Water kefir is a wonderful fermented beverage that does not have much flavor on its own. But flavor it, and it is amazing!Try these ideas or create your own flavor combinations with fruit, juices, herbs, and spices.
Water Kefir Lemonade Make water kefir and remove the kefir grains. Add ¼ cup lemon juice to each quart of water kefir. Serve cold.Click here to watch a video demonstration.
Orange Zest Water Kefir Add the kefir grains and several strips of organic orange zest (not the juice) to a standard batch of sugar water. It is important to use an organic orange to avoid exposing the kefir grains to pesticides. Allow the water kefir grains to culture 24 to 48 hours. Remove and discard the orange zest. Remove the kefir grains and serve the kefir cold.
Cream Soda Water Kefir Make water kefir and remove the kefir grains. Add 2 to 3 teaspoons quality alcohol-free vanilla extract per quart of water kefir.
Blueberry-Pomegranate Water Kefir Make water kefir and remove the kefir grains. Add 1/2 cup blueberry-pomegranate juice per quart of water kefir. Serve cold. Variation: Use cherry juice or your favorite juice flavor.
Raspberry Juice Water Kefir Add kefir grains to 1 to 2 quarts of organic raspberry juice. Allow the juice to culture for 24 to 48 hours. Please note, a longer fermentation period will yield a higher alcohol content due to the amount of sugar in the juice. Please use good judgment if serving kefired juice to children.
Fruit Flavored Water Kefir Make water kefir and remove the kefir grains. Add fresh or dried fruit to the water kefir. If using fresh fruit, change the fruit out every 24 hours; dried fruit can be changed out as infrequently as once a week. Allow the fruit and kefir to sit for 1 to 7 days. Remove and discard the fruit. Avoid adding fruits to the water kefir with the grains, as some fruits may be damaging to the grains. Slices of organic lemon or organic raisins with no added oil are the only exceptions, and may be added to the initial ferment with the grains.
Grape Juice Water Kefir Add kefir grains to 1 to 2 quarts of organic grape juice. Allow the juice to culture for 24 to 48 hours. Please note: a longer fermentation period will yield a higher alcohol content due to the amount of sugar in the juice. Please use good judgment if serving kefired juice to children. Variation: Use organic apple juice.
Water Kefir “Soda” Make water kefir and remove the kefir grains. Combine four parts water kefir and one part fruit juice in a truly air-tight bottle such as a Grolsch-style flip-cap bottle or an old wine bottle with a new cork. Allow the mixture to sit for several days at room temperature before refrigerating. Adding the juice continues to feed the live yeast and bacteria in the water kefir (even though the kefir grains themselves have been removed). This process creates gas and normally some level of carbonation. Use caution when opening the bottle! Variation: Use water kefir made with fruit juice and bottle as directed above.
Coconut Water Kefir Add the kefir grains to 1 to 2 quarts coconut water. Culture for 24 to 48 hours before removing the kefir grains. Refresh the grains in a batch of sugar water after making coconut water kefir, to keep them healthy.
Herbal Infusion Water Kefir Mix one part finished water kefir (kefir grains removed) with one part herbal infusion (e.g., nettle leaf, red raspberry leaf, etc.). Herbal infusions can be made by combining a handful of fresh or dried herbs with one quart boiling water. Allow the herb and water mixture to sit for 6+ hours. Be sure the herbal infusion is completely cooled prior to mixing it with the finished water kefir.
Water Kefir Smoothie Use water kefir as the liquid base in your favorite smoothie recipe.