This Holiday Kombucha Mocktail is a non-alcoholic, fruity, bubbly, and completely Whole30 compliant drink. It’s lightly sweet and very refreshing, a great way to add some fun to your next party or get-together!
About the Drink
I have to tell you, I’m really excited to share a special holiday Whole30 Kombucha Mocktail recipe with you. Having spent 5 of the last 6 holiday seasons either pregnant or breastfeeding, I’ve learned a thing or two about non-alcoholic drinking at holiday parties.
We all like to have something fun to sip on, and this holiday mocktail doesn’t disappoint, especially for a special occasion or get-together. Even your friends who aren’t doing Whole30 will enjoy drinking it alongside you!
Here’s what you need to make this at home!
- Kombucha, any flavor. My favorite brands are GTs and Humm. Keep reading to learn more about which ones work with Whole30!
- Seltzer. For a little extra fizz and fun!
- Fruit: Lime, Orange or Clementines, and Pomegranate
Cocktails vs. Mocktails
Why should you choose this holiday Whole30 kombucha spritzer as a mocktail instead of a sugary cocktail? Instead of a hangover, you’re choosing to get the probiotic benefits of kombucha (very good for your gut health!). There are also antioxidants in pomegranate, and some vitamin C in the citrus. Most importantly, you’ll feel good. But that doesn’t mean your party has to be boring!
Adding some pizazz to your holiday Whole30 Kombucha Mocktail is just plain fun, too. It kicks the flavor and fun up a notch, adding a seasonal blend of fruit and cinnamon. And did I mention I call this drink Pom-bucha? I can’t help it! I mean, really though, how could I not? Say it out loud once or twice, and you’ll never get it out of your mind either!
Is Kombucha Whole30 Compliant?
Yes, Kombucha is Whole30 compliant as long as sugar isn’t on the list of ingredients on the brand’s label. If the kombucha is homemade, then as long as you don’t add sugar after fermentation, it’s compliant.
When you’re doing a Whole30, the issue of Whole30 compliant kombucha can be a little complicated, but here’s a bit more of an explanation.
Basically, kombucha is fermented tea, and in order for the tea to ferment, sugar must be added to it to feed the SCOBY. So, all kombucha contains sugar as an ingredient prior to the fermentation process. Since all kombucha is fermented, it also contains a minute amount of alcohol, but it’s very small and a natural by-product of the fermentation process.
Some store-bought kombucha brands add additional sugar to the tea AFTER fermentation. These are non-compliant. And if you see sugar or any form of sugar on the kombucha’s ingredients label, it is non-compliant. Other brands add 100% juice after fermentation, which is totally fine and compliant. Just read your labels and it should begin to make more sense, but if you’d like some further explanation, read more on the Whole30 blog.
Remember, it’s OKAY to enjoy a few fun drinks on your Whole30, so long as they don’t trigger your sugar dragon. This kombucha spritzer recipe is very lightly sweet and bubbly, but it isn’t reminiscent at all of those typical sugary cocktails.
And there are several other really yummy drink recipes in the Whole30 cookbooks, if you’d like to check them out!
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Holiday Kombucha Spritzer Mocktail
- 2 cups kombucha any flavor, but I prefer Ginger or Ginger-Berry
- 2 cups unflavored seltzer
- 1 lime, sliced
- 1 pomegranate, seeded
- 2 clementines or 1 medium orange, sliced
- 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon
- Muddle the cinnamon, pomegranate, lime and orange slices and divide evenly among four glasses.
- Fill each glass halfway with ice and mix, then add about 1/2 cup of kombucha in each (do this slowly — bubbles!).
- Top off each glass with seltzer and garnish with more fruit is desired.