Blood Orange Kombucha with Sage

by Kaitlynn Fenley
a glass of blood orange and sage flavored kombucha.

Blood orange and sage is a beautiful flavor combination! It’s the perfect herbaceous, citrusy flavor combination for fizzy kombucha. This blood orange kombucha recipe is for a second fermentation flavoring and carbonation. It’s the step that follows primary kombucha fermentation in order to add bubbles and delicious flavor to your fermented drink!

Kombucha Primary Fermentation

During the kombucha primary fermentation process, microorganisms in the kombucha SCOBY metabolize the sugars in the sweet tea. They essentially break down the sugar in sweet tea into simpler sugars like sucrose and fructose. This means that after the primary fermentation the, in need of a better word, “texture” of the fermented sweet tea is smooth. I oftentimes refer to it as a “glassy” texture. It’s hard to describe the pallet feeling since I only experience this sort of beverage texture with water kefir and kombucha. 

The liquid flavor is sour, though. The microbes in kombucha produce lactic acid and acetic acid, which helps preserve the liquid. CLICK HERE for our Primary Kombucha Fermentation Recipe. Our primary fermentation recipe blog also includes SCOBY care instructions, so it’s a great read to help you get started making some kombucha at home.

a glass with a slice of blood orange on the rim being filled with kombucha.

Achieving Delicious Blood Orange Kombucha Flavor with a Secondary Fermentation

Anyhow, the second fermentation is where the flavorful, bubbly magic happens. During the first fermentation, sweet tea is metabolized and the liquid is inoculated with so many good microbes. Then, during the second fermentation, the liquid becomes carbonated. The bubbles really break up the unappealing “glassy” texture from the primary fermentation.

I am a huge fan of adding citrus to all of my drink fermentation recipe projects. It really balances out the texture and flavor. I usually go for my favorite citrus, grapefruit, to flavor my drinks. However, lately, I’ve been getting the most beautiful blood oranges at the produce market. I could honestly eat a blood orange twice a day, every day… and they’re almost too beautiful to juice. But I’m glad I did, because this blood orange kombucha was absolutely amazing.

close up of a slice of blood orange on the rim of a full glass of kombucha.

Kombucha Second Fermentation Supplies & Safety

For a quality second fermentation, I 100% recommend using a bale top bottle. This is the best way to achieve a good level of carbonation. Before purchasing a bale top bottle, verify from the seller that they are pressure safe and intended for fermentationAlso, you can recycle kombucha bottles from the grocery store for the second fermentation. Since the bottles are designed for high carbonation, they’re safe to use.

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Blood Orange Kombucha with Sage

Blood orange and sage is a beautiful flavor combination! It’s the perfect herbaceous, citrusy flavor combination for fizzy kombucha. This blood orange kombucha recipe is for a second fermentation flavoring and carbonation. It’s the step that follows primary kombucha fermentation in order to add bubbles and delicious flavor to your fermented drink!

  • Author: Kaitlynn Fenley
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 Quart 1x
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Fermentation
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 Quart Fermented Sweet Tea
  • 5 Fresh Sage Leaves
  • 1/2 Cup Fresh Squeezed Blood Orange Juice

Instructions

 
  1. Add 1 quart of fermented sweet sweet tea from your Kombucha Primary Fermentation to a pressure safe bale top bottle.
  2. Add in the sage leaves and blood orange juice.
  3. Close and secure the lid of the bottle.
  4. Allow to ferment at room temperature (70-80 degreed F) for 3-5 Days. Then refrigerate for 24 hours.
  5. Open bottle carefully over the sink. The liquid is pressurized and can spew out of the bottle.
  6. Pour over ice and enjoy!

Keywords: blood orange,kombucha,sage,drinks,probiotic

two glasses of blood orange sage kombucha with a slice of blood orange on the rim of the glass.

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Rowan M August 30, 2021 - 11:42 pm

This looks like a beautiful kombucha! We make a blood orange kombucha in our little microbrewery in Melbourne (https://monceau.com.au) and swear by the natural carbonation of the second fermentation too!

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