Bucha Buddha’s Kombucha Martini Recipe

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An elegant night in with delicious drinks and no hangover? Create a kombucha martini mocktail with just a few ingredients. You’ll enjoy the tart sweetness of the kombucha with the extra sweet and spicy ginger simple syrup. 

Any drink served in a martini glass is instantly upgraded. This recipe combines the fruitiness and freshness of oolong tea with the warmth of ginger.


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Kombucha Martini

  • Total Time:
    1 hour 5 minutes

  • Yield:
    2 Servings 1x


Serve this kombucha mocktail on the rocks or straight up. Add a shot of gin or vodka and turn it into an evening kombucha cocktail.



  • 3/4 cup oolong tea kombucha
  • 1/4 cup ginger simple syrup (see below)
  • Ice cubes
  • Juice of 1 lemon


  1. Make the ginger simple syrup. Let cool to room temperature.
  2. Chill each martini glass by adding a few ice cubes to each and setting them aside.
  3. Combine the oolong tea kombucha, ginger simple syrup, lemon juice, and a few ice cubes into a shaker.
  4. Lightly shake to combine.
  5. Discard the ice cubes from the martini glasses.
  6. Strain the tea into each martini glass.
  7. Garnish with a sprig of mint or fruit. (optional)


To make the ginger simple syrup: Combine 1 cup white sugar and 3/4 cup water in a medium saucepan. Heat until the mixture is boiling, stirring constantly. Add 1 cup peeled, chopped fresh ginger and stir. Cover and reduce the heat. Simmer for 15 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and let it steep with the lid on for about 1 hour. Strain out the ginger, reserving the liquid.

Store extra ginger syrup in the fridge for about 1 week.

Use black, green, or white tea kombucha instead of oolong tea.

Add 1.5 ounces vodka or gin in step 3 to create a kombucha cocktail. Rinse each glass with 1 ounce of dry vermouth to create a classic martini taste.

  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes

What Does a Kombucha Martini Taste Like?

A kombucha martini tastes tart and sweet. Oolong tea tastes mellow, fruity, and slightly nutty. The ginger syrup and lemon add a spicy sweetness to this mocktail.

Adding vodka or gin will add a dry or botanical kick.

Does a Kombucha Martini Have Any Health Benefits?

Kombucha is a good source of probiotics. Probiotics live in your intestines and help maintain healthy bacteria levels. Kombucha also has antioxidants that help protect the cells in your body.

Each serving of this kombucha recipe only has 3 oz of kombucha, so you won’t see many benefits from this concoction. However, consuming kombucha in other ways will help you get the maximum benefits from this living culture.

Fresh ginger is said to:

  • Have antibacterial properties that help fight infection.
  • Help settle your stomach.
  • Keep blood sugar levels steady.
  • Reduce inflammation.

Lemon juice provides vitamin C. Vitamin C helps your body make the collagen it needs to heal wounds, enables you to absorb more iron, and boosts your immune system. Additionally, lemon juice contains citric acid, which can increase the PH of your urine, making kidney stones less likely to form.

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Ginger and lemon

How Much Caffeine Is In a Kombucha Martini?

A kombucha martini has approximately 5 mg of caffeine per serving. Kombucha naturally contains caffeine since it’s made from tea that contains caffeine. The SCOBY consumes much of the caffeine as it creates this fermented tea. Kombucha has so little caffeine that most people don’t feel its effects.

How Many Calories Are In a Kombucha Martini?

A kombucha martini has around 112 calories per serving. Kombucha is low in calories, containing only about 30 calories per 8 oz serving. Most of the calories in this recipe come from the ginger simple syrup.

4 Creative Variations of This Recipe

To change up the flavor of this kombucha martini, try the following:

  1. Add 1-2 tbsp of cranberry juice or pomegranate juice to create a festive and fruity kombucha martini.
  2. Create a berry kombucha martini by replacing the ginger simple syrup with blueberry or strawberry syrup.
  3. Instead of plain oolong tea kombucha, use flavored kombucha like cranberry or ginger.
  4. Substitute grapefruit or lime juice for the lemon juice.

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

Make this recipe with young, sweet kombucha. You’ll want the natural sweetness of young kombucha to pair with the lemon and ginger. Older, sour kombucha will add too much vinegar and bitterness to this kombucha recipe. Use your older kombucha to start a SCOBY hotel.

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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