I love gingerale. I always have. I grew up on gingerale and orange juice cocktails with my dinner. It was my favourite drink!
Of course, these days I rarely drink soft drinks, soda pops, or colas. It’s just water, coffee and wine for me! I’m all natural, right? Except, I also drink kombucha! Hm… I guess that’s natural too.
Thanks to Jack Roberts for introducing me to it while I was in Tulsa last fall. He started me off with GT’s Synergy Guava Goddess. Then I tried the Original. Then the ginger. I was hooked. I bought two a week while I was there.
After I came home to LA, I continued buying the kombucha, but it added about $7 to $10 dollars to my weekly grocery budget! Over 52 weeks, that could start to get unacceptable. Especially since we were going to have to live on a tighter budget in 2009 because of the movie. So…
I brew my own kombucha! I grew my own SCOBY (the starter) from a bottle of GT’s Original and I make my own kombucha. It’s much cheaper than buying two or three bottles every week at Whole Foods.
Sometimes I add some TJ’s Very Green Juice Blend or Odwalla Superfood for an extra special healthy drink, but I read something the other day that made me very excited. I read that I can add a chunk of fresh ginger to my freshly strained kombucha and it will start to taste like a gingerale!
I’ve got some fresh ginger in my current batch (I bought some at the farmers’ market on Sunday)! I’ll let you know how it goes!
I other news, I found a great little website that helps new kombucha brewers troubleshoot their problems!