Bucha Buddha’s Kombucha & Soda Recipe

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Kombucha & soda is a tangy twist on the classic scotch and soda. With minimal ingredients and preparation, this kombucha recipe is the perfect go-to mocktail for your next gathering.

Chop fresh lemons and limes for a burst of flavor. Then, combine sparkling water and kombucha, add ice, and you’re done! Whip up this mocktail in less than ten minutes.


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Kombucha & Soda

  • Total Time:
    7 minutes

  • Yield:
    2 Servings 1x


This elevated kombucha recipe was inspired by the traditional scotch & soda. It adds a zesty flavor and extra carbonation to raw kombucha.




  1. Add 1 handful of ice to each serving glass.
  2. Pour 1/4 cup of kombucha into each glass.
  3. Squeeze 2-3 lime and lemon wedges into each glass. Cup one hand and squeeze the juice through your fingers so the seeds filter out and the juice goes into the serving glass.
  4. Add 1/2 cup of sparkling water to each glass.
  5. Garnish with the rest of the lime and lemon wedges.
  6. Serve.


Substitute black tea kombucha with white or green tea kombucha for a lighter flavor. Or, use flavored kombucha in place of plain black tea kombucha. Try ginger kombucha, cranberry kombucha, or passionfruit kombucha.

Experiment with other flavors of sparkling water. Use your favorite flavor, or try orange, cranberry, or black cherry. Choose sparkling water without added sweeteners.

If you find this recipe too tart, add a tiny pinch of stevia for sweetness. Alternatively, add a splash of ginger ale or your favorite fruit juice.

Add a shot of vodka or scotch to turn this kombucha & soda into a cocktail.

  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes

What Does a Kombucha & Soda Taste Like?

Kombucha & soda tastes tangy and fresh. It has a sharp citrus taste, followed by tang and sweetness from the kombucha. Kombucha & soda has plenty of fizz from the sparkling water and the kombucha.

You’ll notice hints of floral and earthiness in your mocktail if you use green or white tea kombucha.

Does Kombucha & Soda Have Any Health Benefits?

Kombucha offers many health benefits, including better gut health. This fermented tea is a good source of live probiotics. Probiotics help maintain the correct balance of bacteria in your gut. The live kombucha cultures can also help create a more diverse gut bacteria. Kombucha also provides essential nutrients like vitamins B and C and antioxidants.

Sparkling water helps support hydration. Since sparkling water comes in different flavors, many prefer it to plain water. Sparkling water makes a great alternative to soft drinks since it has zero grams of sugar, few calories, and few carbohydrates.

Lemon and lime juices are a good source of Vitamin C. Vitamin C helps support your immune system. It also helps you digest iron and make red blood cells. They also contain antioxidants, which help protect your cells from damage.

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How Much Caffeine Is In a Kombucha & Soda?

Kombucha & soda, made with 1/4 cup of kombucha, has approximately 5 mg of caffeine per 8 oz serving.

It isn’t easy to calculate the exact amount of caffeine in kombucha. Brewing temperature, brewing time, and the variety of tea used all affect the amount of caffeine in this fermented tea.

Unflavored, raw kombucha made with black tea typically has about 15 mg of caffeine per 8 oz serving. Green and white tea are lower in caffeine, creating a finished kombucha with between 5 and 10 mg of caffeine per 8 oz serving.

How Many Calories Are In a Kombucha & Soda?

Kombucha & soda has approximately 13 calories per 8 oz serving. Each serving contains 1/4 cup of kombucha, which contains about eight calories. Lemon and limes contribute just a few more calories to this kombucha soda. Kombucha & soda is also low-sugar and gluten-free.

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

Make this recipe with young, sweet kombucha. Use kombucha after either the first or second fermentation. Stop fermentation while your homebrewed kombucha has a tangy, sweet taste—usually around day eight of the first fermentation.

Older kombucha is best used as the starter tea for 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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