Bucha Buddha’s Blackberry Lime Kombucha Recipe

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Blackberry lime kombucha is zingy and refreshing. It’s high in Vitamin C, which helps protect your immune system and keeps you healthy. This second-fermentation kombucha recipe is a must-try!

If you’re looking for a tart and sweet afternoon drink—you’ve found it with this blackberry lime kombucha. Put this together in under ten minutes, let it ferment, and you’ll have a healthy drink full of nutrients and probiotics.


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Blackberry Lime Kombucha

  • Total Time:
    4 days

  • Yield:
    16 Servings 1x


Blackberry lime kombucha will soon become one of your go-to recipes. This tart kombucha recipe is refreshing, customizable, and delicious.



  • 3/4 gallon (14 cups) black tea kombucha, after the first fermentation
  • 2 cups blackberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice


  1. Place the blackberries in a bowl and smash them with a spoon or potato masher to break up the berries and release their juices.
  2. Transfer the blackberries to a gallon jar. Add the lime juice and kombucha. Stir to combine.
  3. Cover the jar with a cheesecloth secured by a rubber band.
  4. Let the jar ferment for 2 days at room temperature.
  5. Strain the kombucha into a large pot to remove the solids.
  6. Pour the mixture into individual flip-top bottles and cap tightly.
  7. Let ferment for 2 days at room temperature.
  8. Refrigerate to stop the fermentation and carbonation. Enjoy when desired.


If you don’t have fresh blackberries, use frozen. Let the berries thaw before mashing them.

Use green tea, white tea, or a mixture of unflavored kombuchas for this recipe.

Add your sweetener of choice after straining the kombucha if you want the final product to be sweeter.

Garnish with fresh lime slices, blackberries, mint, or rosemary leaves.

Turn this fermented drink into a cocktail with a splash of vodka.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Fermenting Time: 96 hours

What Does Blackberry Lime Kombucha Taste Like?

Blackberry lime kombucha is sweet and tart, with a bold fruity tea flavor. It’s carbonated with plenty of fizz. The sharp flavors of the blackberries and lime pair beautifully with the strong flavor of black tea. If you use green tea or white tea kombucha, your blackberry lime kombucha will take on the taste of these teas, making it earthy, sweet, and slightly floral.

Health Benefits of Drinking Blackberry Lime Kombucha

Kombucha is a good source of probiotics, enzymes, vitamins, and antioxidants. Probiotics help maintain the correct ratio of good to bad bacteria in your gut. The B and C vitamins in kombucha help support your mental health and your immune system. Vitamin C is also crucial for iron absorption. Kombucha is naturally vegan and gluten-free.

Limes come in various colors and sizes but are all high in nutrients. Limes:

  • Are a good source of antioxidants, which help protect your cells from free-radical damage.
  • Are a good source of iron, calcium, and potassium.
  • Are high in Vitamin C, which helps your body make collagen. Collagen helps keep your skin firm and strong as you age.
  • May help prevent kidney stones—limes are high in citric acid, which may prevent kidney stones from forming.
  • May lower your risk of cancer—citrus fruits have been shown to reduce the chances of certain cancers.

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Choose your blackberries wisely—they are the only fruit that doesn’t ripen once picked from the vine. Blackberries:

  • Are a good source of Vitamin K, which helps your blood clot.
  • Are a good source of manganese, which may help prevent osteoporosis and help manage blood sugar.
  • A good source of fiber, which helps improve your blood sugar levels and your digestion.
  • Are helpful in preventing heart disease—blackberries contain anthocyanins, which may help improve cholesterol levels and inflammation in your body.
  • May help increase oral health—blackberries have antibacterial properties that may help fight bacteria that cause oral diseases.

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How Many Calories Are in Blackberry Lime Kombucha?

Each batch of homemade kombucha is different, so it’s hard to calculate the exact calories in homebrewed blackberry lime kombucha. Generally, you can expect each 8 oz serving to have about 44 calories.

Even though kombucha is made with sugar, most of the sugars are consumed by the SCOBY or yeast and bacteria. They become beneficial enzymes, acids, and a good source of healthy bacteria.

How Much Caffeine is in Blackberry Lime Kombucha?

Blackberry lime kombucha has between 10 and 15 mg of caffeine per serving. White and green tea kombucha have less caffeine—around 5 mg per serving. Kombucha has significantly less caffeine than a cup of coffee, which has around 95 mg of caffeine.

Kombucha needs caffeine to ferment correctly. Caffeine provides the kombucha SCOBY with nitrogen that stimulates the growth of bacteria and yeast. Without caffeine, your SCOBY will starve and eventually die.

Should You Make This Recipe with Young, Sweet Kombucha or Older, Sour Kombucha?

Make this recipe with young, sweet kombucha. Lime juice and blackberries are tart and work best with sweet flavors. Sweet kombucha will help balance the bold, sour fruits and create a bubbly drink with a delicious fruity flavor.

Use older kombucha to help jump-start your next batch of kombucha.

Sarah Pearce

Sarah first tried kombucha in 2015 and she was hooked. Her favorite flavor is ginger, but cranberry comes in a close second. She made her own for many years and loved experimenting with fruit flavors.

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