Food & Drink

Clearly Kombucha's Detoxifying Cocktail

Fermented tea made tasty

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When kombucha first hit shelves, we heralded it the hangover cure — then promptly vowed to use it as a mixer.

Alison Zarrow and Caleb Cargle had the same idea, now manifest in Clearly Kombucha. To get the drink’s fullest range of organic acids with a softer taste, the duo uses a 30-day whole-leaf green tea fermentation process. Cold filtration removes benefitless dead yeast cells.

The flavors (original, Asian pear, black currant, tangerine, and ginger berry) in Rainbow Brite-reminiscent bottles defy the expected and pair beautifully with booze. So Zarrow and Cargle generously whipped up a cocktail just for us.

Prepare to multitask.

The NorCal Kicker
Serves one

½ lime
2 oz. vodka (Charbay or Hangar One, if possible)
6 oz. Clearly Kombucha ginger berry
2 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters

1. In a Collins glass, squeeze lime and add shell.

2. Top with 3-4 ice cubes.

3. Add vodka, kombucha, and bitters. Stir.

Clearly Kombucha is available at Rainbow Grocery, 1745 Folsom Street, at 13th Street (415-863-0620); by the case at clearlykombucha.com, $36. To find a store near you, go to facebook.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Clearly Kombucha

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1745 Folsom St
@ 13th St
San Francisco, CA 94103