how to make flavored kombucha

Lemon Ginger Kombucha Recipe (How to Flavor Kombucha)

This lemon ginger kombucha recipe is one of many classic and delicious flavor combinations you can create using homemade fermented kombucha. Luckily, learning how to flavor kombucha couldn’t be more straightforward. 

Course Drinks, Fermenting, Preserving
Cuisine Pacific Northwest, West Coast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Author The Homesteading Huntress


  • 500-750 mL mature and unrefrigerated kombucha with active SCOBY
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (1 lemon, juiced)
  • 2 inches ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 2 tsp granulated sugar


  • 1 L plastic bottle with cap


  1. Pour kombucha into plastic bottle with resealable lid. 

  2. Add sugar, lemon and ginger. Close bottle and gently shake to dissolve sugar. Set aside at room temperature. 

  3. Check fermentation level by squeezing (closed) bottle every day or every few days. Secondary fermentation is done when bottle is hard to squeeze. "Burp" the bottle by slightly opening the lid to allow gases to escape. Place in fridge and drink within a few days or continue to "burp" bottle until kombucha is finished. "Burping" will prevent bottle from cracking or bursting from continued gas build-up (which slows down, but does not fully stop, when refrigerated). 

Recipe Notes

This lemon ginger kombucha recipe can guide you in flavoring your homemade fermented kombucha with any number of flavor combinations.