Lime and mint make this refreshing Mojito Kombucha taste like the cocktail but without the alcohol.
This Mojito Kombucha is one of my favorite kombucha recipes, and I've made quite a few. It's light and refreshing, just like a Mojito cocktail.
It does not contain alcohol, which makes it perfect for a non-alcohol option at a party or get-together.
A mojito recipe to try is my Grapefruit Basil Mojito recipe.
❤️ Why You'll Love It
- It is light and refreshing.
- It tastes like a mojito but in kombucha form.
- It's cheaper than store-bought kombucha.
Two Types of Fermentation
The first fermentation of kombucha is when you combine sweetened tea, a kombucha scoby, and some starter tea. You let it ferment for 7-21 days and the result is uncarbonated unflavored kombucha.
The second fermentation involves taking that kombucha you made in the first fermentation and adding flavor, which is what you'll be doing for this recipe.
You let it ferment for another 3-5 days in sealed bottles. The result is a fizzy-flavored drink.
You can ferment even longer, if needed, letting the kombucha ferment for up to 14 days. It all depends on the amount of sugar content in the flavor you're adding, and the temperature of the room.
Warmer temperatures will cause faster fermentation, and higher sugar content will also speed up fermentation.
What Makes Kombucha Fizzy?
The second fermentation is when kombucha gets fizzy. By putting it into a sealed container at room temperature and adding a sugar source (fruit and/or sweetener), carbon dioxide builds.
- Homemade kombucha: You'll need freshly made kombucha that has not been refrigerated yet.
- Lime juice: Fresh lime juice is best. I do not recommend store-bought bottled lime juice.
- Agave syrup: Adds sweetness. You could also use simple syrup.
- Mint: I used fresh mint leaves. You might be able to get away with using mint extract in a very small quantity, but I haven't tried it so I cannot speak to the outcome.
To see the full list of ingredients with measurements and instructions, see the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
Step 1: Pour ¼ cup lime juice into each bottle
Step 2: Pour ¼ cup agave syrup into each bottle.
Step 3: Pour 4 mint leaves into each bottle.
Step 4: Pour homemade kombucha into the bottles, leaving 1-2" head space. Let sit 3-5 days.
Step 5: Pop open the lids at least once a day. Pressure builds, and this allows it to escape.
Should I Burp My Second Ferment Kombucha?
Yes! If you don't you could have a mess. By adding sugar to the homemade kombucha and fermenting it a second time in bottles with swing-top lids, you're creating an environment for carbonation. If you don't allow it to escape, you'll have kombucha all over your kitchen.
How Long Does It Take To Get Fizzy Kombucha?
It can take anywhere from 1-14 days. It depends on a few things.
- It depends on how much sugar you have in the kombucha. (Sugar in the form of fruit and/or sweetener.) The more sugar, the faster you'll get carbonation.
- It also depends on the weather. Warmer temperature = faster carbonation. I've had bubbly kombucha after a day in summer months and bubbly kombucha after a week in colder months.
- Refrigerate after the kombucha is done fermenting.
- You can substitute the agave syrup with simple syrup, white sugar, or another sweetener, but if you leave the sweetener out altogether you'll get less carbonation because the only ingredient feeding the kombucha would be the lime juice.
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- 4 (25 ounce) bottles with flip top lids or other air tight bottles
- Measuring cup
- Line up 4 (25 ounce) bottles with flip top lids or other air tight bottles.
- Pour ¼ cup lime juice, ¼ cup agave syrup, and 4 mint leaves into each 25 ounce bottle.
- Using a funnel, pour freshly made homemade kombucha into each 25 ounce bottle leaving 1-2" head space.
- Let bottles sit out (at 75° - 85°) 3-5 days, making sure to pop the lids each day to let out the pressure of the carbon dioxide. Taste each day to test its flavor and fizziness.
- Refrigerate when you are happy with the amount of fizz and flavor.
*Note: Nutrition information should be considered an estimate only. Different nutrition calculators give you different results.