Bucha Buddha’s Vanilla Kombucha Recipe

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Vanilla kombucha combines delicately sweet flavors with the perfect amount of fizziness and many health benefits. This quick recipe could also be used as a second fermentation recipe with a few tweaks.

Vanilla, a type of orchid, was used as food and currency in ancient times. Just as it was valued back then, it is still of great value and adds a delicious yet subtle flavor to any dish.

As a person who doesn’t enjoy overly sweet drinks, I think this kombucha is perfect as-is. However, if you want to make it sweeter, add a dash of maple syrup to ferment with the vanilla or just before serving.


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Vanilla Kombucha

  • Total Time:
    4 days

  • Yield:
    4 Servings 1x


If you enjoy the subtly sweet vanilla flavor, this flavored kombucha recipe is perfect for you. It is delicious on its own but can also be a tasty addition to several different juices, smoothies, mocktails, and even cocktails.



  • 4 cups homemade kombucha, any type
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • Sliced fruit of choice for garnish (optional)


  1. After the first fermentation, measure out 4 cups of kombucha.
  2. Pour the vanilla extract into your air-tight F2 fermenting vessel.
  3. Pour the kombucha into the same vessel.
  4. Seal the jar tightly and leave it to ferment for 4-7 days away from direct sunlight.
  5. When it’s fermented to your liking, move it to the fridge.
  6. Garnish with fruit of choice (optional).
  7. Enjoy!


Approximately one whole fresh vanilla bean equals 1 tbsp of vanilla extract. If you’re using vanilla bean paste, the measurement is the same as the extract.

The type of kombucha you use is up to you. I like green tea kombucha because its earthy flavors pair nicely with the subtle sweetness of the vanilla. However, you can use white or black tea kombucha as well.

  • Cook Time: 5 minutes

What Does Vanilla Kombucha Taste Like?

Vanilla kombucha is a decadent, smooth, somewhat tart treat that is yummy and refreshing. Some describe it as having a similar taste to cream soda. The carbonation of the kombucha gives it a fizzy note and the subtle sweetness of the vanilla pairs well with the tartness of the kombucha.

Health Benefits of Vanilla Kombucha

Kombucha is bursting with benefits, including probiotics that boost your gut health, help reduce inflammation, and aid weight loss. The naturally occurring antioxidants in the drink may also help fight free radicals.


  • May have a calming effect.
  • Can help curb sugar cravings and intake.
  • May help ease toothaches.
  • Contains antioxidants.

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How Much Caffeine Is in Vanilla Kombucha?

There are about 15 mg of caffeine per serving of vanilla kombucha. This amount will vary depending on what type of kombucha you use. For example, white or green tea kombucha contains less caffeine than black tea kombucha.

Making kombucha without caffeine is impossible, as caffeine helps the SCOBY ferment. However, the small dosage of caffeine does not typically affect most adults.

How Many Calories Are in Vanilla Kombucha?

There are around 35 calories per 8 oz of vanilla kombucha. This low-calorie, healthy drink is an excellent alternative to other sugary drinks.

5 Creative Variations of This Recipe

You can mix and match kombucha flavors as well. Some of our favorite variations include:

  1. Blueberry vanilla kombucha: Add five smashed blueberries to each serving. The blueberry flavor adds a sweet fruitiness to this already delicious drink.
  2. Hibiscus vanilla kombucha: Add a tablespoon of hibiscus to each serving. Adding another floral flavor gives this drink an earthy tone.
  3. Cinnamon or honey: Adding extra sweetness and warmth makes this drink more dimensional. Start with half a teaspoon of honey and just a dash of cinnamon. Add more if desired.
  4. Vodka vanilla kombucha cocktail: Add a shot of vodka and a splash of your favorite juice.
  5. Ginger vanilla kombucha: Add 1/3 teaspoon of ginger to each serving. The vanilla tones down the spice of the ginger and pairs very well.

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

While either kombucha works well, I prefer sweet kombucha for this recipe. The sweetness in the kombucha plays on the subtly sweet vanilla flavor and makes it pop.

An older kombucha is also a delicious choice but will have a more tart taste—older kombucha pairs exceptionally well with fruit infusions. You can also use sour kombucha for your SCOBY hotel, as starter tea, or to make kombucha vinegar.


Margaret has been drinking kombucha for its health benefits since 2010. Not only does she love drinking it, but she also enjoys brewing her own homemade booch. Her favorite combination so far is mint-strawberry, but she is always experimenting with new recipes.

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