Guide to 10 DIY fermented drink recipes

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1. Kombucha

Kombucha, a slightly alcoholic fermented tea drink made from live bacteria and yeast called SCOBY, has been dubbed the "Elixir of Long Life" due to its health benefits.

2. Root Beer

Root beer is a traditional North American drink that can be alcoholic or not, made with fermented sassafras bark or sarsaparilla, and offers a customizable slightly sweet and spicy flavor.

3. Kefir

Kefir, a fermented milk drink discovered by Russian shepherds, offers a refreshing, tangy taste that can be enhanced with second fermentation or fruit additions, existing between thick milk and drinking yogurt.

4. Water Kefir

Water kefir uses kefir grains to ferment water, sugar, and aromas, producing a sparkling and refreshing drink.

5. Probiotic Lemonade

Lacto-fermented lemonade is a refreshing and immune-boosting summer drink made by combining filtered water, lemons, sugar, and whey in a few minutes.

7. Cider

Cider, a fruit wine made by fermenting apples, can be consumed alone or used in cooking.

8. Ginger Beer

Ginger beer, traditionally made from ginger root and sugar from the West Indies, now uses grated ginger, lemon juice and sugar for a unique taste.

6. Sima

Sima, the Finnish fermented lemonade made with brown sugar and raisins, is a traditional springtime drink that is sure to win your heart.

9. Mead

Different types of mead include dry, sack, and small mead, with small mead being the quickest to ferment and therefore ideal for impatient brewers.

10. Rice Wine

Traditional rice wine is made by fermenting glutinous rice and husks with fermenting agents in banana leaves, sealed in earthen ware, with longer fermentation improving the quality and alcohol level.