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While some people like to use white sugar for kefir, I prefer to use rapadura. This gives the finished brew a nice flavor with a hint of molasses. To make flavored water kefir soda, you just add some flavoring after the initial fermentation is complete and allow the soda to ferment for one additional day on the counter. I find that both plain and flavored water kefir are much tastier if you add a generous amount of fresh lemon or lime juice to each glass.
Grape Vanilla Water Kefir Soda
|LEFT: finished water kefir; RIGHT: rapadura water before fermentation|
- Water kefir grains
- 1/4 cup rapadura
- 3 cups filtered water
For the second fermentation:
- Small handful raisins, chopped
- 1/3 of a vanilla bean pod, sliced lengthwise and scraped to release the vanilla beans
- Fresh lemon or lime juice (optional, but highly recommended!)
If desired, you can strain the soda to remove the raisins and vanilla. I like to leave them in, as they continue to add flavor while the soda is in the fridge. You can also add a large squeeze of fresh lemon or lime juice to each glass as you drink it. I love to use juice from half of a lemon or lime in each glass of water kefir; simply delicious!
For more information on water kefir, visit see the Water Kefir FAQs at Cultures for Health.
What is your favorite way to flavor water kefir?
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