Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Mary Clayton Carl; Food Styling: Torie Cox
Active Time:
20 Mins
Chill Time:
3 Hours
Total Time:
3 Hours 20 Mins
Yield:
Makes 8 Servings

This refreshing fizzy drink is made with kombucha, a bubbly fermented tea packed with B vitamins and probiotics. Most kombucha, which is sold by the bottle in health food stores and many grocery stores, comes in different flavors, but you’ll want to pick a plain or original flavor for this recipe. (We like GT’s Classic Organic Raw Kombucha original flavor.) Although kombucha is usually enjoyed on its own, it also makes a surprisingly delicious “hard” or “soft” drink mixer. In this recipe, we combine it with a bright, tangy cherry-basil syrup and ice to make a super simple and super flavorful drink. We used fresh cherries in this recipe, but if you want to make this drink when they are not in season (and wildly expensive) you can use frozen cherries, or substitute another type of fruit such as plums, peaches, or blueberries. If you’re not a fan of basil, use thyme or mint, or combine two herbs for a more complex flavor. You can enjoy this drink served over ice as a mocktail, or stir 3 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) vodka into each serving. Take this drink outside during the summer tool help keep things cool.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine 2 1/2 cups fresh pitted cherries, 1 cup granulated sugar, 1/4 cup water, and 3 large basil sprigs in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, and cool completely (about 1 hour).

Step 2

Pour syrup through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a pitcher, discarding solids. (Yield should equal about 1 cup.) Cover and chill until very cold, about 2 hours.

Step 3

For each serving, pour 2 Tbsp. of the syrup over ice in a 12-oz. glass, and stir in 3 Tbsp. vodka. Top each with about 1 cup plain, chilled kombucha. Garnish with cherries and basil sprigs.