It seems like every time I go grocery shopping, there’s a new type of probiotic drink being sold there. But if you’re the DIY type—and I’m thinking if you read Hello Glow, you probably are—you can save serious money by making your own fermented probiotic drinks at home. It’s easier than you think (really!) and the best part is, you can customize the best probiotic drinks with your favorite ingredient combinations.
9 Probiotic Drinks to Make at Home
Kvass! It’s a fun word to say and it’s a serious source of probiotic goodness. Traditionally made by fermenting beets, this version is made with carrots instead.
Everyone loves lemonade, but let’s be real: it’s more sugar than anything else. This effervescent fermented version is a little more virtuous, with its healthy dose of good bacteria.
Tepache is a Mexican fermented drink made from pineapple; our version pairs it with plenty of ginger to give it a little kick—and make it fantastic for gut health.
Did you think kefir only referred to that thick, yogurt-y drink they sell in the dairy section of the grocery store? Me too! But you can make it at home, with water or coconut water, for a drink that’s similar to kombucha, but without the caffeine and tanginess.
Yes, you can make your own apple cider vinegar! Give your apple cider vinegar a boost by infusing it with healing ingredients for a simple home remedy to keep on hand for cold season.
Making homemade all natural ginger ale is easier than you imagine – you just need a couple of days to create your own ‘ginger bug’ – and you’ll skip the sugar in regular soda.
7. Blueberry Mojito Kombucha from Making Thyme for Health
Quite possibly the best recipe for fermentation noobs, you don’t even need to buy a SCOBY for this one—start with premade kombucha, add blueberries and mint, bottle it up and let it go through a secondary fermentation.
Unlike traditional sodas, lacto-fermented sodas are practically a superfood thanks to all the natural enzymes, probiotics and nutrients. This soda is made with light, fizzy champagne yeast.
9. How to Make Jun Tea from Nourished Kitchen
Jun is a fizzy, mildly sweet probiotic drink made with green tea and raw honey. This Tibetan brew is referred to as the champagne of kombuchas!
Are you totally ready to start brewing your own probiotic drinks? Here are some books and equipment to help you get started: