Ginger Kombucha Cocktails

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I just realized that I have a pattern of only posting cocktails on Fridays. I don’t know if it feels more socially appropriate that a cocktail should be a pre-weekend treat or if I’m trying to cover up the fact that I’m known to have a glass of wine (or two), on any given day(s) throughout the week. I like to celebrate the little wins in life, even if a “win” is just getting through an ordinary Monday.

This week, however, is not about ordinary Mondays. I just about fell off my chair two days ago when I found out that we’ve been nominated for Best Cooking Blog in Saveur Magazine’s Best Food Blog Awards!

I really have no words… (literally, I’ve been sitting here staring at a blank cursor for longer than I’d like to admit). Thank you to all of you who nominated us… and for reading and cooking along with us day in and day out. If you want you can click over and vote for us (voting ends April 9th). Win or no win, I’m over the moon to be included on the list among such amazing talent.

Ok now let’s celebrate! Kombucha cocktails… sounds contradictory but it works. (As I like to say: “detox while you re-tox”). These are perfect for weekdays because they require just 2 main ingredients. If you’ve been afraid of kombucha, here’s where you have to start. It’s sweet, gingery and sparkly… the perfect mixer. Plus, the healing powers of kombucha make them half-healthy. Which means, go ahead and have 2. Cheers!

ginger kombucha cocktails

  • crushed ice
  • vodka
  • ginger kombucha (any brand)
  • mint
  • lemon
  1. Fill a small glass with crushed ice. Pour in 1 part vodka and 1 part kombucha (or whatever ratio you like).
  2. Add a few sprigs of mint and a lemon slice.


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  1. Congratulations & so very much deserved! Off to vote as soon as I’m done gushing to you over this cocktail. I killed my last kombucha in the process of moving and started one from plain bottled kombucha. It’s finally ready for consumption, so I think some ginger shall make its way into my shopping cart soon so I can make this. Delicious! Congrats again!

  2. congrats on the nomination – you 100% deserve it. also, kombucha in a cocktail? that makes it healthy, right? I’ll take 3.

  3. Isadora from

    These look really good! I bet that I could even trick my husband into admitting that he liked kombucha if I made these. I love the idea detoxing while you retox! The kombucha kinda cancels out the vodka, right?! Congratulations on the nomination, you definitely deserve a cocktail, or two, or three…

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  5. Congratulations! I read your blog like everyday, sorry I haven’t commented yet. But that’s so awesome! Voting for you right now – your photography is my inspiration. Also, these cocktails look very inviting!

  6. Sandra

    I am late to the party. Explain ginger kombucha. And don’t talk about me and my ignorance behind my back… 😉

  7. Skye from

    I have voted already – was really happy to see your lovely blog nominated. So well deserved. x

  8. Congrats, congrats – definitely deserves a re-tox concoct! Ginger kombucha is my favoriteeee. If any local bar would would offer this up, I’d be swooned.

  9. Kathryn from

    Congratulations Jeanine; I was so happy to see your nomination and that you’re getting the recognition that you deserve. I love the detox/retox idea – I’m a bag fan of a green tea mojito which is a similar idea!

  10. Congrats on the nomination – very much deserved! I have never tried kombucha but this sounds like a very approachable and delicious way to start. Love celebrating small victories in life!

  11. Love refreshing drinks like this! I bet ginger kombucha and mint works so well together with the lemon. You have such lovely photographs, too!

  12. I’m stealing your “detox while you retox” mantra – hilarious. Congrats on your nomination – your photos and writing are both so appealing with in their simplicity. Rooting for you!

    • jeanine

      ha, it’s all a balance, right?

  13. I’m portuguese and i love your blog. For me, you must have to win. Congrats for the nomination. You are a super inspiration for me. Thank you! xoxo

    • jeanine

      ha, thank you, you’re so kind 🙂

  14. Kristin from

    Congrats for the nomination!

  15. Congratulations on the nomination! That’s so exciting!

    And, I totally love the idea of kombucha in a cocktail—so yummy!

    • jeanine

      Thanks Rachel, it’s so yummy 🙂

  16. Kombucha cocktails are my jam and you my friend are one of my favorite bloggers. I have signed, sealed and delivered my vote for you and I wish you all th best, you definitely deserve it.

    Much love,


    • jeanine

      oh you’re so sweet – THANK YOU!

  17. Congratulations on the nomination – that is definitely cocktail-worthy! Ginger kombucha is my fave. These look awesome!

    • jeanine

      thank you, Angela!

    • jeanine

      wow, so many people brewing their own, I’m so impressed 🙂

  18. I’m brewing up my first-ever batch of kombucha right now… can’t wait to try this at some point. I’m sure my husband would be much more excited about my kombucha brewing if he was consuming it in cocktail form. 🙂

    • jeanine

      oh you’re so talented! My husband became a kombucha convert this way – it works!

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