Sip your way to good gut health with this festive Cranberry Pomegranate Kombucha Mocktail.
Kombucha is a complex character.
It's super popular, on trend, often sporting a fun label (no matter the brand), kinda pricey, contains a weird gookie layer (known as SCOBY), is praised as a gut health miracle worker, but honestly, it can taste like vinegar.
You're dying to try it now, right?
The thing with kobumcha is you either gotta know which one to buy OR you gotta make it into a mocktail to make it tolerable (IMHO).
I know there will be some people out there who are like "But Regan, I looooooooooove ALL THE KOMBUCHA."
Okay, yeah... you keep telling yourself that. I'm over here with the folks who know kombucha is terrific for my tummy, but also know it can taste like vinegar.
Honesty is the best policy, folks.
This month, The Recipe ReDux is dedicated to feeding a healthy gut. Flu season, after all, is upon us. But truthfully, I never stop taking gut health seriously throughout the year. My little family of four was PLAGUED with nasty GI stuff in the early years of my boys being toddlers. And we're still not out of the woods. God bless the teachers of our schools who have to not only teach new math to our children each day, but also battle the yearly set of stomach bugs.
I won't lie and say my kids are drinking this cocktail... yet. But I do think it's the perfect choice to usher in the holiday sipping season for me as I try to guard against the bad bugs. Because it's made with kombucha (and not booze) it's doing double duty for your gut health. First, it provides a dose of probiotics (kombucha is actually a fermented tea with healthy bacteria much like you'd find in kefir or yogurt), but perhaps more importantly, when replacing a cocktail with a mocktail you're giving your gut a rest for the damage that alcohol can do.
Yes, you heard me right. Alcohol is probably not all that good for your gut health. I told you honesty was the best policy.
While there is some research that shows "a" glass of low-alcohol red wine may help boost levels of healthy bacteria in the gut, there is plenty of evidence that regular alcohol consumption, especially in excess of that one glass limit for women and two glass limit for men, may lead to reduced gut health. The causes vary, but are believed to include a change in the make-up of your intestinal flora and an increase in inflammation, caused by increased intestinal permeability or "leaky gut."
So while there's no reason to say goodbye to Syrah forever, a booze-free cocktail of kombucha is certainly a smarter choice to start the holiday season. Enjoy!
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Cranberry Pomegranate Kombucha Mocktail
Makes 4 servings
- 2 (16 oz.) cranberry kombucha, chilled bottles
- ¾ cup 100% pomegranate juice, chilled
- 1-inch fresh ginger, sliced, plus more for garnish
- 1 sprig rosemary, chopped, plus more for garnish
- fresh cranberries, for garnish
- In a large pitcher, muddle ginger and rosemary together, using a wooden spoon or mortar and pestle.
- Add cranberry kombucha and pomegranate juice.
- Fill 4 glasses with ice. Pour mocktail into each glass (straining if needed) and garnish with a sprig of rosemary, slice of ginger, and fresh cranberries.