink? Tell me below!