A few weeks ago, some absolutely lovely ladies in my life threw my very first bridal shower. Every detail was so incredibly thoughtful.
Beautiful tables with place settings marked with a pot of fresh basil, thyme or rosemary for guests to take home.
A signature blood orange cocktail.
Crunchy popcorn studded with fresh herbs in white paper bags adorned with darling little chickens.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Boil water. Brew tea.
Cool. Pour into your brewing vessel.
Add scoby and starter liquid.
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.
But for now, thanks again for such a wonderful celebration, ladies! And for saving me $4.35 a bottle.