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Flavorful Choices: 5 BEST Substitutes for Kombucha

Have you ever heard of Kombucha? It’s a mysterious brew made from tea and sugar, but what can it do to benefit your health?

Despite its apparent health benefits, finding a Kombucha substitute can be perplexing.

Fortunately, there are some acceptable options.

From carbonated drinks, to beer and vinegar-based substitutes all the way to kefir and non-alcoholic beer – there are many ways to use other ingredients instead of Kombucha.

Here are the five best substitutes for those seeking something similar to Kombucha without the alcohol content or acidity.

The 5 BEST Substitutes for Kombucha

However, for those who may be looking for an alternative or cannot find kombucha on store shelves, there are some great substitutes that can provide similar benefits.

Here are five of the best substitutes for kombucha:

1 – Water Kefir

water kefir

Water Kefir is a fermented milk drink or tonic that can be enjoyed by those who cannot consume cow milk.

It’s made with water, molasses, and Kefir grains; resulting in a light, unusual taste.

This popular beverage can be found in many health food stores and is great for boosting immunity and aiding digestion.

It’s perfect for people with lactose intolerance or allergies, as well as those looking for an alcoholic-free alternative to beer or wine.

Some flavor options include fruits like lemon, lime and orange; but you can also add herbs such as rosemary or lavender to your Water Kefir to make it even more flavorful.

2 – Kvass

Kvass (AKA Bread Kvass), is a traditional beverage of Eastern Europe often made with stale rye or wheat bread.

A simple fermenting process using active sourdough and some kind of sweetener creates a slightly alcoholic, carbonated and tangy drink with a depth of flavor similar to beer, yet without the hoppiness.

Tart berries can also be added when fermenting, lending Kvass an even tangier flavor profile.

Despite its low alcohol content it is not recommended for children under 16.

In Eastern Europe, Kvass has long been perceived as less of a beverage than a health tonic with purported anti-cancer properties as well as being beneficial for digestive health, kidney function and blood circulation.

3 – Rejuvelac

Rejuvelac is a fermented probiotic beverage made from wheat berries, barley, millet or rye that has been left to soak in water for several days.

During the fermentation process, beneficial bacteria and yeasts are produced which contribute to the array of probiotics found in Rejuvelac.

The beverage is known for its light and refreshing flavor with mild lemony notes.

A bonus is that Rejuvelac typically contains more probiotics than Kombucha and can be made more quickly since it does not require additional ingredients like yeast or bacteria.

Because Rejuvelac is made from grains, however, it may not be an ideal option for those with gluten sensitivities or allergies.

It can also be used as a base in homemade sourdough bread recipes.

4 – Ginger Ale

Ginger Ale is an easily found alternative to Kombucha, providing a fizzy and slightly sweet taste.

It’s not as beneficial for health as Kombucha is, but it does contain some vitamin B-6 and iron.

It may also help to settle stomachs and reduce nausea which could make it a good substitute if you’re looking for something lighter and less acidic on the stomach.

However, this option won’t offer many probiotics so if that’s your goal with Kombucha you may need another option or two.

5 – Boza

Boza – Boza is a traditional drink made from fermented wheat, barley, rice and or millet.

It contains healthy probiotics, has low sugar content and is vegan friendly.

It has a sweet and sour flavor yet faintly bitter aftertaste.

Boza is an important part of the Turkish culture and is popular in other parts of Eastern Europe as well.

To make it at home, you will need to ferment the grains with water in an airtight container; boiling water can speed up the process.

In most instances, Boza is served chilled with cinnamon or raisins making it a unique substitute for Kombucha.

substitutes for kombucha

The 5 BEST Substitutes for Kombucha

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Substitutes
Servings 1 Serving


  • Water Kefir
  • Kvass
  • Rejuvelac
  • Ginger Ale
  • Boza


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