20 Ways to Flavor Your Kombucha

It’s been Kombucha week all up on Naturally Loriel lately.

First, we walked through a really easy tutorial on how to make kombucha at home. Then we infused it with elderberries and lavender to create an immune boosting elixir that makes the perfect concoction to be consuming at this time of the year.

And finally, we’re ending this Kombucha party with a roundup of some of the most delicious kombucha recipes around the crunchy web-sphere.

The second ferment or flavoring kombucha happens when you take already brewed kombucha and infuse it with fruits, herbs, or flowers. The fruit can be in chunk form, puree, or as a juice. You let the fruit and the brewed kombucha ferment for a few days, and the result is a fizzy, probiotic-rich drink that has taken on the taste of whatever you’ve chosen to put in the bottle. The amount of sugar (fruit chunks, puree, and/or juice) plays a huge role in how fizzy your second ferment will be. More fruit, more fizz. Less fruit, less fizz. Having quality flip top bottles also helps in the fizzy-ness factor.

Flavoring your own homemade kombucha can take a little bit of trial and error to find that perfect taste but, it’s always fun when you hit the golden flavor that makes you gobble it up in one sitting.

When we’re not flavoring our kombucha with elderberries in the Adams’ household, we love simple concoctions like guava and strawberry, simple “lemonade” kombucha, and berries with lemon.

Below in the printable recipe card, you’ll find a few of my personal favorite recipes and then scroll below to find 15 other ways to flavor your kombucha from some of my favorite crunchy bloggers.

20 Ways to Flavor Your Kombucha
Serves: All of these recipes fill up one 32oz bottle
Guava-Berry Kombucha
  • ½ cup guava juice
  • 3 strawberries, cut into small pieces (organic, if possible)
Guava Kombucha
  • ½ cup guava juice
Blackberry-Lime Kombucha
  • 4 blackberries, cut into small pieces
  • 1 inch lime (with rind), cut into pieces
Lemonade Kombucha
  • 2 inches lemon (with rind), cut into small pieces
Berry-full Kombucha
  • 2 strawberries, cut into small pieces (organic, if possible)
  • 4 blueberries, smashed (organic, if possible)
  • 1 inch lemon (with rind), cut into small pieces
  1. Place your desired ingredients into your flip top bottle
  2. Pour the first ferment of kombucha; leaving about an inch from the top
  3. Leave on your counter for 3-7 days; burp once or twice throughout the day to release excess carbonation
  4. Store in the refrigerator


 Elderberry Kombucha
Spiced Apple Kombucha
Homemade Berry Lemonade Kombucha
Cherry Vanilla Kombucha
Strawberry Hibiscus Kombucha
Apple Pie Kombucha
Sarsaparilla Kombucha and Root Beer Kombucha
Apple Clove Kombucha
Ginger Kombucha Cocktails
Homemade Lavender Kombucha
Strawberry Basil Kombucha
Cream Soda Kombucha
Homemade Ginger Peach Soda
Kombucha Lemonade
Lavender Kombucha

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'20 Ways to Flavor Your Kombucha' has 21 comments

  1. October 3, 2014 @ 9:47 am Julia

    Thanks so much for sharing my Lavender Kombucha recipe! Bottoms up! 😀


    • October 3, 2014 @ 10:34 am Loriel

      You’re welcome Julia! So glad your lavender kombucha could be a part of it. 🙂


    • December 17, 2015 @ 2:17 pm Kim

      Can’t wait to give some of these recipes a try. Way to go keeping it real. Mamma’s saving the world. It’s a bit nutty, but fun to heh? Have a great day. Kim at http://www.unbusyonpurpose.com


  2. October 9, 2014 @ 10:17 pm Anna @Green Talk

    Thanks for the great list. I have been trying to like kombucha but I find that it tastes like wine which I don’t like. How can I make it less wine tasting?


    • October 10, 2014 @ 6:33 am Loriel

      Hey Anna. How long do you let it ferment for the first round?


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  4. March 8, 2015 @ 9:38 am Hope

    How would you go about flavoring your entire gallon (or 2) batch of booch? I am new to this an so excited to make some of the flavors you have so kindly shared! Thank you! Hope


    • March 8, 2015 @ 9:49 am Loriel

      Hi Hope! I’m not sure how you could do a whole gallon at one time. You would have to find a sealable container big enough to hold all of your kombucha at one time and put your flavors in there. I hope that helps!


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  6. April 28, 2015 @ 3:54 pm stephanie

    How on earth do you get the fruit chunks out of the flip top bottle?


    • April 29, 2015 @ 7:41 pm Loriel

      LOL! I only laugh because I’ve been there before. Just make sure you cut the chunks up small so they slide out of the top.


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  8. February 25, 2016 @ 11:34 am Darcy

    I have gotten to the 2nd phase of the Kombucha. (Momma and baby are doing fine) I would like to add my fruit. But I only have frozen organic fruit. Do I thaw the fruit first? Or can I chop it up and put them in the jar? Looking forward to all the yummy fruit flavors. Thank you


    • February 25, 2016 @ 11:44 am Loriel

      I think you could probably do it either way and be fine. I think you’ll get a better fizz by thawing first because that will release the natural sugars, which ultimately results in a nice fizzy second ferment.


  9. March 15, 2016 @ 10:42 am Susan

    I’m hooked on Diet Dr Pepper. I’d like to kick the habit. I like the taste of kombucha that’s not too vinegary tasting. What can I flavor my 2nd ferment with that will be close to that Diet Dr Pepper I love?


    • October 12, 2016 @ 5:57 am Pauline

      To make Dr Pepper KT chop up a prune into small pieces and add a split vanilla bean (or vanilla extract) to your second ferment.


      • February 1, 2017 @ 2:17 pm michele

        omg…gonna try this…do you the ingredients for cream soda…cherry/vanilla?


  10. March 31, 2016 @ 9:00 am Bea

    I had success with flavoring my second ferment with jelly! I had some black raspberry jelly in the fridge and I put about 3 generous tablespoons into my 16 ounce batch and let it sit for 4 days. Very nice flavor and color.


    • March 31, 2016 @ 9:44 am Loriel

      Oh yum! That sounds great. Thanks for sharing!


  11. October 1, 2016 @ 3:52 pm Sue Jorgenson

    My sister-in-law got me hooked on Kombucha and taught me how to make my own😊😊. My question is this: Can I put apple juice in Kombucha to ferment it?


  12. November 30, 2016 @ 12:49 pm Heather Zanasca

    Hi! I love your blog. Do I need to keep the scoby in for the second ferment?


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