(I REE-HEALLY wanted to title this Combucha Christmas Cosmo. But I refrained. I just told you about it instead.)
Okay. It’s The Holidays. You’re shopping, playing, fluttering, or flapping wildly around like a flamingo on fire like I am, and trying to attend to all of your joyous holiday festivities. It is EXHAUSTING. And fun. And…exhausting.
It can also be stressful, especially when you’re keeping up with little people with food allergies, or big people with poor boundaries. I have some thoughts for how to navigate those here. But I digress.
I enjoy most of the celebration and commotion, and anticipate typical holiday flavors. Also, I try my best to sneak extra nutrition into my holiday indulgences because it makes me feel slightly better about imbibing. This is my favorite Christmas cocktail. It has Grade B organic maple syrup and Kombucha. Have you ever had Kombucha? It’s tart. Its tasty. It’s alive. Kombucha is loaded with great healthy gut bacteria that eat yeast and sugar and bring flora into balance. It’s like eating a bowl of yogurt but better. It boosts your immune system, improves digestion, and gives a little burst of energy. So, why not make a cocktail with it? Right? Right.
My husband is our kombucha brewmaster, so we often have our own kombucha in a variety of flavors. But because he works full time, he often forgets to keep up with it. We like GT Kombucha Synergy brand just as much as our home brew, and use it as our default in this recipe.
Oh, and in case you aren’t a kombucha fan, you can use regular cranberry juice. Your Cosmo will be sadder for it, though. You can also substitute sparkling tonic water and orange juice in lieu of the vodka and Cointreau if you’re alcohol-free.
Christmas Kombucha Cosmo (Yields 3 servings)
1 cup of good quality vodka
1/2 cup of Cointreau
1 cup Cranberry Cosmos by GT Kombucha
3 Tbsp fresh lime juice
2 tsp Grade B organic maple syrup
1 tsp fresh ginger juice (if you’re feeling extra industrious)
1) Mix everything together with a spoon in a small pitcher.
2) Drink and [maybe] share with others.
3) Feel festive and fancy.
See? Wild, flaming flamingo tamed. Mostly. Except for THAT HAIR.