Bucha Buddha’s Kombucha Kosmo Mocktail Recipe

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The cosmopolitan is perhaps one of the most sophisticated cocktails in the world of mixology. If you aren't a fan of alcohol and have kombucha on hand, try this unique recipe! Feel like you're on a tropical holiday with this step-by-step kombucha “Kosmo” mocktail guide.

Harness your inner barista with this DIY kombucha recipe. Substituting vodka for tangerine kombucha, we’ve removed the alcoholic volume of this beloved cocktail and turned it into a potent health tonic that’s equally as delicious. With a cocktail shaker or mason jar, even beginners can prepare this fermented tea mocktail in under five minutes.


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Kombucha Kosmo Mocktail

  • Total Time:
    5 minutes

  • Yield:
    2 Servings 1x


This mocktail will soon become a Sunday brunch staple. It’s healthy, easy to put together, and delicious. I recommend serving it in a martini glass, but the choice is yours.



  • 4 ounces cranberry juice
  • 2 ounces lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • Ice cubes
  • 4 ounces of tangerine kombucha
  • 2 slices of lime zest


  1. Chill two martini glasses by placing a few ice cubes in each and setting them aside.
  2. Add the cranberry juice, lime juice, a few ice cubes, and tangerine kombucha to a cocktail shaker.
  3. Shake it vigorously for about 10 seconds.
  4. Remove the ice from the martini glasses.
  5. Strain the blend equally into two chilled martini glasses.
  6. Garnish each drink with a lime peel or wedge, and serve.


Tangerine kombucha is the best-fitting kombucha base for this drink. If you don’t have that, add a splash of orange juice on top of a black tea kombucha to enhance the citric experience.

If you want to add vodka to the drink, add 2 ounces to the shaker in step 2 and shake as usual.

  • Cook Time: 5 minutes

What Does a Kombucha Kosmo Mocktail Taste Like?

This rendition of a kombucha kosmo mocktail tastes tangy, sweet, and subtly tart. Thanks to the lime juice and tangerine kombucha, it has strong aromatic citrus notes that add a distinct flavor. The cranberry juice also adds a touch of tartness to the drink overall.

With no alcohol, this mocktail is light and refreshing.

Does a Kombucha Kosmo Mocktail Have Any Health Benefits?

Kombucha is regarded as one of the most nourishing tonics for health & happiness, and for good reason. For one, it has a high concentration of live bacteria culture. The bacteria cultures in kombucha help promote the growth of good bacteria in your gut, which can further promote good health and protection in your digestive organs.

However, this drink contains minimal kombucha (two ounces), so you’ll get a hint of these benefits but not enough to celebrate.

In addition, this mocktail is quite a standout as far as healthy mocktails go. Here’s some clear info on the benefits of the ingredients used in this fermented drink in more detail:

Cranberry juice:

  • Is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds.
  • May lower the risk of heart disease and urinary tract infections.
  • Is high in vitamin C to keep your immune system strong.


  • Is rich in potassium and magnesium, which is good for the heart.
  • Protects the body against oxidative damage.
  • Helps with digestion.

I can confidently say that drinking a kombucha mocktail daily is good for you. Just be sure to balance it with some good natural foods as well.

How Much Caffeine Is In a Kombucha Kosmo Mocktail?

The kombucha kosmo only contains two ounces of kombucha per serving, meaning that it has approximately 2 mg of caffeine per serving. This amount is minimal, especially when compared to coffee & tea; most adults will feel no effect.

How Many Calories Are In a Kombucha Kosmo Mocktail?

A single serving of a kombucha kosmo mocktail contains approximately 45 calories. Most of the calories come from the cranberry juice, then the kombucha, then just a few from the lime juice.

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

I recommend using younger kombucha for this recipe. The sweetness of the tangerine mellows out the lime’s bolder flavor. “Sweet” house kombucha is not overly sweet either, so you can sip on this home-brewed drink without worrying about any blood sugar spikes.

The cranberry juice already adds a hint of tartness to the mocktail, so using older kombucha tea is a bit overkill. Use sour kombucha as a starter tea for a new homemade batch of kombucha instead.

There are a lot of fermented tea recipes that can be repurposed into cocktails and smoothies, so don’t be afraid to explore and make your own flavorful probiotic powerhouse recipes.


Joshua recently discovered flavored kombucha and has since become a fan of its taste and health properties. He's currently attempting to taste test at least 20 different kombucha flavors, and his current favorite is apple kombucha.

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