I ran across a recipe for probiotic lemonade that was the usual method of using whey. We don’t have access to raw milk and sometimes I just can’t get it together enough to make yogurt. Which means we don’t have whey. So, I thought about it and decided to try some leftover kombucha tea to ferment the lemonade and guess what? It worked!
Good fermentation occurs when there is a starter.
When making kombucha, you begin with a SCOBY, or Symbiotic. The SCOBY starter creates a environment of good bacteria that feeds off of sugar, which you put into your tea for fermentation. What occurs is a probiotic drink that helps re-populate your gut with bacteria that help you digest well. Probiotic drinks are the hot weather answer to yogurt or keifer.
So, when I made the lemonade, I was curious as to whether or not the lemonade would ferment properly with 1/2 cup of kombucha tea. It is easy to make, and if your kids aren’t particularly fond of kombucha, then this is an even better choice because there is no “different” odor and it is a bit fizzy.
Recipe for Probiotic Lemonade
What you need
- 2 quarts of water
- 1/2 cup of lemon juice
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1/2 cup of kombucha (or whey)
What to do
Add about half the water to your glass container and add the sugar and lemon, stirring until the sugar it completely dissolved. Add the kombucha and and stir. Then top off the water.
Seal with a lid. I even added a fermentation lid to my jar. Place in a dark cupboard or pantry for 3 days and drink! You may find a new SCOBY forming on top, but you can either save it or discard it. Add the right ingredients to your next batch along with the SCOBY and watch it grow!
You can add a few berries for berry flavored lemonade to jazz it up a bit, or even watermelon!
This is super delicious and healthy too!