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Who loves water kefir?

I DO! I enjoy a glass of water kefir with dinner almost every night. It's my delicious, fizzy little evening treat, plus it throws all those beneficial bacteria and yeasts into my gut to help my digestion and overall health. What's not to love?

If you're new to water kefir and don't know how to make it, I recommend you read this “How to Make Water Kefir” post. This post will teach you the nitty gritty and get you started on your kefir brewin' journey.

I have been asked by countless readers to share different flavor ideas for water kefir. The awesome thing about water kefir is that you can really flavor it however you want. It is very forgiving and you can be as creative as you'd like. Everything from fruit, to juice, to herbs, to flowers. The sky is the limit for creativity!

How to Make Water Kefir - Probiotic, fermented beverage

Cherry Limeade Water Kefir

Before we get started, here are a few notes:

  • For all of these recipes, proportions are what I use for my 1-liter flip-top bottles (like the ones in the picture at the top of this post). If you're using smaller or larger bottles, you can adjust the proportions. So, for each of the recipes below, you would use 1 quart of brewed water kefir.
  • There really is no science to water kefir. It's rather forgiving and very customizable.
  • Always leave some head space. As you can see from the title image, I leave a few inches in my 1-liter flip-top bottles. So, I probably use about 3 cups of water kefir per 1 liter bottle.
  • You'll notice that I use lemon or lime juice in almost every recipe. For some reason, lemon or lime juice has just become customary in all of my water kefir flavors. Not sure why. You can eliminate it if you'd like.
  • You can use fresh fruit or fruit juice, whichever you have on hand (frozen also works). If you use fruit, make sure it's chopped up or puréed, so the flavors release.
  • For any of these, you can create a mineral-rich stinging nettle water kefir for an added nutritional boost. Brew your nettle tea, add sugar, cool, add your water kefir grains, ferment as usual. Flavor however you like. For full instructions on how to do this, please read this post: Ferment The Nettle Harvest.
  • I am sharing some of my family's favorite flavors in the guide below, but I encourage you to try whatever combination you think sounds good! I am constantly experimenting! 🙂
How to Make Water Kefir - Probiotic, fermented beverage

Cranberry Lemonade and Peach Lemonade Water Kefir

What is your favorite water kefir flavor? Leave a comment below!


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