Kombucha Flavors You’ve Never Tried Before But Should - Store Bought and Home Brewed


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Whether you buy your kombucha at the store or make it yourself at home, at some point your going to want to try out a new flavor. But with so many choices out there, it can be easy to waste time and money testing out flavors you’ve never had before to find the right one.


Whether you’re a casual kombucha drinker or serious homebrewer, in this article you’ll find a few kombucha flavor combos you’ve never heard of before, but have to give a try. If you’re short on time, here's the quick list.


Unique Store Bought Flavors to Try:

  • Health Ade Blood Orange Carrot Ginger

  • Humm Kombucha Hopped Grapefruit

  • GT’s Guava Goddess

  • Health Ade California Grape

Unique Home Brew Flavor Combos to Make:

  • Ginger Turmeric

  • Mango Cirano Pepper

  • Lychee Mint

  • Blueberry Vanilla

  • Lemon

  • Pineapple Cayenne Pepper

Ok, I’ll start with store bought flavors first and then get into flavor combos you can make at home. Let's get into it!


Store Bought Kombucha Flavors You Need to Try

If you buy your kombucha at the store and are looking for some new, unique flavors to try, heres a few options.


Health Ade Blood Orange Carrot Ginger

I know this flavor sort of sounds like a gross mix of V8 and kombucha, but the unique combination of the sweetness of the blood orange, earthiness of the carrot, spiciness of the ginger, and bitterness of the kombucha makes for a really tasty drink.


Plus, I feel really healthy drinking it knowing that Health Ade avoids as much added sugar and artificial ingredients as possible.


If you can’t find single bottles at your local grocery store you can get a 12 pack of this flavor on Amazon here.


Humm Kombucha Hopped Grapefruit

Now here's a really unique flavor of kombucha. If you’re someone who likes hoppy beers and/or more bitter kombucha flavors, I strongly recommend you give Humm Kombucha’s Hopped Grapefruit flavor a try.


If you end up liking it you could even use the combination of the hops and slightly alcoholic taste that kombucha has as a lower calorie, healthier substitute for an IPA every once in a while. Since it’s only 60 calories a bottle while most IPAs are at least 200.


GT's Guava Goddess

This flavor is a little more common, but I still think most booch drinkers haven’t tried GT Dave’s Guava Goddess before, since here in America where I live, eating or drinking guavas isn’t that common.


I tried guava fruit for the first time when I was in Cuba last year and absolutely loved its unique flavor. If you’ve never tried it before it’s sometimes described as tasting like a mix of a strawberry and pear.


Whether you have eaten guava before or not, I strongly recommend you give GT’s Guava Goddess kombucha a try. And if you like it you can even have a 12 pack shipped to you cold from Amazon here.


Health Ade California Grape

I know what you’re thinking, “Grapes are good but, aren't they a little boring to be on a list of unique flavors?” Well my friend even if you arn’t looking for grape flavored kombucha or even if you don’t like grapes at all, I still recommend you give Health Ade’s California Grape kombucha a shot.


This flavor of booch doesn’t taste like that cheap grape flavor you find in grape soda or grape juice. It's much more fresh and refreshing. It has that real grape flavor that's a balance between bitter and sweet.


So even if you’re not a huge grape fan like myself, giving this kombucha flavor a try may still be worth your time.


Home Brew Flavor Combos You Need to Try

Ok, now that we have the store bought flavors out of the way let's talk about some of the really unique yet tasty kombucha flavor combos you can make right in your own home.


Creating and experimenting with new fun and different flavors is for me, the best part about home brewing kombucha. Unfortunately, sometimes a flavor doesn’t work out.


For example a few weeks back I tried flavoring my kombucha with a coffee flavored maple syrup. I ended using way too much and the finished kombucha tasted way too sweet, pretty much like watered down maple syrup. And because it was undrinkable I had to dump it all down the sink, wasting 16oz of kombucha.


Now I’m not saying that all the flavor combos below will work perfectly for you the first time, but having some guidance on ingredient combinations can be helpful and keep you from wasting time and kombucha on a failed experiment.


As always I recommend starting with using around ½ a cup of flavoring per 16oz fermenting bottle and then adjusting from there in future brews based on how it tasted.


And if you’ve never made kombucha before but would like to learn how, check out my complete and easy guide to homebrewing kombucha here.


Ok let's get into the flavors!


Ginger Turmeric

Ginger turmeric isn’t necessarily a super unique flavor combo, but I do think that it’s one that lots of people hear about, and then never actually make because it sounds too boring.


This is unfortunate because ginger turmeric is one of my favorite kombucha flavors ever! I love the spicy taste it has, but even more I love the health benefits.


Ginger is a superfood that has tons of nutrients and bioactive compounds that are really healthy for your body and brain (Healthline). And turmeric is a powerful anti inflammatory and antioxidant that may prevent heart disease, alzheimer's, and cancer (Healthline).


Mango Cirano Pepper

Now this is a weird one. Adding peppers to your kombucha? Hear me out for a second.

You can add cirano pepper into kombucha with any fruit like peaches, oranges or pineapple, but I’ve found that mango tastes the best because its intense sweetness plays well with the spiciness of the pepper.


I like to take the seeds out of the pepper before cutting it up and putting it in to keep it from getting too spicy, but even without them this one will for sure give your throat a spicy kick going down.


Overall, adding cirano peppers to any sweet fruit makes for a really fun and unique kombucha that spicy food lovers won’t be able to get enough of and that everyone has to try at least once.


Lychee Mint

A lychee, also known as an “alligator strawberry” is a tropical fruit native to China but grown in tropical climates all over the world. If you’ve never had lychee before, it’s sometimes described as tasting like a cross between a strawberry and a watermelon.


Lychee is nice in kombucha because it isn’t overly sweet, and the mint adds a really cool aftertaste.


You can use canned lychee syrup if you’re unable to find actual lychee fruit, and then just throw in a 1 or 2 sprigs of mint after.


Blueberry Vanilla

For the sweet tooths out there blueberry vanilla kombucha is the flavor for you.


I remember making this flavor when I first got into homebrewing and my friends who had never had kombucha before tried it and loved it since the sweetness of the blueberries really masks the harsher, acidic flavors of raw kombucha.


I just cut up or smash some blueberries and add in a dash or two of vanilla. Be careful when adding the vanilla, a little goes a long way.


Lemon

This one’s simple, but often overlooked. If you’re an OG kombucha fan and like its natural bitter flavors but still want a little something extra, try lemons. They’ll add a nice tang to your booch without overpowering it with sweetness.


Pineapple Cayenne Pepper

Pineapple cayenne pepper is another spicy flavor that I think a select group of kombucha drinkers are going to really love. It’s sweet, spicy, tropical, and you get all of the health benefits of cayenne such as lowered blood pressure and reduced appetite (Healthline).


Start small with the pepper your first time so that you don’t make it too spicy and undrinkable!


A few Ingredients You Can Add to Change up Any Kombucha Flavor Combo are:

  • Ginger

  • Cinnamon

  • Mint

  • Peppers

  • Vanilla

Final Thoughts

Whether you came here in search of a new flavor of kombucha to try from the grocery store or for a new homebrew flavor combo to experiment with after making the same few flavors of kombucha for years, I hope that you found at least one flavor you'd like to try!


If you’d like to learn more about flavoring kombucha, buying kombucha, other kombucha tips, be sure to check out the rest of my website! Have a great day!


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