Looking for fresh inspiration to flavor your home brewed kombucha? Here are our top 30 best kombucha flavors (including our formula to perfect kombucha, every time!)
Brewing kombucha can be so satisfying. Like when you watch your new SCOBY baby grow. Or taste your first fermentation and it’s just perfect. Or when you finally manage to get a good amount of carbonation in your bottles.
But nothing is more satisfying than we you crack open a bottle for that first taste and instantly fall in love with the flavor. So let’s talk kombucha flavoring!
Why flavor kombucha?
Without any added flavors, plain kombucha from the first fermentation tastes tart and slightly sweet, like a sour sparkling apple cider or ginger ale.
While kombucha can be enjoyed at this stage, we always take it through a second fermentation to add flavor and carbonation.
How to flavor kombucha
There are three aspects that influence the flavor of your kombucha:
- Tea: While black tea is most common, you can use a variety! These are our tea recommendations.
- Fermentation Length: The longer kombucha ferments, the more sour and vinegar tasting it will become.
- Added Flavors: After the first fermentation is complete, separate the kombucha from the SCOBY and flavor!
Today we’re focusing on the final step, adding flavors. The concept is simple: add fruit or flavorings and seal shut in an airtight bottle. The bacteria and yeast in the kombucha eat the sugars in the fruit while at the same time producing carbonation. The result is a fizzy home brewed kombucha, flavored just the way you want it!
Here’s our general formula for flavoring kombucha. For every 8 cups (half gallon), use either:
- 1 cup finely chopped or pureed fruit, or
- ½ cup fruit or vegetable juice, or
- 2 tablespoons honey (or sugar, maple, agave)
It’s important to keep track of what flavors you use inside your bottles so that you’ll know how to recreate or tweak your recipes for the next batch! Be sure to snag our printable kombucha log books in the Comprehensive Guide to Kickass Kombucha.
Best kombucha flavor recipes
Blackberry Vanilla Kombucha
This Blackberry Vanilla Kombucha is like pie in kombucha form, with juicy berries and flavorful vanilla!
Orange Creamsicle Kombucha
With sweet orange juice and fragrant vanilla, this Orange Creamsicle Kombucha is a treat! Try it on your next batch of home brewed kombucha.
Zingy Raspberry Kombucha
This Zingy Raspberry Kombucha is inspired by the widely popular Trilogy™ Kombucha, with refreshing flavors of raspberry, lemon, and ginger!
Vanilla Peach Kombucha
This Vanilla Peach Kombucha recipe has juicy peaches, maple syrup, and a hint of vanilla (in other words, you're going to love it!)
Green Goddess Kombucha
Packed with moringa oleifera, spinach, and kiwi, this Green Goddess Kombucha is packed with nutrients and probiotics to fuel your day!
Spicy Ginger Kombucha
This Spicy Ginger Kombucha recipe takes classic ginger kombucha and gives it a spicy kick!
Spiced Apple Kombucha
With cozy cinnamon and crispy apples, this Spiced Apple Kombucha is the homemade kombucha flavor you need this fall.
Lemon Ginger Kombucha
This Lemon Ginger Kombucha recipe is a classic citrusy flavor, perfect for your homemade kombucha!
Rosemary Grape Kombucha
This Rosemary Grape Kombucha is delightfully sweet and a touch herby. A fun new flavor to try out on your homemade kombucha.
Chia Seed Kombucha
For a fun texture and killer nutritional profile, try adding chia seeds to your next batch of kombucha!
How to make a delightfully floral rose kombucha! With just dried rosebuds and a few cherries (or sugar), your kombucha is transformed into a delicate rose flavor that you're going to love!
This Pomegranate Kombucha is an easy and festive kombucha flavor for trying out on your next batch of home brewed kombucha!
How to make a delicately floral lavender kombucha! With just dried lavender buds and a berries (or sugar), your kombucha is transformed into a delightful flavor straight from the south of France!
Mulled Wine Kombucha
This mulled wine kombucha has all the cozy flavors of glühwein – cinnamon, cloves, orange, and red wine! A flavor packed Christmas kombucha flavor!
