Kombucha Mojito. Want a summer drink without the dehydrating alcohol? Look no further than my refreshing kombucha mojito mocktail! And an added bonus, it is gut healthy!
My kombucha mojito is:
- Alcohol free.
- Easy to make.
- Hydrating. While alcohol can be really dehydrating, my mojito mocktail contains kombucha and ice, both of which are hydrating!
- Good for your gut. Kombucha is filled with probiotics, which are necessary for good gut health!
What's in a classic mojito:
- Mint leaves.
- Raw cane sugar.
- Lime juice.
- Soda water.
What is a mocktail?
A mocktail is a "mock cocktail". It usually consists of fruit juices, flavorings, and some kind of carbonated beverage. They are made to be visually appealing and festive, so you can join in the fun without the alcohol.
A mocktail is a great option for mom's to be, nursing mothers, those of certain religious faiths, and those who are looking to take it easier on their liver.
Is a mocktail good for health?
When made in a healthy way, mocktails will give you all the health benefits of the ingredients you use! Like, antioxidant rich fruits, that are also loaded with essential vitamins and minerals, or gut healthy kombucha. Mocktails can be an excellent way to get more nutrients into your body.
When a mocktail is not healthy is when you make a classic cocktail, and just remove the alcohol. For example, making a margarita with the simple sugar, or making a mudslide with all the chocolate syrup. A couple of teaspoons of sugar is okay, in fact, I made my mojito mocktail with a bit of sugar to help grind up the mint leaves. But, keep in mind where else you are eating simple sugars during the day. If you have already had some sweets, just leave the sugar out because it will be just as good!
WATCH HOW I MADE MY NON-ALCOHOLIC MOJITO RECIPE
Kombucha mojito mocktail ingredients
Mint leaves. This year I'm growing my own mint in my garden! It is still pretty small but I'm so excited about it! Herbs are great to get in more antioxidants!
Lime juice is super high in vitamin C! Vitamin C is needed to help transport iron around the body, and it is also needed to build collagen.
Raw cane sugar is not colored, bleached, blended, or chemically refined. It is still sugar, so use it sparingly. But, it is better than standard table sugar, which is highly refined and in most cases bleached. If you are sugar free, just leave this out it still tastes great!
Kombucha is one of my most favorite gut healthy foods! It is a great source of probiotics and can be so healing for your gut. Keep in mind that it is carbonated, so if you don't do well with carbonated beverages, it is best to find an alternative like a fruit juice.
How to make my kombucha mojito mocktail:
My kombucha mojito recipe is super easy to make!
First, make sure you have a pestle (pictured below). A pestle helps immensely in grinding up the mint leaves so you can get all the mint flavor!
If you don't have a pestle, you can use a flat wooden spoon or something similar to try to mash and grind the mint leaves.
NOTE: make sure you are using a very sturdy thick glass. Once I used a cheaply made glass with very thin glass and right when I started mashing the mint leaves with my pestle, the glass broke!
In a glass, add about ¼ cup of fresh mint leaves.
¼ cup fresh mint leaves is approximately the leaves from 2 stalks, or about a hand full.
Add your mint leaves to your glass along with the juice of 2 limes and the teaspoon of sugar.
You can leave the sugar out, the drink tastes just as good without it because the kombucha is sweet! But, I like to use the sugar because it is gritty and helps to get the juice out of the mint leaves better.
Use your pestle to mash the mint leaves until they look rather soggy. This will give you the best mint flavor.
Then, add your ice to fill to the top of your glass along with your favorite kombucha. When I photographed this, I used a cranberry peach kombucha.
Other kombucha flavors to experiment with if you like extra mint flavor: mint kombucha, ginger mint kombucha, mint tea kombucha.
More frequently asked questions about my mojito mocktail.
Is kombucha good for you?
Yes! Kombucha is a fermented drink that contains live probiotics, which are great for your gut health.
What does kombucha taste like?
Kombucha has a sweet and slightly tart flavor. It is a carbonated drink because of the fermentation process. It is similar to sparkling cider.
Depending on the type of flavorings they use at the time of bottling, like fruits, herbs, and other spices, you may get different flavors. Some of my favorites are strawberry basil, pineapple, and mint lemon.
What is kombucha made out of?
Kombucha is a fermented tea. During the first fermentation, black tea, sugar, and a starter are used (live bacteria). During the second fermentation, when it is bottled and carbonation is created, many different types of flavorings are used like fruit, fruit juice, herbs, and spices.
NOTE: even though kombucha is made with sugar, it is actually a low sugar drink. This is because the bacteria eat the sugar in the tea as it ferments. The longer the kombucha ferments, the longer the bacteria have been eating the sugar, and the less sugar your tea will have.
What type of kombucha should I use in my mocktail?
Look for kombucha that has the least amount of added sugar! While sugar is normal at the time of fermenting, there should not be much left afterwards. Some manufacturers add more sugar when they bottle it. So look for ideally less than 5 grams of added sugars on the nutrition label.
Good low sugar mojito kombucha: synergy. Most of theirs are made with 0 grams of added sugars.
Other healthy mocktail recipes you might like:
If you made my kombucha mojito mocktail, or some version of it, please leave me a rating and a comment below! I love to hear from you guys!
Kombucha Mojito Mocktail
- ¼ cup fresh mint leaves about 2 stalks with the leaves removed
- 1 teaspoon raw cane sugar can leave out if you are avoiding sugar or substitute coconut sugar
- 2 limes, juiced
- Ice to fill the glass
- 1 cup kombucha use any flavor you like! For the one photographed, I used cranberry peach
- In a glass, add the ¼ cup fresh mint leaves, 1 tablespoon raw cane sugar, and the juice of 2 limes. Use your pestle to crush the mint leaves until they look very soggy.
- Add ice to fill the glass.
- Add kombucha to fill the glass. Depending on the size of your glass, this may be 1-1 ½ cups of kombucha. Use any flavor of kombucha you like to experiment with different kombucha mojitos!
Want to learn how to make your own kombucha?
I have been making my own kombucha for almost 2 years now! It is really fun to learn about the fermentation process, bottling, and flavoring. I love to use different flavor combinations, and even see what flavors create more carbonation! Some of my recent favorite things to add are different herbs like basil, rosemary, and thyme!