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by Paula Butler

Boozin' with Booch!

In recent years, it's been promoted by the health-conscious as an elixir of sorts, a drink that may or may not help you fight off that summer cold, fatigue, or just simply bad Juju. This fermented tea beverage may even help maintain a healthy digestive tract and liver. But did you know that it also tastes great with booze?

There's nothing complicated about boozin’ with booch, but there are a few things you should keep in mind:

  • Use the best quality booch you can find and of course, it’s always better when you make it yourself so check out our Homemade Kombucha Kit here and make booch for pennies a gallon at home.
  • Add the kombucha last. You want to preserve the carbonation, like you would seltzer.
  • The milder (higher PH) the flavor of the booch the more you can do with it. Distinct flavor limits the possibilities so those batches you put off processing for 10 days are wonderful for smoothies and heavy fruit flavoring but won’t be spectacular in your cocktail.
  • Kombucha has so many characteristics that translate well to cocktails: acid (since it’s pretty tart), a touch of sugar, a little or a lot of fizz (depending on your batch), and that mild hint of fermented funk. Just add booze and you’ve got some perfect, tasty healthy Boochtails!

So why not “Detox while you Re-tox”… Here are a few of our favorite Cocktails aka Boochtails…

Sanboocha, a wonderfully fizzy, fresh and flavorful Sangria!

  • 2 apples, sliced
  • 2 blood oranges or Navel, sliced
  • 1 cup frozen berries (I use Wyman’s of Maine)
  • 1 handful fresh mint
  • 1 (750 mL) bottle pinot grigio (I love Bella Sera for Sangria)
  • 2 (15-ounce) bottles kombucha, citrus or berry flavor but plain works as well
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed blood orange juice or Navel if Blood oranges are out of season.
  • 1/3 cup brandy

Add the fruit and mint into the bottom of the pitcher. Pout the wine, kombucha, orange juice and brandy over top. Serve over ice with the fruit in the glass!  Need a bit more fizz, add some sparkling water or club soda.


Moscow Booch, our take on the mule and no muddling required!

Fizzy, strongly-flavored beverage, kombucha, and swapping it in for another, the ginger beer for a healthy and wonderfully tasting cocktail.

In a cocktail shaker with ice, combine

  • 1 ounce of vodka
  • 2 ounces of Booch
  • 1/2 an ounce of lime juice
  • 1/2 an ounce of simple syrup

Mix all together, shake until well-chilled, then strain into a tall glass with fresh ice. Top with 1 ounce of club soda, stir briefly, and garnish with a fresh thin slice of ginger.


Campari Boochy Spritz, the perfect Italian porch drink!

Light, slightly fizzy kombucha can stand up to some powerful flavors, like the one-two bitter punch of Campari and gin. The booch evens out the alcohol and adds a bright, fizzy character. Super easy to drink.

  • 1 ounce of Gin
  • 1 ounce of Campari
  • 3 ounces of Booch
  • 2 ounces of club soda or sparkling water
  • Garnish with orange slices.

In a tall glass (highball) combine the Gin, Campari and booch. Give a quick stir and add the club soda or Sparkling water. Garnish with orange slices.


Boochy Strawberry Mojito, the perfect summertime cocktail!

  • 1 cup Ripe fresh strawberries
  • 6 Fresh mint leaves
  • 1 Tbsp. Fresh lime juice
  • 4 oz. Vodka (I prefer Ketel one but any good quality Vodka will work and sometimes I use Light Rum)
  • 16 oz. Booch
  • Sparkling water or Club Soda
  • 1 cup ice
  • Strawberries, lime wedges and mint leaves for garnish

In a small bowl muddle the strawberries (hold back a couple for garnishing), 4 mint leaves and lime juice with a until strawberries form a puree. Divide the puree among two large cocktail glasses (Mason Jars work well for this drink) and add in 8 oz.of Booch, 2 oz. of vodka per glass, and a splash of sparkling water. Fill the rest with ice.   Tip:  This is a great make ahead drink for flavor enhancement and just add in the sparkling water before serving.


Paula Butler


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