Cool off with these refreshing kombucha mocktails! Made with muddled peas and mint, they’re a healthy and unique drink to sip on without alcohol.
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There’s nothing like winding down on a hot spring or summer evening with a cocktail! Especially one that incorporates vegetables in some way. That’s exactly the case with these Muddled Pea and Mint Kombucha Mocktails.
This month’s Recipe Redux challenged us to come up with a refreshing mocktail (or cocktail) that incorporated kombucha. If you don’t know, kombucha is a fermented tea that has beneficial bacteria for your digestive system. So not only do these mocktails have vegetables and fresh mint, they are also good for your gut health!
While I was creating this recipe, I realized that I’ve never actually featured a “drink” on the blog. Sure, I have loads of smoothie recipes on here. But an actual beverage? Nope.
In my defense, it’s not that easy to incorporate vegetables into cocktails. Plus, it’s not that intuitive for me to come up with drink combinations in the first place. Even my years as a waitress watching talented bartenders whip up fancy schmancy cocktails didn’t prepare for making my own.
I decided to focus on 3 things: 1) adding a vegetable to my drink (obviously), 2) making it a seasonal vegetable, and 3) learning how to do that cool “muddling” thing I see bartenders do! Soon enough, I was grinding up peas with my mortar and pestle and shining beer glasses for my customers.
Ok, the last part’s not true. But you get the picture. So without further adieu, here are my kombucha mocktails!
How to Make Kombucha Mocktails
For this recipe, I prefer to use “original” Health-Ade kombucha, but you can use any brand as long as it has an “original” or “plain” flavor. You’ll be doctoring up these drinks with some fresh lemon juice, muddled peas, and mint, as I mentioned earlier.
Once you have your ingredients, follow these steps:
- Use a mortar and pestle to muddle the mint, lemon juice, and peas together until you have broken the skin on most of the peas to release their juices.
- Spoon the pea and mint mixture into two glasses.
- Pour the kombucha on top! Add some ice cubes and garnish with lemon slices and mint leaves.
By the way, if you wanted to sneak in a little gin or vodka, no one will be watching! I recommend making these right before you serve them. They don’t last too well in the fridge and are best enjoyed fresh.
If you like these healthy kombucha mocktails but want to try a cocktail instead, check out the Blended Cucumber Gin Cocktail or Prosecco and Carrot Juice Cocktails while you’re here! For another refreshing drink, see the Healthy Cucumber Mint Lemonade.
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Kombucha Mocktails with Muddled Peas and Mint
- 1/2 cup frozen peas - slightly thawed
- 4 leaves fresh mint - more for garnish
- 1 tbsp lemon juice - from about 1/2 lemon, more to taste
- 16 oz kombucha - original or plain flavor
- Ice cubes
- Use a mortar and pestle to grind up the peas, mint, and lemon juice into a puree. You could also use a blender or food processor.
- Gather 2 old fashioned glasses or 8 oz glasses of your choice. Spoon half of the puree into each glass. Pour 8 oz kombucha into each glass. Add ice cubes, and garnish with fresh mint leaves, lemon slices, and/or whole peas. Enjoy!
- Nutrition facts will vary depending on the type of kombucha used.
- These are best enjoyed right away.
Have a great week! – Lizzie
This post was originally published in May 2018. It was updated with new photos and tips in June 2020.