Top Pick Of The Week

August 22, 2006
Updated August 2008

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Glass of Kombucha
Kombucha Wonder Drink gets our vote for the most
wondrous discovery of the year—although it’s been a West Coast cult favorite since 2001 (and the Chinese have been drinking kombucha since 221 B.C.E.). Shown above, Himalayan Blend with a twist of orange.
WHAT IT IS: Brewed, sweetened and fermented tea, drunk cold.
WHY IT’S DIFFERENT: Kombucha Wonder Drink has created a line of flavors infusing different teas—green, oolong and rooibos—with different fruit flavors, turning the traditional sweet-and-tart drink into a carnival of complex, adult tastes.
WHY WE LOVE IT: The matching of teas to fruits is inspired; the layers of flavors burst onto the palate in elaborate and unexpected ways. Kombucha Wonder Drink is not tea in any recognizable form, it’s not cider, it’s not a soft drink and it’s much more than plain kombucha. It’s an experience unto itself.
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Kombucha Wonder Drink: Elixir Of Life?

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How To Make Kombucha

If you have time and space, you can buy the starter culture and brew kombucha at home. Here’s the recipe (and why you might prefer to buy Kombucha Wonder Drink instead):

  • Boil 12 cups of water, add one cup of white sugar and let the mixture boil for about five minutes. Remove from the heat and add five tea bags.

  • Traditionally kombucha was made with black tea, but many people prefer green tea because of the higher levels of antioxidants; and green tea tends to stimulate the fermentation process and yield a finished batch of kombucha quicker than black tea. Herbal blends are not recommended: the oil content of many varieties prohibits the growth of the yeast and bacteria cultures.

  • Transfer the tea to a large glass jar (a gallon-size pickle jar works well) and cover until it has cooled to room temperature. Place the kombucha culture along with a small amount of kombucha from a previous batch onto the surface of the tea; cover with a cloth or towel and leave to ferment for 7 to 10 days. It’s a delicate process, depending on the temperature: left to ferment for too long, the malic and lactic acids of the brew can increase to unhealthy levels, causing digestive upset. Stringent sanitation is needed to keep foreign airborne yeast, bacteria and dust from contaminating the batch.

  • During fermentation, most of the sugar and the caffeine in the tea is devoured by the yeast and bacteria cultures. The final kombucha tea is lightly carbonated with a tangy, apple cider flavor and a slightly acidic quality. 

  • Home-brewed kombucha will keep for one month, refrigerated. Kombucha Wonder Drink has been pasteurized, and has a shelf life of one year.

Closing Thoughts

It has antioxidants. It energizes without a lot of caffeine. People who consume it regularly report a sense of well-being. It sounds like chocolate, but instead of the restorative drink of the ancient Maya, it’s the restorative drink of the ancient Chinese. If your taste buds crave the new and different, you don’t have to trek up the Himalayas: you can sally forth to your nearest specialty food store, Whole Foods Market or even purchase Kombucha Wonder Drink online. Let us know if you become one of the kombucha converts, as we are.

—Karen Hochman

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Kombucha Wonder Drink
A toast “to your health” is more meaningful with a glass of Kombucha Wonder Drink.

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