Bucha Buddha’s Strawberry Kombucha Recipe

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Fruit-infused kombuchas are among the most popular flavors sold in stores. This strawberry kombucha is a perfect balance of sweetness and tang. Use your homemade kombucha to make this easy second-fermentation recipe. 

Strawberries come in more than 600 varieties. The most common strawberry is the red variety sold in most grocery stores, but you can also find white, golden, pink, and yellow strawberries. Combining their health benefits with kombucha makes this a powerful and delicious tea.


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Strawberry Kombucha

  • Total Time:
    4 days

  • Yield:
    16 Servings 1x


This recipe is very versatile. Use fresh or frozen strawberries and your favorite kombucha tea base. White, green, or black tea complement strawberries exquisitely.



  • 1 gallon of kombucha, after the first fermentation
  • 1 cup strawberries, cut in half


  1. Puree the strawberries with a blender or food processor.
  2. Divide your kombucha evenly among your glass bottles. Make sure to leave about 3 inches of headspace at the top.
  3. Evenly divide the strawberry puree among your bottles, leaving a 1-inch headspace.
  4. Seal your glass bottles tightly.
  5. Let them ferment at room temperature for 3-5 days. The warmer it is, the faster your kombucha will second ferment.
  6. After 3 days, open 1 bottle and taste your strawberry kombucha. If you enjoy the taste, refrigerate your glass bottles to stop the fermentation. If you want a sweeter or stronger strawberry flavor, let your bottles ferment for 1 or 2 more days before refrigerating.
  7. Strain before serving, or enjoy as is!


Use fresh or frozen strawberries in this recipe. Thaw frozen berries before chopping or blending.

If you don’t have a blender or food processor, finely dice your strawberries and distribute them evenly among your glass bottles.

Add a shot of gin upon serving for a refreshing cocktail, or pour your strawberry kombucha over ice cream to create a strawberry kombucha float!

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Fermenting Time: 96 hours

What Does Strawberry Kombucha Taste Like?

Strawberry kombucha tastes both sweet and tart. It has plenty of fizz created from the fermented fruit. You’ll taste a strong, sweet fruity strawberry flavor. You’ll also taste a strong tea flavor that compliments the strawberries. Black tea is robust and slightly bitter, green tea is herbaceous, and white tea is fresh and floral.

What Are the Health Benefits of Strawberry Kombucha?

Kombucha is a fermented food containing antioxidants, probiotics, digestive acids, and enzymes. It helps increase the good bacteria in your gut and diversify your gut microbiome, leading to better overall health. The kombucha SCOBY also infuses your brew with vitamins B and C. Kombucha is gluten-free and vegan.


  • Help support your heart. Strawberries contain anthocyanins, which are believed to reduce inflammation and the risk of heart disease.
  • Help regulate your blood sugar. Anthocyanins also help slow down glucose absorption, keeping your blood sugar steady.
  • Contain polyphenols. Polyphenols help stop the growth of cancerous cells.
  • Have a low glycemic index. Foods low on the glycemic index help prevent blood-sugar spikes. Steady blood sugar levels can help promote weight loss.

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How Much Caffeine Is In Strawberry Kombucha?

Strawberry kombucha has around 15 mg of caffeine per 8 oz serving if you make it with black tea kombucha. White and green tea have closer to 7 mg per 8 oz serving. Use whichever flavor of homemade kombucha you have on hand. Kombucha has such little caffeine that it is typically safe for most individuals.

How Many Calories Are In Strawberry Kombucha?

Strawberry kombucha has around 40 calories per 8 oz serving. Each batch of kombucha varies in the exact amount of calories it contains. Strawberries, too, vary in size and calories, so it can be challenging to calculate the precise amount of calories in strawberry kombucha.

6 Creative Additions to This Recipe

If you’d like to get creative with your flavored kombucha, try one of the ideas below:

  1. Basil: Add 1/4 cup of loosely-packed fresh basil when you puree the strawberries. Or, finely chop your fresh basil and evenly divide it with your diced strawberries.
  2. Rosemary: Add a few pieces of fresh rosemary when you add your strawberries to your glass bottles.
  3. Mint: Add 1-2 fresh mint leaves to each glass bottle when you add your strawberries.
  4. Kiwi: Substitute 3-4 kiwis for 1/4 of the strawberries. Chop and puree them with the strawberries.
  5. Ginger kombucha: Finely chop a 1-inch piece of ginger root. Add 4-5 slices to each bottle after you add the strawberries.
  6. Strawberry lemonade: Stir 1/4 cup of lemonade into your strawberry puree before dividing it among your glass bottles. Or, use 1/4 fresh lemon juice and 1/4 cup cane sugar instead of lemonade.

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

Make this recipe with young, sweet kombucha. Stop your first fermentation when it balances sweetness and tang well, usually around day eight. After it ferments with the strawberries, your kombucha still be lightly sweet with a good balance of tartness. It will also have plenty of carbonation.

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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