Probiotic Coffee Recipe

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This is a take on the unbeatable combination of iced tea and lemonade. Made with cold-brewed coffee and kombucha – it’s a coffee on tea paradox.

Coffee combined with a healthy dose of kombucha’s probiotics creates a surprisingly flavoursome and thirst quenching energy tonic that is refreshing and invigorating at the same time.

Makes 4 servings
Ready in 5 minutes


  • 1 litres (35 fl oz) of cold brew coffee
  • 1 lemon, sliced ice, to serve
  • 1 litre (35 fl oz) shop-bought kombucha (or make your own)


Slice the lemon, add to a glass and fill it to the top with ice. Fill the glass half way with the kombucha, then top up with the cold brewed coffee. Mix and enjoy.

Also from Tonic:

Curious about kombucha?

  • Browse kombucha products, including starter kits, in the Fermentation store online.
  • Kombucha for Health and Happiness: Learn about the origins of this popular probiotic beverage and how it could benefit your body, mind and budget.
  • Home Brewing KombuchaHow to brew kombucha tea at home by the gallon.
  • MOTHER EARTH NEWS Podcast: Kefir and Kombucha: Brewing with Bacteria
  • Peach Kombucha Lassi Recipe: Combine two types of fermented components to make this fresh, delicately sweet drink that has double the probiotic power. 
  • Lavender-Mint Kombucha Recipe: These two edible herbs give your summer brew a fragrant, soothing effect and support a healthy digestive system. 

Stressed? Tired? Hungover? Sick? In Tonic, Tanita de Ruijt will have you pillaging your kitchen cupboards to make surprisingly effective – and inexpensive – remedies to cure whatever ails you. Inspired primarily by traditional medicine and wisdom from the East, these recipes have been carefully crafted to support your body’s natural defences, and keep you feeling good on a daily basis. Recipes include the immune-boosting Turmeric Tonic, to more eclectic Love Potions, Salvation Shrubs and Make-Your-Own Probiotics. Including a helpful ailment index plus an extensive medicinal guide to everyday herbs and spices, Tonic offers all-natural, effective ways to treat basic complaints quickly, safely, and effectively at home.

Recipes excerpted with permission from Tonic by Tanita de Ruijt, published by Hardie Grant Books January 2018, RRP $19.99 hardcover.

Inspiration for edible alchemy.