Bucha Buddha’s Kombucha Float Recipe

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Kombucha floats are perfect for a hot summer day. They’re refreshing, sweet, and perfectly fizzy. Use your favorite fermented tea and ice cream flavors to create a cool, fizzy treat. 

This recipe will impress your guests at your next summer barbecue. The measurements can be adjusted to taste, it’s easy to make a smaller or larger portion, and it’s uniquely delicious.


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Kombucha Float

  • Total Time:
    5 minutes

  • Yield:
    2 Servings 1x


This kombucha float recipe is incredibly versatile. Use any flavor of kombucha and any ice cream. Easily make this recipe vegan or gluten-free.



  • 2 scoops ice cream, divided
  • 2 cups kombucha, divided
  • Optional garnish


  1. Put 1 scoop of ice cream into each serving glass. (Tall glasses are ideal)
  2. Slowly pour 1 cup of kombucha over the ice cream. If you pour too quickly, the kombucha will foam up and out of the glass.
  3. Add an optional garnish of cinnamon, chocolate chips, fresh fruit, or shredded coconut.
  4. Serve immediately with a long spoon.


Vanilla is classic, but you can use any ice cream flavor in this recipe.

Use coconut milk or almond milk ice cream for a dairy-free kombucha float.

Try different kombucha flavors or use unflavored, raw kombucha. Use homemade kombucha or store-bought—whichever you prefer.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes

What Does a Kombucha Float Taste Like?

A kombucha float tastes sweet and tangy. The ice cream makes it rich and creamy, while the kombucha adds plenty of fizz. The exact taste of your kombucha float will depend on what flavor of ice cream and kombucha you use.

Keep it simple with vanilla ice cream and unflavored kombucha, or try a creative flavor combination.

Does a Kombucha Float Have Any Health Benefits?

A kombucha float has mixed health benefits.

Kombucha is an excellent source of probiotics that help increase gut health. It also contains antioxidants that support overall health. Kombucha is a good source of vitamin C, which supports your immune system. It also contains B vitamins, which support a healthy mood.

When you combine kombucha with foods like ice cream, you likely won’t experience as many health benefits. Ice cream can be a good source of calcium, but it is often high in sugar and carbs. Sugar raises your blood sugar. Sugar-rich foods also contribute to heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.

Enjoy a kombucha float in moderation as part of a well-rounded diet.

How Much Caffeine Is In a Kombucha Float?

A kombucha float has about 15 mg of caffeine per 8 oz serving if made with black tea kombucha. If you use white or green tea kombucha, your kombucha float will have approximately 7 mg of caffeine.

Generally, even those sensitive to caffeine can enjoy kombucha without adverse side effects. Kombucha tea contains both caffeine and L-theanine. When you drink tea, your mind can stay focused without experiencing a sudden drop in caffeine levels.

How Many Calories Are In a Kombucha Float?

If you make the recipe as directed above, your kombucha float will have about 200 calories per 8 oz serving. The amount of calories depends on the type of ice cream you use and what garnishes you add. It also depends on what flavor of kombucha you use.

Choosing a sugar-free ice cream may reduce the total calories to around 130. If you choose a full-fat, indulgent ice cream and a flavored kombucha, your kombucha float may have 250 or more calories.

7 Flavor Variations on a Kombucha Float

The possible flavor combinations are endless. Use your favorite flavors or build your floats around a party theme. Make your kombucha float with real ice cream, or substitute sorbet for a lighter summertime treat. Try:

Should You Make a Kombucha Float with Young, Sweet Kombucha or Older, Sour Kombucha?

You can make a kombucha float with either type of kombucha. Using older, sour kombucha will make your float extra tangy and bubbly. If you use young kombucha, your float will be less fizzy, but sweeter.

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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