Cherry-Basil Kefir Soda

Have you tried kefir soda yet?  It’s a great replacement for those high-sugar juices and sodas and delivers a big dose of probiotics to boot!  Not to mention it’s delicious and refreshing!  In this recipe, I show you how to make a cherry-basil version of this delightful summer drink.

Cherry Syrup

cherry kefir soda meme1 lb organic cherries, pitted

1 cup sugar

Stir the sugar and cherries together.  Continue to stir periodically and allow to the cherries to macerate overnight.  This can be done at room temperature.  The cherries will begin to swim in their own syrup.  Drain and reserve the cherries for Cultured Cherry Fruit Leather.  The syrup will keep in the refrigerator for several months.

Cherry-Basil Kefir Soda

In a glass bottle with a secure lid, dissolve one packet of kefir starter (this method is geared toward the novice, but you can also use water kefir grains, if you are familiar with them) in some pure water.  Add 1/2 cup of cherry syrup and 2-3 basil leaves torn into pieces.  Fill the bottle with pure water, cap and allow to sit at room temperature for 3-5 days.  You can taste it as it ferments.  It will continue to get more fizzy and less sweet the longer it sits.  You may arrest the fermentation by relocating it to the refrigerator when you are satisfied with the taste.  Some people like it to taste sweet like a soda.  I like to let it ferment longer for a lower sugar beverage.

Truth be told, I let it ferment so long that it’s slightly alcoholic and I get a sweet little buzz off of it!!  Since I don’t really drink alcohol, this is my evening cocktail and it’s super healthy to boot!

I’d love to hear your experience with kefir soda.  Leave me a comment below!!

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