Cranberry Kombucha Mocktail

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This Cranberry Kombucha Mocktail is the definition of festive! It’s so easy to make and with the addition of orange, you get a flavor combination that never gets old. We love making kombucha mocktails and you’ll find a whole list linked below. But this one is a little extra special because it’s so perfect for the holidays. The beautiful deep color of the cranberry is paired together perfectly with some kombuca and sweetened up a touch with orange juice.

Three glasses of Cranberry Kombucha Mocktails topped with orange slices, cranberries and rosemary sprigs.

It’s no secret around here we love the cranberry orange combination. So I guess it was only a matter of time before I put it together into a kombucha mocktail. This customizable drink is so festive looking it’s perfect for the whole holiday season from Thanksgiving to Christmas and all the way into the New Year.

You could even make a large batch of this for a large pitcher, or the most stunning punch bowl you’ve ever seen. The gorgeous color here is all thanks to the cranberry juice which is also the secret to all the flavor. You can keep it simple with just cranberry juice and kombucha, or add the orange juice which is our favorite.

Straight down view of three glasses mocktails topped with cranberries, orange slices, and rosemary sprigs.

Also if you’re doing a Whole30, be sure to read the recipe notes because I have a option for that as well. All in all, no matter which way you choose to make this you can’t go wrong.

And with the cranberries, orange slices, and rosemary, it’s easy to get into the holiday spirit with this one. It’s perfect for a family dinner or any kind of festivities. And of course it’s colors make it the ultimate Christmas mocktail.

Ingredients & Substitutions

Kombucha, Orange Juice, and Cranberry Juice in jars on a wooden cutting board with orange slices and cranberries.
  • Kombucha – I like to use cranberry kombucha here from GT’s, but ginger kombucha is also really tasty with the cranberry juice. You can also use the original flavor of any kombucha you love. Another option would be to muddle a slice of fresh ginger with a touch of kombuch in each glass.
  • Cranberry juice – sweetened or unsweetened is your choice. We use unsweetened cranberry juice which packs quite a punch. But from there I just add orange juice to taste to sweeten it up. You could also add a touch of simple syrup or maple syrup. Either way you’re in control of how sweet it is when you buy unsweetened cranberry juice. I don’t recommend honey just because it’s too hard to mix into cold liquids.
  • Orange juice – can be optional, but so tasty as a fun variation paired with the cranberry flavors. It’s also a way to naturally sweeten up the cranberry juice as mentioned above.
  • Garnishes – Sliced mandarin oranges, frozen or fresh cranberries and sprig of fresh rosemary make this look super festive. But feel free to use any or none of the garnishes to keep things simple.

How to make this Cranberry Kombucha Mocktail recipe step by step!

Side view Cranberry Kombucha Mocktails with cranberries around the glasses.

Step 1: Fill 1/2 of the glass with the kombucha of your choice. Then fill to the 3/4 line with cranberry juice, and finally top off with orange juice leaving enough room for ice and garnishes.

Serve immediately to grateful guests! Just kidding, but in all seriousness this is a hit and easy enough to make for yourself on a random Tuesday as well. This recipe serves 4 as an 8 ounce drink, but you can also make it into 2 large 16 ounce glasses as well.

Looking down at Cranberry Kombucha Mocktails with cranberries around the glasses.

Ways to serve this Cranberry Kombucha Mocktail!

FAQ’s

Is this kombucha mocktail Whole30?

Yes there is a Whole30 option. Juice is allowed on a Whole30, but it’s meant to be a sweetener, not to simply drink. Make your drink according to the recipe notes with mostly kombucha and a splash of the juices for sweetener. Or substitute seltzer water for the juice, and add sliced fruit as a garnish.

Is kombucha healthy?

Yes and no, the answer isn’t straight forward. You want to look for good quality brands that don’t add sugar to the finished kombucha like GT’s which are healthier. Kombucha is said to promote good gut health due to it’s naturally occurring probiotics. But so many of them are loaded with sugar so definitely check the labels.

What can you mix with kombucha?

We love either seltzer water or fruit juices combined with kombucha to make a tasty mocktail.

What can you use in place of the kombucha?

I recommend using a seltzer or sparkling water combined with fruit juice to taste. Try using a fruit flavored water like Spindrift cranberry raspberry with cranberry juice added to taste. You can also use ginger ale or ginger beer which both pair really well with cranberry.

Storing leftovers

  • The mixed kombucha and juices will keep for 3-4 days in the fridge, but the kombucha will go flat.

Tips & Tricks

  • This mocktail is easy enough to mix in the glass, but you can also use a cocktail shaker or mason jar too for mixing.
  • To make this ahead of time, mix the kombucha and juices together no more than 1 hour before serving, and refrigerate. Then pour over ice and add garnishes.
  • Play around with the ratios and find what way you love this the best.
Straight on view of Cranberry Kombucha Mocktail in a glass with an orange slice in it.

Mocktail Recipes

I really hope you enjoy this Cranberry Kombucha Mocktail! If you do get a chance to make this recipe, I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

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Side view Cranberry Kombucha Mocktails with cranberries around the glasses.

Cranberry Kombucha Mocktail


  • Author: Kari Peters
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 48 ounce drinks 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

This Cranberry Kombucha Mocktail is the definition of festive! It’s so easy to make and with the addition of orange, you get a flavor combination that never gets old. We love making kombucha mocktails and you’ll find a whole list linked below. But this one is a little extra special because it’s so perfect for the holidays. The beautiful deep color of the cranberry is paired together perfectly with some kombuca and sweetened up a touch with orange juice.


Ingredients

Scale

116 oz bottle kombucha, I like GT’s cranberry, ginger, or original

1 cup cranberry juice, unsweetened or sweetened, see notes

1 cup orange juice, see notes

16 ice cubes

Garnishes: 4 slices from 1 mandarin orange, 1/2 cup cranberries, and 4 sprigs of rosemary


Instructions

Pour the kombucha evenly into 4 – 8 oz glasses. Then top with the cranberry juice and finally the orange juice. Adjust to taste, or add a touch of Grade A amber maple syrup to sweeten if necessary.

You can also mix the liquids together in a mason jar, then pour into the glasses.

Add 3-4 ice cubes to each glass and divide the garnishes between the 4 glasses.

Serve immediately.

Notes

To make this Whole30, add the juices as a splash to taste. Or omit the juices and combine the cranberry kombucha with Spindrift cranberry raspberry sparkling water.

Add the juices to your taste adjusting the cranberry to the orange. Or you can omit the orange altogether and just add cranberry juice for the clearest pinkest drink.

For the cranberry juice, you can buy either unsweetened or sweetened. I like the unsweetened and then I just add orange juice to taste as a sweetener or a touch of Grade A maple syrup.

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Cranberry Mocktail, Kombucha Mocktail, Kombucha Mocktails, Cranberry Orange Mocktail

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