Lemon Rosemary Lavender Mandarin Water Kefir
Summer is coming, and with long hot days soon to be underway it’s time to break out the cool refreshing drinks!
Get a jump start on your scorching-summer beverage recipe collection with some Lemon Rosemary Lavender Mandarin Water Kefir! (That’s a mouthful!! But thankfully, you don’t have to say it, just drink it lol. )
Once made, the kefir acts as a preservative, and can be stored in the cupboard or the fridge, so you can start now stocking your pantry with a variety of healthy probiotic-packed beverages ready to drink when you need them!
I sterilize single serving pop bottles to reuse for this purpose. Easy to grab on the way out and plenty of flavor options.
Water kefir will continue fermenting over time and flavors will develop and change. If you DO store it, make sure to strain out any fruit to avoid off-flavors.
If you haven’t been introduced to water kefir yet, I’ve written several articles and recipe ideas to tempt you with.:)
- Learn the basics Water Kefir Basics & Flavorings
- Find out more about Feeding Water Kefir (extra nutrients for your WK)
- Make Water Kefir Tea
- or, WK Coffee
If you don’t have your own water kefir grains yet, you can pick them up here.
My articles to date are by no means exhaustive; there are absolutely endless flavoring possibilities. One of the things I love best about it is how versatile it really is. It makes it very easy to get a healthy dose of probiotics on a daily basis (which I do!).
I had already added a few lemon slices to 8 cups of finished water kefir (kefir lemonade is a favorite) when I spotted the bag of mandarin oranges on the counter. I sliced one up and added it too.
I also added a pinch of dried lavender and a pinch of rosemary.
I put a lid on it and let it ferment for 3 days. Since I was using a glass jar, I opened the lid daily to release excess CO2 build up.
After 2 – 5 days (to your taste), strain if desired or leave the fruit in for a colorful refreshing kefir drink! Let chill in the fridge and serve. Enjoy!