How to Flavor Kombucha with Essential Oils

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We love to flavor kombucha with essential oils.

Essential oils are sort of the lazy way of flavoring kombucha, but it’s super easy, tastes amazing, and adds health benefits to our kombucha.  So we could argue that it’s actually brilliant, not lazy, to flavor kombucha with essential oils, right?

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How to Flavor Kombucha with Essential Oils

Our favorite oils for flavoring kombucha are Wild Orange, Kumquat, and Green Mandarin.  We’ve also used Ginger with mango.

This is my favorite way to purchase essential oils.

Favorite flavor combos

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Wild Orange + Vanilla

  • With Wild Orange we also add the vanilla beans leftover from making homemade vanilla extract.  So these aren’t brand new beans, which would probably taste amazing but would also be kind of pricey if you were using them only for kombucha.
  • Each 33 oz. bottle gets one vanilla bean, or sometimes even just half a bean.  (Sometimes I have to cut the vanilla beans to fit in small jars when making homemade vanilla.)
  • This Orange-Vanilla combo is our favorite!  The flavor is reminiscent of a creamsicle.

Even our littlest guy loves Vanilla-Orange kombucha!  Just for fun, here’s a picture of him drinking kombucha last year at our old house, right before we moved to the farm (hence the empty shelves).

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Kumquat or Green Mandarin

  • With Kumquat and Green Mandarin, we add only the essential oil and nothing else.  The flavor is sweet and citrusy.

Ginger + Mango

  • For the Ginger combo, we add a few pieces of mango to each 33 oz. bottle.
  • This flavor definitely has a zing!  If you love ginger, you’ll probably love this combo.

How much oil?

We add about 5 drops essential oil to each 33 oz. swing bottle.

Do you make kombucha?  Have you ever tried to flavor kombucha with essential oils?



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  1. Bethany on 06/13/2019 at 7:46 pm

    Do you let the kombucha do a second ferment with the oils? Or do you just add it when your ready to drink?

    • Kathleen on 06/29/2019 at 12:04 am

      We add essential oil when we’re ready to drink.

  2. Bec Haley on 01/20/2021 at 8:13 pm

    I was going to add the oils before the 2nd fermentation process. Have you tried that? This is my first time making kombucha. I’d love your elaborate thoughts.

    • Kathleen Henderson on 01/20/2021 at 9:56 pm

      We have experimented with a 2nd ferment, so I can’t offer any advice. But it’s definitely worth a shot! Maybe try it with just one small batch, or one jar, and see what you think?

  3. on 07/29/2021 at 3:04 pm

    I have added a few drops of each- cinnamon and ginger drops when the water is hot making the tea. The water gets a little oily on the surface, it doesn’t seem to affect the mother. I have not heard of adding wild orange. That sounds super fun!
    Thanks for the suggestion.

    • Kathleen Henderson on 07/30/2021 at 8:10 am

      So many delicious possibilities! 🙂

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