Blackberry Basil Kombucha Cocktail {a healthier cocktail or mocktail}

Ripe, summer berries and fresh basil muddled together for a refreshing, healthier cocktail {or mocktail}!

blackberry basil kombucha cocktail | www.nourishmovelove.comI’m posting my very first cocktail recipe; because Fourth of July weekend is upon us and there’s no place I’d rather be than on a boat sipping a cocktail! Who’s with me?! ???

I absolutely love the Fourth of July. It means a whole weekend at the lake with my family — wake boarding, pontooning, campfiring…and if you know my family, lots of competitively played games of bean bags and dice over cocktails.

I’m all about adding a healthy twist to, well, pretty much everything I consume. So I thought, why not make a ‘healthier’ cocktail to celebrate my favorite holiday weekend at the lake. And since it’s frowned upon to drink alone, I teamed up with Dietitian Stacie, from The Real Food Dietitians, to bring you not one, but two healthy cocktail recipes!

If you follow Stacie {@staciehassingrd} or I {@lindseybomgren} on snapchat you’ve been dreaming about these blackberry basil and strawberry mojito kombucha cocktails for the past couple weeks.

kombucha cocktails

It always amazes me how my overwhelming to-do list shrivels up and evaporates into thin air after a good belly laugh {and cocktail or two} with girlfriends. And a couple weeks ago, when Stac was in town to work on these recipes, was no exception.

To be completely honest, I’ve kind of been a basket-case lately. I’ve got my hand in a lot of different pots to try and make a living as a fitness entrepreneur and I’ve got a thing for spreading myself too thin. Finding work-life balance has always been my achilles heel {hence writing this blog post at 11pm}. And that’s why God put Stacie in my life {at baggage claim of all places, where we initially met}. 

We all need someone in our lives who can 100% relate to what we’re going through, whether it’s starting a business or trying to regulate your crazy lady hormones. And Stacie is my 100% who always helps ground me and remind me that although we’re striving for future goals, we’ve got to enjoy the journey happening right now.

My long-winded point is, I hope you get a chance to truly unwind this weekend. To step away from the chaos of life, get present, and enjoy spending time with loved ones. 

Ok, that was deep for a cocktail recipe blog. Time to lighten things up with some refreshing, fizzy, no-sugar added, kombucha cocktails!

blackberry basil kombucha cocktail {or mocktail}

blackberry basil kombucha cocktail A refreshing summer cocktail made with kombucha, blackberry and fresh basil from my herb garden!

Kombucha is a naturally carbonated, fermented tea that contains gut-healthy probiotic bacteria. For this recipe I used GT’s original kombucha {with only 2 grams of sugar}.

I love sipping on kombucha on it’s own, but add some ripe summer berries, fresh herbs, a shot of vodka, a splash of sparkling water and you have a sweet sipper that won’t leave you with gut-rot or a sugar hangover. 

Of course if cocktails aren’t your thing you can easily turn this into a mocktail by omitting the vodka or rum.

Cheers to the Fourth of July weekend!

blackberry_vertical_6And don’t forget to head over to Stacie’s blog to get her Strawberry Mojito Kombucha Cocktail recipe.

Strawberry Mojito Kombucha Cocktail

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Ripe, summer berries and fresh basil muddled together for a refreshing, healthier cocktail {or mocktail}!
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Recipe type: cocktail
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • ½ c fresh blackberries
  • 16 oz. kombucha {original flavor}
  • 4-6 fresh basil leaves
  • 4-6 oz. sparkling water
  • 4 oz vodka {rum or liquor of choice}
  • crushed ice
  • optional: extra berries and basil, for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, or using a mortar and pestle, muddle the blackberries and basil leaves to release the berry juices and form a blackberry basil puree. You can also puree in a blender or food processor.
  2. Place desired amount of crushed ice in two glasses.
  3. Divide the blackberry puree evenly amongst the two glasses.
  4. Add 8 oz. of kombucha and 2 oz. of vodka per glass. You can also add sparkling water to your liking.
  5. Stir, add additional garnish of blackberries and basil leaves, and enjoy!
Notes
**We found out this drink gets better with time as it give the flavors a chance to meld together. So if you have time, let the drink set for 15-30 minutes before enjoying.

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2 comments
  1. Yummm!!! Cocktails, belly laughs and lady hormone chats?! Sounds like the perfect night!! 🙂 I will definitely be making these this summer!!

    • Kelsey! You need to make a trip to MN and come join us real soon! I’m so excited to actually get to hang out with you in a couple weeks at Blogfest — I’m thinking a cocktail/wine night will be in order! Happy 4th and have a great weekend! xo-Lindsey