Kombucha Margarita Recipe

Take care of your gut and enjoy a refreshing cocktail. Simple honey syrup brings the kombucha and tequila together perfectly.

| June 2019

Photo from Adobe Stock/Ekaterina_Molchanova

It’s important to buy a kombucha that will work well with the other flavors in this drink. If you can’t find a plain citrus Kombucha, opt for one labeled “original.”


Hands-on: 5 min.
Total: 5 min.
Serves 2

Photo from Adobe Stock/Igncio


  1. Combine the honey syrup, lime juice, and tequila in a cocktail shaker, and add enough ice to fill the shaker. Cover with the lid and shake vigorously until chilled, about 30 seconds.
  2. Fill two glasses with ice and strain the tequila mixture evenly into the glasses. Top evenly with the kombucha, and stir.

Serving size: 1 drink, calories: 144; fat 0g (sat 0g, unsat 0g); protein 0g; carb 9g; fiber 0g; sugars 6g (added sugars 5g); sodium 6mg; calc 0% DV; potassium 0% DV

Kombucha is made by fermenting tea, usually black tea, to create a fizzy beverage that’s tart and slightly sweet. Variations may be flavored with fruit, herbs, spices, or a combination. Drinking kombucha has become a mainstream craze that touts some pretty good health benefits. The fermentation process used to make it means the beverage has live cultures — which you may hear more commonly referred to as probiotics — that promote good gut health. Two tips for when you try:

  • Don’t be tempted to shake the bottle. Similar to soda, the fizzy drink will expand and overflow once opened if shaken.
  • Choose one with 4g or less of sugar per 1-cup serving (8 fluid ounces). All kombuchas require a little sugar to initiate fermentation, but some have sugar added post-fermentation to sweeten them.

Also from Meals that Heal: 100+ Everyday Anti-Inflammatory Recipes in 30 Minutes or Less:

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 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. 

meals-that-healSilent with no overt symptoms, chronic inflammation is like a small fire burning inside the body, that when not addressed, slowly gets stoked by irritants in our lifestyle. This type of low-grade inflammation is associated with many of today’s major health conditions from bloating to eczema, making the body age faster and pushing it closer toward the onset of diseases like diabetes, cancer, dementia, heart disease, autoimmune diseases, Alzheimer’s and memory loss, joint paint, allergies and food sensitivities, and other inflammatory ailments. Lifestyle habits – particularly food choices – play a key role either to encourage or to calm this inflammation. Meals that Heal: 100+ Everyday Anti-Inflammatory Recipes in 30 Minutes or Less by Carolyn Williams, PhD, RD, a James Beard award-winning dietitian, known for her down-to-earth approach to cooking, will help guide you to foods and recipes that calm inflammation and help you reach your personal goals.

Reprinted with permission from Meals that Heal: 100+ Everyday Anti-Inflammatory Recipes in 30 Minutes or Less by Carolyn Williams, PhD, RD and published by Tiller Press, 2019. 



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