Last year at the Convivium table event that had I attended, I was introduced to an intriguing beverage I had never heard of. Theonista Kombucha was something I’ve never tasted before, a combination of so many flavours sweet, sour, and fizzy.
Kombucha is a beverage made by fermenting tea and sugar with a specific culture called a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast). It has a unique sweet, tart tangy taste with a light fizz. There are so many health benefits of kombucha including enhanced digestion, immunity and increased energy. Best of all each batch made, tastes different in a way.
As a recent ‘booch’ fan, I just can’t get enough, and plan on making my very own batch at home with the Scoby kits that Theonista sells online. Until then I will enjoy my store bought booch with a twist of course.
I’m a little obsessed with ginger at the moment and thought I would make a simple syrup infused with slices of ginger and star anise. The booch with all the added flavours really tastes like summer! It’s so fresh and crisp. You can of course omit the syrup or use a natural sweetener as a substitute and just serve it with all the other flavour enhancers.
-500ml bottle of Kombucha
-one knob of ginger thinly sliced(reserve a little of the slices for the jug)
-50g castor sugar
-1 star anise
-cucumber slices to add to jug
-6 strawberries to add to jug
-a few mint leaves to garnish
-a few slices of lemon to add to the jug
-A few ice blocks to cool down drink
In a small saucepan on a medium heat, place the sugar, water, most of the sliced ginger and the star anise. Once the mixture starts to boil, reduce the heat. Using a spoon, dip the spoon into the syrup, if the mixture coats the spoon, it’s ready to take off the heat. (Mine was on for about 5-10 minutes)
Using a carafe/jug drop the ice in with the mint, the ginger that was set aside, strawberries lemon slices and the ginger and star anise syrup. Muddle with a back of a wooden spoon and pour in the Kombucha, stir to mix and serve cold.
Some of the information supplied by Theonista’s website.
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