Cherry Water Kefir
Recipe type: Beverage
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 2 quarts
Mildly sweet, slightly tart and wonderfully bubbly, this homemade soda gets its fizz from water kefir and its vivid red color from sweet cherries for a drink that's traditionally fermented and rich in beneficial bacteria.
For the Cherry Water Kefir
  • 1 cup water
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon finely ground sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Concentrace
  • ½ cup water kefir grains
  • 1¼ cups sweet cherries, pitted and halved
Special Equipment
  1. First, brew the water kefir. Warm 1 cup of water stovetop and while that is warming up, place the sugar, sea salt, and concentrace into a half gallon jar. Pour the hot water over the sugar, salt, and concentrace and stir with a wooden spoon until fully dissolved. Fill the rest of the jar with fresh water, leaving a couple inches of headspace at the top. The water kefir grains need a room temperature environment so this cools off the hot water. Add the water kefir grains to the sugar water. and then seal your jar with an airlock (like this one). Let the water kefir ferment at room temperature, out of direct sunlight for 2-3 days, or until the flavor suits your taste.
  2. After a few days or when the water kefir tastes the way you like, prepare your cherries and place them into flip-top bottles.
  3. Strain the brewed water kefir (you can place the grains into fresh sugar water to make more kefir). Pour the brewed water kefir into the bottles with the cherries, and seal. Let the cherry water kefir ferment at room temperature for 1-2 days until bubbly. Transfer to the fridge where it will keep for 2 weeks. Strain and serve chilled over ice.
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