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Monday, January 4th, 2016

The Kombucha craze has arrived in the U.S. in a big way. The fermented tea-based beverage has rocketed in popularity, likely due to the growing trends in health & wellness and adventurous eating that our nation has recently embraced. So what is it all about? Kombucha is essentially a sweetened tea variety that has been loaded with bacteria & yeast, and set aside to ferment (typically for a period of 2 to 4 weeks). The result of this process is a complex, somewhat sour tasting concoction with a hint of effervesce, and it is believed to be packed with ailment-curing benefits. Kombucha enthusiasts claim the wonder drink has the power to increase immunity, prevent cancer, improve mental clarity and boost the body’s natural liver and digestive functions. Not only can you brew kombucha at home but you can now find a number of ready-to-drink options at your nearest health-food market or convenience store.

Kombucha has even begun to find its way behind the bar. Craft bartenders in search of the next dimension in flavor and a chance to surprise the palate of their patrons have turned to this peculiar elixir to deliver just that. Taste, texture and versatility are essential in a great cocktail mixer and kombucha demonstrates all three. It has a vibrant effect on cocktails due to its fizzy nature and shrub-like essence. It can impart a variety of flavors notes, depending on what type of tea it’s made from. Black, oolong, green or white tea kombucha will each lend a very unique flavor to mixed drinks. Look to find kombucha infused cocktails popping up more and more on restaurant and bar menus in 2016, and for now, try crafting this delicious recipe at home featuring GT’s Enlightened Synergy Organic and Raw Kombucha™ and Monin Stone Fruit Syrup .