- 1½ teaspoons of vanilla extract
- 3-4 whole cherries
When it comes to soda’s cherry flavored still ranks high; cherry colas and cherry vanilla. While cherry and vanilla go great together, any type of soda is unhealthy and can cause a number of health issues. If you love the great taste of cherry vanilla soda’s you can switch that flavor over to kombucha to create a light tasting kombucha with the two great flavors in one.
Fresh cherries are easy to get during the summer when they are growing abundantly on the trees. If you want to make this delicious taste in the winter, you may need to use frozen cherries instead. The fresher the cherries, the better the taste. Cherries are not only great tasting, they are also packed full of vitamins and nutrients your body may be needing; antioxidant protection, reduce inflammation, decrease the risk of strokes, reduce arthritis pain, reduce belly fat, and more. In fact there are a number of reasons why you should consume cherries on a regular basis.
When buying vanilla, you may want to use vanilla extra or you can use the actual vanilla bean. The bean is more expensive but it is bursting with vanilla taste. Like cherries, vanilla offers antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It can also lower your cholesterol too. For this recipe, its easier to use the vanilla extract
Kombucha also has it’s list of benefits including antioxidant properties as well as aiding any digestive issues. When you put these three things together, the cherry, vanilla, and kombucha, you get a healthy drink that taste great.
Equipment you will need to make Cherry Vanilla Flavored Kombucha
- Measuring Spoons/ cups
- 6 – 8 ounce bottles that have been washed and rinsed out
Brew a batch of basic kombucha
Prepare the cherries
Place the cherries in a strainer and run under water for approximately one minute. This will wash off all the germs on the cherries and any other grit and dirt that may be on the cherries as well. Place the wet cherries on a towel and pat dry. Cut the cherries in half and remove the pits. Place two or three halves in each of the six bottles you washed up.
Measure the Vanilla
Since you are using vanilla extract for this recipe, simply measure out 1/4 teaspoon and pour into each bottle. You can add more or less depending on your preference for vanilla.
Start Second Fermentation
Refrigerate and enjoy
Using fresh cherries will cause the second fermentation process, the carbonation, to speed up. You will want to burp your bottles one time each day for the three days that you are leaving it alone in a dark place. This will avoid any explosions that may happen.