Nothing quite compares to an icy cool Moscow Mule on a hot day. But what if you are following a diet and don’t want all the sugar typically found in ginger beer? Did you know our copper mugs are perfect for keeping any drink icy cold, and not just Moscow Mules? We recently discovered a healthy and delicious twist on our favorite cocktail that tastes incredible in our copper mugs.
We’ve been using kombucha in place of ginger beer and the tart and fizzy beverage is all the rage in health circles. You may remember mushroom tea from the 90s that sat on the counter in a large jar for months growing a mushroom like disc at the top known as a SCOBY (which is short for "symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast"). Many of our parents drank the tea and many of us remember that it had such a questionable smell that we couldn’t bring ourselves to try it. But now mushroom tea, or kombucha, has become mainstream and can easily be purchased from most grocery stores. And we can personally attest that it tastes delicious.
But what is kombucha anyways? Kombucha is essentially sweet black or green tea fermented with a culture of yeast and bacteria (or a SCOBY). It’s generally made with only four ingredients: tea, water, sugar, and SCOBY. While that might not sound appetizing, it tastes like carbonated iced tea with a slightly acidic finish. And what’s more, it’s incredibly good for you and might even help curb your hangover. Sign us up!
Kombucha is full of probiotics, antioxidants, and B vitamins to name a few. Probiotics are live, healthy bacteria that help create a healthy balance of organisms in your intestines. Kombucha is also said to have detoxification properties which cleanse the body and support a healthy immune style, which is why you might wake up without a hangover after indulging in this delicious beverage.
You can buy your own kombucha, ready made from the store and flavoured with delicious additions such as ginger, raspberry, or mint. For the more adventurous, you can even make your own kombucha from scratch if you have a small SCOBY to start the tea. You can sometimes find SCOBYs at farmer’s markets, Etsy, or even Craigslist (weird but true), but the easiest way would be to find a friend who already makes homemade kombucha and can give you a piece of their SCOBY.
Fun fact: did you know kombucha has a small percentage of alcohol already in it? You might have felt that slight wine buzz after downing a bottle quickly with lunch and that’s due to the small alcohol content. The alcohol content is less than 0.5% which is why it doesn’t have to be labeled on the bottle and you don’t have to be a certain age to purchase according to the rules and regulations of the Food and Drug Administration.
Once you’ve found your kombucha (for simplicity we prefer to buy our own ready made ginger kombucha) you can get started with your delicious kombucha mule recipe. If you’re serving guests that aren’t big drinkers, feel free to omit the vodka for a virgin cocktail that tastes seriously good.
1 1/2 ounces premium vodka
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
1/2 cup ginger kombucha
Fresh herbs for garnish such as mint, basil or rosemary
Pour vodka and lime juice into copper mugs
Add ice and ginger kombucha
Stir to combine
Garnish with fresh herbs