Ginger Beet Kombucha
This Ginger Beet Kombucha is a healthy kombucha flavor that even the beet haters might like! It's a balance between sweet and zingy, with a color that pops!
Cream Soda Kombucha
This Cream Soda Kombucha is a deliciously sweet, vanilla flavored kombucha that tastes just like the classic cream soda of childhood!
Cherry Pie Kombucha
Packed with sweet cherries and fragrant vanilla, making for a delicious kombucha flavor you'll love!
Chai Spice Kombucha
All the flavors of spiced chai tea, packed into a bottle of fizzy fermented kombucha!
Candy Cane Kombucha
This Candy Cane Kombucha recipe is festive, fun, and super easy! The perfect brew for serving at the holidays (or for using all those leftover candy canes!)
Turmeric is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, so of course we’re throwing it into our kombucha for a healthier home brew!
This Pumpkin Kombucha recipe is full of fresh pumpkin puree and seasonal spices, making for a rich and delicious brew.
Easy to brew and makes for a perfect balance between sweet and tart!
The homemade kombucha brewers are going to love this one! This Blueberry Kombucha recipe is delightfully fruity and easy to brew!
Ginger Ale Kombucha
With citrusy orange juice, spicy fresh ginger, and aromatic cloves, this Gingerade copycat kombucha flavor is more than meets the eye.
This classic Strawberry Kombucha flavor is easy to brew and perfect for flavoring your homemade kombucha!
Banana Bread Kombucha
With mashed bananas, brown sugar, and cinnamon, this Banana Bread Kombucha recipe is a kombucha flavor to cozy up to this winter.
Spiced Pear Kombucha
For a cool weather kombucha flavor, you have to try this Spiced Pear Kombucha! Cloves and ginger transform this fruity flavor into a cozy cider-like drink.
Pineapple Basil Kombucha
Looking for a fun new flavor for your homemade kombucha? This Pineapple Basil Kombucha is delightfully tropical with an herby twist!
Blueberry Banana Kombucha
This Blueberry Banana Kombucha is an instant classic, with mild banana flavor that's bursting with berry deliciousness!
Mint Lime Mojito Kombucha
This Mint Lime Mojito Kombucha recipe is refreshing, zesty, and makes for a fun non-alcoholic cocktail (but of course, you can sneak in some booze too!)
10 thoughts on “Top 30 Kombucha Flavors”
I’ve used a cinnamon stick with some honey for the second Ferm! Yummy!
I love this blog and all the wonderful ideas!! I want to use fresh oranges instead of oj. Do you have a recommendation? Cut them? Blend them? ????????♀️
I would blend them into a puree and use that! Enjoy! 😀
Hi Sarah. Just wondering if you have a recipe that uses just cinnamon only? Not sure if it would be an odd flavour? Thanks
I don’t have one, but I think it could be tasty!
Hi Sarah. I wondered if I could make the F2 fruit flavouring before hand, and store in a jar in the fridge for a couple days? I always find the day my kombucha is ready to be bottled, is so hectic! Getting everything ready, clean, then starting to work on the fruit! Just thought maybe if the fruit was all ready and waiting, it could save some time and mental energy? Appreciate your thoughts! Thanks!
I think that’s a great idea! 😀
Thank you Sarah! My favorite flavoring is elderflower. I combine the fresh flowers with some squeezed lemon. Not only is it refreshing, it looks really pretty, too. Another favorite is rhubarb.
Thanks for all of these. My latest batch had some amazing taste results. One 32 oz bottle was 1/2c pineapple mashed and 1 Tbsp coconut flakes. Another was 1/4c pineapple mashed, 1/4c raspberries mashed and 1/2 T coconut flakes. Favorite so far is 1/4C naked juice mango, 1/4c mashed pineapple, and 1T lime juice.
YUM! I loooove tropical flavors with kombucha. Will have to try these!
I see you used Naked in your flavoring. I know the Naked brand uses small amounts of formaldehyde to preserve their beverages. Does this affect the yeast at all?