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Water Kefir: Flavoring and Recipes
Fruit: Fresh or dried fruit can be added either during the fermentation process or after the grains have been removed. Or simply add in anything in a blender with the kefir water and some ice for a refreshing slushy!

Fruit Juice: Fruit juice should only be added once the grains have been removed (It can cause them to cease growing, disintegrate and also dye them the color of the juice). Approximately 1/4 cup juice per 1 quart kefir water is a good amount to start with. Adjust to taste. Lemon juice added at the end of a basic sugar-water kefir with white sugar makes a fantastic lemonade. Orange juice makes a great tangy orange soda. Grape juice is yet another favorite often referred to as Kefir d'uva.

Flavor Extracts: The most commonly used flavor extract is vanilla which makes a smooth cream soda when added (1/2 TBS pure vanilla extract to 1 quart finished water kefir). Be sure to remove the grains before adding a flavor extract. Whole vanilla beans or cinnamon sticks can be used as well.

Orange Vanilla Soda
After 24 hours of fermentation, strain the kefir, take the liquid and add 1/2 TBS vanilla extract per quart. Add a couple orange slices (outer rind peeled if non-organic). Let sit for another 24 hours on the counter, or 24-48 in the fridge. Tighten the lid for more fizz!

Blueberry Coconut
After 24 hours of fermentation, strain the kefir, take the liquid and add 1/4 cup coconut water per quart. Put in a big handful of blueberries. Let sit for another 24 hours on the counter, or 24-48 in the fridge.

Cranberry Apple
After 24 hours of fermentation, strain the kefir, take the liquid and add 1/4 cup cranberry juice per quart. Throw in a couple slices of apple. Let sit for another 24 hours on the counter, or 24-48 in the fridge.

Grape
After 24 hours of fermentation, strain the kefir, take the liquid and add 1/4 cup grape juice per quart. Add a couple grapes if desired as well. Let sit for another 24 hours on the counter, or 24-48 in the fridge. Tighten the lid for more fizz!

Creamy Ginger spice
After 24 hours of fermentation with just ginger and sugar, strain the kefir, take the liquid and add 1/2 TBS vanilla extract and 1 cinnamon stick per quart. Let sit for another 24 hours on the counter, or 24-48 in the fridge. Tighten the lid for more fizz! Serve cold with whip cream on top. Or add some scoops of caramel vanilla ice cream for a delicious float!

Lime Pineapple
After 24 hours of fermentation with a slice of lime (instead of lemon), strain the kefir, take the liquid and add a half cup pineapple chunks per quart, squeeze in the lime juice and discard the lime slice. Let sit for another 24 hours on the counter, or 24-48 in the fridge.

Raspberry mango
After 24 hours of fermentation, strain the kefir, take the liquid and add 1/4 cup mango (or similar tropical fruit juice) per quart. Add in 1/2 cup raspberries. Let sit for another 24 hours on the counter, or 24-48 in the fridge. Tighten the lid for more fizz!

Strawberry lemon
After 24 hours of fermentation, strain the kefir, take the liquid and add 1/2 cup pureed strawberries and squeeze out the juice from the lemon into it. Add a couple whole strawberries if desired as well. Let sit for another 24 hours on the counter, or 24-48 in the fridge. If this is too tart, add in some sugar or honey at the end to taste.

Cola Cherry
After 24 hours of fermentation of just sugar and grains, strain the kefir, take the liquid and add 1/4 cup cherry juice per quart. Add a couple whole cherries if desired as well. Let sit for another 24 hours on the counter, or 24-48 in the fridge. Mix in sugar to taste if desired.

Banana Berry Blend (Slushy or Smoothie)
Take a 1/2 cup frozen berries, 1/2 cup kefir water, 1/4 cup shredded coconut, 1/2 large banana, a couple spoons of applesauce and blend in ice until desired consistency is reached. Add honey or sugar if you would like it sweeter. You can also make a smoothie with a couple scoops vanilla or coconut ice cream instead of ice. This is a very delicious flavor combination.

