Ahhh summer is finally here!! And with that our thoughts turn to refreshing summer bevys. Lemonade is definitely a personal favourite, but given the astronomical amount of sugar in most lemonades, I figured I could up the ante and come up with something super spectacular AND super healthy.
This weeks recipe is a probiotic strawberry lemonade. The base is made with water kefir (though kombucha would also likely work). Water kefir is a fermented drink that has between 15-20 different strains of beneficial probiotics that can help with gut healing, digestion, skin issues, sugar cravings and so much more!! And it couldn’t be more simple.
First you need 3 cups of water kefir (I used primary fermented kefir, but there’s no reason you couldn’t also use finished kefir). Normally I make my kefir with a mix of coconut sugar and cane sugar, but to get the nice color I was after, I used only cane sugar in this (don’t panic about the sugar, the bacteria/yeast culture eats pretty well all the sugar out of the mixture). Then add 1 c freshly squeezed lemons, and 2-3 sliced large strawberries. Tighten lid (if you want it fizzy, leave loose for flat) and let sit for 12-48 hours and watch for the pretty pink color to develop!
Depending on your house temp will dictate how fast this gets fizzy. If your house is warm, check on this every 6-8 hours. If you notice the sealer starting to bulge out, then this is done. Open carefully and serve over ice, or burp slightly, retighten lid, and refrigerate for up to 6 months (just be warned it may taste slightly boozy if you leave it that long…unless that is what you are going for!).
Sweeten to taste with liquid stevia.
- 3 cups water kefir (you can use primary fermented or finished)
- 1 c freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2-3 large organic strawberries, sliced
- optional: liquid stevia to sweeten (this is by far my favourite brand)
- In a 1 L mason jar, add kefir, lemon juice and strawberries. Seal lid tightly if you want a fizzy drink, or keep it slightly loose if you want it flat.
- Let sit for 12-48 hours at room temperature out of direct sunlight. If you are going for fizz, keep an eye on the sealer. If your house is on the warmer side be sure to check it every 6-8 hours. If you notice the sealer feels hard or starts to bulge, then it is done. Open carefully and serve over ice, or burp slightly, retighten lid, and refrigerate for up to 6 months.
- If you are going for a flat drink, then let sit for 48 hours.
- Serve over ice and sweeten to taste with liquid stevia, if desired.