This green drink combines two of my favorite things: Kombucha and Champagne! With its high anti-oxidant content, Kombucha turns every glass of bubbly into a healthier drink – not just on St. Patricks Day!
You know that friend of yours who is such a light weight that she’s tipsy after half a glass of wine?
That’s me, only ten times worse. Some days, a few sips of bubbly will go straight to my head (and legs) – I kid you not! Although I am zero parts Asian (to my knowledge), we joke about the fact that I seem to be missing the enzyme that helps metabolize alcohol and gets most Asians twisted drunk. Cheap date alert!! 😉
Since my solider and I have moved to the US in 2010, we hardly ever drink anymore. We never drank much to begin with but with the luxury of being able to walk to most places and take public transportation in Germany, we definitely had more booze in our lives. A glass of wine with dinner, cocktails with friends, mimosas for Sunday brunch…
That radically changed for us in the US. We have to drive everywhere; cabs are expensive, the bible belt generally makes it hard to obtain alcohol on weekends so all in all, it’s sweet tea and water for us most days! (joking about the sweet tea – nobody drinks that stuff in our household).
While I was in Colorado this past week, my friend and I discovered a vegan joint in Denver which was outstanding. The food was fresh and well seasoned and they offered a wide variety of food items, not just soy based products.
I was most fascinated, though, by one of their drinks: kombucha and champagne. So simple, so genius – why hadn’t I thought of it?! While this restaurant used their homemade kombucha, I bought my favorite brand at the local health food store to create this Kombucha Champagne cocktail. You can use any flavor you want; I opted for the green stuff in preparation for St. Patrick’s Day.
Kombucha – the lowdown:
- Kombucha is green and/or black tea fermented by a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast.
- As a probiotic beverage, Kombucha aids digestions and can help reduce candida (harmful yeast infection).
- With a large amount of antioxidants, Kombuch can boost your immune system.
Scientific proof for the health benefits of Kombucha is lacking, however, consider this:
Kombucha has been around for more than 2000 years; while there aren’t many specific studies on Kombucha itself, we do know that many of the acids and nutrients in Kombucha (such as antioxidants and glucaric acids) are immensely beneficial to human health.
What are your thoughts on Kombucha? Do you drink it or do you avoid it?
- 1 part Kombucha
- 1 part Sparkling wine (chilled)
- 2-3 small twigs Thyme
- Combine all ingredients in glass and enjoy with friends!