Bucha Buddha’s Mango Cayenne Kombucha Recipe

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This mango cayenne kombucha is the perfect balance of heat and sweetness. It tastes like summer—refreshing, bright, and bubbly. Both mango and cayenne are rich in Vitamin C, which helps support your immune system. 

If you like sweet heat, you’ll love this mango cayenne kombucha. It’s the perfect way to enhance your batch of kombucha. You only need a few ingredients to put together this addicting (yet healthy) fermented drink.


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Mango Cayenne Kombucha

  • Total Time:
    2 days

  • Yield:
    16 Servings 1x


This kombucha has a bit of kick to it, but the spiciness is easily adjusted. Similarly, experiment with different spice elements and fruits— the combinations are deliciously endless.



  • 14 cups green tea kombucha
  • 2 cups diced mango, fresh or frozen
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper


  1. Puree the mango in a blender or food processor.
  2. Add the cayenne pepper and pulse a few times to blend the ingredients together.
  3. Add 2 tbsp of the mixture to each glass bottle.
  4. Fill the bottles with kombucha, leaving 1-inch headspace. Cap tightly.
  5. Let the bottles ferment at room temperature for 2-3 days.
  6. Refrigerate to stop the fermentation. Enjoy as desired.


You can use frozen, fresh, or canned mango. Look for canned mango with no added sugar.

If you are sensitive to heat, decrease the cayenne pepper to 1/8 tsp. Alternatively, add more cayenne if you enjoy spicy foods.

Add 1 tbsp of lime juice to the blender when you add the cayenne pepper for a zesty mango lime cayenne kombucha.

Green tea kombucha works better here, but you could also use white tea kombucha. Oolong or black tea kombucha will likely be too strong and overpower the mango.

Create a new flavor by substituting pineapple for mango or using a combination of the two.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Fermenting Time: 48 hours

What Does Mango Cayenne Kombucha Taste Like?

Mango cayenne kombucha is sweet with a bit of heat. It’s fresh and has lots of fizz. Mango brings sweetness with a hint of citrus and floral scents. The small amount of cayenne brings just a bit of heat. The earthiness of green tea compliments the sweetness of mango and the heat from the cayenne pepper.

How Spicy is Cayenne Pepper?

Cayenne pepper is made from ground cayenne chilis. Cayenne pepper has a rating of 4-5 on the Scoville scale. The Scoville scale rates the spiciness of peppers in units called SHU. Bell peppers rate 0 SHU, while ghost peppers rate 1,000,000. Cayenne peppers are solidly in the middle, scoring 30,000-50,000 SHU.

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Cayenne pepper

If you prefer not to use cayenne pepper, try these substitutions:

  • Smoked paprika: This spice has about half the heat of cayenne pepper. If you use 1/4 tsp, you’ll barely notice any heat.
  • Red pepper flakes: These are close to the strength of cayenne pepper. Start with a 1:1 substitution.
  • Chili powder: Chili powder is made from many different peppers. Start with an equal substitution and adjust as needed.
  • Tabasco sauce: Some Tabasco sauces have a much different flavor profile than cayenne pepper and may clash with the mango. Try just a few dashes of Tabasco sauce as a substitute.

Health Benefits of Mango Cayenne Kombucha

Kombucha is full of probiotics that help your digestion, support your liver and kidney function, and aid your immune system. It is gluten-free and dairy-free. Green tea kombucha is full of antioxidants that help protect your cells from damage. Green tea can also boost your metabolism, helping you burn more fat.

Mangos are:

  • An antioxidant.
  • Full of vitamins and minerals.
  • High in Vitamins A and C.
  • High in fiber, which helps prevent colon cancer, aid in weight loss, and protect against heart disease
  • Great for your digestive system, immune system, skin, eyes, and heart.

Mangos contain the oil urushiol, which can cause allergic reactions in some people. If you experience a reaction after consuming mango, consult your doctor right away.

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Cayenne peppers:

  • Are a good source of capsaicin, which helps reduce inflammation in your body. Capsaicin can help keep your blood vessels healthy and may help lower blood pressure.
  • Are great for digestion. Cayenne pepper increases gastric juices and enzymes that help your break down food.
  • Are rich in vitamins A, B6, C, and vitamin K. Vitamin A is crucial for healthy eyes, a strong immune system, and a healthy heart and lungs.
  • Can help clear congestion.
  • Can help increase your gut microbiome. Capsaicin can help promote a diverse microbiome, increasing your overall wellness.

Cayenne peppers are members of the nightshade family, which includes tomatoes, eggplants, and tomatoes.

How Much Caffeine Is in Mango Cayenne Kombucha?

Mango cayenne kombucha made from green tea has about 3-5 mg of caffeine per 8 oz serving. Kombucha contains caffeine since it’s made from caffeinated tea. It is much lower in caffeine than coffee, which can have well over 100 mg per cup.

Caffeine in tea acts differently than caffeine in coffee. Tea contains both caffeine and L-theanine. L-theanine raises your dopamine and serotonin and helps calm your mind. The combination of L-theanine and caffeine has been proven to improve brain function better than caffeine alone.

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

Make this recipe with young, sweet homemade kombucha. The flavors of the mango and cayenne pepper work best when you pair them with fermented tea that is still fresh. Don’t be afraid to try this spicy combo—you might discover a new favorite flavor!

If you have older, sour kombucha, use it as a jump start for your next batch of starter tea.

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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