A few weeks ago, I was having a conversation with a buddy of mine and we were debating whether or not kombucha needs to be refrigerated after opening. You see, after I open a bottle, it takes me half the day to drink it… and I’m not always near a refrigerator to store it in-between sips…..
At a food market in Chicago, I met these guys who were selling this Arize Kombucha, they don’t think it is necessary to refrigerate kombucha after it has been opened, however we all agreed that it does taste better when it’s cold.
If you are NOT going to refrigerate your kombucha after opening, it is recommended that you drink it within the day. The longer it sits out, the more vinegary kombucha will taste, AND it will continue to ferment.
SO it is BEST if you can keep your kombucha cold, but if not, it’s not the end of the world, and the kombucha is still drinkable if you let it sit out for a good portion of the day….
On my most recent trip to Peoria, IL, I was extremely excited to find Naturally Yours Grocery, a locally owned health food store. They have the LARGEST selection of kombucha I have ever seen, I went kombucha crazy!!!!!! For those of you who know me know that I have a slight obsession…..
The LIVE Soda brand is fun because they are flavored to taste like popular soda flavors. Culture Cola & Revive Rootbeer are the flavors I chose to buy – can someone say Root Beer Float??
I never knew that Celestial Seasonings started making Kombucha, why wouldn’t they? I’m intrigued because I’ve never seen it before, but it isn’t my favorite and I probably won’t buy it again. Can you say “made from concentrate“?
Maybe I haven’t said enough about the amount of excitement I feel when I get to sip on a type of kombucha I’ve never tried. Kombucha is the kind of drink that requires an acquired taste. Once you’ve acquired and enjoy the taste, it becomes a delicacy that can be enjoyed on a daily basis. It becomes part of your routine, part of who you are. Kombucha, with it’s live cultures and alkaline PH can instantly improve your mood and well-being.
Reed’s Kombucha, I like because of the flavor. They’ve got many flavors to choose from and they are all delicious. Pomegranate Ginger, Lemon Ginger Raspberry, Cabernet Grape are a few examples of the flavors offered by Reed’s, they sound tasty right? Well, they are.
High Country Kombucha, fresh brewed in in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.
I’d never heard of it until now.
Maybe I’ll find more of it on my trip to Boulder next month?
Synergy Kombucha: tried and true.
This brand of kombucha is the most common in kombucha drinks and was my gateway in to drinking kombucha. I’ve been drinking it for years and am just recently discovering different brands on the market (see above).
My favorite flavors are Strawberry Serenity and Guava Goddess.
What are your favorite kombucha drinks?
Have you ever tried making it on your own?? ((That’s my next step))
I think my all-time favorite kombucha drink is the buchi water that I had at Wild Cow in Nashville.
Because I like you and because I like me, I am going to share one of my secrets with you.
The genius in me figured out how to make a Root Beer Float using KOMBUCHA!
There is no sugary soda involved in my latest development.
The 2 ((secret)) ingredients in this Root Beer Float are: Revive Root Beer LIVE Soda + Coconut Milk Ice Cream
I don’t know where you are going to find this LIVE soda but I think you should start looking now. You’ll have to visit the LIVE Soda website to find a location near you.
A few locals in Nashville recommended we visit East Nashville while visiting and that is exactly where we found the Wild Cow vegetarian restaurant. When I pictured Nashville, I didn’t visualize a vegan-friendly city but the Wild Cow was bomb. I was so delighted to find a vegetarian restaurant in Nashville!!!
Crista’s #1 Rule when visiting a new restaurant: Check out dessert first.
Look at these picture-perfect mouth-watering cupcakes made by Khan’s Vegan Bakery.
The best Kombucha I’ve had to date is that Buchi Water, which I was told is a “best seller” at Wild Cow. After googling around the internet, it looks like the “Water” flavor is fairly new (maybe 1 year old). Interesting what Buchi has to say about this flavor on their website:
Cool and effortless, Buchi Water is the penultimate flavor in our elemental series. We blend our kombucha with coconut water, blueberry, watermelon and two powerful medicinals–bridging Eastern and Western folk traditions. Schizandra Berry is a Chinese adaptogen once available only to emperors. Elderberry is the “Elder of the Herbs” treasured by Native American and European cultures. The element of Water is the deep, universal essence of life, the endless flowing stream of experiences, and the sweet release of letting go…
Check out my beautiful, blonde, non-vegan friend Laura, enjoying a tofu scramble and tempeh for the very first time in her life! She loved it.
Ok, tofu scramble + the most galicky kale I’ve ever eaten = GENIUS.
The maple flavored tempeh we had was good too, but I’m not usually a fan of tempeh.
Quite possibly one of the most moist vegan cupcakes (besides my own) that I’ve ever had was this Banana Cream Cupcake with sprinkles on top. It literally melted in my mouth.
The Wild Cow 1896 Eastland Ave Nashville, TN 37206 615.262.2717