Orange-Vanilla Water Kefir

The combination of orange and vanilla is a match made in heaven. There’s the old-time push-up pop with layers of orange sherbet and vanilla ice cream, and then there’s the creamy orange drink that can be made healthy with cultured dairy and natural sweeteners.

For a bubbly orange-vanilla soda-like drink, try this orange cream water kefir. It might remind you of youthful summer days with an orange-cream ice pop in hand.



  • 3-1/2 cups water kefir
  • Juice of two small oranges, or one large juicy orange
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Remove the water kefir grains from your first culturing of water kefir and pour into a quart-size vessel. Juice the two small oranges into the water kefir, using a sieve to remove the seeds.
  2. Add the vanilla.
  3. Move the mixture to a quart-size airtight bottle or two pint-size bottles.
  4. Swirl the bottles to distribute the juice throughout the water kefir. Leave tightly capped at room temperature for 2 to 5 days, or until level of desired carbonation and sweetness is achieved (the second fermentation will become less sweet as the days go on).

Store in the refrigerator. Open carefully in case of extreme carbonation and serve chilled. 






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