I am thrilled to be partnering with Princess Cruises on these very 4th of July ready Berry Kombucha Margaritas. All opinions, photos, and recipes remain -as always- my own.
Tart and sweet, refreshing berry Kombucha stands in for most of the lime juice in this modern twist on the classic Margarita; Berry Kombucha Margaritas. With or without the traditional salted rim, you’ll reach for this on hot days all summer long!
I’m an unrepentant kombucha addict. The truth is that I didn’t WANT to like kombucha. I heard people raving about it. My assumption was that it was another one of those flash-in-the-pan health food crazes that was more about wishful thinking than it was about deliciousness.
It was this kind of reaction to things that kept me from reading Harry Potter for several years.
Long story short, I’m predictable in that when I fall, I fall hard. When I finally started reading Harry Potter, I read all of the books back to back in a period of about 2 months. And when I finally started drinking kombucha? Well, let’s just say I drink a kombucha almost every day. More if I can get my hands on it. I make my own. I purchase it. Whatever it takes, I’m getting that kombucha.
Why it took me so long to start adding kombucha to my mixed drinks, I don’t know. I tried a little Tito’s vodka in a kombucha a couple of months ago and knew immediately that I was going to be expanding my ‘bucha cocktail repertoire.
While in port in Cozumel on a Western Caribbean Cruise with my beloved Princess Cruises in May, I took advantage of a rainy day to try Pancho’s Backyard restaurant where I was served the most majestically enormous classic margarita as I waited for my fish tacos. I realized two things:
- I needed to make larger margaritas at home.
- That sweet, tart margarita reminded me of lemonade kombucha!
That was all it took. I got home and started playing around with it. While I liked the lemonade kombucha I originally tried in the mix, I fell in love with these Berry Kombucha Margaritas as soon as I tried them. They’re on regular rotation now at my casa, and while I can’t spend every day in Cozumel and on a cruise ship, I can certainly pepper my Western New York life with these gorgeous Berry Kombucha Margaritas.
Berry Kombucha Margarita Cook’s Notes
- I find some kombuchas work better than others in margaritas, but a good rule of thumb is that if you like drinking it plain, it should work. For these Berry Kombucha Margaritas, I use and recommend Synergy’s Gingerberry kombucha. Raspberry Lemonade Kombucha is also delicious
- Fresh or frozen mixed berries work equally well for our Berry Kombucha Margaritas. Frozen berries have the added advantage of keeping your drink cooler for longer.
- You can opt for or against salting the rim of your glass. While it is the classic way to present a margarita, that definitely sends our Berry Kombucha Margaritas into a borderline savoury territory. That’s not a bad thing if that’s what you want!
Use these to make Berry Kombucha Margaritas
Berry Kombucha Margaritas
- 1/2 lime cut into 4 wedges
- 6 ounces tequila preferably reposado
- 1 ounce Cointreau or Triple Sec
- 1/2 cup mixed berries fresh or frozen
- 16 ounces berry kombucha chilled
optional: kosher salt
- If a salted rim is desired, pour kosher salt into a plate, use a lime wedge to moisten the rim of two tall cocktail glasses, then press the wet rims into the salt. Fill both glasses with ice. If you did not salt the rims, squeeze 1 lime wedge into each glass. Add the tequila and Cointreau or Triple Sec to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until the outside of the shaker is chilled. Strain into the ice filled glasses. Top off each glass with with berry kombucha. Garnish with an additional lime wedge and serve immediately.