Fermented Pomegranate Orange Adrenal Cocktail

by Kaitlynn Fenley

An adrenal cocktail is a drink containing key vitamins and minerals for optimal health. These vitamins and minerals come from fruit juices and sea salt, and are more bioavailable when fermented. This fermented pomegranate orange adrenal cocktail is ready to enjoy in just 4 days.

What is an Adrenal Cocktail?

An adrenal cocktail is a drink that includes whole food vitamin C, sodium, and potassium. Drinking an adrenal cocktail gives you a good dietary supply of essential minerals that your body needs to make essential hormones. These drinks help to to balance the sodium and potassium ratio, which feeds your cells and fights fatigue.

Adrenal Cocktail Recipe

Adrenal cocktails are usually made with orange juice, coconut water, and sea salt. Almost any citrus juice can be used though, and there are many adrenal cocktail variations, all rich with sodium, potassium, and vitamin C. If coconut water is added, this drink can also supply essential magnesium, which helps with all vital body processes.

Adrenal Cocktail Benefits

Drinking an adrenal cocktail once a day helps to support adrenal gland health, hormone balance, and mineral balance. To feel the benefits, you should drink the cocktail around 10am and/or 3pm. It’s fine to drink twice a day, and these are the times of day when most people run low on adrenal gland hormones. You should feel more rejuvenated and less fatigued after drinking one. These drinks are not intended to be a meal replacement and you should still eat three regular meals and two snacks.

Ice cubes float in fizzy, carbonated pomegranate and orange juice, poured in a stemless wine glass with a slice of orange, a sprig of thyme, and red pomegranate seeds.

Fermented Adrenal Cocktails

This pomegranate orange adrenal cocktail is fermented using water kefir grains, which means all the beneficial minerals are more bioavailable. It also means you get a healthy dose of beneficial probiotics, like Lactobacillus spp., in an enjoyably fizzy drink. You can read more about water kefir in this blog post, and you can read more about water kefir grains here.

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fizzy, carbonated pomegranate and orange juice mix in a stemless wine glass with a slice of orange, and a sprig of thyme.

Health benefits of Orange Juice

Orange juice is a main component of this recipe, it lends delicious citrus flavor to the recipe but it also provides some great health benefits. Orange juice is loaded with whole food vitamin C, folate, and potassium. Regular consumption is associated with many health benefits, including reduced inflammation, reduced risk of heart disease, and a stronger immune system.

Health Benefits of Pomegranate Juice

Pomegranate juice is a fantastic source of antioxidants and is also a great source of vitamin C and potassium. The antioxidants in pomegranate juice can help with blood flow, inflammation, skin health, and muscle recovery.

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An adrenal cocktail is a drink containing key vitamins and minerals for optimal health. These vitamins and minerals come from fruit juices and sea salt, and are more bioavailable when fermented. This fermented pomegranate orange adrenal cocktail is ready to enjoy in just 4 days.

  • Author: Kaitlynn Fenley
  • Prep Time: 30 Minutes
  • Fermentation Time: 48 hours
  • Total Time: 48 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Fermentation

Ingredients

Primary Fermentation Ingredients

Secondary Fermentation Ingredients

  • 50 ml orange juice
  • 50 ml pomegranate juice
  • 50 ml coconut water
  • 1 pinch grated ginger

Instructions

Primary Fermentation Instructions

  1. Prepare sugar-water mixture in a quart-sized mason jar. Add the sugar, molasses, salt and water to the mason jar and top with boiling water.
  2. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  3. Allow the sugar-water mixture to cool to room temperature. 
  4. Add the activated water kefir grains.
  5. Cover jar with a cloth lid and secure with twine or a rubber band.
  6. Allow kefir grains to ferment the sugar water mixture for 24-48 hours. Taste and smell the mixture to see when it is pleasantly tart and sour.
  7. Strain the grains from the cultured water mixture, and reserve the liquid for secondary fermentation.
  8. Make a new batch of the sugar water mixture, and add it to the water kefir grains to start fermenting your next batch.

Second Fermentation Instructions

  1. Fill a 1-liter swing top bottle about 1/2 full with the liquid from primary fermentation. Add the pomegranate juice, orange juice, coconut water and ginger to the bottle. Top off the bottle with primary fermentation liquid, so that there is about an inch or two of headspace left in the bottle.
  2. Secure the bottle lid and allow it to ferment for 24 hours, then carefully open the lid to see if it is carbonated to your liking.
  3. After 24-48 hours, refrigerate immediately. 48 hours will be more bubbly.
  4. Enjoy over ice and garnish with thyme and fresh  pomegranate seeds.

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Kaitlynn Fenley Author, Educator, Food Microbiologist
Kaitlynn is a food microbiologist and fermentation expert teaching people how to ferment foods and drinks at home.

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3 comments

Ashley January 24, 2023 - 9:05 am

IS it ok to use fresh squeezed juices? (Orange and pom)

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Kaitlynn Fenley January 24, 2023 - 10:18 am

You can, but it may get extra bubbly from any pulp in the juice, so be careful opening it. It’s best to heat the fresh juice up to a simmer then cool it before using it.

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pete August 23, 2023 - 5:44 am

I didn’t even try it yet but I am really stoked to have just found your site and all these amazing recipes. Thanks for providing actual information (science) and not just superficial basics. Amazing






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