Last summer the hottest drink trend was spiked seltzers. All last summer there seemed to be a new brand coming out with their take on a hard seltzer, from Bud Light Seltzers to Kona Hard Seltzer to Natty Light Seltzers. It all began to blur together.
This summer’s drink trend is hard kombucha. I kept seeing it everywhere and decided about a month ago in May, I would give it a try.
Ever since then, I’ve become a self-proclaimed conseissur. There is just something so comforting about an ice cold hard kombucha after a long day. I’ve taken them to the beach for sunset and I’ve taken them to socially distant picnics in the park – they’re versatile and well liked by the friends I’m closest to.
Those who enjoy regular kombucha will definitely vibe with hard kombucha. Hard kombucha is made with the same ingredients as regular kombucha: yeast, bacteria, sugar, and tea. The only difference is the fermentation process and the addition of a bit more sugar and a different type of yeast, creating the ultimate fizz. These small differences increase the alcohol content in hard kombucha up to almost 4.5 – 7% ABV.
With all the new boozy kombucha options emerging on the market, it’s difficult to know which is the best tasting and most worthy of your time and money.
I have my ranking for the 5 best hard kombuchas on the market right now:
Flavor: Berry Hibiscus
Kombrewcha in Berry Hibiscus has a really crisp, refreshing flavor. I love the hint of berry and it’s not too tart or sour. It has 4.4% alcohol but to me, you can’t really taste the alcohol. It reminds me more of just regular Kombucha. Kombrewcha comes in a couple other flavors as well, Royal Ginger and Lemongrass Lime, but I prefer the Berry one over the others.
The other flavors remind me more of a health drink rather than an enjoyable alcoholic beverage. I love the convenience of this brand too; the cans are small and portable and very easy to throw in the cooler on the go.
Flavor: Grapefruit Thyme
This Hard Kombucha is really delightful – it’s light and has a slight hint of grapefruit that isn’t overpowering. It reminds me of the Grapefruit White Claw flavor but less artificial tasting. Even if you’re not the biggest regular Kombucha fan, I think that this flavor tastes less like Kombucha than some other Hard Kombuchas on the market. Warning, it’s not very sweet so if you prefer cocktails that taste like soda or lemonade, this is definitely not anything similar to those types of drinks.
It has a 4.5% ABV which is similar to a light beer. I have not tried shot-gunning Hard Kombucha but I could definitely see that being a power move.
Tura Alcoholic Kombucha
Flavor: Blueberry Ginger
I’m usually not the biggest fan of Ginger but you can barely taste it in this drink. Tura offers a nice blend of sweet and tangy. It comes in a glass bottle which makes it feel a bit more fancy and old school. It reminds me of bringing an old school Coke bottle to a picnic except it’s not soda, it’s tea. Coca Cola 2020 revamp possibly? Sort of? Ha.
Tura in Blueberry Ginger is perfect for a backyard BBQ with friends. Either way, this Kombucha offers a refreshing and sweet drink without an artificial sugary taste.
Unity Vibration Kombucha Beer
With a 9.2% ABV, this Kombucha gave me a bit more of a buzz than the other ones so if you’re looking for a good time, this is the one for you. Unity Vibration KPA tastes like grapefruit and berries with a slight oaky flavor. It’s flavor palette is definitely more robust in nature and much stronger than the other Hard Kombuchas that I’ve mentioned. I would say this Kombucha is suited more towards those who enjoy IPA’s.
The main selling point of Unity Vibration is its higher alcohol content, the taste reflects that but nonetheless it was still enjoyable.
Flavor: Ginger Lime Rosehips
Personally, I am a huge fan of Moscow Mules and this Ginger Lime Rosehips flavor Hard Kombucha does the trick for me. It’s obviously a lot healthier than a moscow mule but it resembles that same flavor profile. With 7% ABV, it offers a higher alcohol content than most other Hard Kombuchas on the market. It’s locally crafted in San Diego, CA so through supporting this brand, you’re supporting a small business in a time of economic uncertainty which is a huge plus.
All Boochcraft kombuchas are smooth without any harsh aftertaste, you can immediately tell it is high quality buch. The other flavors of Boochcraft include grapefruit, orange, and turmeric but ginger lime was my favorite. Although the other flavors were pretty good too.
Now that wraps up my top 5 hard kombucha picks
As summer goes on, I’m sure I’ll be trying even more flavors to update this ranking.