Turn your favorite good-for-you probiotic tea into a healthy sangria cocktail packed with a medley of fresh summer fruit. Bursting with the flavors of sweet berries, tart cherries, savory apple, ginger and hibiscus, this refreshingly light Kombucha Tea & Vodka Sangria recipe will satisfy your sweet cocktail cravings any summer night.
Why include Probiotic Tea in your Diet?
Probiotic tea, also known as kombucha, is a fermented beverage made from tea, sugar, and a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast (SCOBY). It has gained popularity in recent years due to its potential health benefits. Here's why probiotic tea, like kombucha, can be good for you:
- Probiotics: Kombucha is a natural source of probiotics, which are beneficial bacteria that can have a positive impact on your gut health. Consuming probiotics can help balance the microbiota in your digestive system, potentially improving digestion and supporting a healthy gut.
- Digestive health: Probiotic-rich foods and beverages like kombucha may alleviate symptoms of digestive disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and diarrhea. They can also promote regular bowel movements and reduce bloating.
- Immune system support: A significant portion of your immune system resides in your gut. The presence of healthy gut bacteria, which probiotics can contribute to, may help strengthen your immune system and make you more resilient to infections and illnesses.
- Nutrient absorption: A healthy gut microbiome can enhance nutrient absorption, ensuring that your body gets the most out of the food you eat. This can lead to better overall nutrition and improved energy levels.
- Antioxidants: Kombucha is rich in antioxidants, which can help protect your cells from damage caused by free radicals. Antioxidants are known for their potential to reduce the risk of chronic diseases and support overall health.
- Detoxification: Some proponents claim that kombucha can help detoxify the body by aiding in the elimination of harmful substances. While more research is needed in this area, the acids and enzymes present in kombucha may support liver function, which plays a role in detoxification.
- Weight management: Some studies suggest that the consumption of probiotics can be associated with better weight management and a reduced risk of obesity. Kombucha, as a probiotic-rich beverage, may contribute to these benefits.
It's important to note that while probiotic tea can offer potential health benefits, individual responses can vary, and the scientific research on its effects is ongoing. Moreover, kombucha contains varying levels of alcohol due to the fermentation process, so it should be consumed in moderation, especially by individuals who are sensitive to alcohol or have certain medical conditions.
If you decide to incorporate probiotic tea into your diet, consider starting with small amounts to gauge your body's response, and consult with a healthcare professional if you have any underlying health concerns or conditions. Additionally, be mindful of added sugars, as some commercial kombucha products can contain high levels of sugar, which may counteract some of the health benefits.
Kombucha Tea & Vodka Sangria Recipe
- 4 ounces Kombucha Tea
- 1 1/2 ounces Ginger Hibiscus Simple Syrup
- 1 ounce Tito's Vodka
- 1 1/2 tbsp Apple, diced
- 1 1/2 tbsp Strawberry, diced
- 3 – 4 Cherries, pitted
- Crushed ice
- In a large measuring cup combine kombucha tea and Ginger Hibiscus Simple Syrup and stir. Chill in the refrigerator for an hour or make a day ahead and chill overnight.
- Slice apples and strawberries
- Using a tall Mojito style glass add some crushed ice. Then begin layering the fruit.
- Layer the apples, strawberries and top with the pitted cherries.
- Pour the chilled kombucha tea and Hibiscus Simple syrup mixture over the fruit and ice.
Enjoy your kombucha tea and vodka sangria! It's a refreshing and tangy cocktail that's perfect for warm weather or any occasion when you want a unique and flavorful drink. Remember to drink responsibly.
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