Bursting with orange and vanilla, this bright Orange Creamsicle Kombucha is the perfect thirst quencher. It is sweet, refreshing, and effervescent.
This Orange Creamsicle Kombucha has the perfect balance of orange and vanilla. Made with sweet juicy Cara Cara oranges, maple syrup, and vanilla extract, it is sweet and rich.
You could leave out the vanilla extract and maple syrup for a Cara Cara Orange Kombucha.
Did you know that you can eat the scoby? After you make a few batches of kombucha, you're going to have a few scobys.
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.
For the second fermentation you remove the scoby and take that kombucha you made in the first fermentation and add flavor. You let it ferment for another 3-5 days in sealed bottles. The result is a fizzy flavored drink.
You can ferment the flavored kombucha 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.
This is an overview of the ingredients. To see the full list of ingredients with measurements and instructions, see the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
- Homemade kombucha: You'll need freshly made kombucha that has not been refrigerated yet.
- Oranges: I used Cara Cara oranges. I prefer a sweet variety. You could also use store-bought orange juice.
- Maple syrup: Adds sweetness. You could also use agave syrup or simple syrup.
- Vanilla extract: Adds a wonderful vanilla flavor. Look for extract that’s oil free and doesn’t have synthetic ingredients.
For this Orange Creamsicle Kombucha you'll need some homemade kombucha, some bottles with flip top lids, and a funnel.
I used sweet Cara Cara oranges, but you could use your favorite oranges or use store bought orange juice.
If using oranges, juice and strain the pulp. Pour ½ cup orange juice, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and ¼ cup maple syrup into each bottle.
Pour your freshly fermented homemade kombucha into the bottles, leaving 1-2" head space. Let sit 3-5 days.
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 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 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.
- You can use freshly squeezed oranges or store-bought orange juice.
- I used Cara Cara oranges because they are sweet. If using a different variety I suggest getting something sweet.
- Shake bottle before pouring a glassful.
- Use bottles with swing top lids. Mason jars and store-bought kombucha bottles that have the seal broken won't hold carbonation.
- You can substitute the maple syrup with agave syrup, brown sugar, white sugar, or another sweetener.
- Refrigerate after the kombucha is done fermenting.
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Orange Creamsicle Kombucha
- 4 (25 ounce) bottles with flip top lids or other air tight bottles
- Measuring cup
- If using oranges, juice and strain pulp.
- Line up 4 (25 ounce) bottles with flip top lids or other air tight bottles.
- Pour ½ cup orange juice, ¼ cup maple syrup, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 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.
*Note: Nutrition information should be considered an estimate only. Different nutrition calculators give you different results.