Cranberry Ginger Kombucha Flavor Recipe

by Kaitlynn Fenley
a glass of cranberry ginger kombucha being filled. A sprig of rosemary sticking out of the glass.

We love creating new fun flavors of kombucha and this cranberry ginger kombucha flavor is delicious! This 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 primary fermentation process, microorganisms in the kombucha SCOBY metabolize sugar. 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 “glassy.” 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.

Kombucha Flavor Profiles

Anyhow, the second fermentation is where the magic happens. During the second fermentation, the liquid becomes carbonated. This breaks up the “glassy” texture from the primary fermentation. This is also why I LOVE to use citrus and tart flavors in all of my fermentation recipe projects. It really balances out the texture and flavor. I usually go for citrus, but for this one the zingy ginger and tart cranberries were perfect!

For the photos, we added a bit of cranberry purée to the bottom of the glass for a gorgeous cocktail look. I’m really happy with the way this cranberry ginger kombucha flavor.

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.

glass of cranberry ginger kombucha being filled to the top.
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Cranberry Ginger Kombucha Flavor Recipe

We love creating new fun flavors of kombucha and this cranberry ginger kombucha flavor is delicious! This 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: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Fermentation
  • Cuisine: Chinese
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 Quart Fermented Sweet Tea
  • 2 Tablespoons Cranberry Juice
  • 1 Teaspoon Grated Ginger

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 ginger and cranberry juice. If you would like a stronger cranberry flavor you can double the amount of cranberry juice.
  3. Close and secure the lid of the bottle. 
  4. Allow to ferment at room temperature (70-80 degreed F) for 5 Days. Then refrigerate.
  5. Open bottle carefully over the sink. The liquid is pressurized and can spew out of the bottle. 
  6. Pour over ice and enjoy! 

Notes

*For the kombucha pictures we added some cranberry purèe to the bottom of the glasses before pouring over ice. It was delicious!

Keywords: cranberry,ginger,kombucha

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2 comments

Emily March 21, 2020 - 1:57 am

I love anything to do with kombucha, so Im sure that I will love this recipe! your blog looks amazing too btw! Its so clean and tidy looking.

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Kaitlynn Fenley March 28, 2020 - 6:49 pm

Thanks!! I hope you loved the recipe!

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