Have you seen the most recent adoption of kombucha in the past few months. Its getting a lot of momentum from the general public, especially when celebrities like Barbara Streisand, and Halle Berry, are seen toting a bottle of kombucha while they’re on a shopping spree in New York, Dubai or Las Vegas.
Kombucha wasnt always popular like it is these days. Sure, its now becoming the sensational thing to chug to be cool, but there was an era, before it was produced by big names and stocked at your local health food store. There never were 8 different brands and brews to choose from. I recently counted 10 different versions at my neighborhood Whole Foods.
Of all these kombucha drinks, I have to say that my favorite, store-bought brand, is by far the GTCs Synergy batch. Their GingerBerry is to live for! Ive tasted almost every version on the market, or at least every kind Ive ever seen. Additionally, Im a fan of ginger ale of any variety, except the Schweppes brand. That junk is nothing more than cola in my professional opinion. Give me a real-deal ginger brew anytime! That being said, you simply must experience the GingerBerry from GTC.
When my Mother started making and enjoying her own kombucha, it was in the late 70s and she has had the same culture the entire time. Several years later, when I was just a child, it seemed bazaar and sometimes humiliating to have my peers see a gallon jar standing in the kitchen. It looked like a science class. That large, gallon jar fermenting a dark juice.
As a youngster, Ive even mistaken kombucha for cold ice tea in the fridge as she always kept her kombucha tea in a fancy glass pouring-pitcher. As a 13 year-old, after working up a sweat, playing in the neighborhood, Id head inside with a peer needing to be re-hydrated. Reaching a few huge chugs of kombucha tea when your mouth were expecting iced tea can really catch you off guard.
Now I should tell you that my house never, ever stocked Gatorade or Sprite, etc. Rather, on demand, we stocked plenty of orange juice from concentrate, always mixed, and the other option was H2O, unsweetened tea or kombucha.
Cool people drink it because its yummy. And so do you. While famous people make a lot of dough and can easily afford the $4 per bottle that it costs here in Seattle. Me, Id prefer to make it in my home in small batches, for a mere fraction of the cost. And for a newby, there are endless websites that distribute free instructions for brewing this truly amazing tonic.
Most of us average people sip on kombucha for its health advantages. The list of healthy stories is extremely long and includes things like aiding digestion, increasing immune system response, strengthening the bodys blood system, reversing depression, spiking mental awareness, and the list is ongoing. I prefer to drink it for the clarity of thought it provides for me. Ive even replaced my morning cup of coffee with a travel-mug of chilled, semi-sweetened kombucha tea.
If you prefer feeling great, I suggest trying this wonder drink. Afterall, it cant hurt. But remember that if you suffer from life threatening illness, you should always talk to a health care provider. And let him or her know that youre drinking kombucha. Find out what he or she say about it.
So, dont forget that you need not be a heart-throb with mega-money to thoroughly enjoy kombucha. All you need are some simple supplies, a fair amount of desire, and a scoby. You also can maintain a limitless stock of kombucha tea. Here is a breakdown of exactly what youll need to drink like a star.
Stainless steel, glass or lead-free ceramic pot (such as Corningware) to boil water
Glass jar to accommodate the amount of Kombucha you want to make
Metal or wood long handled spoon for stirring
Porous cloth, paper towel or paper coffee filter