Drink trends: All about boozy kombucha

Seeking a balance between health and pleasure? Kombucha has brought a party to its punch.
Seeking a balance between health and pleasure? Kombucha has brought a party to its punch. Photo: Supplied

 Since kombucha emerged from the dreadlock zone into the mainstream, we've regarded the fizzy fermented tea drink as a gut-friendly potion packing handy enzymes and probiotics in its scoby (that's symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast, and in 2019 you're nobody without one).

During its rise to soft-drink supremacy, kombucha's potential to party outside the digestive tract remained unexplored – or so we thought. In Byron Bay, the Bucha of Byron team were busy matchmaking their artisanal kombuchas with craft spirits from Cape Byron Distillery.

The local botanicals in Bucha's Lemon Myrtle played so nicely with their cousins in Brookie's Gin, that the blend started popping up in flavour-astute venues as a cocktail called Dirty Bucha.

Vodka joined the party and two boozy kombuchas are now bottled for your pleasure. Think of Dirty Bucha like the film Dirty Dancing – wholesome Baby doing a raunchy mambo with bad boy Johnny.

From BWS and selected venues.