To make Slushies, Smoothies and Italian Sodas with Water Kefir:

Since water kefir does have some flavor of its own, we recommend starting out with flavors that compliment it one or two at a time, just in case you are not crazy about the final flavor. Most people love many different combinations though, and even fruits like blueberries and bananas can go well with water kefir. Below are some recipes and recommendations!

Water Kefir Slushies:

Put in a blender your finished, ready-to-drink water kefir liquid (a cup or two), fruit of choice and any other add-ins. Blend. THEN add in crushed ice until the consistency is good. Often times people underestimate the amount of ice needed- make sure you have a lot on hand!

Taste, add more fruit or fruit juice if needed (not too much or it will turn runny quickly), and tiny bit of honey or applesauce (or any kind of sugar or stevia) if it needs some more sweetness.

A few great blends to try: lemonade-strawberry, grape, grape-lime, mango-banana, kiwi-raspberry, acai berry, banana-pineapple, cherry, ginger-lemon-orange, blackberry, pomegranate, cranberry-lime, lemon-lime, grape-cherry-strawberry, blueberry-tangerine-banana, banana-apple-raspberry, coconut-blueberry, papaya-banana, strawberry-banana-orange, lychee-coconut-banana, pineapple-banana-guava, orange-banana-grapefruit, watermelon-lime.

Fruit and flavorings can be fresh, frozen, jams or juices. Mix it up and see what new delicious twists you can create! You can also add in carrot juice, aloe, yogurt, soy, cream (make it an italian soda!) ginger, vanilla or chocolate if you're feeling adventurous or looking to boost the nutrition even more!

Water Kefir Smoothies (similar to slushies, but with frozen yogurt or icecream!):

Put in a blender your finished, ready-to-drink water kefir liquid (a cup or two), fruit of choice and any other add-ins. Blend. THEN add in icecream or frozen yogurt of your choice until you reach your desired consistency. Vanilla is always a good base to start with.

Taste, add more fruit or fruit juice if needed (not too much or it will turn runny quickly), and tiny bit of honey or applesauce (or any kind of sugar or stevia) if it needs some more sweetness.

A few great blends to try (same as slushy recommendations): lemonade-strawberry, grape, grape-lime, mango-banana, kiwi-raspberry, acai berry, banana-pineapple, cherry, ginger-lemon-orange, blackberry, pomegranate, cranberry-lime, lemon-lime, grape-cherry-strawberry, blueberry-tangerine-banana, banana-apple-raspberry, coconut-blueberry, papaya-banana, strawberry-banana-orange, lychee-coconut-banana, pineapple-banana-guava, orange-banana-grapefruit, watermelon-lime.

Fruit and flavorings can be fresh, frozen, jams or juices (or extracts such as almond). Mix it up and see what new delicious twists you can create! You can also add in carrot juice, aloe, yogurt, cream (to make a very rich smoothie) ginger, vanilla or chocolate if you're feeling adventurous or looking to boost the nutrition even more! You can also of course add in some delicious bites of cookies, cake, candy, nuts, graham cracker, whatever your heart desires! We recommend sticking to a more basic flavor like vanilla and mixing these in at the end for a chunky effect (and possibly using LOTS of icecream for a Cold Stone type mix-in effect, instead of a drinkable smoothie).

Water Kefir Italian Soda:

These are dynamite!

1. Fill a tall glass cup with ice
2. (Optional - we recommend trying these after you know what the plain version tastes like) add in some flavoring syrup of your choice (grape, cherry, kiwi, cranberry etc). Jam or blended fruit can be used instead of syrup - add honey or sugar if the blended fruit is too bland).
3. Pour in your fizzy water kefir to about an inch from the top. To get fizzy water kefir, bottle it in a specially designed air-tight bottle, such as a swing-top bottle (used for beer, etc) for a couple days until desired fizziness is reached (then add it to this recipe).
4. Add in half and half (half cream, half milk) to the top.
5. Stick in your straw and drink!
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