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Living Tea

Healthy recipes for naturally probiotic kombucha

Written by Louise Avery

Published: 15/11/2016

About the author

Louise Avery is the founder and owner of kombucha microbrewery Lois & the Living Teas. The company uses all-natural ingredients to brew health-boosting, sparkling probiotic teas and currently supply high-end gyms and sports centres, such as Barrecore, London-based bars and cafés including Mojo juice bars. Louise lives with her partner in east London, near to her Hackney brewery, and this is her first book. 

Kombucha is a fermented drink (made using tea, sugar, a simple bacteria, and yeast) that is known for its health-giving properties. It is experiencing a resurgence in popularity, along with the trends for home-fermenting, preserving, and enjoying ‘living’ foods. 

Louise Avery began brewing kombucha in 2010 as part of a self-sufficient and healthy lifestyle, living on a Scottish Island in the Hebrides, simply because she loved its unique and moreish taste. Now she is one of London’s best-connected kombucha producers and the owner of Lois and the Living Teas. Here she reveals her tried-and-tested recipes that use the freshest produce to create truly delicious cold teas. 

Starting with an introduction to kombucha, Louise offers information on the types of tea you can use to flavor your kombucha, the health benefits of drinking it, the essential equipment you will need to brew your own and the dos and don'ts when it comes to selecting other ingredients. Following this, she presents a step-by-step basic process for brewing kombucha, bottling and storing, and controlling the yeast. Recipes are then organized by type of base: Fruit, with recipes for Blood Orangeade, Pear and Ginger, Pomegranate and Lime, a Cranberry Cleanse, and Blueberry Lemonade; Vegetable, including Sour Rhubarb Fizz, Striped Candy Beetroot and Lime, and a Virgin Mary. Next up, Flower has ideas for Hibiscus Kombucha, Rose Petal Tea, Lavender Love, and a Hoppy Pale Ale, while Herb, Spice and Tea is where things heat up with Lemongrass Tea, and two Turmeric Immune Boosters, as well as Jasmine Kombucha, and a Lychee Basil 'Mojito'. You'll be spoilt for choice for ways to flavor this health-giving drink.