How Do You Add Flavor to Your Kombucha?

Do you love homebrewing kombucha but get bored of the same old taste? Are you looking for ways to add flavor to your kombucha and make it more interesting?

If so, you’re in luck! In this blog post, we will discuss several different ways that you can add flavor to your kombucha.

We will also provide some recipes for deliciously flavored kombuchas. So let’s get started!

Add Flavor To The Individual Bottles

The most popular way to flavor Kombucha is in the bottle, as it is for most people. This is because you may only flavor a few bottles at once. Flavoring each bottle also allows you to add more variety, which many home brewers enjoy.

IMPORTANT: If you don’t pay attention, as mentioned above, small explosions can occur with the bottles while flavoring in individual bottles. This is more probable if there is too much flavor or it’s extremely hot, such as in summer. To prevent explosions, burp the bottles by slightly opening the caps during the flavoring process (aka “second fermentation”) and allowing carbonation to escape.

Add Flavor To The Main Brewing Jar

However, flavoring Kombucha in the brewing vessel or another vessel like a gallon jar is another option some brewers use. This is because you can add more flavor and it will mix better with the tea.

Whatever you do, we recommend not adding any flavor during the initial brewing process when the SCOBY is in the jar. Doing so can impede or halt fermentation.

What Flavors Should You Add To Your Kombucha?

The possibilities are pretty much endless to what you can flavor your kombucha with. Here are a few ideas:

Fruit Juices or Fruit Puree

There are many different ways to flavor your Kombucha in the bottle. The most popular way is to add fruit juice or fruit puree. This is because the flavors of the fruit will mix well with the tea and create a delicious drink.

When choosing a juice or puree, try to find one with minimal ingredients. This is because you don’t want the added flavors to compete with each other. If there are too many, it can make the brew taste bad.

You will also want to use a fresh fruit juice or puree as opposed to ones that are from concentrate because these have extra ingredients that are not needed and can alter the taste of your Kombucha.

Fruit Tea

Another way to add flavor is to use fruit teas. These come in a variety of flavors and most will work well with Kombucha because they contain natural ingredients that are already fermented, so it won’t interfere with the brewing process or alter your tea’s fermentation time as much as other options might do.


Another option when flavoring your Kombucha is to add spices such as cinnamon sticks or cloves into each bottle during the second fermentation. This will create an entirely new taste for you! It also adds depth and complexity that many people enjoy, especially if you’re going for something more savory than sweet (like a chai-flavored kombucha).

However, we recommend using whole spices instead of powdered ones due to how easily powdered ones will clump up in your Kombucha.


If you’re looking for something sweeter, syrups are a great way to flavor your Kombucha. They come in many different flavors and can be added directly to the bottle. Just make sure that they do not contain any preservatives or artificial ingredients, as these will negatively affect the taste of your kombucha.

Below are some recipes for delicious and flavorful kombuchas. When making these, make sure you leave about 2 inches of space at the top so it will properly carbonate.

Also, this should only be done with fresh, homebrewed kombucha.

We hope you enjoy them!

Lemon Ginger Kombucha

  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp chopped or grated ginger
  • Optional 2 tsp of honey (sub white sugar for vegan option)
  • Fill the bottle with Kombucha (obviously)

Raspberry Kombucha

  • 1/2 raspberry juice or puree
  • 1/2 Kombucha

Strawberry Kombucha

  • 1/2 16 oz. strawberry juice or puree
  • 1/2 Kombucha

About The Author

Stephen aka “Kombucha Coach”

Stephen aka “Kombucha Coach”

My goal with Kombucha Coach is to help teach people about kombucha and start their journey into home brewing it themselves.