Saving $4.35 A Bottle

A few weeks ago, some absolutely lovely ladies in my life threw my very first bridal shower. Every detail was so incredibly thoughtful.

Shower tables

Tables

Beautiful tables with place settings marked with a pot of fresh basil, thyme or rosemary for guests to take home.

Blood orange cocktail

A signature blood orange cocktail.

popcorn

Crunchy popcorn studded with fresh herbs in white paper bags adorned with darling little chickens.

Lemon dessert

A lemon dessert I still can’t stop thinking about. And gifts galore. Including one I couldn’t wait to get going.

That’s right people, I’ll soon be saving $4.35 a bottle by making my own kombucha.

Kombucha

I received the Kombucha Brooklyn kit from the shower hostesses and just had to rip into it. Kombucha is a probiotic-rich beverage that gives me a great energy boost, especially in the afternoon. But buying it at the store will pump up your grocery bill to ridiculous heights in no time.

Kombucha kit

The kit is complete with everything you need to make kombucha, including the scoby. Say what?

The scoby is a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast. 

Scoby

In other words, it’s a rubbery, mushy and quite bizarre substance that reminds me of a giant, raw sea scallop. It turns regular old tea and sugar into effervescent, healthy kombucha.

The process is super simple.

Tea brewing

Boil water. Brew tea.

Sugar

Add sugar.

Cooling tea

Cool. Pour into your brewing vessel.

Scoby in tea

Add scoby and starter liquid.

Brewing kombucha

Cover with a cloth. And let it do it’s thing for 14-28 days. When it tastes as tart as you like it, transfer the kombucha to growlers, add flavorings like dried fruits if desired, and pop in the fridge.

That was about a month ago.

So…how does it taste?

That’s for next time.

Shower hostesses

But for now, thanks again for such a wonderful celebration, ladies! And for saving me $4.35 a bottle.

6 thoughts on “Saving $4.35 A Bottle

  1. The table decor and the food look great! They really like exactly what you would appreciate! I can’t quite tell how they got the end of the utensils to match the flower color. No comment on the kombucha..but maybe I’ll try a bottle.

  2. I used to make my own kombucha an it did give me energy. The odd thing was that I could drink it, but I couldn’t brew it in my house. I think it was because I’m allergic to molds. So when I tried brewing it at my house I got a scrachy throat and a runny nose every time. So I brewed it at my daughter’s house. I ended up with so many scobies that my frig looked like a lab experiment. I quit because there was talk on the TV that you could grow some bad bacteria in your brew. It kind of scared me so I quit. But it did give me energy. I may have to try it again. Good luck in your marriage. I’m so happy for you.

  3. Congrats! What a wonderful Idea to give a Kombucha kit for a gift! I hope you liked it! My brother and his whole family are like totally grossed out by Kombucha…but I am still standing strong and love to spread the word about wonderful Kombucha!

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