The Best Kombucha Drinks in 2018
Kombucha has been around for a long time—its first historical mention was in 221 B.C. in China—and only seems to be gaining popularity for its healthy attributes. People flock to the sweet, fermented tea drink for its gut-healthy, probiotic qualities, and many claim it offers all sorts of health benefits, from improving digestion and boosting energy.
Since we launched this list last year, more and more kombucha companies are adding their own brews to the mix. These new flavors are delicious, and soften the often vinegary taste associated with the drink. We've also noticed that local brewing companies are launching their own kombuchas that can only be purchased in growlers at the source!
If you're looking to add an interesting, healthy new drink to your diet, read on for a list of our favorite mass produced kombuchas. And, if you don't see any that strike your fancy, look for some local options. You won't be disappointed!
Best Introductory Kombucha
Kombucha Wonder Drink Organic Sparkling Fermented Tea Green Tea & Lemon
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If you're not ready to take the plunge into traditional kombucha, which typically includes live bacteria cultures and alcohol from the fermentation process, we recommend giving Kombucha Wonder Drink a try. This delightful drink offers the health benefits of kombucha without unwanted bacteria and with only a trace of alcohol from the fermentation process.
Depending on the flavor, it can be made from black, green, and oolong teas, but we're partial to Green Tea & Lemon flavor.
Best Kombucha Powder
Sometimes, you need to be able to get your kombucha goodness on the go.
MOCU Kombucha Probiotic Drink Mix has all the probiotic benefits of kombucha and can be added to a glass of water for kombucha any time, any place. And don't limit yourself; this mix is also great for tossing into your morning smoothie.
Best Fruity Kombucha
Containing raspberries, lemons, ginger, this kombucha has a juicier flavor than most of the others on this list. It also is packed with living probiotics, amino acids, polyphenols, and active enzymes for maximum health benefits.
If raspberries and lemons aren't your thing, GT's Enlightened line has a bunch of delicious, fruity flavors, including Mystic Mango, Guava Goddess, and Watermelon Wonder.
Best Kombucha For Minimalists
While there are lots of great kombucha flavors out there, some people want to get back to the basics.
Pronatura Kombucha Tea uses a time-tested recipe and fermentation method to create active, living kombucha cultures and cultivate a high organic acid content. There are no added flavors, just water, black tea, kombucha cultures, and sugar.
Best Spicy Kombucha
Spiked with cinnamon and cayenne pepper, Humm Apple Sass Kombucha has more than a bit of a kick to punch up its sweet apple base flavors.
The added spices are said to help stimulate circulation, improve digestion, and increase energy. So toss one in your bag for when you’re feeling sluggish and need a pick-me-up.
Healthade Pink Lady Apple Kombucha
There is truly nothing better on this earth than a glass of fresh apple cider. Unless it's a cider/kombucha hybrid! Heathade's Pink Lady Apple Kombucha is often referred to as the brand's "gateway kombucha," perfect for easing people into the world of kombucha with its crisp, sweet flavor. Of course, it also offers all of the benefits of a live kombucha culture.
We also love that this kombucha is organic.
This kombucha is just ridiculously good.
Sweet and refreshing with a subtle hint of lavender, Kevita Organic Master Brew Lavender Melon Kombucha is perfect for when you’re parched and want something with some bubbles. And all that sweetness doesn’t have a negative impact on your health—Kevita’s kombuchas are sweetened with Stevia and contain no added sugar.
Best Kombucha Benefits In Pill Form!
Not everyone enjoys the taste of kombucha. It's definitely something different.
However, if someone whose palate just doesn't agree with the brew really wants the health benefits that come with kombucha, there are options! Pronatura's Kombucha Capsules contain dried kombucha extract to ensure you get your probiotics for the day.If you're looking for some of the health benefits that come with a bottle of kombucha but just can't learn to like the taste, there is another way! Pronatura's Kombucha Capsules contain dried kombucha extract and let you get some of that probiotic goodness without drinking kombucha in its natural, liquid form.
These are also a great option if you've started drinking kombucha, but can't replenish your stock right away and need some back up.
Best Kombucha to Serve Hot
The only “hot” kombucha on this list, Yogi Green Tea Kombucha has notes of spearmint, lemongrass, plum, and passionfruit for a light and fruity flavor after only a couple minutes of steeping. It also offers sippers antioxidant properties to optimize its healthfulness.
Perfect for drinking on a chilly day when you’re huddled on the couch watching Netflix!
Cucumber Melon Kombucha Review
We don't know about you, but here at The Guide, we love cucumber-flavored drinks. This one is no exception—light, clean, and perfect for super hot days. It's also chock full of probiotics, enzymes, and electrolytes, which help stave off dehydration.
We particularly like that this kombucha has no added sugar, so while it's sweet, it's not too sweet.
Now this is versatility!
Get Kombucha's Kombucha Extract can be added to everything from a glass of water or your morning cup of tea to smoothies and salad dressings. It's also sugar free, making it a great option for diabetics and other people who are watching their sugar intake. Just pop it in your pocket and go!
Best Kombucha for When You Need to Concentrate
Latta Kombucha's Green Tea Lemon Balm perfect for late-night study sessions or brainstorming for that next big work project.
It's so much better for you than your typical sugar-and-caffeine-filled energy drinks—Latta Kombuchas are all-natural, organic, and gluten free.
Best for Making Kombucha at Home
If you find yourself enjoying the kombucha culture (pun intended), you might be interested in brewing your own batch. We're all for that, and suggest this organic brewing kit to get you started. The SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) was grown using purified ingredients and should last you for many, many brew cycle.
The best part of making your own kombucha is that you can add new ingredients and experiment with different flavors you might not find in commercial products. So be inspired and make the exact kombucha you want to drink!