- 3 ½ Quarts of water
- 1 cup of sugarwhite and refined
- 2 Cups of starter tea
- 1 SCOBY
- 6 tea bagsgreen tea or black tea can be used. You can also use 2 tablespoons of loose tea if you prefer. Don't use teas that contain oils in them.
- ¼ - ½ medium sized applediced or 3 – 4 Tablespoons of apple juice
- ½ teaspoons of cinnamon, groundground
- 2 cups of Kombucha from the basic recipe
Kombucha is a wonderful drink all on it’s own but if you want to add flavor to it, then try apple cinnamon. This flavoring recipe will taste a lot like apple cider with a hint more of sweetness. So if you can’t seem to make it to the orchard in the fall to buy you a jug of fresh apple cider, just add this recipe to your basic kombucha recipe and enjoy.
You already know that apples are good for you but have you heard lately about all the benefits you get from cinnamon? For example, cinnamon can help to lower those bad cholesterol levels and it possesses antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties. Make sure that you are using organic cinnamon whenever it’s possible.
Use fresh apples whenever possible but if you just have apple juice on hand, that will work too.
Basic Kombucha Recipe
There are two fermentation steps to this recipe, the first is the basic kombucha recipe and the second is when you add the flavoring or the carbonation process if no flavoring is added.
For the first fermentation
You will need to gather up your equipment, provide yourself with a clean workspace and get ready to make your Kombucha. Boil the water, add the tea bags, let it brew and then stir in the sugar well before transferring it over to the glass jar and adding your Soby and two cups of Kombucha from a previous brew. Then it will be sealed with a paper towel or a couple of coffee filters over the lid and secured with a rubber band. It’s important that you place the kombucha in a dark place with no direct sunlight.
- 1 stock pot
- 1 gallon sized glass jar
- Coffee filters or paper towel
- Rubber band
- 6 plastic soda bottles that have been rinsed out and sterilized
Clean your work area
10 minutes to 1 hour
Boil the Water
Put it all together
Now that the tea has brewed and the water is cooled down to room temperature, you are ready to add the sugar. Remove the tea bags and stir in the sugar, stirring until it is completely dissolved.
Start Fermentation Process
This fermentation process takes about seven days to complete. On the seventh day, take a taste of your kombucha. You should taste an equal balance of both sweet and tart when it is complete.
Adding the Apple Cinnamon Flavoring: Prepare the Ingredients
Pour the Kombucha into Bottles
Remove the paper towels or coffee filters from the kombucha. Pour the kombucha into the empty and cleaned soda bottles using a funnel. Leave about ½ inch from the top of the bottle.
Add the flavoring
Now that the flavoring is prepared, place a little bit into each bottle and then close the lid.
Start the second fermentation process
Place the bottles in a dark place for about three days. This will be the second fermentation process. You will know when this fermentation process is complete when the bottles are rock solid if you try to squeeze them on the sides.